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09/10/2008

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Andrew Chapman

Gosh, you are making me blush… It is a great question, (and coincidently one that a customer actually asked me last night). I think you make the assumption that you cannot make money out of playing a commodity role in the infrastructure. I’d suggest two reasons why it might be attractive:

You create a larger overall market by making it more compelling for solution vendors to include ECM integrations in their existing offerings.
The best of the bunch will make more money because you will not drive your back-end decision based on the front end capabilities. You can chose the best front end solution for your business and then the best repository. With regards to your second point - perhaps it is the repetition of solutions that will be reduced. Today, every ECM vendors has their own Records Management solution that works only with their own repository. In the future maybe there will be just a couple of niche players providing RM solutions that plug in to any CMIS repository. I do agree that it opens up the market to lots of bit players writing specialized CMIS solutions. Who knows - we might do away with the need to have Federated RM completely! Given that those of us suffering through the run-up to the US election we should prepare for the politics that will ensue from this initiative. The ECM vendors will all start creating strategic alliances with the front-end solution providers - hope it doesn't become about personalities...

Andrew Chapman

Ethan from the MicrosoftSharePoint team recently posted a good overview of CMIS: http://blogs.msdn.com/ecm/archive/2008/09/09/announcing-the-content-management-interoperability-services-cmis-specification.aspx Also, you can view Video Interview of Jeff Teper Corp VP, Office SharePoint Server Group talking about CMIS - I do not know how good this is becuase I could not get it to run in IE but I'll download it and watch it later... http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/cmis/default.mspx

The Dave M

So after reading yet another one of your fine posts, one big question kept presenting itself: how will the vendors possibly prosper from this? I ask because it seems to fly in the face of what all the key vendors supporting this are, and rightly so, have been trying to do for a while now (if they want to make money) and that is lock customers into a single vendor, UNIFIED solution. And to your comment, "This means that smart people will do exactly that (and make more money) but over time the net number of solutions is reduced." I'm not too sure if it's the number of solutions that is reduced but rather the number of platforms - which I know is more a question of semantics than a question for answering - and providing a potential explosion in the number of solutions because the small niche player who has the best "part" or Web Service can now be more easily integrated onto a CMIS supported platform. Wow the big vendors opening the door for the little guys... it's like an ECM bizarro-world.

Andrew Chapman

Chuck Hollis has some interesting thoughts on why it might be a success...

http://chucksblog.typepad.com/chucks_blog/2008/09/cmis----its-not.html

Andrew Chapman

I didn't include the link to the actual document...you can download it from the EMC Developer Network web site. http://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-1605

Craig's Musings

CMIS - Content Management Interoperability Services

I am excited to (finally) say that EMC, IBM and Microsoft have announced the creation of a jointly developed interface specification called Content Management Interoperability Services, or CMIS. This is important news for the industry as CMIS uses web ...

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CMIS - the new Lingua Franca of ECM?

!OASIS Advancing open standards for the global information society.png align=right! There has been a lot of buzz over the last few days following the announcement last week of a new standard for ECM repository integration from EMC, Microsoft and IBM....

Confluence: MarketSpace

CMIS - the new Lingua Franca of ECM?

!OASIS Advancing open standards for the global information society.png align=right! There has been a lot of buzz over the last few days following the announcement last week of a new standard for ECM repository integration from EMC, Microsoft and IBM....

Confluence: MarketSpace

CMIS - the new Lingua Franca of ECM?

!OASIS Advancing open standards for the global information society.png align=right! There has been a lot of buzz over the last few days following the announcement last week of a new standard for ECM repository integration from EMC, Microsoft and IBM....

Andrew Chapman

If you are interested, Craig Randalland Dr. David Choyare doing a Webcastin September 18th all about CMIS. If you know Craig then you'll know that this will be worth tuning in for. http://www.emc.com/events/2008/q3/09-18-08-cmis-launch.htm

Nay Sayer

How does this "work" for MSFT? It just doesn't make sense and considering their track record with open standards and their inability to stray from the proprietary technology that "locks" customers into their technology again, this just doesn't make sense. If your comment to The Dave M comes true then companies like IBM and EMC are in a good position to become one of the few platforms for ECM while MSFT is likely to be relegated to "front-end solution provider." I seriously doubt this works for MSFT considering their motives and plans for the coming years. It goes without saying that MSFT owns the front-end (Office, Windows) and has outlined extensive plans to parlay this vice-like grip into the back-end market by connecting their front-end to their back-end, ultimately through SharePoint. One of the key developing facets of this plan is to extend SharePoint’s front-end strength as a collaboration tool into enterprise content management - allowing all of those end-users who are using or will be using SharePoint to make better use of their content and to provide organizations that invest in SharePoint the ability to better manage their content overall. Of course none of this is the reality today (in terms of ECM) but no doubt the embrace and extend philosophy is deeply entrenched here and it is pretty obvious where MSFT intends to take this with coming releases. So with all of this in mind, why would MSFT almost knowingly relegate themselves to the Front-end by supporting CMIS? The answer is obvious, they won't, and we will all watch as MSFT once again makes it that much harder for organizations to do the one thing they are desperate to do (and the one big thing CMIS would allow) and that is create one centralized solution for content management. It is impossible to believe that all of the work MSFT has done and is doing to lock customers into an entirely MSFT infrastructure (which BTW is exactly what IBM, EMC, Oracle and all other vendors are doing as well – hey, this is business right?) would be put at risk by actually supporting CMIS knowing their fate is to be the front-end to the “will be” CMIS supporting ECM platform providers.

Craig Randall

http://www.cmswatch.com/Trends/1368-Microsoft-SharePoint-and-the-CMIS-standard

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

CMIS - the new Lingua Franca of ECM?

!OASIS Advancing open standards for the global information society.png align=right! There has been a lot of buzz over the last few days following the announcement last week of a new standard for ECM repository integration from EMC, Microsoft and IBM....

Confluence

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

Confluence

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

Confluence

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Standard

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco....

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

Confluence: MarketSpace

Content Management Interoperability Standard (CMIS)

What is CMIS? CMIS a new standard for ECM repository integration developed jointly by EMC, Microsoft and IBM, and currently supported by OpenText, Oracle, SAP and Alfresco. The CMIS specification (soon to be submitted to OASIS

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