10 Years in the Mountains of Documentum


Ten years ago on the tenth of January in 2000, while many people were trying to determine why Y2K didn’t end civilization, I was starting a new chapter in my ECM life.  That day was the day I first started using Documentum.

It is a simple day to track as it was my first day at Infodata Systems.  I went to Infodata for simple reasons, I was tired of traveling to Omaha and Infodata was located one block from my apartment.  I was going to get to stay in what was becoming the ECM space, though I was going to have to learn this thing called Documentum.

It was a normal day, like any other first day of work. I met the resident Documentum expert, Johnny Gee and got my first exposure to Documentum.  Little did either of us know what we would be doing in the Documentum community 10 years later.

I thought about talking about the past 10 years, but I decided against that option.  For a look at the past look at the list of past Momentums.  Also, check out the interview with retiring CTO Razmik Abnous, I highly recommend it.

I had been planning to mark this day for a while now, but now that it is here, I’m not sure how I feel about it.  I just can’t really believe it has been 10 years.  It hasn’t been exclusively devoted to Documentum, but that has been the primary theme of the last decade.

Will there be another 10 years?  Not sure.  Documentum will be around, but I think the next couple of years will be key in determining in what form.  It is a changing world and if a product wants to be here in 10 years, they’ll have to either find a niche or blaze a path to the future.

I don’t know what EMC will do with Documentum, but I know that in 10 years, I’ll be working with someone that leads the way through the next decade.