The Future of Capture --- Where your Content IS your Life

By Jeff Shuey posted 03-20-2012 17:08


The future of information capture will go far beyond the traditional Enterprise Content Management (ECM) perspective of scanning paper and importing documents that wereborn digital.

The future of Capture will span every data stream you touch and  the every stream that touches you.

The Future of Capture will encapsulate the latest buzzword of Big Data and will span the Social, Local and Mobile (SoLoMo) worlds we all live in today.

This is the first in a series that will discuss the future of capture. In follow on post I will cover the SoLoMo aspects in more detail. I am also open to collaborating on posts. If you have something to say and want to work on it together. Let me know.

Smile … You’re on Candid (Surveillance) Camera

  • Red Light Cameras
  • Video Camera in Government Buildings
  • Video Cameras in Private Buildings

These are just a few of the more obvious Points of Capture. There are numerous less obvious avenues to capture, process and manage the information about you. For the cameras above a few questions come to mind about the data they capture.

Questions like:

  • Who owns the data these cameras capture?
  • Who has a right to see this information?
  • Can this data be posted to social media sites?
  • Can this information be used against you?
  • Homework for you … What question do you have?

It’s not all fear mongering and big brother. Surveillance cameras can serve community and social good efforts too. They can be used to monitor traffic, alert first responders to the specifics of a developing situation, and with the ever increasing improvements in imaging technology (there’s that old line ECM stuff coming up for air) they can be used to identify stolen cars, criminals and other (mis)deeds that may be occurring on public or private cameras.

Adapt, Acquire or Acquiesce

This first post is focused on the traditional old line ECM vendors. These firms have been around for a number of years and have been for the most part able to ride on the long tail of the ECM industry. That’s set to change. The firms supplying traditional ECM solutions today will need to either Adapt, Acquire or Acquiesce to the demands of the ever increasing data stream.

If you work for one of these old line firms I hope you are guiding them to be a part of the future trend. It’s not all doom and gloom for the old line ECM firms. I have seen some of the companies jumping in and taking a stand. Which I will be writing about a few of them in the next few posts.

My suggestion to you is … If one or more of these these “traditional ECM firms” are suppliers / vendors to your company you should be asking them how they are going to handle the data stream that is coming your way.

Will they be ready to capture, process, manage and archive the Big Data that you will be gathering from disparate sources?

If not, now is a good time to encourage them to Adapt, Acquire or Acquiesce to the The Future of Capture.

Image and Term Credit: John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins

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