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May 10, 2004: News Backlog

In a new article in EContent, Tony Byrne of CMS Watch asks "Why do Enterprise Content Management (ECM) projects take so long to implement? And why do they fail with such alarming frequency?" The answer, at least according to those of us Tony talked with, often lies with poorly designed enterprise information architectures. In "Enterprise Information Architecture: Donít Do ECM Without It," Tony provides an excellent status report on the situation faced by many large organizations, and some thoughts on potential solutions.

On the AIfIA front, our past and current presidents and a bevy of other interesting folks were interviewed for a recent Wall Street Journal article about the newly recognized design challenge known as the presidential daily brief (PDB). Glad to see major mainstream publications starting to show interest in the strategic value of information architecture and information design.

From Ann Rockley of "Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy" fame, a new publication, aptly named The Rockley Report, will provide "... original material related to content management, including its goals, its implementation, the technology required to support it, and how it affects organizations." Sounds quite timely; the first issue is free, and Ann and company are going to make a point of regularly covering the intersection of content management and information architecture.

And yet more on content management: Jeff Veen of Adaptive Path is teaching his "Make CMS Work for You" workshop in Chicago on May 20. "Why do so many CMS projects fail? ... because companies donít recognize that content management is a process, not a technology, and as such, requires planning to ensure success." Amen, Jeff.

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