For 25 years, John Newton has built information management software, starting in 1981 as one of the original engineers at Ingres, and including the co-founding of Documentum. John, currently chairman and CTO of Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management system, is on a mission:
I am trying to understand how information is stored, searched, accessed and used. I am searching for a Theory of Information, but haven't found it yet.
John brings this experience and quest to his latest project: a new ZDNet blog, Newton's Theory, which intends to follow the development of information management in the enterprise "with an open source twist."
In his own words:
Despite maturing over the years, information management is not even close to being done evolving. Storage is growing faster than even Moore’s law pushes computing, which requires greater organization and indexing of the information being stored in order for us to find it. Information outside enterprises now plays a greater role in our day to day work compared to information inside the enterprise. We now see more and more information being stored in open source systems rather than best of breed, but closed proprietary systems.
This blog will now be the focus of my search for the theory that links how we build information systems and how we as ordinary people consume information. As technology and the information management market evolve, I will consider how this affects how we use and work with information. As new business models affect this evolution, I’ll also examine them through this lens.
Please join me in welcoming John and his new blog to the ZDNet blogosphere...