Preface: From January 2016 to July 2016, I wrote my master’s thesis at fme in Brunswick, Germany. In the following blog post I am summarizing my thesis and thank all these people who supported me. Especially, my advisor and the IT department.
Tobias Stein, September 2016
Exponential data growth rates make the management of content an enormous challenge for organizations. Terms like »information overload« and »content chaos« express the inefficient situation regarding content management on an enterprise-wide scale. Employees search for documents in different versions, languages and formats across various repositories and systems through the entire company. However, these documents contain important and decision-relevant information that are becoming a key business resource. Moreover, compliance with statutory regulations and technical requirements with respect to storing huge amounts of data are complicated.
Interesting announcement from Alfresco. They started an aggressive > swap out program against Documentum pushing the fear that Documentum is going away or going south soon. First of all, Alfresco is a really good ECM platform – fme has been an Alfresco partner for many years. There might be good reasons for the one or the other company to decide to change their ECM platform within the next weeks or months, but it should have nothing to do with the OpenText acquisition. Fear has always been a bad advisor. Documentum is not going away any time soon, or why do you think OpenText payed 1,6 billion USD? They have to keep up the flow of maintenance money for quite some years to make the deal work.
Pretty much every „ECM expert“ is giving us guidance and advice these days on the recent OpenText acquisition. fme group has been working in the ECM industry for roughly 18 years. We do consulting around platforms like Documentum (ECD), SharePoint and Alfresco. I will refer to the “Dell EMC ECD” business as Documentum. I never liked the acronyms that were used for the Documentum brand, anyway ;-). We have been partnering with Documentum for 17 years. Our focus industries are Life Science and Industrial Manufacturing. Across all industries we are well known for our migration expertise. We move content from pretty much every major ECM system to pretty much every other major ECM system, including OpenText and Documentum (> see our products director’s thoughts on this). fme group has seen quite a bit of the ECM universe. Here are my 2 cents on the recent OpenText acquisition – written after a two days and two nights quick assessment – so have mercy on me 😉