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Looking into our Crystal Ball for 2009

January 12, 2009


As we get settled in to 2009, we thought we’d throw our hat into the ring and put forth some of our own predictions for the year as they relate to electronic records and data level authentication issues. At the end of the year, we’ll plan a look back on how these predictions fared! In the meantime, let us know what you think of these predictions – and if you have any predictions of your own!

  1. As the economy struggles, intellectual property protection will become an even bigger focus for R&D departments. Time and time again, we’ve heard that ‘intellectual property is the lifeblood of every organization.’ As market competition stiffens, and investment in intellectual property development wanes, organizations will increase their focus on protecting their existing intellectual property, and establishing clear ownership of their patentable ideas.
  2. Electronic file generation will continue to explode. Today, electronic records are being produced every 60 seconds. The rate of electronic file creation will grow at an even faster clip in the New Year, as a focus on green operations takes off even further. Too many organizations will continue to struggle with electronic records management, and policies surrounding archiving and preservation.
  3. Unfortunately, data manipulation and security breaches will continue. Today, more than 80 percent of security breaches and electronic content tampering occurs inside an organization’s perimeter. Without increased understanding of this issue and investment in solutions and policies to prevent data tampering, this number will not decrease in 2009.
  4. Others have already speculated that 2009 will be a tough year for technology integrators. This market pressure will increase integrator focus on value-add and cost-effective
  5. Regulatory compliance will once again be a top-of-mind concern for executives. The crisis on Wall Street will reignite concerns surrounding regulatory compliance and corporate governance. Organizations will take measures to safeguard important business records against tampering and alteration to prove regulatory compliance.
  6. SaaS offerings continue to expand. As CMS Watch pointed out, “[m]any Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) customers across a variety of content technology segments — from WCM to social software to e-mail archiving and document management — are asking for more than just technical services from their SaaS providers.” We agree with CMS Watch’s prediction that SaaS vendors will “make more strategic partnerships with firms that can supplement their services.”

(Photo credit: Mosieur J.)

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