TSG has had some interesting conversations with various client prospects recently who were interested in TSG’s best practices for migrations. While you can find a lot of references here to migration best practices (One Step vs Two, File Formats Lessons, Migrating 11 Billion Documents) , we thought for this post we would be slightly more […]
Documentum Migration – "Two-Step" Bulk Load versus a "One-Step" Migration Approach
Recently, we have seen an uptick in the number of requests for OpenMigrate support for migrating from Documentum to either another Documentum repository or a new repository like Alfresco or M-Files. Many times clients will opt to use a vendor supplied bulk upload tool as part of the migration and use OpenMigrate simply to dump […]
Migrating to Alfresco – Reducing Risk, Stress and Cost with a Rolling Migration
Too often, migrating to Alfresco can be seen as a massive undertaking where the migration effort means moving all the content, integrations and people to the new platform in a migrate all at once, “Big Bang” approach. Given the effort to move all the different components, along with training the users on a new system, […]
Migrating to Veeva – Reduce Risk, Stress and Cost with a Gradual Migration
Too often, migrating to Veeva Vault can be seen as a massive undertaking where the migration effort means moving all the content, integrations and people to the new platform in a migrate all-at-once “Big Bang” approach. Given the effort to move all the different components, along with training the users on a new system, it […]
FileNet Migration – Not as hard as you think?
Over the last 10 years, TSG has been helping clients migrate away from old, legacy FileNet systems. We started blogging back in 2010 and included updates in 2016, as well as our more recent success with over 4 billion documents in 2020. While TSG has always believed that there will never be an easy button […]
Documentum and Alfresco – Migration/Upgrade Analogies
Last week, we put together an overview of migrations and OpenMigrate for one of our partners. The overview had a couple of interesting analogies regarding migrations as well as best practices that we will share in this post.
ECM Migrations – Top Ten Planning Tips For a Successful Migration
Start planning early. Clients often underestimate the amount of planning required for any type of migration. Migration often involves more than just moving content from one place to another. Many migrations also have to account for mapping metadata, folder structure, security, and other related objects from the source system to the target system. A typical […]
Documentum or Alfresco Migration Tools – What about Speed?
Back in 2013, Documentum announced the Enterprise Migration Appliance while pushing to get clients to upgrade to 7.x. Renamed the Documentum Enterprise Migration Appliance (DEMA), one of the selling points of the DEMA is a focus on speed. Architected for the “fastest migration possible”, DEMA was constructed to avoid the Documentum API and go directly […]
ECM Migrations – 10 Reasons there will never be an “Easy Button” for migrations
Just about every couple of years we will see a campaign from a software vendor or ECM integrator claiming that their new product or approach has made ECM migrations easier. Typically the marketing campaign will focus on a new sales initiative looking to more easily move clients from their old ECM platforms and software to […]
Documentum – EMC World 2013/Momentum – Day 2 – Migrations and Upgrades
Interesting topic for 8:30 a.m. meeting after an open Vegas Bar (and a pretty good party – kudos to IIG). Migrations and Upgrades: Introducing EMA, the EMC Migration Appliance. With Chris Dyde and Mike Mohen. This post will present our thoughts on the presentation.
FileNet Migrations – Best Practices for Large Migrations
TSG just completed the bulk of activities to migrate over 4 Billion documents for a large health insurance company. This was one of our most complex migrations ever with over 4 billion documents and both legacy FileNet Image Services as well as a large amount of the content in FileNet P8. For this post we […]
Documentum and Alfresco Migrations – Why the Migration Tool is Only Part of the Equation
As the developers of OpenMigrate, we are always amazed by how often a new tool is unveiled that claims to make migrations considerably easier. While we love what we have done with OpenMigrate, we also typically have to educate clients that a migration tool, just like other tools, is only part of the effort. This […]
IBM Content Manager and Content Manager onDemand (CMOD) Migrations – How to Migrate Quickly
Many of the TSG customers and prospects are struggling with old versions of Content Manager and Content Manager onDemand that have lived for decades with millions and even billions of documents. With the 2016 announcement that, while still being branded as IBM CMOD, all future development has been moved to UNICOM, most customers are looking […]
CMOD Migration to a Modern Environment
As we have discussed here before, many clients are looking to migrate away from Content Manager on Demand to new modern infrastructures like Alfresco or NoSQL (See our solutions for DynamoDB and Hbase). Whether outdated client/server interfaces, cloud initiatives or just a desire to move away from legacy solutions, TSG has seen multiple clients looking […]
Documentum Migration to Veeva Vault – Best Practices
TSG has been assisting clients with document migrations, and particularly regulated clients, for over twenty years. For additional background and best practices – see our ECM Migrations – Top Ten Planning Tips for a Successful Migration. TSG has recently become an emerging Veeva parnter. One of our first efforts is to provide Documentum clients with […]
Documentum and Alfresco – Performance Thoughts for a Hybrid/Rolling Migration
We recently discussed the concept of a rolling migration versus a more traditional big-bang migration approach. See our initial thoughts on development of a rolling migration approach for the eventual retirement of a client’s old system over time. After working through some of the challenges, we now have a system that can quickly move content into the new repository on demand. This post will discuss our results.
Federated Search versus Rolling Migration
In moving our legacy repositories customers to new modern solutions, one of the major recommendations to reduce cost, risk and stress is a rolling migration. In a discussion with a client last week, there was some confusion in mixing a rolling migration with a federated search. This post will discuss the differences and how a […]
Stellent / UCM Migration – Not as hard as you think
We are currently engaged with multiple clients to migrate content from aging systems built on the UCM / Stellent platform. This post will share our experience and our approach to mapping all the existing content to its destination system.
ECM 2.0 – One-Step vs. Two-Step Migrations
As clients are preparing for 2020, TSG has seen an uptick in the number of requests for OpenMigrate support for migrating from legacy repositories (FileNet, ImagePlus, Mobius, CMOD…..) to a new modern ECM 2.0 repository. TSG will typically recommend a “one step” migration where OpenMigrate can both retrieve documents from the legacy repository and store […]
Federated Content Aggregation – Comparison to Federated Search and Rolling Migration
During some interesting discussions this week, the team brainstormed around federations of content and how to name a federated approach where we are doing more than just search but not bringing along all the baggage that goes with a migration. This post will introduce the concept of “Federated Content Aggregation” approach to content management. Federated […]
FileNet Migration to Alfresco with OpenMigrate
TSG recently worked with a client to migrate nearly 4 million documents with metadata from 3 different FileNet systems to Alfresco using OpenMigrate. This post will focus on the technical approach used to migrate all of the content, as well as some of the unique challenges of the migration.
Mobius Content Services Migrations with OpenMigrate
TSG has recently seen several existing and new clients looking to migrate content from Mobius Content Services to other Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platforms. Reasons for migrating include consolidation of disparate ECM systems, the desire to move to a NoSQL ECM such as TSG’s DynamoDB and Hadoop solutions, and the need to regularly extract content […]
Documentum – EMC Momentum 2013 – Day .5 Life Sciences Migration Presentation
Many of our Documentum clients are in the industry where Documentum grew up – life sciences. We are trying to hit as many of the life sciences presentations as possible to answer their questions on the Life Sciences solutions. Below is our first post on EMC’s new Migration Tool as it relates to Life Sciences – one of their […]
FileNet Migration – Best Practices and Client Experience
Whether it is a trend, just coincidence, or the fading of IBM’s influence in content management, recently we have had multiple clients request migration of FileNet images and documents as part of a long term plan to remove the FileNet/IBM solutions from their infrastructure. This post will share our experience and thoughts around migration from […]
File Formats Lessons Learned – Legacy ECM Migrations
As we presented yesterday, one of the bigger issues with FileNet Migrations was clients that have leveraged the COLD format and how TSG has come up with our own adapter to help clients move away from FileNet COLD to a less proprietary PDF format. The discussion got us thinking about what other formats need special […]
Alfresco Webinar – Benefits of a Rolling Migration versus a Big Bang – October 21st
When moving to Alfresco, many clients struggle with the cost and effort associated with a “Big-Bang” migration from their Legacy ECM system. In a “Big-Bang” scenario, all the content must be migrated to the new system during a very risky and expensive cutover weekend.
Documentum and Alfresco Large Migrations – Thoughts on a Hybrid/Rolling Approach
One of the biggest challenges in rolling out new interfaces for ECM is migration from older/legacy systems. We just started working with one financial services client that, in moving toward an Alfresco and HPI 2.1 solution, has initiated a hybrid approach to allow the interface to be introduced quickly while simplifying and reducing the risk […]
FileNet Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices with OpenMigrate
Whether it is a trend, just coincidence, or the fading of IBM’s influence in content management, recently we have had multiple clients request migration of FileNet images and documents to Alfresco as part of a long term plan to remove the FileNet/IBM solutions from their infrastructure. This post will share our experience and thoughts around […]
Update on OpenMigrate Qumas Migration
Update on OpenMigrate Qumas Migration. Post includes some hints and reminders that apply to all migration.
Documentum – EMC World/Momentum 2013 – Day .5 Migration and Upgrades: Upgrade to Lower costs and Unleash the Power of EMC Documentum Platform 7.0
Attending the first session with David Mennie, Patrick Walsh and Peggy Ringhousen – Peggy did a great job last year with the D2 Unveiling last year so I thought I would check this out. Got some great information and preview of later presentations.
ImageWare from Cannon – Migration to Alfresco in the Cloud
As summarized in our series of migration posts, many of our clients are moving to Alfresco from legacy ECM solutions. For one of our current clients, we are moving from an onsite Canon ImageWare solution to Alfresco hosted within the Amazon Cloud. This post will share our experience migrating from ImageWare to Alfresco and include some specifics […]
OpenText Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices with OpenMigrate
Recently TSG worked with an R&D client to migrate content from two legacy OpenText repositories into a new Alfresco environment using OpenMigrate. This post will discuss the process used to perform the OpenText to Alfresco migration, as well as some of the technical challenges that were encountered along the way.
FileNet and Content Manager (CMOD) Migration to Amazon Web Services – Why Now?
As many long-time readers know, TSG has been assisting clients with migrating from Legacy ECM platforms including FileNet, Documentum, OpenText and others for years. Recently we have noticed an uptick in interest, RFPs, and implementation efforts to migrate customers not only from the Legacy ECM system but also to the cloud and specifically Amazon Web Services. […]
Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Making one small mobile/cloud step first
Having already addressed here Why Clients are migrating from Documentum to Alfresco, the major issue most long-time clients have with moving from Documentum to Alfresco is how to take that first step. Legacy Documentum users often have terabytes of documents stored in Documentum and contemplating a move to any platform would be costly and resource […]
Documentum to Veeva Vault – Migration for Life Sciences
TSG has recently enhanced OpenMigrate to add support for migrations to and from Veeva Vault. The OpenMigrate Veeva Target connector enables complex migrations into Veeva Vault to occur through an automated 1-step migration. The 1-step approach provides a huge benefit for regulated life science companies by streamlining validation efforts and eliminating the need for manual […]
Documentum Layoffs, Alfresco Sales Kickoff, and more thoughts on Documentum to Alfresco Migration
We (TSG) just got back from the Alfresco Sales Kickoff in Dubrovinik, Croatia. One major rumor-mill discussion we had with several partners and ex-Documentum employees surrounded thoughts on layoffs at Documentum. In a similar vein, while some of our more popular posts have been Documentum to Alfresco migration focused on the clients and technical migrations, […]
AODocs Migration with OpenMigrate
TSG has recently begun a partnership with AODocs, a new player in the Content Services Platform space. This post will present some background on AODocs as well as demonstrate a Documentum to AODocs migration with our product, OpenMigrate. AODocs Background AODocs is a software solution owned by Altirnao. They are a new company founded in […]
Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices – Recording Available
More and more decision makers are choosing to migrate from legacy ECM repositories, such as Documentum, to Alfresco. Whether to gain the advantage of better performance and additional capabilities or as part of an ECM consolidation effort, migrating from a legacy system to Alfresco doesn’t necessarily have to be a complex and difficult process. TSG […]
Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Best Practices – Webinar February 26th
More and more decision makers are choosing to migrate from legacy ECM repositories, such as Documentum, to Alfresco. Whether to gain the advantage of better performance and additional capabilities or as part of an ECM consolidation effort, migrating from a legacy system to Alfresco doesn’t necessarily have to be a complex and difficult process.
Documentum & Alfresco Migration Strategies – What Factors Should be Considered?
As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, we often meet with potential clients who are interested in using OpenMigrate to meet a migration need but they haven’t yet identified specific migration requirements beyond the need to move documents from one location to another. It is important to identify requirements and an overall migration strategy […]
FileNet Migration to Amazon Web Services – Why now more than ever?
TSG is currently finalizing a case study on a client that has successfully moved from an legacy on-premise FileNet system to Amazon Web Services. In preparation for that piece coming out in the next two weeks, we thought we would write some of our thoughts on why so many clients, after years of delaying migration […]
Document Migrations – What do you need to know?
When we first meet with clients who are interested in using OpenMigrate to meet a migration need, they typically know that they need to move documents from one system to another, but many times they haven’t yet identified all of the specific migration requirements. Determining and discussing this information as early as possible is helpful […]
FileNet COLD Migration – Cracking the proprietary format issue
One of the most difficult things about migrating off of FileNet happens for those clients that have relied on leveraging the FileNet COLD format for storage of computer generated documents from internal systems. Built in the 1990’s in a time when network bandwidth and storage conservation was paramount, the format is unlike any others, badly […]
FileNet Migration – Recorded Alfresco/TSG Webinar – 05/29/2019
On May 29th, 2019, TSG and Alfresco hosted a webinar detailing an innovative solution for migrating off of FileNet onto more modern ECM solutions. Taking the approach of a rolling migration combined with offline access methods enabled users to stop running FileNet very quickly compared to a traditional “big bang” migration approach. When IBM dropped […]
Redaction for AWS, Alfresco, Documentum and Hadoop – Bulk Redaction upon Ingestion or Migration
As we presented in our Redaction Roadmap earlier this year, one of our product development additions to OpenMigrate this quarter is the ability to bulk redact incoming documents as part of an ingestion or migration into Alfresco, Documentum, AWS, or Hadoop. As detailed earlier in our Redacting Roadmap, both OpenMigrate and the OpenContent Management Suite will […]
Documentum Migration to Alfresco – Buy or Subscribe and business value
I had a good conversation with a CIO friend of mine last week regarding his recent mobile framework purchasing decision. In purchasing a mobile framework, the CIO and his team decided, given the immaturity of mobile frameworks, to only buy a 3 year subscription. Their thinking was that after three years and more maturity within […]
Documentum Upgrade to 6.5 – Client experience with Migration versus a Database Clone and In-Place Upgrade
I had an interesting discussion today with a large hospital client that is currently upgrading to Documentum 6.5. Like most of our Documentum customers, the client has chosen to refresh hardware, database, and disaster recovery tools as well as upgrade the operating system (from Solaris 9 to Solaris 10). Initially the client was targeting a […]
Documentum to Alfresco Migration – Why Now?
In 2012, we have seen an increased number of clients either migrating or evaluating a migration from Documentum to Alfresco. With significant changes in the last two years, we have decided to refresh our postings from 2010 as well as a client interview in 2011 where we presented detail on some of the justification to […]
Documentum Webtop Migration – xCP, D2 and other thoughts
While we have mentioned that Documentum “is not investing in Webtop” for the past couple of years, we still see many clients struggling with “what should I do next” when dealing with moving away from Webtop. This post will discuss some of the common concerns clients present regarding moving away from Webtop as well as […]
Documentum to Alfresco Migration – Maturity of the platforms
This is the second post in our series discussing why clients are migrating or considering migrating to Alfresco from Documentum. In our first post on Migration from Documentum to Alfresco – Why Now, we had a comment posted that Documentum was more mature than Alfresco implying that Documentum was a better choice for enterprise solutions. […]