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Russell Stalters is the Director, Information & Data Management for BP located in Houston, Texas.

Prior to joining BP in 2007 he was Chief Technology Officer at Applied Information Sciences, Inc. (AIS) where he was responsible for assisting organizations to envision, design, and implement document, records, content, and business process management solutions that also require compliance with global content and records management standards. A recognized subject matter expert for SharePoint 2007 based solutions; he brings practical experience, thought leadership, and technical expertise into every solution.

He was the founder and president of Compliance Solutions Group, a firm which delivered Microsoft based compliance business solutions which was merged with AIS. He was also the president of TrueArc, a world-leading records management software firm which was acquired by Documentum 2002. An innovator and patent holder, Stalters designed the patented product, AutoRecords, which automatically determines if a piece of content is a record and where it should be stored within the system.

A retired Navy CIO at the Naval Air Warfare Center he managed a staff of 900+ employees supporting over 15,000 customers. He is an NASD Registered Representative and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Florida.

 Everything in this Blog is his personal opinion and does not represent the views of his employer. No warranties or other guarantees will be offered as to the quality of the opinions or anything else offered here.

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25 Responses to “About Me”

  1. 1 Ajay Nandanwar June 25, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Russ,

    I am researching ECM vendors and would truly appreciate a chance to have a conversation with you regarding the same. If that is okay, would you please reccomend a good time to speak?


  2. 2 russ stalters June 27, 2006 at 3:14 pm


    Thanks for stopping by BetterECM. I would be glad to chat. I have emailed you directly to set something up.

  3. 3 Don Cox August 25, 2006 at 10:20 am

    Howdy Russ,

    Great site/blog. I think I just found another Daily Read!

    We met briefly before at last year’s Microsoft PAC in Las Vegas. I was the Meridio guy that had to be somewhat circumspect. I apologize for that and I know I came across pretty badly.

    If you’d ever like to chat on things, give me a shout.

    Many thanks,

  4. 4 russ stalters August 27, 2006 at 10:09 pm


    Thanks for stopping by BetterECM.

    Glad you like the Blog. I am always looking for suggestions and topics that my readers would like to explore so please jump in with any suggestions.

    Also appreciate the apology. I would like to chat sometime to catch up since you left Meridio and get some of your perspectives.

    Best Regards,


  5. 5 Elizabeth September 20, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Hello Russ,

    I have a client that has an immediate need for two CRM’s. It is a 6 month project that can be worked remotely and does involve quite a bit of travel. This is the first time that I’ve had to search for this skill set and I’m looking into all possible avenues, I was wondering if you have any suggestions as to a good place to notify the CRM community about these openings.

    Any guidance that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Elizabeth Dean

  6. 6 Olga October 9, 2006 at 4:59 am

    Hi Russ!

    I think this application might be helpful for you and your colleagues – ConceptDraw VI http://conceptdraw.com/en/products/cd5/main.php
    Write me back if you have suggestions as to improvement of the program to better satisfy ECM needs

  7. 7 Jonathan Bailor January 5, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Russ – Sorry for the delay in addressing your comment on the Word Team blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/archive/2006/12/20/holiday-wishes.aspx#1338454).

    Your best bet for more info would be to check out http://www.openxmldeveloper.org.


  8. 8 MikeP March 8, 2007 at 5:35 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks for the hat tip and link – keep up the good work like the site 🙂

  9. 9 russ stalters March 8, 2007 at 8:02 pm


    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

    Let me know if you have any suggestions for topics I should delve into more deeply…

    all the best,

  10. 10 Marcus April 20, 2007 at 4:39 am

    Hi Russ,

    good work !

  11. 11 russ stalters April 20, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Thanks for stopping by BetterECM. I am glad you find BetterECM useful.

  12. 12 Ian Stewart August 7, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Russ, great blog. I have been retained by a company OPIN Systems,to help develop some potential OEM/VAR partners for their Reveal, Document Management and Records Management product line. From my early looks at the product it does seem to have some unique properties as it relates to managing what I would call “documents of record” and production documentation (large documents of 100,000 pages plus). They are currently in the Financial Services and Healthcare Sectors with one or two government clients. Any chance for a quick call to pick your brain on this one.


    Ian Stewart

  13. 13 Anand November 3, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Hi Russ,

    I am interested to make a career in ECM.

    Right now I am working as a Sr Systems Enger since 8 years to support Air Traffic Systems in Bahrain Int. Airport. I have completed my B.Sc.(Computer Science) & M.B.A.

    Is the right time to change my career in ECM?

    Is there any course for ECM & after completion of course,the chances to get a job?

    Please advice me on my e-mail ID anand_hinga@hotmail.com

    Thanking You



  14. 14 Kris Brown December 9, 2007 at 7:48 pm


    Congrats on the new position. I’m wondering whether I can ask off the record who the new psoition is with. I have recently been working closely with a major oil and gas company, and personally was hoping it was them who snagged you. I am available via the email address..

    Kris Brown.
    CTO Asia Pacific
    TOWER Software.

  15. 15 Ray Chance April 11, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Hi Russ,

    I noticed your blog on ECM and thought you may be interested in a our new ECM community we are building. ECMHUB.com is a new collaborative website focused on bringing together buyers and sellers to solve problems in content management. It uses a new web 2.0 initiative called collective intelligence. Please come by and visit. We have a quick 4 minute video on our home page that describes our vision. If you like what you see, please consider linking our website to your blog. You can also sign up as a Solver to get full access to our Challenges. Our website is in beta testing and we would welcome any comments – good or bad.

    Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Ray Chance
    Executive Director

  16. 16 Jim Duffy April 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Hi Russ,

    I am with Recall based in Atlanta and I am responsible for the Strategic Accounts Portfolio. One of the accounts I am responsible for is BP Amoco. I would appreciate the opportunity to speak to you briefly regarding our companies services. Recall is the other large National records management player in the market.

    Thank you,

    Jim Duffy

  17. 17 Brice September 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Hey, Russ. Welcome to Houston. I hope you and your family fared well through the storm. I browsed over here from the AIIM site.

    I work for an independent engineering firm (3rd party testing and verification, subsea design, etc) here in town, and I am very interested in all things KM and BPM related. I came from the IT field doing mostly MS related development/architecture, including Sharepoint. Fun stuff!

    I would be interested in hearing more about your adventures at BP. My exposure to the upstream O&G/engineering (at my company, and many of our clients, BP included) has left me with a strong sense that there is much to be done in this part of the industry! It would be great to share ideas.


  18. 18 Derrick Roberts October 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm


    I stumbled across your profile on InformationZen today and ended up here. I have been in the ECM industry since 2007, and have been looking for individuals who are successful in this area of IT, as mentors to help guide me in my career decisions. Would you be interested in grabbing a coffee and chatting sometime soon?


  19. 19 Chere Estrin August 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Hello Russ!

    I just saw in LTN where you will be speaking at LegalTech NY on “Don’t Build Your eDiscovery Program on a Digital Landfill”.

    I thought you might be interested in a new non-profit organization, The Organization of Legal Professionals, that was created to education, promote and collaborate on e-discovery certification.

    The OLP’s mission is to develop e-discovery certification in various levels and specialties in order to raise the quality of e-discovery services delivered to law firms and clients alike.

    We have an outstanding Board of Governors and Advisory Council:
    Patrick Oot, Browning Marean, Tom O’Connor, Jeff Fowler, Ron Friedmann, Anne Kershaw, to name a few.

    I hope that you will visit our website and learn more about us. If you have any questions regarding the organization, please feel free to contact me.

    Chere Estrin
    The Organization of Legal Professionals

  20. 20 David M. Dotson April 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Good Afternoon Russ,

    This is great blog! Thanks for sharing your insight into the AIIM 2010 expo experience and the role SharePoint played.

    My company was part of the SharePoint 2010 Dev Kitchen & TAP, and using a metadata driven integration solution we extend SharePoint connectivity so that it securely integrates with any structured data source or application across the enterprise. As a result, SharePoint becomes an interactive, real-time, integrated control console that can be tailored to meet the needs of any role or audience.

    So my question to you is, if data remains in its native application, thanks to true data federation, how do you see that capability impacting collaboration, data warehousing or ECM in general?

  21. 21 Silvia August 28, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I am form Argentina. I am working at an enterprise that uses Sharepoint 2007 as its record mgmt systema. We are planning to migrate to SPS 2010
    We have developed a custom circuit in MOSS 2007 that allow people sending document from a document library to the record center, moving it and leaving a link (the same that now is OOB with SPS2010). The file persists in the Record Center site collection, and we also assign an unique document id to each document. Everything done with an event handler in the document library.
    The thing is that we are planning to migrate to SPS2010 forusing all this OOB features. But I need to know waht happends with de Document Id when you decide to send the document to the Record Center (configuring the opcion “Move and Leave a Link”). In fact what I need to know is how all this feature works. Can you help me providing me all this information or senfing me some links where I can obtain it?
    Thank you so much for your answer and please sorry about my limited english 🙂

  22. 22 Arvind June 7, 2013 at 7:30 am

    HI Russ: I am looking for a Solutions Architect ECM in a Federal Project invoving filenet. If you know of anyone in the Washington DC Metro Area please direct them to me. This is a senior level position. Thanks

  23. 23 Milica Popovic April 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Russ,

    I am working currently with the major oil and gas companies in the Texas area on the Big Data Summit, including Zhanna Golodryga from Hess. I was wondering if I could chat with you for 5 minutes regarding being a keynote speaker at one of our events.

    After reading your blog, I would like to share your thoughts in a think tank or panel of your choosing with complete authonomy.

    Please advise if you would be opening in discussing further.


  24. 25 Alejandro Mordasini April 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    Hello Russ,

    I hope all is well, I am working with many companies that range from Civeo, Woodforest Bank, and Hess Corporation just to name a few. If you have a couple of minutes to discuss a potential speaking role or participation that would be great. The CIO Houston Summit will be held on May 21, please let me when if you are interested in discussing more. Thank you for your time.

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