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Getting people connected to the internet everywhere? Through Google products? FOR ONLY THE PRICE OF ADVERTISING TO YOU??
Free 3G connected Google devices are coming. Show me an mp3 that has hammered the conventional big-business music industry and I'll show you a Google phone that completely obsoleted the idea that a cell phone provider charge you ANYTHING.
I recall Neil Tyson making a remark to the effect of how it's difficult to consider the idea of a benevolent deity/god/whatever when the universe is trying so, so badly to kill us. We have such little business existing at all.
Well... back to watching Jackass.
Anyway, the bullet-proof audit trail created by Mediawiki (and any wiki, really) makes satisfying internal and external audits very straightforward. Proper ISO required access restrictions can be delegated using some of the very useful security extensions.
What is a DMS for anyway? Do we really want to be managing documents? or content and information? The "here comes everybody" philosophy has significant implications for traditional document management in the manufacturing world. The typical response of a manufacturing plant to these requirements is to assign all DM duties to too small a group and wonder why the damn thing never gets done. Documents are chronically out of date, nobody even has the soft copies anymore...
But what if the documents/articles could be updated by those who use them? What if everybody was part of the DMS? Page staging with the flagged-revs extension, watchlist email notification to keep maintainers in the loop. A DMS that spreads the load to all it's users instead of monopolizing a few? That's where classical DMS needs to go. Badly.
Yah, Mediawiki sucks for input. But for output? Can't beat it.
Oh, our company chose Intelex over ETQ for our system. I try not to take it personally.
While this is great for communication, it's time to address two more critical needs. Capturing the huge amount of data currently logged into endless spreadsheets clogging the inboxen of my coworkers, and a way to report it via browser. I hesitate to start this bit from scratch as it would become a full-time job (boss would catch on). I am overwhelmed by the number of packages out there, not knowing where to start! Our existing under-utilized data input and reporting suite is abysmal (which is why it's underused) but for being stored on a SQL server (thankfully).
And so, my question. What is a popular choice for data entry? Something that would provide validation checks and email notification on unusual entries? How about for generating reports? Something that could query multiple databases and generate charts and the like (the Google chart API is snazzy, but this system would need to be standalone and ideally, not too complicated).
What does you guys use for this?"
Call me when someone finds a way to mount 22" rims on it.