Enterprise Content Management 2.0, Still in Beta
The Big Men on Content, Lee to be precise, recently joined the ECM 2.0 discussion, stating that they are going to wait for EMC’s sp2 before they jump on-board. That could be a long wait. After all, we are still in Beta as far as I am concerned.
This was prompted by a reading OpenText’s Enterprise 2.0 Content Management strategy. Note the placement of the 2.0. We’ll be getting back to that.
ECM 2.0, Coming Soon to an Enterprise Near You!
Well, if you look at my definition of the next generation of ECM, ECM 2.0 for fun, you’ll quickly see that we aren’t there yet. Even Bex chimes in on the Identity Management support in Oracle ECM and says that it isn’t there, yet. It is a great post and all concerns and issues there are true for Documentum as well.
Let’s take it as fact that all ECM systems are currently lacking in open support for Identity Management systems. Most can leverage external authentication, but fall short for external authorization.
Documentum can handle external groups, but not security policies. Those have to be created inside of Documentum using the external, or internally managed, groups. Documentum, like many systems, cache the external information for various performance reasons. That is fine, except that if something changes, you are out-of-date until the next synch job runs.
As if my critical eye wasn’t enough, EMC themselves aren’t at ECM 2.0 yet by their own reckoning. Way back at EMC World 2007, they defined their vision of ECM 2.0. They stated that D6 was just laying the foundation for ECM 2.0 and that it wouldn’t be realized until at least D6.5. That is this summer, so we can’t even evaluate it until then.
D6.5 will either be the Beta 2 release of ECM 2.0 or the “gold” release. It depends on who you ask and what is delivered.
ECM 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0, Not Even Related
Aside from the flashy 2.0 attached at the end, there is little relation as far as I am concerned. ECM as it currently stands can support Web 2.0 artifacts. Some user interfaces may need some updating, but the back-ends of almost all Content Management systems, Enterprise or not, can store any type of content. Being able to store a wiki isn’t that impressive. Sounds more like a new feature for either a Collaborative CEVA or a Web Content Management CEVA.
ECM systems can support Enterprise 2.0. It is the interfaces that need to be updated. Clearspace, from Jive, supports Enterprise 2.0 activities. Infovark, once released, will support Enterprise 2.0 activities. Neither are ECM systems or based upon them. I bet that I could take Documentum 5.2.5 and use it as a back-end for content for Clearspace. It may take a little development, but it could be done and nobody will EVER confuse that old version of Documentum with ECM 2.0.
OpenText is updating their user interface. That’s it! Big deal. If they have to make a lot of changes to their back-end to make this work, then they are in worse shape than I ever imagined.
Everyone, Look Outside the Traditional 2.0 Box! (Traditional 2.0? Funny.) ECM 2.0 is the next generation of Enterprise Content Management. It is not a slave to any other technology. It is a servant for the emerging Enterprise Architectures in the SOA world. It isn’t dependent on Web Services or REST. It is dependent on an undefined SOA Standard.
Look, databases have ODBC and JDBC. ECM needs an equivalent. CEVA providers shouldn’t have to write different interfaces to interact to different systems. They need one interface and ECM system will then only need one interface. Then we can get back to features and not pick a vendor because they are at least average in everything that we need.
Jed Cawthorne gets it. Billy Cripe gets it. Lee Dallas is getting it. Do YOU get it? If not, tell me why and I’ll see what I can do to help you along. Please chime in and share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from someone at EMC like Cornelia, Craig, Mark, Chuck, or someone new.