Earlier this week, we wrote about the Documentum Platform Roadmap. We, along with many other attendees, mistook the first day’s session as the overall roadmap rather than just the Documentum Platform. This post will describe the overall Roadmap and present our thoughts.
Review of Last Year’s Roadmap – What was achieved?
2014 Roadmap and Vision presentation was lead by overall product manager Aaron Aubrecht. Aaron has been replaced with Ahson Ahmad, a Documentum and ECM industry veteran. Some overall thoughts when comparing the roadmap presentation from last year to the results this year.
- The bulk of priorities are consistent between different products.
- Most target dates have slipped a quarter or two.
- Target dates tend to be only 1 year out – a consistent release cadence
Overall, we liked the focus on introducing the different product managers to present their roadmaps as well as plans going forward.
Ahson began with a quick discussion on Project Horizon as presented in Rohit’s keynote. Major points included.
- Solutions – Support for Energy, Life Sciences and Health Care
- Bridge – future – way for you to run D2 and xCP (and Documentum API) at a lower cost than on premise.
- Tiles – Micro Apps and Micro Services
- Foundation (Powered by Cloud Foundry/Pivotal)
Goal would be to have Project Horizon available both to the as a public multi-tenant cloud, private cloud and on premises.
As we mentioned in our review of the keynote, we are slightly skeptical of ECD’s ability to achieve as Project Horizon seems very similar to the APaaS discussions from last years “bridge to the third platform” presentation. We saw a demo of the supplier exchange and it has the potential to include many Documentum/ECM capabilities We would think the upside opportunities would be great but are concerned about the logistical (funding, focus) of a new initiative as well as the ability to replicate all of the Documentum functionality on the new platform.
Look for a deeper post on Project Horizon coming up soon.
Captiva 7.5 – coming next month (June). Features will include:
- New Free Form Recognition Engine
- Architecture – Real-Time Capture Services (REST) – set of discrete capture services that can be called via a REST API. Optional component of Captiva. (good example – could use to OCR, convert to PDF, Barcode recognition, Data Extraction)
- Captiva Web Client – new front-end interface on pure HTML 5. Scan, Index and Validate Data. Leveraging the REST Capture Services.
The understanding is that the Real-Time Capture Services can be deployed without the Captiva Input Accel Server on their own application server. Pricing TBD. Everyone was impressed with the demonstration.
- Mobile SDK 2.0 (Committed Q2 2015) – Automating the capture as much as possible. Automating the taking of the picture and new UI to assist getting the highest quality image. Image Enhancements and a Customizable UI.
- Captiva Titanium (Targeted Q2 2016) – Completion Enhancements including rubber band, Combo box tool, print, batch selection as well as Designer Enhancements
- Mobile SDK Diamond (Targeted Q4 2016) – continued enhancements to the Mobile SDK.
TSG Thoughts – We are looking forward to the trying the new features in June. We are very interested in the REST real time services and ability to leverage Captiva outside of the normal bulk mode. In regards to the Web based client, it will be interesting to see how it (and the REST services) are priced for new customers as well as existing customers with the older interfaces.
As the TSG Blog is pretty focused on Documentum, we aren’t going to present detail on ApplicationXtender.
Documentum Platform Roadmap
See our Documentum RoadMap post from yesterday as the roadmap was very consistent. Patrick added the futures slide that included:
Bedrock – Targeted Q1 2016
- Enhanced Trust and Security
- Facilitated Upgrades/Scalability/TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)
- Improved Content management – REST for Value Office Services
- Certifications (PostGres Database, SQL server Express Support for non-production, Coud Foundry and Docker Support)
Feldspar – Targeted Q1 2017
- Enhanced Trust and Security
- Enhanced Data Center Support – Rolling Upgrades, Simplified Deployment, seemless access for remote and external users
- Improved Content Management – Recommendation Engine, Advanced Intelligence and Analysis
TSG Thoughts – As we mentioned in the previous post. Most of the new improvements to the existing repository either included additional support for EMC products (storage or security) or small evolutionary (not revolutionary) improvements to REST, xPlore and transformation services. We had a couple of discussions outside of the presentation based on a “Meet the Executives” about bigger changes. We would love to see future roadmaps (or Project Horizon) address the bigger items and see improvements for underlying database, xPlore and other components that could be upgraded based on new technology opportunities coming from the Big Data movement and components of Project Horizon.
Records Management Roadmap
One thing many users will be happy to hear will be moving to MSG format (getting rid of EMC format). See an old post where clients were struggling with different email formats from Documentum.
Records “Frankly” – Targeted Q3 2015
- Email Support and Migration – Replacement of emcmf & attachment separation support migration tools to update existing objects to new technology.
- Security Export Processing – Security-conscious export behavior, support for non-terminal exports for held items.
- Governance Dashboard – Automated reports on system status: at-a-glance view of system state, health, non-compliant items.
- EMC WORM device support – Support for WORM capabilities on Isilon and Data Domain.
- Post-GA certifications – Microsoft Outlook 2010 & 201
Records “GIACOMO” – Targeted for Q4 2016
- PRS Space management
- Improved Usability
- API Improvement
- App-based records access
- Certifications – DoD 5015.2, Record Activators: Office 365 & SharePoint Online
Documentum Connector for SharePoint Roadmap
D2 Configuration Support – Centralized configuration consistent with D2.
Pegasus is the next release – pulled into Q4 2015 as this was planned for 2016. Will include:
- Seamless Collaboration – Improved data services linking, Check-in a file as a new version of existing object, Improvements to Checkout to SharePoint
- Enterprise Readiness – Content Server 7.2, D2 Hawk…
Phoenix – Targeted Q2 2016
- Cross Product Integration – Advanced D2-Config Support, xCP 2.x+ advanced interop
- Seamless Collaboration – Drag & Drop between SP & DCTM, Office Web Apps, Revamp Advanced Search – not Webtop, Additional extensibility
- Enterprise Readiness – Content Server Bedrock, REST, Windows 10*, Enhanced Authentication modes.
D2 4.5 – Released in April. Focus of release was Information “findability”. Included:
- Multi-Document Approval
- Support to “unlock the business value in multiple repositories” – not sure what that means – sounds like cross-repository search
- Support for Syncplicity
One item in 4.5 that was demonstrated was the D2 Intelligent URL. Content linked to old version of a document (a new version had been created) would prompt the user that a new version exists – would they like to see the old version or the new version. This was a complaint from one of our clients with the 4.2 version. Other interesting parts of the demo included:
- D2 Word Based Annotations – This is different than typical PDF Annotations. Look for a post in the future as this was an interesting approach for annotating DocX formats.
- Search – New facets (hierarchical) widget – based on context with faster breadcrumbs.
We did have a discussion about Java support/ActiveX for the check-in/check-out component. With browsers deprecating NPAPI plugins which provided browsers with Java support, we typically recommend the more vanilla non-ActiveX/Java options when available.
Falcon – Targeted Q4 2015
- Productivity – with 508 Accessibility Improvements
- Information Integrity – REST API to allow greater opportunities to extend and integrate with D2
- Agility – Installatoin/Upgrade/Patching Improvements to help reduce costs associated with managing a D2 environment
- Solutions Packaging support to help manage and maintain complex D2 application solutions.
Hornet – Targeted Q3 2016
- Productivity – complex workflow, streamlined user experience, increased use of DQL vvariables and input validation
- Information Integrity
- Agility – Configuration improvements around property pages, importing & check-in, user settings, widgets and Workspaces
TSG Notes – it is clear that ECD is putting a big investment in D2. I was impressed earlier in the day with the Life Sciences Solution focused on D2 presented by Jennifer Wemstorm – Senior Director, Product Management and Jessica Kelley, Quality Product Management. We are getting mixed reactions from some of our larger clients in regards to scaling D2 but other clients are having success as presented in a later presentation by STMicroelectronics and Wilmington Savings Fund Society.
xCP 2.2 – What’s New
See post on earlier xCP roadmap presentation. Highlights:
2.2 Released – as mentioned above – focused on:
- Developer Productivity
- Runtime Enhancements
1.6 SP3 – Committed Q4 2015 (readers – please notice that this is a release for the 1.x clients)
- Primary support to 2017, extended support to 2018
- Focused on upgradability of that – Form Layout – giving new widgets
- Moving to being able to better upgrade
Moonbow – Targeted Q2 – 2016 – Upgradability to 1.6 applications. As announced last year, this release was originally targeted for Q3 2015 but 1.6 release pushed out Moonbow.
- Migration from 1.x
- Deployability & TCO
Aurora – Targeted Q1 – 2017 Focused on more Case Management.
- Security Modeling
- Rules Engine
- Virtual Documents
- Case Notes
TSG Thoughts – Our initial impression is that the product team is focused on user feedback and evolving the interface. We would say that the xCP 2.2 release is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, adding many functions that are pretty common in most ECM applications that must have been lacking for existing customers.
In regards to feedback, it was loud and clear in the roadmap discussion that long-time users have struggled with moving to xCP 2.X for a number of reasons.
- Requirement to move to 7.X backend
- Requirements around rest of stack (Webtop, other interfaces)
- Existing 1.0 applications (TaskSpace)
As we talked about last year, users were upset that their xCP 1.0 applications needed to be redone to leverage xCP 2.0. This, combined with large amounts of content already existing in the repository, seems like the product team is focused on the next releases (Moonbow) being focused on those users and helping them upgrade to 2.x, as well as the rest of the Documentum stack (7.x). Moonbow was originally focused on collaboration but is being refocused on existing clients. It is interesting to hear that the forecasted 2017 Aurora release will focus on Case Management as it was the driving theme behind the xCP initial naming/push back at EMC World 2010.
Documentum eRoom & Webtop
Great discussion around Webtop and eRoom as ECD wants to keep both tools viable for 5 years.
- Aligned with Stack
- Keep using as long as you want – going to keep stack aligned.
eRoom 7.4.5 – Released 2014
Webtop 6.8 – Released December 14
eRoom – Unicorn – Targeted Q1 2016
Webtop – Firebolt – Targeted Q1 2016
In this presentation ECD continued with the trend of the past few years of posting release dates and features that were within reach. Some quick thoughts:
- I liked the “lightning round” presentations of roadmaps, demos and questions that let us get a feel for the product managers as well as their products.
- I liked the cadence of 1+ year out roadmaps. Priorities change and spending time predicting what things will look like 2+ years from now can be a waste of time.
- Impressed by the significant investment in the D2 interface as well as the push to help helping the xCP 1.x clients
- Project Horizon has the potential to replace Documentum as the newer repository. The discussion from last year’s Application Platform as a Service (APaaS) has evolved to Project Horizon. We agree with the approach as it was difficult to see Documentum as a platform when compared with other cloud vendors.
Overall we were impressed with Ashon, Mark and the team. Documentum seems to be making good progress across the product stack.
Let us know your thoughts on the roadmap.
Brian Jenks (@brianj) says
Nice write-up and summary of the road map presented. Would like to take a moment and explain the new D2 capabilities around multi-repositories and “unlock the business value in multiple repositories”. I had more time in my D2 What’s New & Next session to elaborate on that but in case you missed the session….
D2 pre-4.5 already has the capability of searching across multiple D2 repositories. For example; Users log into workspace 1, residing in Repo1 and login into workspace 2 which is in Repo 2. Now using the global search panel (magnifying glass) you can search and your results will appear per repository. While interesting and helpful in that you can find content across multiple repositories, it is limited in that you can perform a ‘Locate’ action and be taken to the content or choose to view/check the content and not much else.
In D2 4.5, given the same scenario above where you have logged into multiple repositories with D2 installed, you’d be able to find your content and then copy/paste it into from the source repository into the target repository. For copying, this can be a straight up copy if the repositories have the same doctypes or via configuration and the creation profile you can indicate that when copying content across repositories that it is treated like as an Import process and the import wizard will appear. Just like you are importing content from the file system.
Or, maybe you only want to link, i.e. create a shortcut, from the source content in Repo1 into the target repository, Repo2. You can do that as well. Very similar to existing webtop behaviors (but not exactly like webtop since this IS D2, not webtop).
Hope that helps explain the behavior and makes more clear how there is good business value and opportunities for our customers with multiple repositories to be able to “unlock the business value of multiple repositories”
TSG Dave says
Thanks for the clarification Brian. Will have to try that out during our D2 4.5 review. Great to see the architects contributing to the site – thanks again,