The Great WebDAV Revival?

I’ve always been a WebDAV fan.   I think it ticks a lot of boxes.  But it does have its drawbacks and one of those has always been that clients inevitably represent ‘collections’ as simple folders. 

If you are looking for a ready-made client to your content management system but you content management system has types of collections other that folders; calendars, rooms, spaces, virtual documents, discussions, categories, taxonomies.  This can be a real showstopper.  However, at the end of the day what choice do these clients have today? 

None.  Until now.  I don’t have to much on it yet and to a certain extent I am reading between the lines here but I do think this is great news and could potentially kick the somewhat ailing standard right back onto the playing field.  Its just unfortunate there will be the inevitably time-lag between being accepted by its committee and it being adopted by the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, etc.

If you do want more information on WebDAV take a look here.


The first "Social" Content Management Application

I have been wondering who would be the first to the start line when it comes to ECM and Social Networking.

Looks like it is Alfresco. The CMS Wire write up is here. The article suggests this is really just a showcase for their REST APIs. But at the same time I think John is hinting at longer term plans. And I’m also interested in the implications therein of hosted Content Management.

It is definitely true that the Enterprise 2.0 software must cater for my daughter’s generation. She is a next generation knowledge worker. She is a web-native, bebo inhabitant. Her usage patterns are vastly removed from mine. She thinks and speaks “web”. I don’t.

Whilst it is a stretch for me to believe Facebook is the eventual right social networking platform I commend Alfresco for taking these early steps. I am sure the experiment will highlight a number of key issues (probably the same ones James McGovern oft refers to). And in doing so help the ECM space move forwards.