Twitter Shenanigans – #BadECMSlogans

Looks like this blog is transforming into an archive of snarky #ECM hashtags on twitter, but I guess it could be worse…   …I could still be trying to write real blog posts.  *sigh*

As with the last one of these, I’ve removed retweets, meta-comments about the meme, etc. Also, the twitter search APIs totally suck at giving the same results twice, so if you notice tweets missing from this list, please let me know (@pmonks) and I’ll happily add them in.

Who / When What Editorial Comment by Moi
2012-03-30 15:09:48
Not sure about #ECM, why don’t you #mullet over. #BadECMSlogans +6.022E23 points for raising the tone of the conversation by introducing the ultimate hairstyle.
2012-03-30 15:02:50
We don’t really have a solution for you, but we know @piewords. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 15:00:44
SharePoint it’s an ECMS, honest….. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 14:06:23
#ECM: Attempting to solve the same problem as microfilm for 20 years. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 14:06:14
Met my quarterly KPI by turning @piewords into a leading provider of #BadECMSlogans Aha! So we discovered the true source of this meme! I always thought @piewords was a mere #ECMCoven puppet. Or is he a muppet?
2012-03-30 13:54:31
We are like Buck Rodgers. Give us your Content & you won’t find it for 500 years #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 13:50:53
#ECM – because your content will be even more important to future generations as it is to you! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 13:49:55
#ECM You’ll check out before your content does. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 13:46:34
Content Mgmt, Content checks in but it can’t check out #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 13:44:54
We have extensive support for inbound content migration! <fineprint>But don’t support outbound migration at all.</fineprint> #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 13:38:37
Yes, we’ve failed in the past, but you still have a Content problem & we still want to make money #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 13:32:29
Spend 85% of your IT budget on maintenance, get a new version every 5 years #badecmslogans #ecm
2012-03-30 13:21:41
#BadECMSlogans we IDOLize your content
2012-03-30 13:17:53
#BadECMSlogans positive file-osophy
2012-03-30 13:14:35
Afraid of the future? Content Mgmt will help you stay focused on the past #BadECMSlogans #ECM Highly commended!
2012-03-30 12:55:45
in summary #BadECMSlogans from vendors: meaning based fusion making better decisions faster
2012-03-30 12:51:16
#BadECMSlogans #ECM Something something STREAMLINE, something something PRODUCTIVITY, something something EASY TO INTEGRATE…
2012-03-30 12:51:04
you can find all the #BadECMSlogans you want just by visiting the vendors’ sites True, but it’s more fun to try to guess what the vendors are going to say next.
2012-03-30 12:50:51
We’ll help you disguise your business problems as technology problems #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 12:49:32
Our product will streamline your inorganic process, enabling knowledge workers to optimize to a new emergent level #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 12:44:10
Capturing your dollars as well as your content. #BadECMSlogans #ECM Highly commended!
2012-03-30 12:40:25
You’ll like us so much that you’ll be asking for our Search product next #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 12:38:08
4/5 Analysts think we rock #BadECMSlogans #ECM A very close second favourite!
2012-03-30 12:37:36
#ECM – When #CRM, #BPM, #ERP just aren’t enough. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 12:32:27
Because we’re an innovative, visionary, leading, collaborator in Fartner’s Tragic Quadrant. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 12:25:53
No, you don’t need a taxonomy, our search module will take care of that #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 12:16:38
#ECM – It’s like having your very own Ollie North. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 12:04:17
Without #ECM @piewords & @pmonks wouldn’t have met, fallen in love, started a family (@ljseverson, @danieloleary)! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 12:02:36
“@piewords: Store now, find later, much later, if at all #BadECMSlogans #ECM” < fixed
2012-03-30 12:00:49
Store now, find later, much later #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:59:55
Just Scan It! #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:58:18
#ECM – at least we don’t chop down forests or spill oil in the ocean! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:55:09
Social #ECM – where "social" means "Stockholm Syndrome". #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:45:07
Mobile #ECM – not finding your content no matter where you are. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:42:42
#ECM: Keeping @piewords off the streets since 1997 #badecmslogans Would be good if I hadn’t heard a rumour about one @piewords roaming the streets of the Mission District of San Francisco at a very late hour last Thursday…
2012-03-30 11:41:04
Their product may work better, but soon they’ll be bought by us & we’ll fix that #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:38:04
ECM is a domain-specific technology for generating complicated tabbed-dialog boxes when saving documents. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:37:39
ECM: So easy even an end user could use it! #BadECMSlogans Highly commended!
2012-03-30 11:37:12
It’s just like Ex Lax. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:35:25
Let’s you focus on *your* core business. If your core business is funding endless projects. #BadECMSlogans #ECM Highly commended!
2012-03-30 11:33:37
If you think Content is complex, wait’ll you get a load of our Management #BadECMSlogans #ECM My personal favourite! @andrewg95 wins a night out with me next time he’s in San Francisco!
2012-03-30 11:28:50
We can integrate into you backend systems seamlessly and surface your data #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 11:27:23
I shot the sheriff. But they lost the photographic evidence. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:26:35
RT @bduhon: #ECM: Oh, yeah. We take care of moving that out of box #badecmslogans < fixed
2012-03-30 11:26:05
#ECM: Oh, yeah. We take care of that out of the box #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 11:26:01
If we knew what we were doing, do you think we’d be doing this? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:24:14
This is your content. This is your content on drugs. Any questions? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:24:10
Automating your content and business processes for efficiency and ROI #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:23:56
#ECM – an excuse for balding, overweight middle-aged folks to meet up at conferences and lie about their glorious past. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:22:53
#ECM – it’s like having your very own TLA generator. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:22:04
"RT @juergmeier: @pmonks "#ECM: now we have a new term that keeps us busy the next 10 years" #aiim conference, 1998" #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:19:55
@piewords Like drugs? Try implementing #ECM and get hooked. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:18:30
#ECM – because if you don’t, it’ll be your arse on the line when the auditors come knocking. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:18:09
Like beer? Buy Content Mgmt & have a reason to drink for the rest of your life #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:17:38
Cloud Content Management – ’cause we can’t be bothered either. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:15:29
Nothing kickstarts the career of a professional poker player better than an #ECM sales job! Apply today! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:15:05
Content Mgmt, paying for my kids college fund since 1997 #BadECMSlogans #ECM Trust @piewords to state the unadulterated truth.
2012-03-30 11:14:10
Content Mgmt, tricking companies into acquisitions for 20 years #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:14:01
#ECM – encouraging content silos so that your kids can experience what you experienced. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:13:35
Why should lawyers make all the money? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:12:33
If it’s in there we’ll find it. Trust us. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:10:48
Yeah, we can’t solve Content Mgmt, but neither can they #BadECMSlogans #ECM #truth
2012-03-30 11:08:02
#ECM: It’s in there #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 11:07:41
EMC – Content Mgmt never was so fun! #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:07:20
#ECM in the #Cloud: Because otherwise I’d have to document SharePoint #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 11:06:17
Content Mgmt, so easy, even @pmonks can do it! #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:05:08
#ECM – providing employment to 50-something, balding, overweight, under motivated sales folk since 1990. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:04:02
#ECM in the #Cloud: when you can’t be bothered to do it yourself #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 11:03:51
It’s a beautiful interface. Why would I lie? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:01:36
We’re Midol for your ESI. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 11:00:51
Fixed RT @pmonks #ECM – trivializing web content management since 1995. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 11:00:04
#ECM – ignoring web content management since 1995. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:59:22
Keeping the myth of DoD 5015.2 compliance alive since 1998 #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:59:05
It’s not like Sharepoint, it *is* Sharepoint. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:58:14
#ECM – because it’s hard to make money selling filesystems. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:57:16
Because Sanity is over-rated #BadECMSlogans #ECM #jackscale
2012-03-30 10:55:00
At its heart, it’s really just a database. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:54:34
Cookies are content, calories are information, body fat is experience #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:54:07
#ECM The difference between plagiarism and content reuse. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:53:40
Solving new problems w/ the same tech for 20 years #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:53:05
Cloud content management – no we didn’t know your content was stored in North Korea either. The things you learn! #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:52:20
Content Mgmt in the cloud, now you can blame someone else for lost content #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:52:06
#ECM – no one hides 1990-era technology behind 1995-era UIs better than us! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:50:43
#ECM – no we don’t know what it means either, but trust us – you need it worse than an emergency root canal! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:50:25
If we can’t find, *they* can’t find it. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:49:16
Clear skies: #ECM in the #cloud #badecmslogans
2012-03-30 10:48:50
Like a high colonic for your Enterprise Information. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:48:03
#ECM: Because ALL of the new buzzwords are bullshit #badecmslogans Ooh! A personal attack on @sliewehr – I LIKE!!1!
2012-03-30 10:46:38
Adaptive Case Management, because we already sold you Info Mgmt and Content Mgmt #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:45:46
#ECM – because we just got the memo that Microfische is no longer cool. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:43:22
Better than a shared drive #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:41:32
Info Mgmt, because we already sold you Content Mgmt #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:41:30
Our solution, your problem. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:38:20
@chris_p_walker Keep Your Content Content #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:38:16
Content Mgmt, Replacing the problems you thought you solved already #BadECMSlogans #ECM"
2012-03-30 10:37:16
#ECM Putting the CON in Content. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:36:18
Content Mgmt, because job security is so hard to find #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:35:21
Content Mgmt, like you’ve got something better to do #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:34:59
Content Mgmt Systems, because something has to make Ferraris look cheap #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:34:18
ECM – bringing all the fun & efficiency of paper handling to the computer! #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:33:19
"ECM" #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:31:07
"RT @justincormack: @pmonks content strategy is measured by purchases on @getshitter" < #BadECMSlogans is a real business btw – I know what I’m asking for for my next birthday!!
2012-03-30 10:28:42
If it were easy to use, what would you need us for? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:28:02
Abandon hope all who save your content here. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:27:26
#BadECMSlogans replace paperwork with contentwork
2012-03-30 10:27:04
The Megamillions Jackpot will almost cover the costs of a new ECM system #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:24:59
Because if you save enough Content, nobody will ever be able to find the evidence #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:24:58
#ECM – because your 26 existing content management systems aren’t enough. #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:24:02
Content Mgmt, because sometimes the 3rd time is the charm #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:23:42
Content Management – it’s easier to let your employees use Box, then set aside sufficient funds for future settlements. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:22:59
#BadECMSlogans towards a Content Free Office
2012-03-30 10:22:36
Content Mgmt, overwhelming eDiscovery lawyers since 1997 #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:22:17
An ECM system is what you *finally* get approval to buy five minutes after the lawyers call the CEO #BadECMSlogans #ECM Highly commended!
2012-03-30 10:22:02
Do you like paper cuts? Does removing staples from 42,135,772 stacks of papers sound like fun? Join an #ECM consultancy now! #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:21:29
#BadECMSlogans in soviet CMS, Contents own you
2012-03-30 10:19:46
Drinking too much coffee? Our #CMS will keep you awake #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:19:22
Content isn’t like a box of chocolates, unless you’re still using 3×5 index cards #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:17:56
Our #CMS platform: it’ll manage info that would make a billy goat puke #BadECMSlogans #ecm
2012-03-30 10:16:31
This is your father’s Content Mgmt System #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:15:20
It’s what we like to call the content black hole. #BadECMSlogas #ECM
2012-03-30 10:14:26
Content Declared. The New Content Mgmt #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:14:03
Making You Content With Your Content RT @piewords: Need @bduhon to help w/ #BadECMSlogans
2012-03-30 10:13:14
You want it useable or you want it on budget? #BadECMSlogas #ECM
2012-03-30 10:13:05
Content Management: boring as batshit but who likes being sued and losing because they don’t have the paperwork? #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:12:32
Where content goes to die. #BadECMSlogas #ECM
2012-03-30 10:12:06
This is Content Mgmt and This is What We Do #BadECMSlogas #ECM
2012-03-30 10:11:02
It’s The End of Content as You Know It #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:09:33
Once your your content’s gone, it can never come back. #BadECMSlogans #ECM (apologies to Neil Young)
2012-03-30 10:08:53
Simple, Secure, Sharing from Anywhere #contradiction #BadECMSlogans #ECM Copied verbatim from (@piewords objected).
2012-03-30 10:08:03
Content Management Platform for Business Applications #BadECMSlogans #ECM Ditto (but from Nutseo).
2012-03-30 10:07:11
All your Content are belong to us. #BadECMSlogans #ECM
2012-03-30 10:04:53
If you had effective Content Mgmt, you’d be done w/ your weekly work by now. #BadECMSlogans #ECM The post that kicked it all off.

PS. The code I use to get tweets out of Twitter is available as a gist.

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Twitter Shenanigans – #ecmband

It’s been a while (too long!), but a couple of days ago another of these ECM / pop culture crossover memes hit the twitterverse, with some very funny consequences. Given that the meme seems to have died down I thought I’d capture it for posterity – too many of these memes (remember #cmspickuplines?) have been lost due to Twitter still not offering the ability to find all tweets with a given hashtag, irrespective of when they were originally posted (<irony>I’d tag that with #fail but Twitter wouldn’t preserve it so what’s the point…</irony>).

Without further ado, here’s the list of #ecmband tweets up until 10am US-Pacific on September 4th, 2011 (note: for brevity I’ve removed retweets, meta-comments about the meme, etc.):

Who / When What Editorial Comment by Moi
2011-09-04 09:45:35
#ecmband Silly IDOL (with tip o the hat to @CherylMcKinnon for inspiration)  
2011-09-04 09:36:38
#ecmband (traffic) INXS  
2011-09-04 09:34:57
#ecmband The Niggles  
2011-09-04 09:33:19
#ecmband Justin Timetobreak  
2011-09-04 09:09:24
#ecmband Madness  
2011-09-03 17:56:04
#ecmband Building IDOL  
2011-09-03 17:52:35
#ecmband New Bids are a Shock  
2011-09-03 13:44:48
#ECMBand OASIS Very nice!
2011-09-03 09:58:29
#ecmband Weird Al Freskovic cc @pmonks  
2011-09-03 09:56:02
#ecmband K2  
2011-09-03 09:38:15
#ecmband Frank Seedata. late to the meme  
2011-09-03 08:00:46
#ecmband Arrested Development (schedule)  
2011-09-03 07:57:07
#ecmband Megadearth (of good content)  
2011-09-03 07:55:29
#ecmband FUD Fighters  
2011-09-03 07:53:12
#ecmband Vanilla ICE (In-Context Editing)  
2011-09-02 20:15:53
#ecmband Routines of the Stone Age  
2011-09-02 20:10:30
#ecmband Midnight Toil  
2011-09-02 20:07:52
#ecmband Daft Junk  
2011-09-02 20:07:16
#ecmband sCream  
2011-09-02 20:04:19
#ecmband Paper Jam  
2011-09-02 20:04:09
#ecmband No Order  
2011-09-02 20:03:54
#ecmband Linkedin Perk  
2011-09-02 20:02:44
#ecmband Cloudplay  
2011-09-02 19:53:38
#ecmband Dolly Partition (disturbing country trend)  
2011-09-02 19:52:30
Conway Twitter #ecmband  
2011-09-02 19:51:54
#ecmband Johnny Cache  
2011-09-02 19:49:29
#ecmband Jackedup Drive Bit of a stretch from the real band name…
2011-09-02 19:49:09
#ecmband Dolly Partition  
2011-09-02 19:48:03
#ecmband Tina CD Burner  
2011-09-02 19:26:55
This is weird even for me – Lyrics to Losing My Revisions #ecmband – blame @pmonks I think someone needs some therapy!
2011-09-02 19:26:25
The 5-Year Commitments #ecmband  
2011-09-02 19:20:04
@pmonks #ecmband Elvis pRESTley  
2011-09-02 19:18:03
#ecmband Johnny Cache  
2011-09-02 19:17:29
#ecmband Java Jars of Clay  
2011-09-02 19:16:51
#ecmband St(r)ing  
2011-09-02 19:11:48
@pmonks #ecmband Men At Work-flow  
2011-09-02 19:11:05
@pmonks #ecmband WebDAV Lee Roth  
2011-09-02 19:09:55
@pmonks #ecmband Rod SteWAR  
2011-09-02 19:05:32
@pmonks #ecmband ClassPath Benetar  
2011-09-02 19:04:42
#ecmband The VERS Pipe  
2011-09-02 18:57:19
Oh dear lord. Home after 4 hours of dinner out and see almost 100 new #ecmband name tweets. Pouring another glass of vino… Hangover much?
2011-09-02 18:51:16
@pmonks #ecmband Ozzie Onbase  
2011-09-02 18:49:56
@pmonks #ecmband Depeche Model  
2011-09-02 18:47:51
@pmonks #ecmband Url2  
2011-09-02 18:45:11
@pmonks #ecmband A FileLock of Seagulls Highly commended!
2011-09-02 18:43:40
@pmonks #ecmband David Lee Rootnode  
2011-09-02 18:42:16
@pmonks #ecmband Red-Hat Chilli Peppers  
2011-09-02 18:35:06
@pmonks #ecmband N.W.A (Not Without Alfresco)  
2011-09-02 18:34:05
@WillieGonzalez @pmonks #ecmband Workflow Rida  
2011-09-02 18:32:07
@pmonks #ecmband L.D.A.P Cool J  
2011-09-02 18:30:10
#ecmband The Pretenders … (you know who they are)  
2011-09-02 18:26:30
@pmonks #ecmband Adam AMP  
2011-09-02 18:25:01
@pmonks #ecmband 10,000(MB) Maniacs  
2011-09-02 18:14:39
#ecmband Simple (file) Plans  
2011-09-02 17:44:05
the Monk-eys @pmonks #ecmband  
2011-09-02 17:03:18
Distro’s Midrange Scanners #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:30:57
#ecmband CMIS Non The Richer  
2011-09-02 16:24:20
The Search-and-Replacements #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:23:06
@CherylMcKinnon Legal Hold Play #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:20:50
the Police – Every little thing she scans is magic #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:15:43
#ecmband DJ PDF and the Fresh Prints  
2011-09-02 16:15:33
George Michael & Aretha Franklin – I knew you were waiting #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:11:24
#ecmband Living in a Box (is claustrophobic as all get out!)  
2011-09-02 16:10:22
@pmonks #ecmband Bad Company (EMC Corp)  
2011-09-02 16:07:42
Tears for Years #ecmband My favourite – perfectly captures the vibe of ECM!!
2011-09-02 16:06:22
SEO Speedwagon #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:05:55
The Pixels #ecmband  
2011-09-02 16:00:05
The Crash #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:56:24
#ecmband Buena Vista Social Business 2.0 Club  
2011-09-02 15:50:19
#ecmband Deep Trouble  
2011-09-02 15:49:05
Rockumentum! #ecmband Trust the marketeers to throw in some fanboi-ism!
2011-09-02 15:47:22
The Transactional Hip #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:46:42
#ecmband Springclean Day  
2011-09-02 15:43:47
The Backscan Boys #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:36:46
Ace of Base64 #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:36:07
Sonny and Sharepoint #ecmband Very clever!!
2011-09-02 15:34:31
#ecmband CEVA lovitch  
2011-09-02 15:33:15
Rendition of the Orphan #ecmband < must be doom metal  
2011-09-02 15:29:33
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Cloud #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:28:38
Monkloaf #ecmband cc @pmonks  
2011-09-02 15:26:56
#ecmband Scott and the #Crapronyms cc @sliewehr  
2011-09-02 15:24:50
#ecmband Adriaan and the Analysts  
2011-09-02 15:24:16
I think Peter and the Chipmonks is enough of an #ecmband by himself @pmonks  
2011-09-02 15:24:06
R.E.M. and their Document LP… too obvious #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:18:57
#ecmband led zipfiles  
2011-09-02 15:18:42
The E. Files Band #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:16:58
Credence Capture Revival #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:16:27
Steely Scan #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:12:56
Limp business #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:12:39
#ecmband iron mountain #metal  
2011-09-02 15:12:14
#ecmband The B-5015.2s  
2011-09-02 15:11:34
#ecmband the shadow (files)  
2011-09-02 15:11:27
Run-EMC #ecmband No thanks!
2011-09-02 15:09:39
Toner-Loc #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:09:31
Contellica #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:08:10
#ecmband Jesus Jones… …Documentum is down *again*?!?!  
2011-09-02 15:07:40
#ecmband The Jesus and Money Drain  
2011-09-02 15:07:14
Alans Microsoft Project #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:07:06
Tommy Duplex #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:06:51
#ecmband Nick Cave and the Bad Feeds  
2011-09-02 15:05:43
Kenny Login #ecmband In a large and carefully conducted survey (i.e. I asked some friends), this one came out as the crowd favourite. Oh, and we all got written off as “hopelessly geeky”… you win some, you lose some…
2011-09-02 15:05:25
Dire Straightedge #ecmband (weak I know)  
2011-09-02 15:03:42
#ecmband Extreme… …frustration with this archaic, monolithic, proprietary PoS CMS!  
2011-09-02 15:02:42
ZZ Pad – Gimme all your content #ecmband  
2011-09-02 15:02:37
Ink Supply #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:57:41
#ecmband benny and the gets  
2011-09-02 14:57:05
#ECMband COLDPlay  
2011-09-02 14:56:40
#ecmband super stamp  
2011-09-02 14:56:14
Dexy’s Midnight Publish Job Runners #ecmband (how retro)  
2011-09-02 14:55:56
#ecmband the rolling store (and retrieve ) courtesy @PhilippeLaval  
2011-09-02 14:55:05
OpenText – ‘Managing content loud’ #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:53:20
The Offline – Punk; always against what is common #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:50:33
#ecmband Simply Read  
2011-09-02 14:50:11
#ECMBand songs “Loosing My Retention” by E.R.M. (think this has been done before)  
2011-09-02 14:49:39
#ecmband The Cure (is open source)  
2011-09-02 14:48:02
#ecmband rage against the machine #extendedITmix 🙂  
2011-09-02 14:45:23
The New Datamodel Army #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:43:02
#ECMBand New Rendition  
2011-09-02 14:35:34
The Hummingbirds #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:34:11
#ecmband Ready, #AIIM, Fire!  
2011-09-02 14:33:03
#ecmband Flows runs and the machine  
2011-09-02 14:31:04
#ecmband Laurence and the Hart-ons cc @piewords I know that this is @piewords secret favourite, but he’d never admit it because he’s suppressing his inner lunatic.
2011-09-02 14:30:50
Peter and The Requirements @bduhon @cherylmckinnon @pmonks @piewords @jessewilkins @juliecolgan #ecmband  
2011-09-02 14:27:51
#ecmband Irina and the Seven Devs cc @irina_guseva  
2011-09-02 14:27:38
#ecmband siouxie and the brand sheets  
2011-09-02 14:26:17
#ecmband Lee Dallas and the Textans  
2011-09-02 14:24:23
RT @CherylMcKinnon: #ecmband names… Katrina & the Forrester Waves, New Kids on the Numeric Block, Shania Twain… (note: not sure why the original is no longer showing up in my twitter search, so I’ve included this RT instead)
2011-09-02 14:24:15
#ecmband The (Style) Police  
2011-09-02 14:24:09
#ecmband Spandex Ballet  
2011-09-02 14:02:30
@CherylMcKinnon I can see it now “The ECM Mullets present Business Up Front, Party in the Back!” #ecmband cc @piewords @ldallasBMOC The tweet that kicked it all off.

Footnote: although I used the Twitter API to retrieve these tweets, retrieving all tweets for a given hashtag is still a bit of a crapshoot. As a result I’ve probably missed some of the entries – if you notice any that I have missed, please let me know and I’ll manually add them.

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While deconstruction is serious business for the curmudgeon, I occasionally like to take a break from the rigours of sowing chaos and discord by presenting some more constructive observations.

In this post I’d like to capture the mental picture I have of how Content Management fits together, neatly putting all of the pieces of the CM puzzle (DM, WCM, RM, AA, etc.) in their rightful place. As a bonus we will also learn how and why various products (including our good friend WordPress) fit into the Content Management menagerie.

I consider AA to be part of CM, as beer consumption appears to be an increasingly important part of the Content Professional’s technical proficiency.

A Hierarchy of CM Problem Domains

In my previous post I introduced the “Reversi Rule” and noted that for CM we came up with the rather broad definition of “the management of content”. To me this generality is a large part of the appeal of the term (particularly when compared to ECM, which is just downright confusing) – it generously includes the diverse array of human endeavours that could conceivably be classified as “Content Management”, it doesn’t say anything about what those specific problem domains look like (beyond requiring that they involve the “management of content”, for some reasonable definition of “management” and “content”) and it doesn’t exclude any of the broad range of actors who face these problems (including, but not limited to, enterprises).

So what specific value, then, does such a broad definition for Content Management provide us?

Perhaps I’m betraying my technologist background, but to me Content Management clearly forms the root of a hierarchy of increasingly specialised problem domains – in graphical format, this hierarchy might start to look something like this:


Note: this diagram does not attempt to capture all possible CM problem domains, although doing so would be an illuminating exercise.

This diagram clearly illustrates a couple of important points:

  1. A vast array of activities can be referred to as “Content Management”.
  2. Many of these use cases have unique and highly specialised requirements, particularly as we get closer to the tips of the tree.
  3. Some of the management activities we think of as being common across the hierarchy actually have quite different semantics depending on the specific problem domain (versioning requirements are very different between Docroot Revision Control and Records Management, for example).
  4. File / folder-centric definitions of content are only part of the content management picture.

A graphical treatment also helps to highlight part of the reason why we’re all having so much trouble agreeing on what “Content Management” really is – we all tend to operate down at different tips of the tree, yet throw around our specific problem domain as The One True Form of Content ManagementTM!

I think this gets to the root of Pie’s earlier loss of composure, yet he is arguably guilty of the same sin, albeit while standing on a different soap box.

What About the Technology?

Typically software products are a trailing indicator of business problems, so it’s no surprise to find that there are systems for almost all of the use cases identified on the diagram. In fact adding the word “System” or “Software” to most of the labels on the diagram will result in an extant product classification. There are a few exceptions (“Docroot Revision Control System” and “Structured Content Production System”, for example), however there are products on the market today that are admirably described by these two terms.

The Bonus Round

Going back to our (by now somewhat fatigued) example of WordPress, it clearly falls into the node labeled “Blogs”, and by adding “System” to the label we get “Blog System”. Sounds fair – I doubt anyone would dispute that WordPress is indeed a Blog System.

Now by looking at the diagram we can see that a Blog System is a specialised form of Presentation Management System, which itself is a specialised form of Web Content Management System, which is finally a specialised form of Content Management System. I can hear some incredulous voices: “are you asserting that WordPress is all of these things?”. Absolutely!

Let’s pick some more examples, to see if we can break this model:

  • Alfresco RM – clearly a Records Management System therefore also a Document Management System, therefore also a Content Management System.
  • Virage MediaBin – this is an easy one: the web site explicitly touts it as Digital Asset Management, so only one step and we arrive at Content Management System. NEXT!
  • Ektron eWebEditPro (here’s a potentially contentious one!) – again the web site tells us it’s HTML Editing Software, therefore a Web Content Management System and a Content Management System.

Interesting eh? All these vastly different systems (we’ve just picked 4 that are completely different from one another), yet all of them provide specialised facilities for the management of content central to various different problem domains. They’re all Content Management Systems!

To paraphrase Drew Carey, next time you’re at a social event without companionship or sustenance, I’d encourage you to play “pin the CMS tail on the product donkey” (allowing yourself the ability to extend the hierarchy above with categories that I left out) – I think you’ll mostly find it a trivial exercise.

In Conclusion

At this point you might still be asking yourself what all this means and whether there is any real value in such a broad definition for Content Management.

My answer to that would be that an inclusive definition such as this one comes closest to the true meanings of the words “Content” and “Management”, without requiring us to open the can of worms that would be involved in trying to define these two words in detail (which is impossible anyway, since their precise definitions depend on the specific problem domain).

More importantly, by not requiring us to come to some global agreement about what “content” and “management” mean, this definition can help us move beyond the historical divides within the profession (notably the divide between the Web Content Management and Document Management camps), by giving us common terminology that is compatible with how these terms are used today by all camps, while also being sufficiently well defined that everyone knows what’s implied (and just as importantly, not implied) when someone make an assertion such as “Microsoft Word is a Content Management System”.

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The Case for Killing “ECM”

I’ve been commenting quite a bit recently on Sir Pie’s noble quest to define “ECM”, but have held back on weighing in in detail until now. I figured it was high time I put my money where my mouth is and attempt to explain the conclusion I’ve arrived it.

To me the discussion about what “ECM” means is fundamentally based on the definition of “Content Management” in general, and more specifically, the definitions of all of those things that are thought of as being part of humanity’s “Content Management” activities (including, but by no means limited to: Web Content Management; Document Management; Records Management; Image Management; Digital Asset Management; Print Management; etc.).

So how might we go about defining all these things?

The Reversi Rule

Now some would argue (persuasively, in many cases!) that I’m just simpleminded, but I’ve always used a nice simple rule for figuring out what a complimicated name such as “Document Management” means – I like to call it the “Reversi Rule” (Reversi is such a nice simple game!):

Approximately reverse the words in the name and then fill in the blanks to construct a grammatically correct sentence.

So using this rule:

  • “Document Management” is “The management of documents”.
  • “Web Content Management” is “The management of web content”.

And most tellingly:

  • “Content Management” is the (rather broad) “management of content”.

A Short Digression…

Now this may seem like little more than childish word play, but it actually enables us to unambiguously answer some rather interesting questions, such as the ever-popular-on-twitter “Is WordPress a CMS?”.

The reasoning goes something like this:

Q. What is a CMS?
A. A system that manages content.  (Reversi Rule)

Q. Is WordPress a system?
A. Yes it is.  (very little ambiguity here!)

Q. Does WordPress provide management features?
A. Yes it does, including the most important features for an author of web content: editing, version control and publication.  (one might argue that “management” is more than this, but these three are amongst the most important activities an author of web content performs on their content, regardless of the system they’re using)

Q. Is what WordPress manages content?
A. Yes it is – content in the form of blog posts and pages.  (again, very little ambiguity here, although no one would dispute that this is a rather limited view of what web content is)

So when measured against our definition of “CMS”, WordPress passes with flying colours – it is unequivocally a system that manages (edits, versions, publishes) content (blog posts, pages).

So what has this go to do with “ECM”?

Well by applying the Reversi Rule to “ECM”, we get:

  • “Enterprise Content Management” is “The management of enterprise content.”

But what is “enterprise content”? Is it web content? Documents? Paper (physical or scanned)? Records? Digital media assets? As I’ve argued before, it could be none, any, or all of the above – it depends on the enterprise in question.

That’s not very promising, so let’s try again:

  • “Enterprise Content Management” is “The management of content in an enterprise.”

Well we still have the problem of deciding what that content is, and we’re now excluding those organisations that aren’t structured as enterprises in the first place! What about the (these days literally!) poor governments of the world that are just as desirous of content management as enterprises are??


The conclusion I’ve drawn is that “ECM” is a chimera of a term that cobbles together two completely unrelated concepts: “content management” (the management of content) and “enterprise” (a company that has been organised for commercial purposes).

For this reason I think “ECM” is a term that provides no value over and above other terms (specifically “Content Management”), and I suspect that’s part of the reason why Pie and others have struggled so long to try to find a workable definition that does more than just confuse the heck out of any unfortunate souls who come into contact with it.

I also suspect that deep down, Pie has at least some subconscious inkling that “CM” is a superior term to “ECM”, as evidenced by a recent brain snap. As demonstrated in the WordPress digression above, the usage of the term “CMS” that Pie finds so objectionable is indeed justified, if perhaps not the full picture. This is something I intend to explore further in a subsequent post.

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A Slice of Pie

(with apologies to Pie on the title – it was too good to pass up! 😉 )

For quite a while now, Pie has been on a virtuous crusade to clearly define what is meant by the term “Enterprise Content Management” (ECM). In a late December post entitled “Turning the ECM Definition Around”, Pie neatly justified his search as follows:

Back in October, there was some debate on updating the definition of ECM. Since then, there has been discussions out there about whether the term ECM should even be used anymore. My basic opinion is, and has been, that we need to fix/update the definition, not the term. Changing the term would require a lot of work to educate people for very little gain.

Earlier this week Pie continued his hunt for the (thus far elusive) “perfect definition” of ECM with his post ECM or Document Management?, and a number of the points made in the post rang particularly hollow to my ears.

To paraphrase, the post asserts that ECM, at its core, is little more than Document Management (specifically, management of the files produced by Office productivity applications), and that none of the other extant Content Management use cases (Records Management, Digital Asset Management, Web Content Management, Collaboration etc.) are necessary for a system to be defined as an ECM CMS (although they may be provided as optional extensions to the core DM feature set).

Micro Slice
At a micro level, I think this view ignores recent† thinking about what constitutes a “document” – specifically the accelerating move away from the persistence of content as monolithic “binary content blobs” (PDF being the canonical example) stored in simple folder hierarchies, to open, semi-structured formats (DocBook, DITA, ODF, the Office 2007 XML formats, etc.) stored in repositories with richer navigational constructs (search, tag clouds, categorisation, etc.).

While these semi-structured formats can usually be “flattened” into files (in most cases as XML, although there are other equally suitable structured file formats) and stored in simple folder hierarchies, this is very much a lowest common denominator storage format, and far more interesting (and valuable!) possibilities open up if content is stored in a more modern, non-file/folder based repository (see my earlier post for a brief discussion of the storage mechanism such a hypothetical CMS might use).

Current Document Management products, on the other hand, are still firmly rooted in the “big blobs of data stored in folder hierarchies” view of content storage, and that suggests a couple of things:

  1. There is demand for, and value in, systems that are rooted in the “dumb file/folder” world view. Whether these deserve to retain the title of “Document Management System” remains to be seen, but my $0.02 is that the definition of Document Management will evolve to keep pace with developments in the field, quite possibly faster than the current batch of “DM CMSes” can innovate to keep up.
  2. Balancing this, “Document Management” as a term has accumulated two decades of baggage, and (like the term ECM itself), that inertia will be difficult to shake off.
  3. ECM as practiced today is far more than “dumb file/folder” management – which segues nicely to a second helping of pie 😉

Macro Slice
At a macro level I simply need to point to the types of content that many enterprises are managing and the use cases they have for that content.

Take Amazon for example, arguably the poster child of a wildly successful content-centric Enterprise (disclaimer: I have never worked for or on behalf of Amazon, so anything I state here is educated guesswork on my part, based solely on publicly available information). I would be very surprised if much of their content was in a file format of any flavour (binary content blob or semi-structured), and it’s highly unlikely that they manage it in “dumb” folder hierarchies either (whether on a “real” filesystem or in a file/folder-centric CMS).

On top of this, Amazon’s use case for their content is classic WCM – much of their content ends up on what is arguably the largest brochureware site on the internet, with the classic brochureware goal of enticing customers to buy more of Amazon’s product (which, in some cases, is itself digital content, but that’s a topic for another post).

Amazon isn’t the only example of an Enterprise managing content in this way or for this purpose, yet if (as Pie argues) the term ECM is synonymous with the narrow definition of Document Management, Amazon isn’t doing Enterprise Content Management! So is Amazon doing it wrong, or is our working definition of ECM still insufficient to describe how today’s Enterprises manage their content?

† “recent” meaning “within the last decade or so”

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Bottom 10 Predictions for 2010

In mid December, Justin Cormack (of Technology of Content fame) and I agreed to do a little retrospective on the worst things we’d seen during 2009.  While Justin wasted no time in submitting a great post on the topic, I blinked on or around December 15th and when I opened my eyes it was January 2010 already, so in an attempt to regain Justin’s respect I offer a humble “Bottom 10 Predictions for 2010”, in no particular order:

  1. Content Management RFPs will continue to be liberally strewn hither and yon like confetti at a WASP wedding, with zero regard for their efficacy or otherwise.
  2. There will be at least one spectacular† flameout when an otherwise solid WCMS is shoehorned into a completely inappropriate use case, and then explodes in a shower of shiny sparks. This will be a direct result of WCM continuing to be misidentified as a single commoditised use case – an issue that has been beaten to death in the past, but still has no remedy in sight.
  3. Map / reduce will be touted as the One True Answer to Everything, while RDBMS stalwarts struggle in vain to calm the hysteria and remind everyone that it’s “merely” a handy way to crunch large data sets.
  4. Suffering indigestion, OpenText will divest themselves of at least one of their product portfolio.  My money is on the former Tower products acquired via the Vignette purchase – they were a going concern before Vignette acquired them, and have remained relatively independent since then.
  5. SMB / CIFS will remain the most popular remote filesystem protocol in existence, despite being the worst (except for all the others).  (with apologies to Winston Churchill)
  6. JCR will continue to be ignored by all of the “top shelfCMS vendors – rapid adoption of CMIS on the server side will amplify the collective yawn that JCR evokes amongst CMS vendors.
  7. Momentum will continue to build on the CMIS client side – I humbly disagree with Pie’s #3 prediction for 2010 on this point, as there’s already been significant CMIS client development, and that’s before the spec has even been ratified.  (I realise this is more of a “top” prediction, than a “bottom” prediction, but even a curmudgeon has his sunny moments!)
  8. The Cloud will be the teenage sex of 2010 – everyone says they’re doing it, but only a small subset really understands what’s involved and an even smaller minority of those are actually doing it “for real”.  (note: The Cloud narrowly beat out Enterprise 2.0 for this title – I expect to see a great return match next year!).
  9. (speculation) Ektron will be acquired by Microsoft in order to jump start Sharepoint’s WCM capabilities.
  10. (super speculation!) Duke Nukem Forever will be released and will cure all those evil Wiiborgs of their sordid, physically demanding “gaming”.

And there you have it – my bottom 10 list for 2010.  I hope this is enough to regain Justin’s respect, although I may have gone a little overboard with one or two items on this list.  😉

† “Spectacular” meaning it will become a cautionary tale in CMS circles.

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