EMC World 2010: Rules of the Road

Things are starting in a few days up in Boston, but I wanted to share my plans with everyone, and lay down my Rules for EMC World.  These rules are very similar to last years Rules, but I’ve updated a bit as I do every year.

All posts that follow these rules will start EMC World 2010:. This is to clearly identify them for everyone. If I write a post before/during/after the conference that doesn’t adhere to what I am laying-out here, it won’t have that prefix.


I’m going to be running a basic disclaimer in all my posts. If for some reason I forget to paste it in, this disclaimer applies to all EMC World 2010: prefixed posts and you can be sure I’ll be adding the disclaimer as soon as I notice that it is missing.  This is because I will be writing the posts during/after sessions and I will hear things that I may misconstrue or that talk about future events.

All information in this post was gathered from the presenters and presentation. It does not reflect my opinion unless clearly indicated (Italics in parenthesis). Any errors are most likely from my misunderstanding a statement or imperfectly recording the information. Updates to correct information are reflected in red, but will not be otherwise indicated.

All statements about the future of EMC products and strategy are subject to change at any time due to a large variety of factors.

As indicated, if I learn later that something I posted was incorrect, I will endeavor to correct it, but it may not be immediate.

Topics of Conversation

As a general rule, if I, or the person I am talking to at the time, has a beverage in their hand, I’m not blogging/tweeting it. If it is blatantly clear that the information is public, I will share it in a constructed post during, or shortly after, EMC World.

The issue here is that I am a longtime partner of EMC/Documentum. As such, I am sometimes privy to information that is not made available to the general public. This information is used to serve my clients better.  If I started sharing this information, then I would no longer be able to learn any of it in the future. That information is by far more important any benefit that I may gain by posting it here.

This is a fun little line that I have to walk, but I think I’ve walked it well. There are several EMC personnel that have shared information with me since I started this blog and subsequently tweeting. I have, to date, kept all confidences and will continue to do so in the future.

Introducing Twitter

I will be using Twitter some during EMC World.  You can follow me at @piewords.  You can also follow all the Momentum 2010 action at #mmtm10 and the entire EMC World action at #emcworld.

Most information will be going here, into my blog. Random thoughts and where I am going (in my annual quest to maintain my caffeine levels) will be mostly through Twitter. If you don’t have my phone number, your best bet to locate me at EMC World will be through Twitter.

The Time Delay

I am a busy person at the conference.  As such, not all posts will be tagged immediately as I will be focusing on getting them posted and moving to the next session. Have no  fear, the tags will come.

I will also be updating my EMC World page of links only once every day.  While it is a good index of what I have written, it will not be definitive until after the conference is over and I have time to update it.

That’s it…See you there!

Dissecting a Documentum-SharePoint “Comparison”

Saw a tweet today that was pretty exciting.  It was referencing a “comparison” between SharePoint and Documentum.  I was initially excited.  I’d love to see CenterStage  and SharePoint compared.  I compared SharePoint to eRoom a couple of years back and wasn’t planning on a comparison with CenterStage until the database/list functionality was ported over.

My excitement was short-lived.

I instead encountered a piece that resembles propaganda more than a fair and balanced comparison.  That may sound harsh, but I will defend the charge.

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I Want YOU to Speak at EMC World!

I have a confession to make…I’m a fraud.  I may know a lot about Documentum and ECM, but when you get to pick your discussion topics, it is easy to look smart and knowledgeable.

imageMany of you know a lot about implementing successful ECM projects with Documentum, SharePoint, Alfresco, Nuxeo, or any number of systems.  You have all learned things that I’ve never even considered when planning for a project.

And the number of things I don’t know about Documentum is mind-boggling.  There are new components every few months and there is no way that I, or anyone for that matter, can keep up with it all.

So I am asking for your help.  Please think about the projects you have worked on in the past year or so.  Did you learn a few things?  Did you run into a few hurdles to over come?  The odds are that the project wasn’t perfect.  Even if it went well, there are things that you would do differently.

Share what you learned with me.

Share it with everyone!

Speak at EMC World!

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The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, Looking Back on EMC World 2009

It has been a busy week.  I think each year my schedule get crazier and crazier while I am here at the conference.  As a result, I notice things that make it both easier, and more difficult, for me to accomplish everything that I set out to accomplish at the conference.  While it is all still fresh, and I wait for my ride, I want to share some thoughts on the conference.

Before I dive in, I want to say that I recognize that EMC has listened and tried to make the conference better for the Content Management professional. I appreciate the efforts and I hope that they continue to listen to the feedback.  No conference is perfect, but they should strive for perfection.

I shared, and gathered, these thoughts with people from EMC employees, partners, and customers.  This is a conference evaluation, not on the strategy or direction of EMC.  That will come later. Check my EMC World page for all my links.

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