Can you use Drupal as a document repository? There’s no reason why not and in fact it has many benefits. I was lucky enough to be invited to give a talk at the Drupal Show and Tell in London last week where I described a recent project we’ve delivered. This was for a Local Authority in the UK who were replacing a legacy Content Management system. The existing system was used to store a huge number and variety of documents from proofs of identification to reports and copies of invoices and correspondence.
For a long time web designers and content authors have been able to change what’s displayed on a page depending on who’s viewing it. However this is normally restricted to adverts and sidebars. Soon we could see that actual page contents adapting to suit the reader as well. When you visit a webpage does it look the same each time you view it? Does it look the same as when your friend views it?
I was lucky enough to attend the AIIM Forum London this week. In many ways though it felt like the ECM market hasn’t really changed over the last few years. But is ECM actually holding back Digital Transformation? From the sessions Sharepoint is still the default for Document Management, and it still ends up a mess if it’s not done right. Most of the vendors are pushing Sharepoint plugins or services and these were mainly incremental advances.
The big announcement at Box World Tour was Box Zones which provides Box with European storage via AWS. This potentially has a big impact for UK customers particularly those in the public sector who have requirements to store information within the EU. At the same time Box is now a serious player in the full ECM market. I was lucky enough to attend the Box World Tour when it came to London last week.
Content Management, Information Governance, Information Architecture, Content Models… People throw around these terms all the time and for many the use of “Content” and “Information” are almost synonymous. But actually they’re different and here I’ll give you some simple definitions. If you asked the editor of a newspaper or website what was the difference between information and content they would be able to give you quite a straight answer. Information is the facts about when something happened, where it happened, when the next bus is due.