IC View – 3 QTR 2011

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IC View                      3 QTR 2011


We’ve had a great third quarter and what looks to be a very busy and exciting 4th quarter. We are seeing a lot of new requests for integrating SharePoint with various ECM solutions. Companies are seeking to gain all the benefits of SharePoint while meeting their more advanced ECM needs such as compliancy, records management, case management, and business process management in the other solutions. To support this growing demand we are happy to announce the following new service offering.


SharePoint Integration Services (SIS)


Microsoft SharePoint has seen wide scale adaptation by organizations across the globe.  Allowing users to find, collaborate, and act on critical business information. Supporting knowledge workers who need basic ECM to support their business requirements, SharePoint provides a familiar interface and framework which promotes common ECM functionality such as check-in, check-out, versioning and similar ECM operations which are readily available out-of-the-box.

SharePoint’s success notwithstanding, different tools are often needed for different jobs. There is no one solution for all problems. This maxim applies to other Enterprise Content Management solutions as well. The benefits of collaborating in SharePoint are well known, but it is not always the tool of choice for more advanced ECM problems. Records Management, ECM, Digital Asset Management, Business Process Management, Case Management and Adaptive Case Management can all require additional solutions. In addition enterprises often have existing legacy tools fulfilling certain ECM needs. With solutions such as Documentum, OpenText, FileNet or ISIS Papyrus in place to meet more advanced ECM problems.

When different tools are need for different jobs a bridge is needed to connect the collaborative environment of SharePoint to another solution that will meet the additional ECM requirements.  Informed Consulting is able to bride this gap with our SIS methodology and services, allowing organizations to utilize the best tools, for any given ECM problem.

A few solutions where SIS can bridge the gap are:

  • Documentum
  • ISIS Papyrus
  • Opentext
  • IBM Content Manager
  • FileNet
  • Perceptive Software ECM Products
  • PeopleSoft
  • SOA and ….


As I mentioned above Q4 is going to be a busy period as we ramp up for several events.


Momentum Europe, Berlin


EMC’s Momentum is always interesting as we get the opportunity to visit dozens sessions, demos and tracks as we learn about the latest trends within Enterprise Content Management and Documentum’s approach and solutions. Better yet we get a chance to catch up with all of our colleagues in the Documentum area. If you’re going to Berlin drop us a line and we would love to connect and catch up.


Sponsoring the 3rd annual SharePoint Connections Congress


This November, as Microsoft launches their latest product updates, the 3rd SharePoint Connections conference will take place at ”de Meervaart” in Amsterdam. This is set to be a very exciting event and critical for all who use SharePoint, to keep up to date with the latest developments. We are happy to be able to sponsor SharePoint Connections for the first time. So please come out and see us at our booth where we will integrate SharePoint with other ECM solution, and bring together the different worlds of content.


Calling all Young Professionals


In December we will be making the final preparations for our next Young Processionals Academy which starts in January. The first steps in a young processionals’ career is often the most important as they lay down the foundation which will be used to build a successful career. The opportunity to join a company which supports and encourages the building of a strong foundation offers a rare chance at success.  Because we understand the importance of these first steps we are looking to build young professionals who are able to grow into Enterprise Content Management (ECM) consultants.

The Young Processionals Academy is focused on providing the building blocks to allow you to become ECM proven professional and consultant. Our academy offers a two month program where our young professionals touch all aspects needed to be successful as an ECM consultant. Our academy is split between theory and hands on projects allowing our young professionals to polish both their technical and soft skills.

A few of the topics they will be in contact with are:

  • Introduction into Enterprise Content Management
  • Project planning (Prince 2, …)
  • JAVA
  • .NET
  • Documentum
  • SharePoint
  • ITIL
  • Social Media
  • SEO

After successful completion of the ECM academy they will work with our senior developers to continue to develop their skills as ECM consultants.  As part of the Informed Consulting they will be responsible for the creation of technical design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance of SharePoint and Documentum solutions for our enterprise customers.


The world of ECM


Help! My users are spreading content everywhere. It‘s great we’re innovating, but I have no control, and there is an audit coming, what do I do? This common worry is touching almost every enterprise today. With devices, the cloud, and social tools, creating and driving innovation while at the same time creating risk as enterprises struggle to capture and manage the results of this collaboration. The greatest idea has little value if those who could benefit are unable to find it.

Much of SharePoint success has been driven not so much by the enterprise, but by the void left by having no ready means of collaborating within the existing ECM solutions. The very ECM tools which sought to answer the question of how to find the results on collaboration within organizations.

Is your organization struggling with the above? If so, we have the answer.

Timm Scalf




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