Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Today the buzz is about OpenText's announcement around their SharePoint strategy. I was not in the session, as my firm is an Interwoven shop, but here is what I heard from others that attended:
- There will be the option to have SharePoint become the main store for documents
- OpenText is looking to extent beyond DM to more full blown matter/document lifecycle management, using Sharepoint to accomplish this.
The feedback around the show is mixed. Some are very excited by the news, while others wonder what this means in terms of their investment in OpenText's current product architecture.
Both DM vendors seem to be scrambling to respond to the product offering from StarLaw, which purports to have a more comprehensive solution for document lifecycle management (DM, RM, etc.), or as they put it an "intelligent Enterprise Information Management system".
Friday, August 17, 2007
While there are certainly both operational and strategic elements to what IT and KM do, there are different types of opportunities for each group. This idea was illuminated recently on a call with my friend (and idol) John Alber at Bryan Cave, one of the more innovative folks in the business. Furthermore, we might stop calling it KM and start calling it something else. All one needs to do is look at the titles of people performing relative degrees of KM duties these days:
- Director of Practice Innovation
- Director, Consultant Services/Client Advocacy
- Director of Professional Services
- Director of Practice Management
- Director Professional Development
- Director, Legal Business Systems
- Director of Practice Systems
- Director of Practice Support
- Chief, Practice Systems & Services
- Director, Legal Information Systems
Notice something missing from these titles? How about the word 'knowledge'? Personally I like the Director of Practice Innovation the best, very fitting. If someone were really bold, Director of Practice Enhancement might also be apropos, although it could lead to some interesting dialog with Partners who might not feel their practice needs 'enhancement'.
In any event, I look forward to seeing everyone at ILTA next week and stay tuned as we talk about this topic more in the months to come.