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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The Future of Documentum Security in the SOA World


A month or so ago, I asked people to post questions that I would try and get answered at EMC World. Every question had to do with security. Unfortunately, I was unable to track down all the right people to ask the right questions in a timely fashion. Part of this was my fault as I didn’t keep on top of the questions that I had promised to get answered. There was one situation where I was told by person X that I needed to talk to person Y. The irony was that I had spend half an hour the previous night socializing with person Y, never realizing that I should ask that question and I never saw person Y again.

So if I don’t answer your question, I didn’t ask it and I am sorry. If it is any consolation, I didn’t get all of my questions answered either. So to Robin, no idea about the future of Common Criteria certification. James, I neglected to ask about about Ounce Labs and static code testing as a whole (whenever I remembered the question, I was invariably talking to a marketing person and not one of the product managers).

I would like to thank all the product managers for patiently letting me ask my questions repeatedly until we were sure that we were talking about the same thing. I also want to thank Craig Randall for all the time that he spent with me during the conference, and later via email. He was very helpful and worked with me to more fully understand my business scenarios. He successfully directed me to the correct product managers to give the scenarios to directly. Now I am bothering them, leaving Craig to talk about more relaxing topics (at least until my next hard question).

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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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EMC World 2008: Content Management and Archiving Keynote


I’ve got my coffee and I’m sitting in a beanbag getting ready for the CMA Keynote from Mark Lewis. Before I dive in, some random thoughts on the previous day.

  • Met with Lee Dallas and hung out for quite a while. It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to meeting Marko.
  • Met Craig Randall. Unfortunately we were both pulled in different directions before we could set a time up to get a cold beverage and chat. One of my developers sat in one of his sessions and was impressed with his depth of knowledge.
  • For some reason, it feels like I won’t be able to attend all the sessions that I need to attend. I’d have to look, but I think there may be less
  • A Play the Cloud update. I have 25 connections at a strength of 27%. If you aren’t playing, jump in.

The Keynote

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