Announcing ECM App Center, a new technical community on developerWorks
Eric Vonheim 270000DG8Y firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ecm-app-center developerworks
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Today, we would like to introduce you to a new technical community on developerWorks called, the ECM App Center. The ECM App Center is a technical community that enables our clients to interact with experts (IBMers / ECM Business Partners) and access technical resources (inside and outside of IBM); as they build solutions using the ECM portfolio of products and technologies.
Objectives of the Community
After you join the site, you can ask questions and engage in discussion on message boards and blogs. We have two blogs on the site – one focused on offering technical help and another focused on how ECM can address different use cases. Resources are provided through bookmarks, files, feeds and calendar events. We’ll be conducting community events as we go forward that will give you focused information on different parts of the portfolio, our business partners, or other special topics of interest. Come check it out and let us know what you think!
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jeff Douglas (Senior Product Manager, Industry Use Cases for IBM Case Management) at email@example.com.
Jeff Douglas (Senior Product Manager, Industry Use Cases for IBM Case Management) was speaking with a colleague about the notion of ‘Information Management’ or ‘Content Management’. They discussed how we typically talk about these concepts using a comprehensive platform; arguing how important ‘Content Management’ is, and then highlighting capabilities that are included with the platform to help achieve ‘Content Management’. “We have the ability to ingest data (of course), a secure place to store it (fine), business processes to help you make use of it (get that), analytics to understand it (cool), and archiving to help you deal with it as it gets old (could use that capability in other walks of life).”
But depending on where you are and what your focus is, these individual capabilities have more or less meaning and significance to you. It is not until you have a specific problem you are trying to solve, or a solution you want to implement; that the value of these individual platform elements (and the platform as a whole) take on real meaning. And hopefully when that occurs, the platform proves to be worth more than the sum of the individual parts.
More often than not, unfortunately, when you start to design or build your solution, the challenges of working with a platform come to the forefront. You are certain that the platform can help you, but understanding how it can help you can be overwhelming. Understanding the individual components and how they might fit into your solution is one challenge; figuring out how to tie them together adds a whole other level. Then you get into the details of actually designing, building, testing and eventually deploying your solution. You have questions – questions that seemingly would have obvious answers for someone who has done this before (if you could just find that person). You wonder if there are assets or resources that will help you deliver the solution faster. You inevitably will require some level of customization to your unique requirements. Hasn’t someone done this type of customization before? Is there some sort of pattern or best practice I should be following to avoid major problems down the road?
That’s what the ECM App Center is all about; a place where experts with experience building solutions using the ECM portfolio of products and technologies come together to collaborate. It’s a place where you can ask questions, have discussions, and look for resources and assets to accelerate your efforts. Overtime, it will become a one-stop shop for you, making it easier for you to navigate the vast ECM ecosystem to get the answers and help you need.