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Making Metadata Manageable for ECM and Search

by Darin Stewart  |  August 6, 2015

Metadata is entering the mainstream of content management and search. ECM vendors now make metadata-driven functionality central to their platforms as competitive differentiators. Products ranging from Microsoft’s SharePoint to IBM’s FileNet Content Manager and Watson offerings cannot be fully exploited without leveraging consistent metadata. Other ECM platforms, such as M-Files, are entirely metadata-driven. End-user awareness […]

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Simplistic Search Strategy

by Darin Stewart  |  April 7, 2015

The adage “familiarity breeds contempt” captures a root cause of many enterprise search failures. Public search engines like Google, Bing and Baidu are part of the fabric of everyday life. They are simple to use, require no maintenance and generally perform well. Many executives and end users expect enterprise search to deliver similar results with […]

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Enterprise Search is a no-win situation for IT, but it doesn’t have to be

by Darin Stewart  |  April 2, 2015

Enterprise search remains one of the great unfulfilled promises of information technology. Vendors have claimed for nearly 30 years that their products will locate and retrieve the information you need, when you need it regardless of where it is located and whatever form it takes. Despite these assurances, fewer than 1 in 5 professionals even […]

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Enterprise Search and Distributed Computing Are the New NoSQL

by Darin Stewart  |  April 7, 2014

In my last post I discussed how enterprise search can bring big data within reach. To achieve this, however, crawling and indexing must move beyond traditional vertical scaling and move into a truly distributed model ala Hadoop and its cousins. The end product of integrating enterprise search and distributed computing is a scalable, flexible, responsive […]

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Enterprise Search Can Bring Big Data Within Reach

by Darin Stewart  |  April 1, 2014

Regardless of industry, sector or size, the promise of unlocking the full potential of enterprise information with big data technologies and big content techniques is tantalizing. Unfortunately, for most organizations, realizing the promise of big data remains out of reach. The perception is that there is just too much information to get under control, things […]

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Big Content is Still Big Data

by Darin Stewart  |  May 24, 2013

Introducing the notion of Big Content has been an interesting study in reactions.  To many, it has resonated and the possibility of more fully exploiting documents, social content and other unstructured resources has clicked.  For others, it has been like fingernails on a chalkboard. A lot of us never liked the words “Big Data” in […]

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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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