Bonus Post on the CMA

Bonus post? How can there be a bonus post after two days of not posting??? Simple, while I was working on the post that follows this, I wrote this post as part of it. I then decided to break it out. Thus bonus. Since I decided this had to be posted first, the chaos followed.

Here is a quick breakdown of how EMC is now classifying their Content Management and Archiving (CMA) group (the latest name for Documentum product family) into four Content Types:

  1. Knowledge Worker: Collaborative Content Management, focusing on personal and team productivity and extranet collaboration. This is where all the traditional Document Management and Collaborative solutions go to roost. This includes office documents, discussions, emails, project plans, and so forth. Products and features that are hidden under here include Lifecycles, Enterprise Application Integration such as Content Services for SharePoint and SAP, eRoom, Collaborative Edition (CE), Content Intelligence Services (CIS), and Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) Services.
  2. Transactional Content Management: This is basically Captiva plus all the fun business process tools to make them compete with IBM, formerly known as FileNet. In addition to the scanning and imaging, they have thrown in Business Process Manager and their Forms tool. The new Taskspace is also under here.
  3. Interactive Applications: Here is our friendly Web Content Management (WCM) and Digital Asset Management (DAM). They have combined these, in a fairly astute move. Let’s face it. These days everyone’s website, except mine, has lots of rich media. They need to work together closely. Supporting this is the Content Transformation products as well.
  4. Archival Content: Welcome to Records Management (RM) and all the fun of Archiving. While the other categories cover different types of content, this covers the last stages in a piece of content’s life before it is lost and destroyed forever. This group covers RM, Archive Services for Reports and Email, and all other Archival Services products. I don’t focus on this group much as Records Management isn’t changing quickly and until Documentum completes the creation of their new lightweight sysobject in D6 sp1 (yes, I am already waiting for the first service pack coming next winter), the use of the Documentum Content Server as a platform for massive archiving, read emails, is probably best left in the lab.

How long will these new divisions last? Longer than normal as they seem thought out. The only threat that I see is if the overall platform development is hindered by this division.