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Confused about Content Analytics?  5 New Implementation Tips

Mar 17, 2016 3:20:22 PM by John Mancini

Confused about Content Analytics? 5 Tips.

Tip #1 - Address data structure, tagging and permissions as close as possible to the point of creation.

Organizations often take the easy option when it comes to content tagging and permissions, figuring that they will get to it “sometime.” However, it really helps to address these issues as soon as you possibly can.

Thornton May: “CSIS (the Canadian NSA) has categories and rules to label data as it comes in -- every paragraph is labeled separately. Labelling data on the way in makes information management more difficult to initially implement, but ultimately easier to consume and manage.”

Russ Stalters, CEO, Clear Path Solutions Inc.: “You need a defined information and data on-ramp so that you have deliberate and controlled data ingestion process.This is critical to ensuring the quality of the underlying data used for content analytics.”

Theo Priestly believes that organizations need to adopt a “Blockchain” approach to security.  Per Wikipedia, Blockchain is a “permissionless distributed database based on the bitcoin protocol that maintains a continuously growing list of transactional data records hardened against tampering and revision, even by operators of the data store's nodes. The initial and most widely known application of the blockchain technology is the public ledger of transactions for bitcoin which has been the inspiration for similar implementations often known as altchains.”

Priestley believes that a Blockchain approach has these advantages:

  • Storage Cost - An autonomous decentralised storage system would reduce the cost of storage
  • Security - Client-side encryption will always beat server-side
  • Speed - The scale of a true decentralized P2P network would be vastly superior to a centralised server


Tip #2 - Define a clear set of corporate objectives for content analytics initiatives.

Deciding what you want to achieve before embarking on ANY project is basic business, yet it doesn’t always follow that that will happen. Two of our ELC participants had strong advice on defining corporate objectives for your content analytics objectives.

Jane Alexander, CIO, Cleveland Museum of Art:

  • Ensure your backend systems are flexible and interoperable
  • Your key data for artwork must be clean, current, and represent one version of the truth
  • No one-off projects
  • Think of everything in terms of the BIG PICTURE
  • Content reuse - repurpose content created for other purposes

Pamela Click, Divisional CIO - CSEB Technology, TIAA-CREF:

  • Customer Perspective: Identify the “why” vs. the “what”
  • Employee Perspective: Improve productivity; increase job satisfaction
  • Generate and retain customers
  • Generate revenue
  • Brand recognition
  • Not just metrics - - behaviors

Tip #3 - Remember that the hardest part of a content analytics project is not the technology.

Sourcing the right technology to achieve your goals is actually one of the easier elements to content analytics. What you must really never forgot is the people element.

Jane Alexander, CIO, Cleveland Museum of Art: “The hardest part of linking silos was the people aspect. The pace was slow, reluctance was hard to deal with and unrealistic expectations that things should not/could not move that fast.”

Jeremy Phillips, COO, EditorEye: “Content nirvana takes different forms depending on your role in the organization, and content analytics is key to delivering this value. Power users seek to share the flow of content, help colleagues out most efficiently, and control costs. The average end user, though, prefers to view content analytics as magic, mysteriously delivering the right stuff to them when they need it without needing to do anything. 90% of the users in any group fit in this latter category.”

Tip #4 - Done right, content analytics should drive you to rethink the questions you ask about your organization.

The insight that content analytics can generate will not only provide you with the answers to the questions you ask of your organization, but it will also help make the questions even more pertinent, making the next set of answers even more insightful.

Steve Lohr, New York Times: “Defining problems more expansively is part of the design-thinking ethos. At a course in New York recently, a group of IBM managers were given pads and felt-tip pens and told to sketch designs for ‘the thing that holds flowers on a table’ in two minutes. The results, predictably, were vases of different sizes and shapes. Next, they were given two minutes to design ‘a better way for people to enjoy flowers in their home.’ In Round 2, the ideas included wall placements, a rotating flower pot run by solar power and a software app for displaying images of flowers on a home TV screen.”

Tip #5 - Position your content analytics initiatives as a means to both enhance customer value AND address information security -- and get the buy-in of business stakeholders EARLY.

Content analytics is not necessarily a silver bullet for all an organization’s key challenges, but it does have value beyond enhanced customer value. The ELC meeting focused a lot on the value and insight to be derived, but content analytics also has a significant role to play when addressing information security.

Mark Roboff, Executive Evangelist,  IBM Watson: “My view is that it is a mistake to position content analytics as an ECM tool. Analytics needs to be understood in the context of a business problem and with a clear understanding of how and why they want/need analytics. Content analytics should not be part of an ECM sale alone, it requires analytics expertise and should be part of a larger analytics implementation.”

Dennis Devlin, Co-Founder and CISO, SAVANTURE: “I am a recovering information risk management professional. Information risk used to be a lonely profession. But now I have new friends -- in Business Intelligence, Compliance and Audit, Privacy, Boards of Directors, Corporate Communications, Investor Relations, Office of General Counsel, Information Management, Physical Security. Collectively we are losing the security battle. There are more security breaches than ever before, more unknowns than knowns, growing digital landfills that no one seems to be responsible for, and I am still being asked to ‘protect our digital assets.’”



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