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Last week Nuxeo was pleased to be part of the 451 Group annual client conference. CEO Eric Barroca, VP of North American Sales, David Cloyd and I represented the company in a series of analyst one-on-one meetings, took turns manning the booth, and attended some fantastic sessions on where the IT market is headed.

We presented in the Innovators Showcase track - a 20 minute blitz to describe who we are, our approach to the open source Enterprise Content Management market, and how we plan to expand our footprint in the North American market.

So glad to have some excellent follow up discussions, and have those first introductory chats with companies we hope will evolve into strategic partnerships over the next few months.  An exciting time for us at Nuxeo.

Some highlights from the analyst meetings and breakout sessions...

"Future-Proofing"
had a great discussion with analysts Matt Aslett and  Jay Lyman  and one of them said this - wish I had written down which one!  

It was in the context of an enterprise making an investment in a critical content application in this crazy era of consolidation, mergers and acquisitions.  Open source alternatives provide an additional layer of protection because the community has a stake in product development, roadmap and innovation.   Far less likely of getting burned because a product that had been rolled out gets put into end-of-life mode because the vendor got acquired. 


Information Governance
is where we need to be thinking.  A term I have loved for a couple of years - this is a far more strategic way to think about balancing the risks and rewards of new content types, platforms and communication methods inside business. Nick Patience and Kathleen Reidy delivered a very thoughtful exploration of the trends in governance, e-discovery and records management on Wednesday. New challenges we need to anticipate - rise of cloud content applications and the need to have a retention/discovery strategy even off premises, new inter-jurisdictional issues with cloud apps, and the impending blurring of the line between technology providers and law firms.

Lots to ponder in that session.

Rethinking Security
The session that I loved most? Surprisingly was a keynote by Josh Corman on Evolving Security. I was actually starting to pack up and leave because CyberSecurity is not really my area of interest, but Josh caught my attention pretty fast.  So much of his session could have been applied directly to information governance - the security, protection of content.  He called for a new way of thinking - getting more diverse skillsets into the security business - sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists - studying more human behavioural aspects rather than just the technology.  He asked why the adversarial community - the virus writers, hackers, etc - thrived on lean and constant innovation, while security vendors plodded along with the same old approaches. Time is now to become proactive, not reactive.

(And congrats to our booth neighbours, cloud monitoring vendor Monitis for winning the Innovators Showcase crowd favourite award).

And kudos to the conference planning team for keeping the attendee online community alive after the event - was a tremendously useful tool to reach fellow attendees and schedule time to connect in person. That's ultimately the real value to in-person conferences, isn't it?