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Why OpenText will not Lead ECM

Oh what a few weeks we’ve had in Enterprise Content Management (ECM)!  After the news that OpenText will acquire its competitor Documentum, we’ve seen some comments from Alfresco, with a simple reply back from OpenText CEO Barrenechea.  Lee gave his thoughts, as did Bill Forquer from the OpenText front. There also been a lot of independent assessments.  Dave Giordano… Read More ›

Strange Days

“Strange days have found us, Strange days have tracked us down” – The Doors I have been competing with OpenText using Documentum for quite a long time. Now with the sale of ECD by Dell/EMC those days will soon come to an end and a new era in ECM begins. Strange days indeed. A lot of thoughts come to… Read More ›

Is Enterprise Content Management Done?

CMS Wire reported last week, “The way Rohit Ghai puts it, EMC Documentum is done … fully evolved, so to speak.  ‘No one is asking for more features or functions, he said.’” I wanted to ask, if no one’s asking for more features or functions, are you asking the right questions?  I will absolutely agree… Read More ›

First Take – Leaping Across the Horizon

Yesterday at EMC World Rohit Ghai announced the official name for the much talked about project horizon. I’ve had many tongue in cheek conversations about Horizon as a name. The problem with it was that you can never actually get there. By definition the horizon is beyond reach. With this launch ECD leaps to the destination. (pun intended)… Read More ›

Poking the Documentum Bear

It came as no surprise to see, Bloomberg reporting that EMC is officially up for sale Wednesday.  It was a rumor even before Dell announced it was buying EMC.  Two months ago, I predicted an acquisition, not a spin-off.  I just don’t think the executive management team has the passion.  It’s going to take heart… Read More ›

For ECM Solutions it’s Configuration versus Customization

For years I’ve been in discussions where the conversation bounced between “build” versus “buy: decisions for a ECM (Enterprise Content Management).  Before 2000, managing any large collection of documents, either to a specific business case or all documents, meant building your own document management system or buying an existing document management system.  Over the years,… Read More ›

To the ECM Industry, “We are not alone!”

The Enterprise Content Management (ECM) industry is quickly coming to a junction.  One I believe is as big as in 2000 when Electronic Document Management (EDMS), Web Content Management (WCM), and Digital Asset Management Vendors (DAM) came together to form Enterprise Content Management (ECM).  While ECM vendors have been pushing the strength of a single… Read More ›

Paper Still Rules Content in the Back Office

CIO Magazine pointed out that paper still rules the enterprise.  It added some validity to what I had been seeing in the last few years.  Having started with Documentum, we showcased solving “BIG” problems.  Reducing time to market for new drugs and managing complex aircraft manuals.  Back then, I rarely talked with the back office:… Read More ›

Lost Knowledge – Real Time Co-Authoring

Back in 2009, I found myself reminiscing about an old Documentum partner and one of their cool offerings.  As I wrote the article, several more scenarios of “Lost Knowledge” came to mind.  I had planned on starting a series of posts on the topic.  Here’s the second one seven years later.  (I promise to bring… Read More ›

Hyland OnBase with Lexmark Perceptive Software? Say What?

4/25/17 – Update – Seems new rumors are back that Hyland may be buying the Lexmark software assets that include Perceptive and Kofax.  The rumor indicates that the purchase price will be about $1.5B.  In comparison OpenText acquired EMC’s ECD assets which included Documentum for $1.62B.  4/30/17 – Update – New article with my thoughts on Kofax and… Read More ›