Documentum and LDAP, Time to Grow Up


[Edit: See Comments for details on the "Why" of the edits.]

I’ve spent the last several weeks working on LDAP issues.  Some have been simple, others, not so much.  Suffice it to say, if you have Documentum 6.0 sp1, get the hot fixes for LDAP.  They are readily available from EMC.  Most of these are rolled up into D6.5 sp1.

Those issues aren’t isn’t what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is the advent of large systems and the need for applications, like Documentum, to accommodate the broader reality of some of today’s environments.

Before I go much deeper, I want to state that some vendors handle this worse than EMC, and some handle it better.  I’m not going to name names.  I do know at least one major player that does a much worse job, and I am pretty sure I can accurately pick one that handles it better.

ALL vendors need to understand this problem.

Enter the Multi-Domain Enterprise

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My Journey from DocApp to DAR


A year ago, I tried Composer when my first project began to upgrade to D6. Without going into too much detail, it sucked. I loaded my DocApp and Composer completely rejected it.  After a couple of days, I gave up. If I had been creating a new application, maybe it would have been fine, but I wasn’t. After talking to David Louie, I sent the DocApp in question to EMC and got the report, “it works in the new version”. Well, it was too late and I wasn’t changing my developer’s environment mid-process.

Now that project is progressing down the D6.5 path. I thought I would try again, and document the process for everyone.

I’m writing this post “live”.  Which means I won’t post it live, but I won’t edit the post to disguise steps and my thoughts as I try things.

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Documentum 6.5 is Released


Just so you know, last night I saw the first bits of D6.5 on the download site. The entire core stack is out. If you are a partner, you may not see some components as they are fixing some of the entitlements. I expect that to be fixed quickly. [Edit 8/5/2008: Fixed.] Share and enjoy.

Also, D7 is slated for Q4 2009. This is on schedule for 18 months after D6.5, as their strategy for releases dictates.

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Old Documentum Architecture Habits are Hard to Break


A while back, John Kominetz wrote a nice post on The Elephant and the Blind Man. I’ve been checking John out for a while and been looking for an excuse to link to his stuff for a while, but I always get sidetracked. Aside from his fun habit to reference Douglas Adams, he has been working with Documentum for a very long time. He has developed a healthy skepticism about the product.

In his post on the Elephant, John talks about the load of Junk DNA in Documentum. As the product has evolved over the last 15 years, things have been left behind and other things that worked, haven’t evolved. My recent post on the Audit Trail has led to a couple of posts addressing both of these aspects.

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Tips: Watch the DFC Registry Mode


I know that I owe a post on SharePoint and EMC World. I just keep getting sidetracked with these simple, easy, yet relevant topics. As much as I may wish it, project work continues even as we are prepping for the future of the Documentum world. In addition, it has been a while since I posted a Documentum Tips article.

This issue is something that, while not necessarily new in D6, is more relevant in the D6+ world that we are living in these days.

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EMC World 2008: Documentum Foundation Services (DFS) – Best Practices and Real World Examples


Michael Mohen and Paul Kwitkin of EMC Professional Services are going to share some of their experiences with DFS in the wild. I’ve been looking forward to this session and Craig had some good things to say about it earlier. Would be nice to hear directly from a client though. However, can’t blame Michael and Paul for that little detail. On to the show.

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EMC World 2008: Implementing DFS Search Services


My Day Two thoughts will be coming up in a subsequent post. Right now, listening to Pierre-Yves Chevalier give some examples and demos of the Search Service in action. This is Marc Brette’s presentation, he apparently canceled at the last minute, so the Q&A may be a little weak (Pierre-Yves knows this stuff well from what I can tell).

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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.

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Inciting Insight or Panic?


Normally when I read a post by James McGovern, I understand that he is trying to get under people’s skins in order to provoke a response. Some people respond to this by attempting to give the type of information that James is looking for in a post of their own. Others view it as a form of harassment and try their best to ignore it, though James just looks on that as a form of encouragement. Both reactions are perfectly fine.

I, and pretty much every blogger, are not compensated for writing our blogs, much less for responding to James. It is optional. When I blog, I do so as me, myself, and I. Not as an employee of any company or organization.

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