A Growing Problem
The theft of Intellectual Property (IP) is estimated to inflict a cost that exceeds $225 billion in counterfeit goods pirated software and the theft of trade secrets, and could be as high as $600 billion annually to the U.S. economy alone. That is according to a 2017 update to The IP Commission Report.1
Co-chair of the bipartisan, independent Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property (IP Commission) Admiral Dennis C. Blair, former Director of National Intelligence, states that “the massive theft of American IP—from companies and universities across the country, from U.S. labs to defense contractors, from banks to software companies—threatens our nation’s security as well as vitality. This report is just the latest reminder of its scale and critical importance. more “The Need for Rights Management in PLM Todays”
Buzz words always amaze me. I love them if I think I coined them I love them until I think they are old and tired, but no matter what they seem to have a life of their own. Business transformation and Digital business transformation are a very hot topic these days in the enterprise space, but what does Digital Business Transformation really mean:
- Mobile first and cloud-enabled
- Collaboration requirements include always on, with seamless access anywhere and anytime, 24/7
- Digitally connected supply chains for highly responsive or just-in-time production
- Hyper-connected and complex business applications that are iPhone easy to use
- Internet of Things and Big Data driving real-time data decision streams and massive data volumes
more “What is Digital Business Transformation…really?”
We know the problem. Enterprise level Digital Rights Management usually means that I can encrypt something, (usually MSFT Office or PDF), but then when I try to share it with someone who should be able to access it I waste a boatload of time trying to get them access and eventually I just send the data in clear text and tell them not to share it. Uh-oh
EDRM can be a pain or even worse puts me in a position of being out of compliance with internal security policies or even worse . . . governmental regulations. Now to be clear, I have never done anything like this. I am simply giving it as an example of what I have heard from others . . . right? In today’s hyperconnected world I need to be able to share/collaborate securely with people in the extended enterprise, partners, etc. anytime, anywhere and on any device, 24/7. . . is that too much to ask? Oh and by the way, my life is more than just Microsoft Office and PDF documents, I need to share lot’s of different file types . . . you know the drill.
Oh last but not least, I need the EDRM to be automatic, seamless, and deeply integrated with SAP, since that is where most of this work happens for me.
EDRM for SAP
In today’s collaborative world, eDRM (Enterprise Digital Rights Management) is proving to be one of the most effective ways to share documents with partners. EDRM is a technology that enables companies to restrict access to documents containing sensitive information, both inside and outside the corporate firewall. The way it works is documents are rights protected using AES encryption and then policies are applied to control access and usage rights (view, edit, print, etc.). If a user is not entitled to view the document, he cannot open it. If he is entitled to view the document, usage may be restricted. more “The Case for Attribute-Based Policies in eDRM”
In their recent article on Big Data Management and Trends, Gartner identifies Enterprise Data as one of the key challenges facing organizations. The challenge is consolidating data from disparate sources across the extended enterprise and transforming it into critical business intelligence.
“You have many data disparate sources – from your enterprise’s ‘dark data’ and partner, employee, customer and supplier data to public, commercial and social media data – that you need to link and exploit to its fullest value.”
more “Another Challenge of Big Data Analytics: Data Leak and Spill (Part 1)”