Partner Spotlight


This blog post was written by Emily Long, Zia Consulting’s Marketing Manager and a Gold Sponsor of Alfresco Summit.  Zia Consulting is a leading provider of business solutions for the connected enterprise. Their consultants are experts in implementing and optimizing Alfresco for document management, records management, collaboration and Web content management. They offer consulting, migration, customization and integration services to further customers Alfresco investment to optimize ways content and business process get optimized across organizations accessible on mobile devices.  

Last month, Zia and Alfresco teamed up to sponsor the AIIM Information Governance Seminar in Anaheim, California. As with the Chicago event we attended and presented at earlier in the month, the seminar focused on strategies for managing information assets effectively while the amount of content being produced grows at an exponential pace. Over 100 professionals gathered at the Disneyland Hotel to attend the seminar.

The day started with a keynote presentation from AIIM’s President John Mancini based on AIIM’s latest research report on records management (RM) and information governance. The report takes a look at the risk profiles around electronic records, retain versus delete options, e-discovery issues and the implications of social and cloud on RM policies.

After the opening presentation, multiple organizations took the podium to discuss various topics around records management and compliance. Some key points we took away from the event include:

  • Becoming a “Paperless Office” is still a mystery to many organizations and the amount of paper used by many is growing. We face a challenge in educating companies on automated solutions and demonstrating their value.

  • Cloud silos are found in numerous areas of records management and in some cases cannot be avoided. We believe we can help those organizations by implementing a functioning Alfresco hybrid architecture.

  • Mobile and social systems are required as part of an automated solution and are no longer a differentiator between providers. Companies must be able to tap into these systems without legal or regulatory exposure.

  • Compliance and audit risks are on the rise. Companies often ignore these risks because they are hard to deal with, but solution providers need to proactively address these issues.

  • Simplicity and it’s implementation at companies will dictate entire careers in the coming decade.

  • IT needs to provide top line benefits to their business and they need help because they are struggling to do it.

  • Getting rid of data is critical–old data is useless and very costly. One presenter from IBM called it “data obesity” and said its long term effects kill new initiatives.

In the afternoon, Zia’s CEO and Co-Founder Mike Mahon presented “Records Management Made Easy.” Zia provides easy RM solutions that connect those who are creating content with the compliance process. Easy RM incorporates the tools employees use on a daily basis, reducing barriers to implementation and widespread usage.

Mike had tons of questions on how others can make easy RM a reality with Alfresco and we look forward to continuing the conversation this week in Boston at the Alfresco Summit (#SummitNow)! Be sure to stop by the Zia booth to find out how Zia’s easy ECM and RM solutions can help make your content transition more efficient and day-to-day management more productive.

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Paul Hampton

Director of Product Marketing

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