Promise #11 – FirstDoc and D2

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In my post “FirstDoc & D2” I told you all (breathlessly) that there was going to be a webinar where CSC were going to discuss their plans regarding EMC’s D2 interface.


Unable to Fulfil Due to a family commitment I was unable to attend this webinar. I had contacted with some people at CSC beforehand to to see if it would be recorded. The answer I got was “Yes”, but since then I have been advised that, because of the commercially sensitive nature of the webinar, it wasn’t. I certainly understand that that decision has been made. As such, though, I am not able to actually deliver on this promise.

Promise #9 – The CMIS Survey Blog Post

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In the post titled “Latest CMIS survey from Generis”, I promised to write a blog post over a Survey Generis had done on the adoption of CMIS.


Promise Partly Fulfilled

I followed this promise up. The post was originally published on the AIIM site.
(I will need to publish a copy of this on my own blog.

The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter

Promise #6 – The ARMA Blog Post

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In November of 2011, I was invited to the inaugural meeting of the Swiss ARMA Chapter.

I wrote a post titled “A couple of reasons for me to travel to Switzerland – ARMA & Chris Walker”.  In finished this post by promising to take notes and write a post on the meeting


Promise Fulfilled!

Happy to say that in this case I did follow up on the promise. The blog post can be read here:

The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter

Promise #7 – The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter Promise

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In my post “The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter“, I mentioned that I would stay in touch with the Swiss ARMA chapter and see how they progress.



I’ve been staying in touch with Jürg Hagemann and Jürg  Meier on a casual basis.  I do recieve regular updates from ARMA International, but haven’t been to any further ARMA Chapter meetings.

In fact, the second Swiss ARMA Chapter meeting is happenning Friday 30 March 2012. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make this. (It’s a 2 hour meeting – but is still 900km away.)

So – I have not be actively involved with ARMA’s Swiss Chapter, but I have been involved – albeit “from a distance”.

Promise #14 – Beta Testing SLIKK


In my post “Beta Testing SLIKK” I mentioned how I had applied for an “invitation” to Beta test the SLIKK engine.


Promise Fulfilled

See my post that was finished recently here:


Promise #4 – Comments on “The Problem with Network Folders”

Refer: 14 Unfulfilled Promises


In the post “Comments on ‘The Problem with Network Folders'” I made a few arguments against the claim that Network Folders were no longer of any use.

Then I promised I would go into this further in a later post.


Promise Fulfilled!

In the post “Using a network file share – a case study” I described where Network Folders are still useful.

Promise #1 – The value of a Content Management system

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In my post “The value of a content management system” I described how the US Air Force Medical Service had added an E2.0 interface to their content management system, and finished the post by trying to find out if I could republish some of the material from the article.

Delivering on the Promise

Instead of republishing excerpts from the post, I have included a link to the post, so that you can read it yourself:

Social Network Enlightenment Found in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service

The no Bullet Bullet Slide

make a powerful point

How would you like to come across during a presentation? Check all that apply — Lazy? Safe? Unimaginative? A rule-follower? If you use a bullet slide, you are checking all those boxes. That’s what bullets on a slide sub-consciously say about you. “But,” I hear you say, “That’s what the template made me do…” or “I had to get these points across, bullets are the best way.”

Bullets may seem like the only way, but they are not the best way. Because they’re a default setting in PowerPoint and Keynote, it becomes a mindless task as you work out your argument and build your presentation, bullets just happen. How do you get away from them? First let’s look at what they actually do for you.

The Point.

Every slide you make should have a point. Journalists would call it a Headline. The US Military (Which seems to have an acronym for…

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Beta Testing SLIKK – My feedback

In my earlier post “Beta testing SLIKK” I described how I requested an invitation to Beta test SLIKK – a site that was offering a new way of searching.

Well after about a week, I got my invitation, and sat down to give SLIKK a test drive.

Here are my findings…

SLIKK Search Application

The SLIKK Search application is a Search Interface that aims to provide the “new” way of searching.

SLIKK Features

On the surface, SLIKK looks like a great tool. Its features include:


SLIKK can be configured to return search results from either Google, Yahoo/Bing, or SLIKK’s own results. Google Results are selected by default.


SLIKK provides search results based on source material:

  • Web
  • Images
  • News
  • Video
  • Blogs
  • Twitter


With Multi-view, a spilt screen can be displayed to show you two different groups of results. (For example – “Web” search results on the left, and “Video” search results on the right.)


SLIKK offers the ability to open the source page, that the search result is pointing to, in a small “child” window. This is not a preview, but the actual page. Further to that you can open multiple ” source pages” and have these open either in a series of tabs or “tiled. Then you have the choice of changing it to full screen, etc.


You can select from a selection of sites (Google Maps, Twitter, etc) or you can enter your own, so that these appear in the top of the SLIKK page.

What I thought of SLIKK

At first glance SLIKK appears to be a great application.

However, when I looked closer at each feature, I started to think “ok…but what is the real advantage that is offered here?”

Search Engine – You can select the search engine that you want the search results from. Really – I can easily do the same by going to the Google site and executing a search there, or going to the Bing search and executing the search there.

Content Type – This is nothing that the “legacy” search engines didn’t already offer. However – to be able to get Twitter results was definitely something I was happy with.

Multi-View – Initially I thought that this was pretty cool. But , to be honest, there wasn’t really that much advantage to this feature. The only value I saw was if you wanted to see, side-by-side, search results for something while viewing what was being tweeted about it the same time. But then…how often do you want to do that?

Open Search Results – Note – this is not a “preview” feature similar to what Google offers. It is a “child window” with the source site in it. In these times of tabbed browsers, I wa struggling to find a real advantage to this.

My Links – When I first clicked on this (and saw the screen displayed above), I thought that it would offer real value. But all it does is display the name of the site in the top of the screen which, when clicked on, will open the site in a new tab, or window. In short – bookmarks/favorites.

  I found that SLIKK was not actually that Slick. I certainly applaud the owners of SLIKK for what they are doing, but I feel that the big Search Engines are already able to offer so much more.

Beta Community

SLIKK have a Beta program in place. And there is a forum, and a blog (as well as a Facebook page etc). They do seem quite receptive to input from users and appear to be trying hard to create something that people want.

I wish them the best of luck.

14 Unfulfilled Promises

Dear Reader(s), I come to you with my head hung low, to beg your forgiveness.

Through the history of my blog I have been making promises which I haven’t kept.

And now I want to do right by you.

I will start by listing all the unfulfilled promises, and then, in future posts, I’ll try and either deliver on the promise, or find some plausible excuse why I can’t.

Unfulfilled Promises

1. The value of a Content Management system

…trying to arrange permission to reproduce parts of the article at the moment. Once I do, I will talk about this more.

See: Promise #1 – The value of a Content Management system

2. The public-sector digital landfill

 I’ll be watching with interest, and if I see anything of note, I will let you know.

See: Promise #2 – The Public Sector Digital Landfill

3. Case Study – Is this DM system “social”

In a (much) later post I will present a number of ways this system can be made more “sociable”.

4. Comments on “The Problem with Network Folders”

However there are a few situations where using a file share is still of value.

In my next a later post I will go into this more…

See: Promise #4 – Comments on “The Problem with Network Folders”

5. Realizing True Records Management with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 – the Webinar

I’ve registered for the webinar. I’ll be taking notes, and will try and report back on my findings.

6. A couple of reasons for me to travel to Switzerland – ARMA & Chris Walker

Needless to say – I’ll be taking notes during the sessions (especially the keynote speech), and plan to write a blog post once I get back.

See: Promise #6 – The ARMA Blog Post

 7. The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter

I’ll try and stay in touch with them and see how they progress.

See: Promise #7 – The Inaugural Conference of the Swiss ARMA Chapter Promise

 8. Total Regulatory Solution – a “complete” offering from CSC – Webinar 1

As mentioned above, there are three webinars in which CSC are describing their new “Total Regulatory Solution”. The other webinars are:

    • Data in the Sky: Finding Flexible Solutions in the Cloud
    • Clearing the Path to Innovation: Exploring Total Regulatory Outsourcing

I plan to write posts on these as well.

9. Latest CMIS survey from Generis

James Kelleher, the CEO and owner of Generis, has sent me an the latest version of the survey. I plan to write a blog post over this soon

See: Promise #9 – The CMIS Survey Blog Post

10. Test Driving the Bottlenose

 I’ll let you know how things go…

11. FirstDoc & D2 – Getty Funky Together

I’ll let you know all about it after the 6th.

See: Promise #11 – FirstDoc and D2

12. “The New Normal” – My Initial Thoughts

I will add to my comments once I have finished the book.

 13. BLUG – I’ll be there

 I’ll be there with my notepad (yes – the paper-based version) taking notes.

14. BETA Testing SLIKK

The site is still in Beta Testing, and is “by invitation only” so I’ll see what happens. If it all goes good, then I’ll keep you up-to-date.

See: Promise #14 – Beta Testing SLIKK

Beta Testing SLIKK

While doing some research to help someone I’m “mentoring” (as part of the AIIM “Enthusiasts Club” I came across the SLIKK search engine.

This appears to use search results from Google but offers a number of useful ways to view them, as well as the website, or source that they are pointing at.

The site is still in Beta Testing, and is “by invitation only” so I’ll see what happens. If it all goes good, then I’ll keep you up-to-date.

BLUG – I’ll be there


I’m going to the Belux Lotus User Group conference that is being held in Antwerp, Belgium.

Am I a big Lotus user? No – not really.

Then why am I going? Because the sessions they’ve got lined up look excellent!

There are three main streams – Development, Administration, and Business/Other. I’ll be attending the “Business/Other” sessions.

Social Business

At this years “Lotusphere” (IBM’s big conference), there was a big focus on Social Business. And and looks like this will be playing a big part at BLUG.

After what looks like a very interesting Opening Keynote, there will be a Panel Discussion on  “Social Business”. Does this “buzzword” actually has any credence?

Members of the “Panel” include Luis Suarez, who has been living without e-mail the last 4 years, Femke Goedhart, an IBM Champion (and someone that I met at a SharePoint event last year), Stuart McIntyre, a Social Business Consultant (and author of the blog Collaboration Matters, and Chris Miller (aka IdoNotes) from Connectria.

This is one discussion I’m looking forward to.

Further in the “Business/Other” stream there will also be sessions on Cloud Computing, Balancing freedom the freedom of social media with the corporate restrictions that are often necessary, hearing how to “survive” in the business world without e-mail, as well as some other interesting sessions.

As I mentioned, I’m not a big “Lotus” person, but I feel that you can learning can come from all different sources. So I’m ready to learn. I’ll be there with my notepad (yes – the paper-based version) taking notes.

I’m also looking forward to meeting some of the IBM/Lotus crowd. (If you see me there, come and say “Hello”).

Nerd Girls

And…before I forget – I’m looking forward to seeing the Nerd Girls. At Lotusphere 2012, these girls organised the “Spark Talks”. These talks are very, very good (and inspiring). I wrote about one of the Spark Talks in an earlier post, and I am keen to see what the girls have organised this time.


As I have mentioned in earlier posts (see below for a list), I like the way that AIIM’s Certified Information Professional certification captures the broad knowledge and skills that an Information Professional needs to have.

If you look at AIIM’s page on the CIP, you’ll see that everything has been grouped into “Knowledge Domains“.

I’ve decided, (in a loose fashion), to use these “Knowledge domains” as categories for my posts. I will make them sub-categories under a “parent” category of “Information management“. (I’ve highlighted the ones that I am going to start using straight away.)

I’ll go through my posts (226 so far!) and re-categorize where appropriate.

You’ll can see the categories either in the top navigation menu (running across the page), or in the Categories drop down menu that can be viewed at the side of the page (when you click “Home”, or at the bottom of the page (when viewing each post individually.)

Return to…CIP Land

What follows is one of my post that was recently published on AIIM’s site as an “Expert Blogger”. (The original can be read here)


Return to…CIP Land

In my last post I talked about that recently discovered, and charted, land called “CIP Land“.

When I originally started writing that post, I had a vision of an island where each knowledge domain” represented a part of the island, which further contained representations of the “sub-domains”.

And, that’s when I drew the “map” that can be seen in that last post.

However, after I had written the post I realized that this “CIP land” was not an island.

An island, by definition, is not a continuous landmass, and is surrounded by water. With an island, there is no connection with other islands or, for that matter, with other countries (especially if you looked at the map I drew). It is separate from everything else.

This was very, very wrong.

The whole idea of an Information Professional, as defined by the CIP certification is, (and as Jesse Wilkins described it in his post “Are you T-shaped?“), someone who has a good, broad, knowledge of the different territories (knowledge domains), someone who has travelled the highways of the land, and knows enough to be able to get around each territory without the use of GPS, or SatNav.

They know enough about the customs of each territory, city, or village that they can communicate and interact, easily, with the locals of each area. If they need more in-depth local knowledge, they can hire a guide, but they have enough knowledge that they can see how each city, town, or village, interacts with the others.

They can see the “big picture”.

But the whole idea behind this, is that CIP Land is isolated.

And this is wrong, because CIP land is not isolated. It makes up part of a “global” environment. It interacts with other “lands”.

Think of it as a landlocked country in a continent made up of multiple countries (Europe for example). It takes advantages of its local talent, and specialized knowledge, but it interacts with the other countries. It requires them for services, and resources, that it doesn’t have. Just as the other countries, in turn, require the local skills and resources that it can provide.

So, from this, you can see that “CIP Land” is not an island. It’s a country. A country Political Map of Austria - Map of Austria, Europesurrounded by other countries.

Information Management can’t exist without databases, without networks, without hard drives, or storage areas. Hell, if CIP Land was an island, my friend, we wouldn’t exist for long.

Clearly my map of “CIP Island” needs to be redrawn…

What value does the Certified Information Professional offer?

Since I obtained my Certified Information Professional certification (woot!) I have been trying to find ways to describe, to executive management, the value that this certification offers.

A few of the blog posts I have written so far have definitely helped (see reference below), but John Mancini has recently created a slideshare presentation that sums it up nicely:

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“Photo ops” & “post topics” – they’ve re-wired my brain

Ever since I got my new smart phone (Samsung Galaxy 2S), I’ve (re)discovered the joys of photography.

Sure – I have a “proper SLR digital camera which I’m very happy with, and can do incredible things with, but the smartphone has given me the chance to have a camera with me almost always.

Combined with the fact that I have photo editing software also installed on the smartphone means that I don’t have to “transfer” the file before I add a filter to enhance it.

And being able to then upload the photo to an online storage site is just great. (My photos upload automatically to Google+, but I use Flick’r as my “showcase”.)

So, taking photos, of what I consider to be interesting scenes, is now a new enjoyable hobby of mine. So much so that anywhere I go now I’m looking for “interesting” shots. So much so that if I’m driving and I pass something that “catches my eye”, I’ll either stop straight away or try and do a U-turn as soon as I can, and trying somewhere relatively safe (but not always) to stop the car.

This continual alertness for “photo ops” is something that happens, now, automatically. I don’t have to  consciously think about it. And the same thing is happening now when I read articles on the internet. My brain is automatically determining whether I could use what I’m reading a blog post. “Is this subject related to what I blog about?”, “Is it something that I have an opinion about, or could expand on?”

It’s as if I’ve set up my own Google Alerts in my brain (with some more complex selection criteria).

And, my good reader (yes – you know who you are), if you have read some of my other “why do I blog?” posts, you’ll know that this analysing of content, this critical thinking, is what I was aiming to achieve. So I’m happy.

On the photo side – as I mentioned I really enjoy capturing unusual, or interesting scenes. I upload them to Flick’r, but don’t do it to attract viewers. (The same with my blog posts – if people read them, I consider it a bonus, but it’s not the main reason I write them).

So – I got a really nice surprise this morning when I saw a tweet from Ben Evans in Australia, someone I’ve been following, but have never really interacted with.

Ben’s tweet was:

When are you giving up the day job to become a full time photographer? These photos are a nice diversion in my tweet stream

It was cool to know that someone enjoyed my photos.

Thanks Ben


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