It was early 2012 (Q1), long past the OASIS approval of CMIS 1.0 as a standard. Due to my work on the OASIS CMIS Technical Committee (TC) since 2008, I had become a sort of hub for CMIS support within IBM, but over the last year this role had begun to snowball. By looking at my inbox each morning, it was quickly becoming clear to me that answering internal and customer CMIS questions could end up being a full-time job if the volume increase continued. I figured this must also be the case for many of my TC colleagues.

It should have been obvious to me before then, but it wasn’t. Not until a few customers and other IBMers had asked, “When will there be a book about CMIS?” did I realize the time had come. I needed to talk to Florian about ...

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