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Im regulierten Life Sciences-Umfeld kommt der Verwaltung kontrollierter Dokumente wie beispielsweise SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), Verfahrensanweisungen oder Arbeitsweisungen eine große Bedeutung zu. Change Management-Prozesse sichern die ordnungsgemäße Überarbeitung, Genehmigung, Schulung, Verteilung und ggf. Außerkraftsetzung dieser Dokumente. Neben allseits bekannten Use Cases innerhalb des Change Managements existieren Sonderfälle, die von Unternehmen zu Unternehmen andersartig ausgestaltet werden.
Einer dieser Anwendungsfälle ist der seltene Fall des sogenannten Effectivity Hold.
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 😉
As both EMC Business Partner and OpenText Technology Partner we are excited about this development. Our product migration-center enables EMC Documentum and OpenText customers to choose the best of both worlds and migrate their content to either platform without risk!
OpenText announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD), including Documentum [http://goo.gl/tRA5LL].
What does this mean for OpenText and EMC Documentum?
Primarily, customers will have an even stronger partner to accelerate their digital transformation in order to remain competitive and to stay in business. “We are at the beginning of the Digital revolution where extreme connectivity, automation, and computing are converging,” said OpenText CEO and CTO Mark J. Barrenechea. “This acquisition further strengthens OpenText as a leader in Enterprise Information Management, enabling customers to capture their Digital future and transform into information-based business.”