I’ve been talking about a lack of leadership and vision in the ECM industry. This is evident when you attend keynotes at various conferences. Most keynotes at industry conferences are focused on what has been happening and what is happening now. John Mancini’skeynote at the AIIM conference was as close as it gets these days.
Of course, AIIM can’t deliver the future, they can only point to it, so what do we do? We wait. What are we waiting for? Well, I’m not waiting right now. For your consideration, I present to you a keynote on the future of ECM…..
Once There was a Vision of ECM
[Imagine some basic banter and a joke that only 20% of the audience will get, and only half of them will think it was actually funny.]
Ten years ago, the term Enterprise Content Management was created. There was no magic pill or working product. It was just a vision of one repository for all of the content in the organization. One place for web pages, documents, images, and records to reside and be managed together.
It was a solid vision. The industry seized upon the vision and charged forth. Over the next few years, through acquisition, development, and combinations of both, several companies built “complete” ECM platforms and proceeded to sell them to anyone and everyone.
As the vision was “realized”, vendors competed among themselves to see who could have the biggest and most complete platform. New needs would arise and they would all rush to “check-the-box”. There was, and is, a continuous race to be “more” complete than any other vendor.
The platforms grew and became more complex