I’ve been meaning to talk about the new Documentum Developer Edition for a while now. I’ve referred to it in previous posts and twittered about it. More recently, Marko over at Big Men on Content has talked about the benefits of freely available ECM platforms for development and proof-of-concepts. I thought some spare vacation time, and the release of the 6.5 sp2 version, was a perfect time to write-up my thoughts.
To start with, ABOUT TIME!!! Okay, that may be a little strong, but in the age of open source and when Microsoft and Oracle have been offering developer editions of their core products for years this was way overdue. If you want the developer pool to grow, which is one of the major costs of a large-scale deployment, you need to allow them to use the tools. There are lots of independent consultants out there that have trouble keeping-up with the technology because they can’t afford to become partners for the requisite fee. The Developer Edition makes it easier on them (and harder on me, but that is another post) to deliver into the market.