It’s been way too long since I’ve written a blog post here, sorry. I’ve been busy placing senior level IT Managers and market-makers as well as writing for CMSWire, my Big Data Geeks blog and a few other publications. If you don’t already follow me on Twitter @BrilliantLeap and @BigDataGeeks (I usually tweet when I’ve posted an article), I’d encourage you to do so. Not into Twitter? I also usually post an update on Linkedin, are we connected?
I’m suggesting the aforementioned because it’s an easy way for you to keep up with your profession. We’re entering the third wave of computing and there’s a lot happening. Because I freelance when I write, I write only about the topics that I feel will be important to our future. Take, for example, Proprietary vs. Open Source?
That being said, this particular post on the Brilliant Leap blog is my attempt to respond to all the phone calls and e-mails I’ve received from the Documentum Community in the last month. This is the first of two posts, there will be another later this week.
Before I start answering your questions, a little bit of business. In the next month or so, this site is going to be revamped and the blog on it won’t be as Documentum or as ECM-oriented. This isn’t because we’ve lost our interest in ECM & Documentum, but because Brilliant Leap is filling
lots of other kinds of jobs and consulting assignments too, and our company’s website needs to reflect what we do.
Please note that we’ll probably move this blog to a different site. That blog will be specifically focused on Enterprise Content Management and Information Management. There’s nothing like that on the web (most Content Management sites lean strongly toward web content and customer
experience), and I think there should be; so, as soon as I can cost-justify it, from a business perspective (any ideas?), I’ll start posting there. In any case, once that happens, I’ll let you know by posting an update on Linke din and tweeting. If you don’t use social media, e-mail me with “BrilliantLeap blog move” in the subject line and I’ll reply once it’s moved.
Now that that’s over and done with, here’s the scoop.
How’s Documentum doing? In my not so humble opinion, Documentum is doing just fine; in fact I’m impressed. Rick Devenuti and his team have been listening to their customers over the past few years, and they’ve actually been hearing, caring AND responding to their feedback. As a result, they’ve made (and are continuing to make) changes.
The changes, mind you, had to be made. The world has changed since Documentum was introduced almost two decades ago. That world might have been OK with solutions that took a year (or longer) to implement and a dozen of developers and admins to maintain.
This world won’t stand for it.
Not only that, but Document Management was brand new in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s, challenges were a given. Two decades later, that’s no longer the case. While no one is expecting ECM systems to be plug’n’play, they do expect to have a solution that meets their needs, that’s easy to use, and
that provides a great user experience in short order.
To make that happen, Documentum went from requiring a great deal of architecting, designing and coding to Configuration and Composition. And, yes, this means that the demand for Documentum developers has gotten smaller. On the other hand, it has created a demand for business analysts, but
there knowing Documentum is a “nice to have” rather than a “must have” in job descriptions.
So what does that mean to you?
That depends on who you are and what you do, of course. If you’re a company that uses or wants to use Documentum, it’s great news. You’ll get solutions that work, you’ll get your ROI faster, you’ll have delighted users, and maintenance and upgrades will be
If you’re an IT professional who has planned to spend your entire career making Documentum work, you should make other plans or be ready to change employers/assignments often. Why? Because Devenuti and his team are hell-bent on delivering solutions that work in short order and that won’t
require Einsteins to implement and maintain. It’s the only reasonable business model for a proprietary technology company to have.
To many of you, that might sound like terrible news; and if you were planning to rest on your laurels, it is. But if you’re truly fascinated by technology, look into things like Data Management, Big Data, Big databases, and Predictive Analytics. Read about them here, maybe something will strike your fancy.
Now that’s not to say that, if you don’t make a transition now, you’ll be out of work in a few years (but your earnings may flatten). Remember that Documentum has a huge install base and that the exodus to Sharepoint has died down because Sharepoint can’t do what Documentum can, neither can Alfresco.
I recently got calls from companies that are considering going back to Documentum from those technologies. But, regardless, even if this were to become a trend that might not translate to a great deal of new job growth or increased salaries. Remember my post “To Learn Documentum Or To Learn Something Else?” You might want to read it again.
One of the big questions, we’re being asked is why did EMC recently purchase two Documentum partners, are they becoming a services firm?
I asked Rick Devenuti this question; you’ll have to read my next post to find out what he said.