This post will highlight thoughts from Jeetu Patel’s (Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer – IIG) morning keynote.
Roadmap on New User
Jeetu began with a description of the “new” user. Embracing that a new user leverages social media as well as a variety of “choice computing” devices. User would require a more rapid development cycle – Jeetu mentioned 3 to 6 month iterations in regards to product development. Roadmap for the new User included:
- Centerstage 1.2 – GA available in July – iterate every 3-6 months.
- Mobile Application – 1st Half 2012 (I think this was the iPad thing we saw yesterday)
- D7 – Unified Web Client – 2nd Half
Roadmap – Journey to Cloud
Continuing on Rick’s theme in regards to the cloud, Jeetu mentioned the following significant dates.
- vCube – end of 2011 – OnDemand, Centerstatge, Captiva, Doc Sciences
- Information Governance in Cloud – beginning 2012
- Platform Fully Cloud Enabled – beginning 2nd half 2012
Jeetu spent some time talking about partners, particularly Cisco and Box.net in regards to how they can keep the IIG and the users of Choice.
- Cisco – Enable enterprise social collaboration with Cisco Quad group. Demonstration to illustrate how Quad application allowed user to watch different social applications in regards to monitoring an event (tweets, facebook data). Starts a Crisis Management “Case” – handoffs from Greenplum and Cisco to tag this Crisis Management for the demo. Tagging information from the various people are brought into the group.
- Box.net – CEO and co-founder of Box, Aaron Levie, presented with Jeetu. Customers extend data to/from Box and Documentum. Comments and Data synced in with Documentum. Showing a collaboration scenario.
We had some good discussions with another consultant after the presentation. While it seems Jeetu has a good strategy, we both would still recommend a “wait and see”. Talking about an alliance and some integration and having it actually drive customers and revenue is difficult to determine and could change.
CenterStage, release of 1.2 coming soon and products/ties to collaboration with Box and SharePoint seem to be somewhat conflicting. We would think that Documentum is hedging their bet as CenterStage has not been very successful to date for their eRoom user base. (Quick update – please review comments below for thoughts from Ahson – comment was intended to say that CenterStage, SharePoint and Box.net all offer collaboration and that IIG has “conflicting options” for clients – Ahson did a good deep dive on how each product is intended to be used).
Lastly, for existing Documentum users, while the strategy is set for the “new user”, what does this mean to the “old user”? (who attends EMC World) Will post more in a summary post later in the week, but the social, mobile, as well as the dynamics required for those development environments doesn’t necessarily address the needs of those “old users”.