Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Electronic Health Care Records

This sounds like an important committee. Whether they can actually get anything done, who knows? We've been trying to establish a standard, national, portable, electronic health care record for years. HIPAA, as well as increased document imaging initiatives to improve efficiencies have definitely gone a long way towards putting some of the pieces in place, but there is still some serious work left to be done.

Ralph

Latest Cringely Column

My favoriate on-line columnist, Bob Cringely, is stuck on an anti-IBM rant lately, like for the last three weeks. It's interesting, however, because of the influence IBM has on the high-tech market. "You won't get fired for buying IBM, yada, yada, yada, etc." This week he manages to at least start his column by talking about Google and its vision for universal search. Extrapolating on this at bit, does this make Google the next big ECM player? No, they have no BPM, so it's probably wise that vendors like Documentum, FileNet, and Hyland have worked hard on beefing up their BPM capabilities, but stil,l companies like Open Text and ZyLab were built on searching for unstructured information, and it appears Google could eventually marginalize that technology. So far Google has made all the right moves, maybe they will eventually have something better than SharePoint.

As for IBM, it's interesting that Cringely rips their internal technology, as they are like the largest technology servies provider in the world. "It is possible to manage big organizations, but you have to have good processes and good management systems," Cringely says before ripping into IBM. "Process and management systems?" Does anyone find it ironic that Gartner just rated IBM as the leader in ECM marketshare at 24.1%-ahead of Open Text (17.5%) and Documentum (14.3%). What's that old saying about eating your own dog food, or is IBM's dog food the tainted stuff?

Best regards,
Ralph

Friday, May 04, 2007

Lason Update- Monroe sentenced

It appears the former Chairman and CEO has gotten his come-uppance as well. As to the matter of this $20 million in restitution, where does that come from and who does it go to?

Microsoft Yahoo!

Unless there's something here I don't see, I don't understand how Microsoft and Yahoo! getting together will pose a threat to Google! Putting together two also-rans (alright, maybe the number-two and three players) to take on the leader in a developing market just doesn't seem like a good idea. It almost reminds me of the Time-Warner/AOL thing. Two losers don't necessarily make a winner.
Also, here's a link to podcast of a roundtable on e-discovery that I participated in at the recent AIIM Conference in Boston. It's interesting for its diversity of opinions on the topic. Obviously, this is very much an emerging market, in which the rules and directions are still being determined. You also had a good mix of editors, lawyers, and consultants on the panel.