Parexel to Buy Documentum from EMC – Rumor Mill

One of our clients attending the Regulatory Information Management Conference heard that Parexel is looking to buy Documentum.  This comes after the announcement that EMC is looking to sell it prior to the Dell merger.  While it is a rumor at this point so not going into a long post – Parexel is a major player in life sciences drug development services business.  Quick take:

  • Would be a plus for Life Sciences companies looking for more from their existing Documentum as well as the life sciences practice/products/services of Documentum.
  • Would be a minus for all other industries – (financial, utilities, retail…..) that Parexel isn’t interested in.

It is just a rumor so nothing more – add your thoughts below.

Beyond Excited for Momentum 2016? EMC World Vegas

Next week TSG will attend our 20th Momentum/Documentum conference #MMTM16.  With the news that EMC is looking to sell off Documentum, this promises to be one of the most different/interesting conferences.  If you are attending, drop us a line at and we can connect in the lounge as we are always looking for thoughts on the blog.

In looking over the Enterprise Content Division YouTube channel for preparation, we stumbled on this “beyond excited” campaign.  To help the channel get some more clicks, we thought we would post the videos here with some quick snarky thoughts.

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Workshare Compare for More Efficient Review and Approval of Document Changes

We have recently been working with multiple clients that have streamlined their review and approval process to increase throughput and decrease turnaround time.  One key process improvement is allowing for quick and simple annotations during the review cycle.  TSG’s OpenAnnotate provides for quick, browser based annotations and now includes Workshare Compare integration as well.  This post will present how OpenAnnotate combined with Workshare Compare can be used to further streamline the process of reviewing and annotating a document.

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Office 365 – Check-in and Check-out with Documentum, Alfresco or Hadoop

One of the major issues for authors with Documentum, Alfresco or Hadoop has always been checking in a document from a browser based interface.  We have recently completed adding Office 365 integration to our High Performance Interface (HPI)  to allow clients to checkin and checkout without requiring Office on their device.  This post will share the approach as well as present a video of the capabilities.

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EMC/Documentum – First Quarter 2016 Earnings

With the recent news that EMC is shopping Documentum in preparation for the Dell purchase of EMC, we have had lots of activity including the post on Monday regarding our thoughts about the what would happen to Documentum after the sale.  EMC announced earnings this morning which includes the ECD (Enterprise Content Division), the division that includes Documentum.  This post will discuss our thoughts on the earnings announcement.

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Documentum after the EMC fire sale – it’s all about the brand

With the recent announcement by Bloomberg about EMC shopping Documentum as well as EMC World/Momentum just two weeks away, many clients have been asking us about our thoughts on the impending sale of Documentum.  Unlike the original purchase of Documentum by EMC in 2003, this sale is more of a fire sale as Dell/EMC are looking to sell off non-core assets for cash to reduce the massive amount of debt required for the EMC purchase.  This post will address:

  • Our thoughts on the current state of Documentum including revenues, technology, and value of the Brand
  • Which companies may buy Documentum
  • Our thoughts on what it means to current Documentum customers.

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Documentum, Alfresco or Hadoop Annotations : Feature Updates for OpenAnnotate 2.5

Over the last six years, OpenAnnotate has evolved from supporting only simple annotations to gradually supporting all XFDF features as well as additional collaboration capabilities.  Driven by our clients, OpenAnnotate has added a variety of different functionality including collaboration, highlighting, indexing, and redaction.  With a modern approach, OpenAnnotate has successfully replaced numerous legacy annotation tools including Documentum’s PDF Annotation Services and AnnoDocs. This post will present all of the new features that are available in OpenAnnotate 2.5.

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EMC said planning to sell Documentum Business Amid Dell Deal – (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg reported yesterday that EMC is seeking to sell Documentum.  As we have been reporting here when the Dell deal was initially announced, as well as when Dell announced the sale of their information-technology services business to NTT Data Corp (formerly Perot Services), we have predicted that Dell will look to sell off non-strategic components to reduce the debt burden.  Bloomberg surmises that “a private equity firm will probably acquire it, though a sale won’t happen quickly”.  Full article avaialble at

Good video from MSN here –


Alfresco Consulting – What makes TSG different?

Over the last two quarters, TSG has acquired multiple Alfresco clients that had initially purchased both Alfresco software and services from a different Alfresco consulting firm.  With Alfresco turning 10 years old, we predict that more and more mature Alfresco customers will be looking “What’s Next” and may consider switching their Alfresco consulting partner.  One of the questions from one client in the last RFP process was, “How are you different from other Alfresco consulting firms?”  This post will present some of our thoughts gleaned from our clients that have made the switch.

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Dell closing on sale of IT services to Japan’s NTT Data

As we have stated here a number of times, with Dell buying EMC for $67 Billion,  we are predicting that Dell will likely sell off non-core assets like Documentum.  Announced today, Dell is closing on it’s sale of IT Services (originally Perot Systems) to Japan’s NTT Data.  Just a quick post, but earlier reports had mentioned that Dell had shopped the services firm to TCS along with other non-core businesses.

For those doubters out there asking “Why would Dell sell off a profitable business?”, with a debt of $43 billion, the “Cash Cow” or “Rising Star” businesses are the ones that will generate the most interest and amounts.  We would expect that once the deal closes, Documentum to be one of those businesses similar to the earlier sale of Syncplicity before the merger.