Archive for the ‘Interviews’ tag
Today we meet Sylvain Chambon, head of the Java Integration Division at Open Wide, and contributor of the Kerberos authentication plugin. You have probably heard of Nuxeo partner Open Wide already, as we did a webinar together about the EasySOA research project. I had the opportunity to interview him at the Documation conference where he gave a standing-room only presentation about how he used the Nuxeo Platform to build a project management app. The good news is that he will give this presentation again as a webinar on April 24th.
The audio is available, with the background noise of a very busy Documation trade show.
Hi Sylvain. You’re working for a systems integrator called Open Wide. Are you working in the Enterprise Content Management field specifically?
Actually I’m working in the Java integration unit, across domains. We’re organized by technology. I …
You might already know Laurent Dreuillat from a previous interview we conducted after Nuxeo World 2011, where we mostly talked about the customers and projects he encountered. Today’s interview will be more focused on his new job and the recent contribution of their Outlook addon.
So Laurent, the last time we talked with you, you were already working in the ECM field but in another company. You’ve recently founded a new company called Astone Solutions, a Nuxeo Gold Partner. Tell us about Astone Solutions. What are the goals of this new company?
Yes, we decided to create a spin-off from Sword that contains, among others, the ECM part of the Western France Business Unit of Sword. Our primary goal is to provide a concrete solution for the comprehensive management of documents and information within the company and its ecosystem. Astone Solutions is an IT services company specialized in …
Nelson Silva is a co-founder of inEvo and an active member of the Nuxeo community. He answers questions on answers.nuxeo.com, has published some sample Nuxeo code on GitHub (like a Dart Gadget), and even participated in our recent Bug Day. He contributed code for Tomcat 7 support and is working on OAuth2 and a Shindig upgrade.
You are one of the founders of a Portuguese company called inEvo, which specializes in web applications, computer graphics, business intelligence and software integration. Can you tell us more about the company?
Tiago Cardoso and I were both working as researchers in INESC-ID Lisbon (a research center here in Portugal) where we had the opportunity to participate in several European research projects. We decided to do it for a living so we founded inEvo, a research oriented company. Along the way we connected with some local IT companies which contracted us to …
At the end of November, Jane and I attended the Gilbane Conference in Boston where we joined a myriad of content management professionals – one of them being Heather Hedden, an information management guru specializing in taxonomies, indexing and search; author of The Accidental Taxonomist; and Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science teacher of taxonomy creation courses. We were lucky enough to speak to Heather over lunch and secure a future interview. Now, we’re passing along the wealth of information Heather provided us. And to think, it’s just a sneak peek of what it takes to be a taxonomist!
What does a taxonomist do? Is this a relatively new type of profession that was born in the Information Age, or is it more of an evolution of expertise?
A taxonomist designs, creates, edits, and/or maintains taxonomies. Taxonomies vary, and people called “taxonomists” may work with different …
Ron Miller is a familiar face for most of us in the content management world. I always bump into him at conferences, and it’s always a pleasure to hear his take on the current state of the industry. He wasn’t expecting my request to turn the tables, and interview him during the Gilbane Boston conference. He didn’t know if he would have good answers for my questions: “I’m just a humble scribe,” he told me. Well, as I suspected, the discussion was interesting and his perspective was incredibly insightful. At the end he laughed and said he was surprised at how much he had to say. There’s nothing like a red velvet lounge to inspire you to riff on the topics you know best.
[JZ] Big data had a prime place at the Gilbane conference. What did you think of the keynote presentation and other discussions on big …
Content management projects can range from small and tactical to high budget and strategic, and just about anything in between. One of the common denominators of highly successful and valuable content management projects, wherever they lie on the complexity spectrum, is the careful planning and analysis of the business context and processes prior to the development and deployment of a solution. That’s where Steve Weissman comes in.
Steve Weissman, CIP, ECMm, BPMp, has been in the content technology business for the past 20 years. Currently President of the AIIM New England chapter and a sought-after independent consultant, Steve has researched, written about, and provided expert guidance regarding the application of both the most mundane and disruptive technologies.
(Note: If you read through to the end, you can hear Steve say “park the car” in Bostonian.)
JZ: I understand that you are the wizard behind the AIIM training video series…
A purely community driven enterprise-grade Content Management System?
While asking the previous question, I was thinking about how, in the CMS (ECM or WCM) space, we’ve ended up in a situation where Open Source now holds a very important position in the market as opposed to proprietary solutions and is often cited as a major requirement. However, unlike lower levels of the software stack, I’ve also noticed that almost all projects are now backed by a software company and that there are no community driven projects, well, at least none of importance! This was then my next question to my panel:
In the CMS, ECM or WCM space, all open source projects are now commercially backed. Do you believe a project could emerge that’s totally community driven?
Of course, as all of them are working for commercial vendors, I wasn’t expecting them to surprise me with a YES, but …
Balancing community with business
Last week we touched on some initial topics concerning community management, especially how it may be organized internally. But what about the other side of the coin? Ideally, a community has broad support, but garnering it involves looking beyond the sole interest of the business. Or does it? With that in mind, I asked our panel of professionals how community can help, but also sometimes be in opposition to the company that fosters it.
My initial question came down to first principles. Is employee-driven community management even necessary? It would seem to make sense to let community management be driven by community members, and not employees of the company. Hence my question to our experts – Could the Community Management role be outsourced to the community?
Nicolas was the first to answer:
“I think it can, if the community has a clear legal status, and is …
Have you ever wondered what’s the best way to manage your community? I have, and to some extent I am still figuring it out… I am convinced that not only is community management important, but that it is a key piece of the puzzle for a successful software organization. Community organization promotes your solution to a wider audience where it will be recognized and used on a larger scale.
Engaging the user community is just as important as sales, support, and other the other functions that are your bread and butter. I have always advocated allocating the necessary time and resources in my current position at Nuxeo and in my previous ones at eZ. Building a community is not a simple task, but some of the important factors are beyond debate, such as the power and utility of knowledge management tools, like collaborative Q&A ala Stack Overflow. I am …
There’s no shortage of predictions for enterprise content management in 2012: ECM will move to the Cloud, mobile and tablet devices will drive product innovation, and social business solutions will increasingly be in demand. These will certainly be key trends in the ECM market this year. But what if 2012 was simply the year that saw usability take priority over technology when it comes to enterprise content management?
In the not-too-distant past, user experience (UX) was considered an annoying afterthought for enterprise application development and deployment. User adoption was often disappointing, and the disconnect between business and IT seemed like a deep chasm. In recent years, easy access to technology solutions such as Flickr, Dropbox, Google Docs, and mobile apps that require no reading of manuals or training, has changed the mindset of technology users. This exposure is increasingly setting the tone for their expectations of enterprise applications in terms …