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Yep, Kominetz gets it right HERE when pointing out that ECM systems still have a huge hurdle to overcome when dealing with


1) the pervasive create in MS Office on my desktop paradigm


and


2) the extra clicks it takes to get items into the system in the first place.


While he points to Google Docs & Spreadsheets (cool, hip etc) as a potential paradigm shifter I'll promote invisible (or transparent, with a hat tip to Pie) ECM as the enterprise way to go.  Throw in some Web 2.0 functionality to ease the contribution process and make it sexy looking and it's good to go. 


While the all-inclusive model of Google Docs dissolves the content problem of how to stick it in (you create and edit and maintain all in the same "place") it does so at an unbearable enterprise cost - at least today.


CFO to CIO: "where did you say our 4th Quarter Numbers were???"


CIO to CFO: "in Google Docs and Spreadsheets Sir.  We're Saving tons of money"


CFO to CIO: "Did you Read the Terms of Service??  Lets take a trip to legal...."


From the (US) TOS, 11.1 for Docs and Spreadsheets(http://www.google.com/google-d-s/terms.html)


"Section 11.1 of the Terms of Service governing Google Docs is replaced in its entirety by:



"You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Service. By submitting, posting or displaying the Content you give Google a worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through the Service for the sole purpose of enabling Google to provide you with the Service in accordance with its Privacy Policy."



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Comments:

Let me say it to be clear: I adore Google Docs and Spreadsheets for personal, non business use. In that way it is fantastic. But businesses considering a move to this public web service need to have their heads examined...

Posted by billy cripe on March 24, 2008 at 03:17 AM CDT #

Isn't the application your talking of - really the Microsoft Sharepoint vision? single click document management from thick applications you own. How will Web 2.0 change this paradigm - unless it's able to work and behave disconnected to the internet just like MS Office.

Posted by Anthony Woodward on March 25, 2008 at 09:12 AM CDT #

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