Documentum or Alfresco Migration Tools – What about Speed?

Back in 2013, Documentum announced the Enterprise Migration Appliance while pushing to get clients to upgrade to 7.x.   Renamed the Documentum Enterprise Migration Appliance (DEMA), one of the selling points of the DEMA is a focus on speed.  Architected for the “fastest migration possible”, DEMA was constructed to avoid the Documentum API and go directly to the underlying database.  This post will discuss the impact of speed and compare approaches of different migration tools.  Continue reading

Documentum Content Server 6.7 – Primary Support Ending April 30, 2015 – What should clients do?

At EMC World 2014, Rick Devenuti shared 13 minutes into his keynote  that only 25% of Documentum customers had upgraded to the Content Server 7.x after over 18 months of 7.x being available.  While Rick spun this news to the positive, we had been posting since 2013 that many of our clients were hesitant to upgrade despite at Documentum 6 to Documentum 7 was nothing like the upgrade clients experienced for previous releases.

While Rick Devenuti has recently left IIG (now ECD), for the clients that are still on Documentum Content Server 6.7 (still significantly more than 50%), this post will present our recommendations regarding extended support, content server upgrade as well as other upgrade issues.

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Hadoop Document Transformations Using Adlib

In our series exploring the use of Hadoop for ECM, the best practice from our years of ECM experience tells us is that documents should be stored in both their native content as well as a PDF rendition of the content. Storing a PDF rendition allows consumers quick access to view the content, as well as being able to watermark and control the content to prevent consumers from altering the documents. This post will explore TSG’s partnership with Adlib and how we are using Adlib’s PDF conversion suite to transform documents being stored in Hadoop.

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Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices – Recording Available

More and more decision makers are choosing to migrate from legacy ECM repositories, such as Documentum, to Alfresco.  Whether to gain the advantage of better performance and additional capabilities or as part of an ECM consolidation effort, migrating from a legacy system to Alfresco doesn’t necessarily have to be a complex and difficult process.  TSG conducted a webinar with Alfresco on February 26 – recording available.

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Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices – Webinar February 26th

More and more decision makers are choosing to migrate from legacy ECM repositories, such as Documentum, to Alfresco.  Whether to gain the advantage of better performance and additional capabilities or as part of an ECM consolidation effort, migrating from a legacy system to Alfresco doesn’t necessarily have to be a complex and difficult process.

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Enterprise Document Search – A Publishing rather than Crawler/Federated Approach

I met with a client yesterday that was struggling with a typical ECM issue in regards to how to provide for searches against multiple ECM environments.  While ECM vendors love to pitch the “one repository to rule them all”, most ECM users have content in a variety of different solutions that have evolved over time.  This post will provide thoughts on how to publish to a common search/retrieval repository and benefits over a crawling or federated approach.

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Enterprise Content Management Predictions – 2015

This post will give some thoughts in regards to the futures of ECM and what we would expect in 2015.  In looking back, we neglected to do a predictions last year.  See our post detailing our 2013 predictions for Documentum.  This post will compare our thoughts and predictions in the past for the previous two years as well as give our thoughts for the upcoming year. Continue reading