Cloud Computing: The Future of Content Management

Grazed from ITProPortal. Author: John Newton.

We know that big data is a big issue. Day by day, the data that businesses create is getting increasingly cumbersome and the value it contains is being outweighed by the complexity its management creates. This problem is one that John Newton has tackled over the last 25 years, first by designing and developing Documentum in the early Nineties and then with Alfresco, the world’s second largest open source enterprise content management company. John has had one of the longest and most influential careers in content management and he has invented many of the concepts widely used in the industry today.

How has the content and document management market changed since you started in the field?

Content and document management started really when the client/server revolution started to take off back in the late Eighties/early Nineties. Windows and Macs provided an environment to create more and more content and displacing mainframe applications. Storage at the time was limited to organising all those files using an eight letter name followed by a three letter extension...

Information was considered ‘Out of Control’, but this was in a pre-Internet era and we had no idea how bad it actually would get. Software was very expensive to build back then without open source, so it is amazing to think we built Documentum on less than $20m...

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