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Darin Stewart
Research Vice President
6 years with Gartner
21 years IT industry

Darin Stewart is a research vice president for Gartner in the Collaboration and Content Strategies service. He covers search, knowledge management, semantic technologies and enterprise content management. Read Full Bio

Big Content Needs More Metadata

by Darin Stewart  |  May 15, 2013

In recent posts I’ve introduced the notion of Big Content as shorthand for incorporating unstructured content into the Big Data world in a systematic and strategic way. Big Data changes the way we think about content and how we manage it. One of the most important areas requiring a fresh look is metadata. Big Content […]

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Enterprise Search is the Engine of Big Content

by Darin Stewart  |  May 13, 2013

In recent years large, data-centric vendors acquired smaller enterprise search companies at an astonishing rate. Oracle purchased Endeca. IBM purchased Vivisimo. Hewlett-Packard purchased Autonomy. Microsoft purchased FAST. There is a reason for this feeding frenzy of corporate acquisitions. Big Data is the current killer application and search provides a ready entry into the Big Data […]

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Knowledge Transfer the U.S. Army Way

by Darin Stewart  |  May 7, 2013

Most organizations recognize, at some level, that creating and sharing knowledge is a worthy endeavor. Unfortunately, efforts to promote knowledge sharing rarely go beyond mission and value statements displayed in the break room and silk-screened on coffee mugs. Organizations want to do it, they just don’t know how. It is ironic that while there is […]

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Big Content: The Unstructured Side of Big Data

by Darin Stewart  |  May 1, 2013

The age of information overload is slowly drawing to a close. The enterprise is finally getting comfortable with managing massive amounts of data, content and information. The pace of information creation continues to accelerate, but the ability of infrastructure and information management to keep pace is coming within sight. Big data is now considered a […]

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You Didn’t Build That Either: Information as Infrastructure

by Darin Stewart  |  September 26, 2012

A few weeks ago, Barack Obama delivered a campaign speech in Roanoke, Va. in which he handed his political opponents sound bite gold. “If you’ve got a business—you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”  Conservatives seized on this sentence as proof that the president doesn’t respect the efforts of entrepreneurs.  The “We Did […]

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The Innovation Lessons of Craft Beer

by Darin Stewart  |  September 21, 2012

I have a deep and abiding love of craft beer.  Fortunately, I live in Portland Oregon, epicenter of the craft brewing movement.  Our fair city boasts 55 craft breweries and counting.  Where other cities offer siteseeing tours, we have brewery tours.  These are not drunken pub crawls.  They are educational vehicles for the aspiring beer […]

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Your Content Is Already In The Cloud

by Darin Stewart  |  September 7, 2012

Content is moving into the cloud. This trend seems both undeniable and inevitable. As the amount of content we need to store and the length of time it must be retained both continue to grow, so do the options for managing and maintaining that content outside of the enterprise data center. Continually expanding the infrastructure […]

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Coming Up for Air and Diving Into Catalyst 2012

by Darin Stewart  |  August 8, 2012

For the past few weeks I’ve been immersed in work on open innovation, linked data and expertise sharing.  I’ve managed to sneak out a couple of related blog posts during that time but most of my effort has be focused on writing a new research report, “Radical Openness: Profiting from data you didn’t create, people […]

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The Red Queen’s Deadly Effect on Innovation

by Darin Stewart  |  August 6, 2012

The one element of innovation that seems incontrovertible is that it must happen faster than it has in the past. Product lifecycles are shrinking dramatically across all industries. In the automotive industry, for example, a 48-month development cycle and six year model were once standard practice. Today concept-to-production times are below 24 months and several […]

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The World Has Changed. Innovation Strategy Should Too.

by Darin Stewart  |  August 1, 2012

Innovation is the lifeblood of the modern enterprise. Companies must continually revise, refine and expand their portfolio of products and competencies if they are to thrive in the modern economy. The ability to identify or create new opportunities and to respond to those opportunities is often the determining factor in the success of failure of […]

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