We might have missed it with the holidays but one of our utility clients alerted us to the news that EMC/Documentum/IIG had recently acquired Trinity Technologies, a former Documentum Consulting Select Services Team. While there is not a ton of information out there on the purchase, this post will discuss the purchase and give our thoughts.
From the Website and an email to clients
To Our Clients:
I am delighted to announce that EMC Corporation has acquired Trinity Technologies Corporation. Trinity will become part of EMC’s Information Intelligence Group. The Trinity organization will help to drive the EMC energy solutions strategy and will be part of the IIG Services’ Consulting group. The acquisition allows EMC to further expand its delivery to the worldwide energy market and to benefit from the remarkable experience and market knowledge that Trinity brings. You will hear more about this acquisition and our integration with EMC IIG in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, please be assured that the entire Trinity management team will remain in place. We look forward to continuing our relationship with you as part of EMC.
Joseph P Morray Jr
Trinity has always been a niche Documentum consulting partner in the energy sector as we see them often in most of our utility clients. As a select services partner, they were subcontracting to EMC already so would imagine that the transition would be fairly simple. We were slightly surprised not to see a press release from EMC on the purchase. It looks like the purchase happened at the end of 2012.
Trinity is known with their integration experience for utilities, specifically between Enterprise Asset Management Systems (EAM) – Indus Passport and MRO MAXIMO. Their integration/product is typically customized to either have a document defined in the EAM and pushed to Documentum or defined in Documentum and pushed to EAM. Multiple clients have also used some of their CAD integration approaches as well. The best overview of their services can be found here:
As Documentum continues to pursue solutions (see our thoughts on Documentum/ECM solutions) – they are going to need partners or an enhanced Documentum Consulting division. Documentum’s current solution for Engineering, Plant, and Facilities Management (EPFM) is an xCP solution that seems mostly focused on Europe from EMC World sessions we have attended. Adding Trinity in the United States helps bring more expertise to the clients Documentum is pursuing in the states. We would anticipate that Documentum would acquire more SST partners to continue to pursue solutions and additional service revenue.
It will be interesting to see how Trinity solutions and resources align with the IIG EPFM solution and resources. Most of Trinity solutions integrate in to Webtop or older versions of Documentum and EPFM is xCP based. EPFM was created by the European sector of EMC/Documentum consulting and seems to have been mostly successful in Europe. Some resources for EPFM include:
Including a video from EMC World some might find interesting as well on EPFM.ARVE Error: need id and provider
Let us know your thoughts below.
Jorge Sapaj says
Just to clarify two points from your article. EPFM is a pure Webtop customization based on the ECS framework made by EMC Consulting. EPFM has no relation with xCP nor D2 at this time (future plans on what will be the new tech for EPFM are not clear yet. I personally talked with EMC’s people in charge of this product about this matter).
EPFM is actually being used here in Chile on two big customers. One of them is the biggest cooper mine of the world! (go figure..). We (Puntocom S.A.) are actually working on both of this projects with EMC Consulting. And we are seeing increasing interest on this solution from many south and north american companies. It’s far from an European only market solution!
TSG Dave says
Thanks for the feedback. We have no experience with EPFM and, during EMC World, have yet to see the actual system (most are more functional – including one about the copper mine). I think you hit on a key point, EMC Consulting needs to be involved. During the presentations at EMC World, we have never seen a US reference so was assuming Europe (based on background of speakers) but awknowledge you point that the copper mine was mentioned.
Just like any other Webtop system, I think users would be concerned that a Webtop solution, given Webtop Fading since 2011, would seem to need to move it somewhere. Would think it would be D2.
Jorge Sapaj says
I too believe the logical step for EPFM will be D2, but so far I am unaware of any effort from EMC to move EPFM to D2.
ECS/EPFM took many years on building and is still not feature complete. One of the main issues for EMC to overcome for a D2-based EPFM is migration. Current EPFM customers are very, very important to EMC and they are being extra-careful about asking them a new big investment forcing them to rebuild a solution for the new technology.
Probably, if EPFM 2.0 gets to be a D2-based, EMC will first build a complete migration tool in order to keep this customers happy….
TSG Dave says
Great point – we are working on a DCM to D2 migration with our OpenMigrate product. Look for more posts from us in the coming weeks.
That is one of the different things about D2, the object model does force a migration.