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Why your Content Suite needs Document Control

Posted by Aaron Norman on Jun 21, 2018 9:11:59 AM

We all understand the importance of an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system. An ECM helps to keep track of all organization information in a centralized location, helps regulatory compliance, can increase productivity, deal with auditing and versioning and speed up the business process. However, an ECM is typically a platform that needs configuration.

An ECM is an investment and initially, in particular, a large monetary and resource outlay. Stakeholders often expect an organization to optimize the company ECM and gain value as fast as possible. This value comes from users getting access to the configured ECM and its content. That means access to documents and other data. Longer term value can also include other business applications.

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The invisible ECM – is this the ideal project management platform?

Posted by Aaron Norman on Jun 1, 2016 4:00:00 AM

We’re getting a lot of interest in managing projects on an ECM platform (Content Suite) and some of the most frequent questions are about Content Suite and not the project management functions!
In particular, people have questions such as:

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Topics: PPM

Why don’t project teams use all the features of their project management software?

Posted by Aaron Norman on Apr 8, 2016 9:23:13 AM

I’ve been working with project teams for the last 20 years and seen them use a wide variety of project management software, from colour coded excel sheets to MS Project to enterprise project software. Throughout all of these projects, I’ve seen the teams rely on the same groups of features to get things done, despite having an excess of functions available in the software. What's the reason they don't use all the functions?

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Topics: Project Management

Project Management for the Public Sector - leveraging Content Suite

Posted by Aaron Norman on Nov 3, 2015 6:50:40 AM

We’re getting a lot of interest in project management on OpenText Content Suite / Server / Livelink from industries that operate in regulated environments, for example the Public Sector, Utilities and Energy. And from project managers in organizations that supply these industries.

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Topics: Project Management

SharePoint as an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) – seeing both sides

Posted by Aaron Norman on Apr 21, 2015 8:18:00 AM

Can SharePoint work as an ELN? I get asked many questions about using SharePoint as an ELN and it seems like a good time to take stock and sum up the various points, both pro and con.

Firstly I’ll review SharePoint and some of the strong features that are absolutely required for an ELN such as collaboration, audits and versions. Then I’ll discuss what is missing from SharePoint and why it might be worth considering a commercial Electronic Lab Notebook.

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Mega documents

Posted by Aaron Norman on Jan 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM

How do you bring together tens of thousands of pages of certificates, drawings, procedures and specifications into one formatted, organized document with an up to date table of contents? 

And then do it all over again the next week with new content for a new customer? 

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Topics: Publisher

How to simplify Project Management in your enterprise

Posted by Aaron Norman on Jun 3, 2014 6:30:00 AM

I’ve been working with Project Managers from different industries and over the last few years and I have seen their pressure increase as managing projects seems to get more complex every year.

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Topics: Content Server, Project Management, PPM, program management, portfolio management, livelink, opentext

Consumer Goods companies: clear choices for R&D

Posted by Aaron Norman on Feb 24, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Catching up with reading over the New Year, I found the article ‘Tough Choices for Consumer Goods companies’ in my list. (http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/consumer_and_retail/tough_choices_for_consumer_goods_companies).

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Topics: ELN, R&D, Consumer Goods

Do Records Management and Archiving matter for ELNs and R&D Data?

Posted by Aaron Norman on Mar 12, 2013 12:04:00 PM

At the risk of getting some grief from people who work in the world of records management (RM) and archiving, I’ll paint a picture of what I visualise when I think of archivists.

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Topics: ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook, Document Management, R&D, Enterprise Content Management, Enterprise Document Management, Content Server, ECM, Data Sovereignty, RM, Records Management

How Data Sovereignty Regulations affect ELNs (Electronic Lab Notebooks)

Posted by Aaron Norman on Dec 19, 2012 8:00:00 AM

How does Data Sovereignty affect ELNs?  And why do CIOs and IT Professional need to care?

What is Data Sovereignty?

Data Sovereignty relates to the data location at a granularity sufficient for placing it within the borders of a particular nation-state. This subjects the data to the laws of the legal jurisdiction in which the server that hosts it is located, wherever that may be at any given time.

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Topics: ELN, Electronic Lab Notebook, Data Sovereignty

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