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Date: December 18, 2025

My alarm woke me up half hour early. Overnight the predicted snow storm worsened and the clock knew I would face delays and need the extra time. I showered and found my coffee hot and waiting. It had been alerted by the clock that I would be awake earlier than usual. Ready for the day, I stepped out my door and found my car idling and heated, it too aware of the dropping temperatures and my need to leave early.

The car began driving itself to my office as I prepared for my day. A short time into the drive, the car was alerted of an accident along our route and found an alternative, stopping at a gas station on the way to ensure it had enough fuel for our longer journey. Sensing the detour and storm would mean my late arrival, the car sent a message to the office notifying my first appointment of the delay and adjusting all the subsequent meetings accordingly. Dropping me off at my office, the car drove away to park itself. I approached my office door and it opened for me after scanning my face to ensure my identity. As I entered, the office was heated perfectly, also having been alerted to the storm outside.

Later that afternoon, I get out for a break; my phone immediately connects me with my Doctor. My glasses, which monitor my health, knew that my cholesterol shot up and I need medical attention. I’m advised to avoid shrimp, which my glasses alerted based on my last night dinner. I then receive a call from my Municipality. They call to inform me, a tree at my home should be cut. A sensor on the tree has alerted them that the heavy snow and winds may knock the tree down, causing it to fall on my home. I give permission for the work and quickly grab my tablet to turn off my utilities, reducing the potential hazards to the workers.

Around evening, receive a Skype call from my family. My kids are vacationing on Mars planet and heard about the poor weather back home. As we talk, a jolt makes me jump from my chair, and I realize I’m not in my office of the future, but having a dream, my children laughing and shouting for me to wake up.

It might have been a dream for the moment, but the reality, this is the kind of world we might be moving towards. Companies like Cisco and Google are talking about the “Internet of Things.” Cisco’s John Chambers predicts the Internet of Things — a term for connected sensors, devices and objects — will become a $19 trillion market over the next several years. We will see a connected world that can dramatically improve our productivity and even increase our lifespan to few hundred years. Enterprise will be also be even more automated and connected, from the structure of the building, to the offices, work stations, data centers, health care of the employees and much more. And, all of this means more data.

Data will drive the Internet of Things. It will be the backbone of our future. For us, this is a good thing. Data management will need to be robust for enterprises to perform at its best, and tools like Solix EDMS will be indispensable.

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Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) on a Zero-Based Budget

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Recently we encountered an interesting problem with one of our webinars. This is an event sponsored by us in collaboration with Forrester. Our speakers—distinguished Forrester Analyst Noel Yuhanna and Solix Executive Chairman John Ottman—rehearsed and were ready to go. The event started and a decent number of attendees logged in. And then we discovered that for some reason our guest speaker, Mr. Yuhanna could not be heard. Everyone else had good connections, and Mr. Yuhanna was able to log in and hear us, but no one could hear him. For a few minutes we panicked. We had never experienced a problem like this before, must have been some technical glitch with Cisco Webex. Then my staff quickly set up a three-way conference call and patched him through his mobile phone. As a result, we found a way to get around the problem and had a successful event.

The lesson here is that creative thinking can find ways around problems, and the webinar, `Enterprise Data Management on a Zero-Based Budget,’ was actually about just that. Sensitive data is under increasing risk in database copies used for test and development, training and other non-production activities. According to Forrester, yet only 25% of enterprises have adopted data masking. I talk to many CIOs who understand the ROI of ILM, yet overall the market penetration remains small. I believe this is mostly a budget and/or a priority issue. Many Enterprises are struggling to keep the lights on with slashed budgets and staff cuts, and they just do not have the resources to implement ILM, regardless of the benefit.

For that reason, we have developed the Solix EDMS Standard Edition (SE), a FREE Download that allows users to begin deployment with zero out-of-pocket expense. I hope that those of you reading this who have not yet implemented ILM in your shops will take this opportunity to download and try out Solix EDMS (SE) and experience what it can mean to your organization. This can be the first step in deploying ILM at your organization, and launch your enterprise data management projects immediately and free of cost.

Records and Retention Management using Big Data

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In recent years IT has been rocked by the advent of Big Data, new kinds of data coming from the Internet, using new technologies such as Hadoop and Map Reduce. So far IT has treated this largely as an exotic technology from the outside that has a lot of promise but that is separate from traditional company data and the systems and people generating it.

But is that really true? Today increasing numbers of work groups and and small companies are using online systems like Google Drive, Dropbox, etc., to share and collaborate on data of all kinds from written documents to photographs and videos, both for work and personal use. Google, one of the chief drivers of this often bottom-up movement in organizations, has a specific mission –to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. We all know the power of this vision; it is changing our lives. What we seldom think about is that these services are based on those same Big Data technologies and concepts.

So why can’t CIOs do the same thing with the large amounts of data that their organizations generate? Enterprises are experiencing dramatic growth in data, but often much of the data is stored inefficiently—which wastes resources and time. Clearly, enterprises are continuing to invest in more storage/infrastructure every year. For me, the case for Big Data as a repository for records and retention management is made. Think of the power of having an internal system that makes all company documents, videos, photos, etc., as well as traditional structured data, instantly available to whoever needs it (and has proper authorization to access it) from a central place accessible anywhere the Internet or corporate internal network reaches, on any device the user wants, at any time. And simultaneously protects that data from loss and ensures a single master version of the truth. It can be done with Big Data technologies.

The advantages of creating this kind of repository based on Big Data technology include:

  • No database licensing and maintenance costs: Imagine the money being spent on Oracle, SQL Server, DB2, etc. Open source technology eliminates that.
  • No Tier 1 storage costs: You can use standard SATA storage, even white box storage as the hyperscale installations do, instead of high cost storage from EMC, Netapp, IBM, HP, etc.
  • Choice of public or private cloud: If you choose you can eliminate CAPEX entirely and host your repository on Amazon or any of several other public cloud services. Or if you prefer, you can put it in a private cloud in-house.
  • No Backup/DR costs or issues: The way Big Data is organized, it eliminates the need for backup or administrative costs. And because it is available across the Internet it supports work from alternative locations in an emergency, as well as routine remote work.
  • Extended Analytics: Once corporate data, including semi-structured and unstructured documents, etc., are in a Big Data repository, it becomes easy to add third-party data such as weather data, link that to your sales & marketing, & extend analytics beyond your enterprise data.
  • And one final important advantage: Building and running this repository will allow IT to gain valuable experience with the Big Data technologies that clearly will be a big part of the IT future.

Imagine the world of enterprise data center in 2025. It will be vastly different. Clearly, Big Data will seep into every enterprise. This is perfect use case for getting a head start on that transition. If you are the CIO, who believes in this vision, reach out to us. We can help you.


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