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Take the LEAP: Be a Digital Trendsetter

Savinay Berry

Leads product management, design and business development for EMC LEAP and EMC Documentum product lines.

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Every year KMWorld, one of the world’s leading knowledge management, content management, and document management publications, evaluates in the industry  to identify companies and products that anticipate the needs of organizations to provide the most useful and innovative solutions for the marketplace.

I’m pleased to share that this year EMC LEAP has been recognized as a KMWorld Trend-Setting Product for 2016. The publication leap1awarded EMC for its foresight in developing the LEAP platform, the best source for content apps designed to drive user productivity and solve digital business challenges for the enterprise. This honor is further proof of our organization’s leadership in creating next-generation applications for the ECM market, highlighted by EMC’s groundbreaking cloud-native content platform which empowers customers to get transformational value without the need for migration of content to yet another repository.

As KMWorld indicates, they include among their list of honorees organizations whose solutions hold promise for the marketplace—even if the marketplace has not yet realized it. As the transition to cloud and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) evolves, many businesses leaders may not yet be fully aware of the need or may be hesitant to move away from an on-premises system and adopt a new cloud model. However, LEAP applications, in conjunction with existing ECD systems, enable customers to achieve the flexibility of a cloud-first rather than cloud-only solution. In other words, LEAP applications combined with the solid foundation of EMC Documentum and InfoArchive create the only ‘better together’ hybrid solution that can adjust to any organization’s comfort and needs.

And we are hardly resting on our laurels. Stay tuned for more trend-setting products from us, and in the meantime, check out and register for the already available SNAP and COURIER apps. Are you ready to be a digital trendsetter?

The Importance of Data Democratization for the Digital Enterprise

Bryant Bell

Leads product marketing for the Archiving & Pervasive Governance products in the Enterprise Content Division at EMC. Follow @bell2bry
Bryant Bell has spent over 19 years in information technology and services as a global market strategist and a specialist in GRC, eDiscovery and archiving. A past speaker at AIIM Bryant has provided insight on governance and compliant archiving. He has initiated governance eDiscovery and archiving programs with such companies as Wolters Kluwer, EMC, and Adobe. In his current role as Senior Product Marketing Manager for archiving and pervasive governance. Bryant is known as a passionate evangelist for compliant archiving as a method to unleash the value of information and transform the enterprise.

Democratization in business means more transparency and fluidity in the workplace. Formerly defined roles of the subordinate and the executive are becoming more fuzzy and malleable especially in the age of millennials. And in no area of business are these changes more apparent than in the area of data and content – our Digital Information and Assets. Data democratization in the digital age is an interesting and important anomaly that should be embraced rather than combated against.

In the new digital age of business, everything that was traditionally known and done in the business world has been called into question. Back in the A Balance of Control and Accessdays before the digital age, the hierarchy within a business was very pronounced with clear levels and discernment regarding what each participant in a business could do and have access to. The digital age has turned this former monarchical hierarchy on its head leading to an age of data democratization in the business world.

More Data and Content Than We Could Have Imagined

Once upon a time, the data that a business collected was limited and had to be carefully mined, sought out, and processed and managed. Only a select few people had access to that data including the uppermost executives and the analysts who processed and gathered the data. The rest of the employees in a company were kept largely out of the loop. However, with the rise of computers and the digital age, businesses are faced with an entirely new working environments. Today, businesses have access to more data than they could have even imagined in the past. The vast amount of information available at any given time is quite simply mind-boggling and demands data democratization.

Because so much information is so readily available, there is also more of a need to include staff members outside of the select few elite that would have previously been allowed to access the information before. Transparency and democratization has become more important in the business world than ever before, and many “old-school” executives may have a hard time with this concept.

However, it is vital to understand the importance of data democratization for the digital enterprise so that you can learn to embrace this change rather than fight against it. There is a notion that if more of your staff and employees have access to the vast amount of data available, that they will not know how to properly interpret or use the data in the context of their job function within the company.

Greater Access to Digital Information is an Advantage

Data Democratization

Fears that your employees may misinterpret the data or apply it incorrectly can lead you to try to limit or control access to a select few. This decision, while understandable, will only lead to frustrations within your organization as people who need access to information may not be able to get it and is against the principles of data democratization. What you can do is provide employees with gradually building levels of access to the data based on their needs and levels of training and competencies in the interpretation of data. Implementing brief training programs and providing easy-use analytics tools to sift through and filter the digital data available will help your staff to be able to do their jobs more effectively and feel as if they have fair access to business information within the firm.

The democratization of data in the digital age is something that should not be feared and should not be cause for counter-measures. Instead, it should be embraced as a part of the inevitable changes that the digital age has brought about in the business world. The key is to ensure that you have eliminated your legacy data silos, provide user focused and flexible access to your data and content and a well-trained staff that is capable of using the available data to your business’s advantage. Has your organization embraced data democratization? What has been your experience? Share in the comments below.

Waving the Checkered Flag for Your Compliance Race – EMC Positioned as a leader in the Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement

Bryant Bell

Leads product marketing for the Archiving & Pervasive Governance products in the Enterprise Content Division at EMC. Follow @bell2bry
Bryant Bell has spent over 19 years in information technology and services as a global market strategist and a specialist in GRC, eDiscovery and archiving. A past speaker at AIIM Bryant has provided insight on governance and compliant archiving. He has initiated governance eDiscovery and archiving programs with such companies as Wolters Kluwer, EMC, and Adobe. In his current role as Senior Product Marketing Manager for archiving and pervasive governance. Bryant is known as a passionate evangelist for compliant archiving as a method to unleash the value of information and transform the enterprise.

Drivers on NASCAR super speedways race at breakneck speeds, especially once tracks are repaved and tires are precisely selected. The record speed is supposedly a whopping 212 miles per hour (341 km/hr), by Bill Elliott in 1987, up from about 80 miles per hour (128 km/hr) average speeds when races started in 1949 (Source: NASCAR.com).

At EMC ECD, we are setting our own record this year for an enterprise content MQ, Gartner management (ECM) solution, making a quick entry into Gartner’s Magic Quadrant. Our InfoArchive solution, initiated in 2014, has already moved EMC into the Leader’s Quadrant in Gartner’s 2016 Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement.

For any company trying to win their own competitive race in industries like Healthcare and Financial Services, this EMC Gartner placement makes it easy to hit the gas on your technology selection and ability to innovate. We have seen that companies must quickly leave behind expensive legacy applications, yet still drive ahead with the data and content from those systems. And, globally dispersed teams and compliance leads must easily access that content to uncover innovative market advantages and mitigate risk.

For cEMC_hi-resmqgraphic, Gartnerustomers with requirements to store large volumes of both structured and unstructured content, there is much to learn from InfoArchive’s rapid market acceleration. It has everything to do with our vision and execution, both of which were rigorously assessed and measured by Gartner for our advancement to the Leadership Quadrant.

From a vision perspective, it was our close engagement with customers over 8 years ago through ECD Consulting Services that initiated productizing of InfoArchive just two years ago. Real-life services use cases drove our product philosophy, which never wavered: the solution must be lightweight, open, handle structured and unstructured data, deliver best-in-class compliance support, and continually hone user interfaces.

For those of you with a diversity of applications, we know you will appreciate this dedication to non-proprietary systems. Rather than limit you to only SharePoint, Oracle or other distinct application migrations, InfoArchive’s commitment to an open approach allows partners and EMC to manage more content from more systems. Decommissioning apps is no longer driven by whether your data is in applications in structured or unstructured formats — both can be ingested, migrated, stored, and accessed.

But it’s not just our vision that has led to our Gartner Leadership Quadrant placement and our rapid traction with customers. Execution has been equally important.

First, part of our “pit crew” for InfoArchive’s design is our customer base, particularly those in our beta program. Their feedback on user personas, for example, prompted us to include both Configuration Manager and Knowledge Worker options for role-based access. It turns out that many organizations have personnel who need to research and derive value from data insights provided by greater contextual understanding provided by the consolidation of structured and unstructured data, and exporting key information. Customer satisfaction also weighed into the report’s conclusions. Thank you to those who participated!

Second, we increased our own “lap speed” by accelerating the cadence of our feature release schedule. We now deliver InfoArchive improvements on a quarterly basis, to the delight of both existing customers and those prospects awaiting a particular product capability. Our aforementioned open platform also speeds development. Most recently, we announced InfoArchive 4.0 Extreme Archiving at Momentum. Thank you to our R&D teams!

It is this combination of vision and execution that has led to our pole position in the latest Gartner report. Most importantly, our winning feature sets and solution improvements enable customers to make a strong finish on their migration plans and compliance requirements. Are you an InfoArchive customer (or a racing fan?!). Share your thoughts below.

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Continuing the Momentum

Chris McLaughlin

Chief Marketing Officer, Enterprise Content Division. Follow @cc_mclaughlin

Now that the dust has settled after EMC World, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the 1,335 customers and partners who attended our Momentum Conference in Las Vegas. Momentum really is all about you. It’s about sharing information and learning from one another. It’s about open, two-way dialog and working together to achieve meaningful business results. And, of course, we do have a little fun along the way. It is Vegas, after all.

This year, we focused on digital transformation and the very real impact it’s having on so many of our customers. We launched exciting new products, like LEAP and InfoArchive 4.0, while also making great strides forward with our Documentum products to make them easier than ever before to deploy, upgrade and manage. We offered numerous opportunities to learn more about all of our products – in fact, of the total 400 hours of breakout content offered at EMC World, 100 of those hours were dedicated to Momentum. That’s right, literally one out of every four breakout sessions at EMC World focused on ECD products, customers, or partners.

Our attendance was up more than 20% year over year, which is fantastic, and we are so pleased that so many of you were able to join us in Las Vegas, particularly in a year when we will also host Momentum in Europe (more on that later). And, based on the (more…)

Does Your IT Department Suffer from “Cluttered Garage Syndrome”? Now There’s Hope!

Jim Earley

Director of Engineering @ Flatirons Solutions
Responsible for all R&D on the InfoArchive platform, including the Flatirons ETL Acceleration Suite, Hosted Application Retirement for InfoArchive, and other value-added solutions that leverage InfoArchive. Photo attached, please feel free to edit down into more of a headshot.

If you’ve ever tripped over your child’s skateboard or stepped on a rake in your garage, you might have a condition I call, “cluttered garage syndrome.”

It begins innocently enough. When you moved into your house many years ago, you had a clear path from your car door to your house with ample room all around. But as the years go by, the clutter builds up. It’s now a challenge to find room for your car, and it’s even garage clutterharder to locate that screwdriver you used six months ago. Despite the frustration, cleaning your garage is the last thing you want to do, though you know it needs to be done.

Sadly, this same condition afflicts IT.

At Flatirons Solutions, we’ve found that many IT departments have application portfolios that exhibit the symptoms of “cluttered garage syndrome.” Applications have built up over time, and some are so old that the people knowledgeable about them are now enjoying retirement and sipping margaritas on a beach in Cancún.

Despite the inconvenience and cost, you maintain the applications because regulations require you to keep the data, or because they’re still being used by core parts of the business. Decluttering your IT “garage” and restoring its orderliness requires an (more…)

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