Cheryl McKinnon

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It Ain’t Just AI: What We Saw At Google Cloud Next

Lee Sustar April 16, 2024
Google recently held its Google Cloud Next conference four months early to unveil new AI offerings and upstage its rivals. Get a detailed review of all of the announcements at the event in this post.

SharePoint Premium Makes Its Debut At Microsoft Ignite 2023

Cheryl McKinnon November 20, 2023
Amid all of the buzz around Copilot at Microsoft Ignite last week, SharePoint Premium was revealed. While this is partially a branding and licensing streamlining effort, SharePoint Premium will continue to evolve into an AI-powered content platform with document automation, metadata enrichment, and other intelligent content services. Managing the end-to-end lifecycle of “high-value content,” such […]

Now Live! The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q1 2023

Cheryl McKinnon March 24, 2023
This week, The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q1 2023 went live! We looked at 13 key vendors and evaluated them on 26 criteria. This resulted in three Leaders, seven Strong Performers, two Contenders, and one Challenger. To learn more about these vendors and how they serve their target markets, see the full report.  What Is […]

Digital Workplace Trends To Watch Out For In 2023

Andrew Hewitt December 9, 2022
For leaders looking to improve digital employee experience in 2023, these five trends will be key.

Digital Employee Experience Is Not A Tool — It’s A Perception

Andrew Hewitt May 24, 2022
Digital employee experience is essential to support employees in the age of hybrid and remote work. Learn why.

Now Live! The Forrester Wave™: Intranet Platforms, Q1 2022

Cheryl McKinnon February 23, 2022
The latest edition of The Forrester Wave™: Intranet Platforms, Q1 2022, is now published! (subscription required) The intranet market has substantially reinvented itself in recent years. The appetite among enterprise clients has changed dramatically: No longer are homegrown, highly customized systems desirable. Now we see organizations demand software-as-a-service delivery models, easy-to-understand pricing and packaging, and […]

Rally Your Information Governance Dream Team To Delete Data Confidently

Cheryl McKinnon February 17, 2022
To delete the data or not? Get four tips on developing a successful data governance strategy.

The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q2 2021 Is Live — ECM Continues Its Evolution

Cheryl McKinnon June 14, 2021
The latest edition of “The Forrester Wave™: Content Platforms, Q2 2021” is now available to Forrester clients! The enterprise content management (ECM) market continues its evolution, with vendors stepping up their investments in cloud-first, flexible platforms. While many vendors still offer products that can be deployed on-premises or in a hosted model, cloud has become […]

Navigating The Struggles Of Data Deletion And Secure Data Disposal

Heidi Shey April 12, 2021
How long does your organization retain customer, employee, and sensitive corporate data, and how do you go about disposing of it? In the absence of explicit regulatory mandates, when and how to delete different types of records and personal data can become a tug-of-war between line-of-business, legal, and security teams. There are consequences of improper deletion and disposal, as well as excessive retention. In Italy, telecommunications company TIM received a fine […]

Hyland Doubles Down On Its Open Source, Cloud-Native Bet On The Future Of ECM

Cheryl McKinnon March 4, 2021
Hyland announced on March 4 that it intends to acquire content platform provider Nuxeo. The deal is expected to close in April or May. Coming on the heels of its acquisition of Alfresco, which we blogged about here, just months ago, Hyland will soon be the home for the two most widely deployed open source […]

Call For Participation: Forrester’s 2021 ECM Panel Survey Is Now Open!

Cheryl McKinnon December 29, 2020
Forrester’s 2021 Global Enterprise Content Management Survey is open … and we’re looking for your participation! This survey is intended for enterprise content management (ECM) or content services decision-makers and influencers in end user organizations. If you are a practitioner in the private or public sector and you are involved in enterprise content management programs […]

The Future Of Documents: Content Creation Is Ripe For Its Own Digital Disruption

Cheryl McKinnon December 15, 2020
I remember the first time I saw a Google Doc. It was sometime in 2008, and people interested in collaboration and “Enterprise 2.0” on Twitter were circulating a link to a list of like-minded tech professionals. I clicked on the link, and my jaw dropped. The document looked like it was alive. There were about […]

Read This Before Your Next Employee Hits The “Record” Button On An Online Meeting

Cheryl McKinnon December 14, 2020
What do a traveling Canadian Member of Parliament, a cable news legal commentator, and a director of a political organization have in common? They all had to use a meeting app to get their job done in the era of COVID-19 … just like so many of us. Yet as these examples show, with productivity reward […]

Microsoft Launches SharePoint Syntex To Automate Content Categorization And Build A Foundation For Knowledge Curation

Cheryl McKinnon September 22, 2020
Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Microsoft SharePoint Syntex as of October 1, 2020. This is the first packaged product to come out of the code-name Project Cortex initiative first announced in November 2019. Project Cortex reflects Microsoft’s ongoing investment in intelligent content services and graph APIs to proactively explore and categorize digital assets […]

Hyland Accelerates Its Path To Cloud By Acquiring Alfresco Software

Cheryl McKinnon September 9, 2020
Today, Hyland Software, best known for its OnBase and Perceptive content management portfolios, announced it will acquire Alfresco Software. Both vendors were named as “Leaders” in The Forrester Wave™: ECM Content Platforms, Q3 2019 (subscription required). This is a natural next step in Hyland’s recent rejuvenation strategy. Hyland’s investments over the last year include the […]

INTRANETS? Yes, Still A Thing . . . And Reinvented By Creative New Market Entrants

Cheryl McKinnon June 16, 2020
About two years ago, I started getting a cluster of customer inquiries on a topic that I thought had faded away from the content management landscape: the corporate intranet. The topic had been a quiet one in the seven-plus years I’ve been covering content management here at Forrester, but I took those calls because the […]

Call For Participation: Forrester’s 2020 ECM Panel Survey Is Open

Cheryl McKinnon December 23, 2019
Forrester’s 2020 Global Enterprise Content Management Online Survey is open… and we’re looking for your participation! This survey is intended for ECM or content services decision makers and influencers in end user organizations. If you are a practitioner inside the private or public sector and make or influence decisions around content management (including document management, records management, content platforms, intranets, or content-centric collaboration), […]

Project Cortex: Microsoft’s Bold Play To Help Optimize Corporate Knowledge

Cheryl McKinnon November 4, 2019
Microsoft unveiled a significant new addition to its Microsoft 365 productivity suite today (November 4), code-named Project Cortex. In private beta now, and with expected general availability in the first half of 2020, this enhancement is designed to address a perennial challenge for enterprises: surfacing and revealing collected corporate knowledge. Why Is This Important? Corporate […]

Call To Participate: ARMA And Forrester Joint Survey Tracking Records And Information Management Trends

Cheryl McKinnon September 12, 2019
ARMA International and Forrester have partnered once again on a joint survey to track the records and information management (RIM) trends facing enterprises. ARMA brings a community of RIM leaders together to provide resources, expertise, networking, and guidance for professionals in the space. The insights from this survey will help inform a stream of research […]

The Forrester Wave™: ECM Content Platforms, Q3 2019

Cheryl McKinnon September 9, 2019
Forrester is excited to announce the recent publication of “The Forrester Wave™: ECM Content Platforms, Q3 2019” report. Watch the video below to learn how this refresh of two classic Forrester Wave evaluations merged into one and what to expect from it. Forrester included 14 vendors in this assessment: Alfresco Software, Box, GRM Information Management, […]
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