Picture of Alan Pelz-SharpeAlan Pelz-Sharpe

Analyst and author of the ECM Suites Report

Principal, CMS Watch

Alan Pelz-Sharpe is a Principal at CMS Watch, covering ECM technologies and practices. Formerly he was a Strategist at Wipro and VP North America for Industry Analyst firm Ovum. Alan is recognized as a world expert on content, document and web content management issues.

He has published numerous papers and articles on these topics, and is the co-author of the book Web Content Management: Strategies, Technologies and Markets (published in 2000). A book credited as being of seminal importance in the emergence, and for the identity, of this industry sector.

Alan is often quoted in trade press and business press, including Businessweek, CIO, USA Today, Profit, PC World and eWeek, and he has appeared as an expert guest on CNN, CNBC, BBC, BBC World and ABC News.

Alan has given keynote speeches across the US, Europe and Asia and has a very high profile within the Content Management industry.

CMS Watch

CMS Watch is an independent source of analysis and advice on content technologies. In addition to the freely-available articles, CMS Watch publishes technology reports that provide independent analysis and practical advice regarding web content management, records management, enterprise portal, and enterprise search solutions. Our reports help sort out the complex landscape of potential solutions so that project teams can minimize the time and effort to identify and evaluate technologies suited to their particular requirements.

To retain our independence as a vendor-neutral analyst firm, CMS Watch works solely for solutions buyers and never for the vendors we cover.

Today, enterprises are making substantial and sometimes high-risk investments in major content management and search solutions. CMS Watch evaluations help mitigate this risk by providing effective guidance for a small fraction of the overall project investment.

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Tuesday, November 4th: 09.00 - 12.00


Wednesday, November 5th: 14.30 - 15.15

Track: Technology Standards

Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS): The new Lingua Franca of ECM?

CMIS has the potential to become the most important ECM standard to date. Backed by all the major vendors in the space the next two years will be critical to it's success. In this session we discuss what CMIS is, explore it's strengths and limitiations. Examine it's impact and value for you the user and buyer of ECM technology, and assess it's chances of succeeding where others standards have previously failed.

I Can See Clearly Now The Fog Has Gone

Thursday, November 6th: 10.30 - 12.00

Track: Experiences from large, global and complex projects

As the economic climate worsens globally, there is much to be gained from looking at the project experiences of others. In this session Alan will look at lessons learned from deployments that failed and that continue to fail to gain a return on their investments.

By looking at real life examples of what can go wrong, you can gain valuable insights to help avoid doing the same. Drawing on many years of experience working with Fortune 500 and large Government Organizations - Alan will give a rundown of the top reasons why projects fall short or fail entirely. At least one of the reasons might relate to strategy...