Monthly Archives: July 2011

WEEKEND PLUS: Free eBooks help schools in wake of state-slashed expenditure

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Free ebooks for students. Image: chrisjohnbeckett

Free eBooks for A Level studies welcomed by cash-strapped schools

By ECM Plus

ECM Plus +++ A new survey conducted by OCR has revealed that school teachers now facing tight budgets are welcoming the offer of free A Level eBooks from next September to help with their pupils’ school curricula. Continue reading

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Filed under Document archiving & retrieval, e-Publishing, e-Reader, Electronic Document Management & Delivery, Industry News, Knowledge Management, OCR - Optical Character Recognition, Rights Management

Power downtime knocks out some London Internet connectivity

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Image by sfllaw via Flickr

Net affected as interruption drops customers in London 

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ ISPs were informed Wednesday 27th that Redbus, a main data centre in London, had lost power and was affecting several points of access and connectivity to the Internet, and may also affect people connecting to some ISP servers. Continue reading

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Web content firm releases Ektron V8.5

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Ektron takes wraps off V8.5. Image: Alex Dunne

New web content management platform offers range of new features

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Ektron has just launched a new web content management software app. Version 8.5 claims to offer new developer productivity and enterprise scalability.

Bill Rogers, CEO for the company said: “8.5 sets the standard for enterprise scalability with key new components including a 3-tier architecture and new search platform.”  Continue reading

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British businesses being battered by bureaucracy – report

Nicolaj Malchow-Møller, director of research C...

CEBR research findings reveal red tape mountain. Image: Akademikerne

Rising business costs crippling British enterprise

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Small British firms are trapped in a vice of rising business costs, squeezing margins, choking growth and threatening their survival, according to a new study by Make It Cheaper and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

According to the research, overheads have risen by almost a quarter over the past five years, and more than half (55 percent) of small business owners now warn that their company will simply not survive much longer if costs continue to rise at current rates. Continue reading

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Egnyte’s online cloud storage goes Dutch

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Online storage at British firms seeking resilience

Safe File Sharing launched as British businesses deal with data deluge

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Cloud file specialist Egnyte has just opened its doors at a new Cloud File Server data centre in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, which, it says, will enable it to meet strong demand from British firms looking for secure file sharing and storage.

Egnyte said that small and medium-sized companies now contribute nearly half of money spent on the cloud in Britain and cite remote storage as their biggest reason for using the cloud. Continue reading

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Gyron grows datacentre space with new 8MW Hemel facility

Gyron's new Hemel data centre

New high availability ‘Maylands’ secure data centre to open in New Year

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Gyron has just started work to bring online an additional data centre in Hemel Hempstead, in the South East of England.

According to the company, when open for customer occupation in Q1 2012, the new Maylands facility will complement the existing Centro facility, also in Hemel Hempstead, that was opened by the company in 2009. Continue reading

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Filed under Business continuity, Cloud Computing, Data centres, Data storage, Disaster Recovery, High Availability, SAN (Storage Area Networks), Vendor News, Virtualization

REVIEWS: Software – Diskeeper Professional 11

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Defragging: esssential digital content maintenance

As storage and content volumes surge, the need to manage content and keep it in tip-top condition from a search and retrieval perspective rises commensurately.


Consequently, disk drive performance becomes vital to enterprise and workflow productivity. Enter then the disk defragementation software tools, that help to tidy up the big mess that normal day-to-day use engenders. Continue reading

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Filed under Archive management, Data Governance, Data storage, Enterprise Content Management, Information Management, NAS (Network Attached Storage), Reviews, SAN (Storage Area Networks), Software Reviews, Workflow

WEEKEND PLUS: Scapegoating scheme not helping – ICM

Francis Maude

Francis Maude

ICM says Maude’ ‘name and shame’ plans ‘unworkable’

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Government plans to ‘name and shame’ late payers is impractical, unworkable and yet another missed opportunity, according to the Institute of Credit Management.

ICM said that such a ruse appeared to be to ‘chase a headline’ rather than address the fundamental issue that should be focused around up-skilling businesses and giving them the tools to better understand the value and importance of best credit management practice, it said in a statement.

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Filed under Asset management, Business Process Management, Business Risk, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Industry News, Policy Management, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management

Joomla releases 1.7, revs up open source cycle

Joomla!Day DE 2006

Joomla! 1.7 CMS unveils 1.7 with security tools

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Open source content management software specialist Joomla has just taken the wraps off the latest version 1.7 of its CMS offering.

The main updates in this version include search options, a defence against form manipulation and language-specific font settings. Continue reading

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Filed under Content management system (CMS), Enterprise Content Management, Open Source, Security Content Management (SCM), Vendor News, Web Content Management

UPDATE: Coincidence – Mobile phone CEO quits on same day Met chiefs exit

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Mobile phone CEO quits

According to an article in Mobile Today, the Franco-German Uk subsidiary Orange/T-Mobile’s (branded as ‘Everything Everywhere since last year) former Virgin Mobile boss Tom Alexander has quit citing ‘personal reasons’. Continue reading

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Filed under Data privacy, Data protection, Industry News, Mobile communication

COMMENT: When will accountability be front and centre?

Scales Of Justice

Accountability: Systemic flaws need real independent oversight. Image: srqpix

Shameful News Corp. fiasco plumbs depths of disgusting depravity of institutions


ECM Plus +++ As the News Corp woes further unfold, it starts to call into question the whole systemic root of generic institutional accountability where conflict of interests issues are no longer allowed to be smokescreens to stop accountability and compliance being overhauled and independently monitored – true segregation of duties in governance terminology. Continue reading

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Filed under Business Process Management, Content Protection, Data privacy, Data protection, GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance), Industry News, Information Governance, Mobile communication, Mobile Content, Telecommunications

German giant gobbles BPM minnow

Robert Bosch GmbH

Business process software gets the Teutonic touch

Bosch plans acquisition of inubit AG

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ German indusstrial giant Robert Bosch Group AG has acquired inubit AG, the small software firm specialising in business process management.

According to the company, its 100 associates generated sales of around 10 million euros.

However, the two companies said that the actual purchase price of inubit will not be disclosed. Continue reading

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Filed under Business process automation (BPA), Business Process Management, Industry News, Investor Relationship Management, Regulatory Compliance, Reporting

WEEKEND PLUS: News Corp woes shadow real issues

Slug from Atmosphere eavesdrops on Lucy?

Eavesdropping of voicemails should never have been technically possible in the first place. Image: Joe Howell

Infatuation with celebs and politicians clouds issue of weak data protection laws and further telecoms oversight by independent accountability councils of citizens


Truth is the first victim of war.

The disgusting charade that has been paraded this last week or so over the News Corporations’ alleged invasion of people privacy’s tends to mask the real problem. That is, how could this loophole of privacy invasion has been possible in the first place?

Insecure voicemail systems and processes.

And who is it who hosts these systems of privacy invasion? Continue reading

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Filed under Business Process Management, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Data Governance, Data privacy, Data protection, Industry News, Information Governance, Internal Controls, Mobile communication, Mobile Content, Regulatory Compliance, Risk Management, Telecommunications

Encrypted password court case puts Fifth to the test

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Content encryption comes to the fore in test case

Foundation urges court to uphold privilege against self-incrimination

The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged a federal court in Colorado to block the government’s attempt to force a woman to enter a password into an encrypted laptop, arguing in an amicus brief that it would violate her Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Continue reading

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Filed under Business Intelligence (BI), Content Management, Content Protection, Data privacy, Data protection, Document Management, Industry News, Information security, Intellectual Property (IP), Risk Management

Food content awarded ‘Non-GMO Verified’ badge of honour

Different varieties of soybeans being grown to...
As nature intended: compliance to food content standards

Appearing on-pack in August for all Silk soymilk, ‘Pure Coconut’ and ‘Pure Almond’ brands

Plant-based beverage brand Silk has confirmed that all of its products in the beverage portfolio of the company have now been verified by the Non-GMO Project, the association of manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, seed companies and consumers.

According to the company, Silk’s portfolio includes Silk Soymilk, Silk Pure Coconut® and Silk Pure Almond. All Silk soymilk, coconutmilk and almondmilk products were enrolled in The Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification Program in 2010. Continue reading

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Filed under Brand asset management, Business Risk, Compliance, Content marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Customer Relations Management (CRM), Industry News, Risk Management

NNDB gets corporate board content all mapped out

magnifying glass showing aberration

NNDB Mapper helps put connections under scrutiny

New update for content at NNDB corporate board mapping

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Look out LinkedIn. NNDB has updated its free \NNDB Mapper search engine, the visual tool that explores the connections and linkages between people.

According to NNDB, the NNDB Mapper now navigates biographical data collected in NNDB now topping more than 32,000 individuals, with coverage linking the worlds of business, politics, science and culture. Continue reading

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Filed under Analysis, Business Intelligence (BI), Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Enterprise Search, GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance), Industry News, Investor Relationship Management, Policy Management, Segregation of Duties (SoD)

Global 360 succumbs to Open Text in BPM buildout

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BPM acquisition for ECM behemoth

ECM behemoth cites ‘commitment to business process management’ and ‘accelerates move into dynamic case management’ as rationale for US$260m deal

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ OpenText has just acquired Global 360 Holding Corporation, the business process and case management software bellwether.

According to Open Text, the deal sees OpenText continuing on its expansion into the business process management market. Continue reading

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Filed under Business Process Management, Enterprise Content Management, Industry News

Sitecore proffers virtual venue for marketing apps

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Apps-fest for web content management marketeers

Application enables access to web applications without complex tech challenges

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Sitecore has just taken the wraps off a new online marketplace of on-demand applications, services, and integration developed for its so-called ‘Customer Engagement Platform’.

According to the Danish-based firm, their new App Centre claims to add value to web content management and digital marketing initiatives with pre-integrated apps. Continue reading

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Filed under Email management, Enterprise Content Management, Marketing operations management, Vendor News, WCM, Web Content Management, Web publishing management

German telco taken to task by workers

Deutsche Telekom corporate headquartiers, Bonn

Telekom trangresses corporate guidelines as unions escalates to OECD

Global union alliance files OECD complaint against Deutsche Telekom for union-busting

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ A complaint filed with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) describes how German telco behemoth Deutsche Telekom has engaged in anti-union activity in the United States of America and in Montenegro that violates OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

According to the complainant, filed by the German union ver.di, US union the Communications Workers of America and global union federation UNI Global Union, details the union-busting activity in the United States, where the management of wholly-owned subsidiary T-Mobile USA “has engaged in a pattern of conduct designed to undermine and frustrate employees’ efforts to choose union representation freely and to deny employees their rights to collective bargaining.” Continue reading

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Filed under Business Risk, Compliance, Equity Capital Markets, GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance), Industry News, Investor Relationship Management, Risk Management

‘Let’s Rocket’ as id7 hunts Dell partners in SAN surge

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Intelligent interconnect for Dell SANs

id7 markets VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell Partners:


ECM Plus +++ Manchester-based interconnecting storage specialist id7 has launched a new targeting of their VS-fusion bootable software stack to Dell’s British partner network.

Dell partners are being sought by id7 to take to market their VS-fusion software stack which converts a Dell server into an ultra high performance storage appliance. Tests on a PowerEdge Dell R610 server, coupled with id7’s bootable VS-fusion software, show transformation of existing EqualLogic array into a rocket storage solution. Continue reading

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Fourth amendment adds encryption protection for PDFs

Introducing Scroogle

WebSearch claims to be easier to use than other search engines. Image: Edgeworks Ltd.

New search and retrieval capabilities for encrypted PDF documents

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus
+++ New protection capabilities in the latest WebSearch v 4.0 component of DocuLex’s Archive Studio Content Management Suite can now search documents and retrieve content in real-time with password-protected PDF files. Continue reading

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Filed under Content Management, Content Security, Enterprise Search, Search, Security Content Management (SCM), Vendor News

Power to the people: Ofcom advocates independent voice

Government backs initiatives for comms people power

Strong independent customer voice vital for the communications market

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus
+++ Publishing the 2010-2011 Communications Consumer Panel’s annual report ‘Putting the consumer first: the work of the Communications Consumer Panel’, former Panel Chairman Anna Bradley said she was intensely proud of what the Panel has achieved over the last three years. Continue reading

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Filed under 3GPP LTE, 4G, Industry News, Mobile communication, Telecommunications

Sitecore acquires partner in print media push

Sitecore CEO keynote

Sitecore CEO Michael Seifert. Image: cristoffercrusell

Sitecore acquires Pectora to bridge gap between print and digital

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ Sitecore has just acquired the development team and the intellectual property of Pectora, a Sitecore technology partner offering web publishing for integration with print-based projects.

According to the company, the combination of the two firms will bring together print and web design to offer print media including brochures, catalogues and magazines. Continue reading

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Filed under Document Management, Marketing asset management, Marketing operations management, Vendor News, WCM, Web Content Management, Web Experience Management (WEM), Web publishing management