Welcome to another addition of ‘Documentum Donuts’.
In the run up to EMC World, we thought we’d have a look at the most talked about #Documentum products, from individuals, consultancies and EMC themselves. We’ll also give our take on why we think there is so much buzz about them.
So the most talked about Documentum (and related) products are……drumroll please…
With xCP2 to be demonstrated this week at EMC world, it is no surprise that it topped the list for most talked about products. Those Documentum professionals that managed to get a sneak peek have been running out of superlatives and are nicely building the suspense: @LeeDallas: “this is better than anything you have been able to do with a Documentum UI”.
Since EMC decided to push Case Management, we’ve noticed solutions are growing in popularity albeit slowly. EMC’s strategy to leverage their partners to jointly build and market xCP based solutions is a very neat idea. Mapping the sweet-spots of each partner to an industry vertical is a clever way to get xCP into the market but I can’t help thinking there would be more approved solutions available by now. Expect more competition at the xCP challenge this year!
D2 comes in at second (I thought it would be 1st!), close to xCP with just under 30% of social conversation. It’s no surprise here as this has been a supposed game changer for EMC and it’s also been quite controversial. The product looks neat and customers love the idea of less customisation on top of a slicker UI (again with the UIs!) but there are still some unanswered questions. For anyone who wasn’t at the Momentum presentation in Berlin last October (when EMC announced it was acquiring C6′ technology rights) you missed a very diplomatic Peggy Ringhausen deflecting awkward questions (“will this replace Webtop?”) from one determined punter. Kudos to Peggy, she should work in politics!
Next up, a non-EMC owned product. Intellidox.
There was some hype around Intellidox, (from Forefront Technologies) which claim their product reduces configuration complications and lowers the need for custom programming (heard that somewhere else haven’t we?). Other than checking the website, I’m not really familiar with @Intellidox (they don’t Tweet much) so would appreciate any info from anyone out there.
Captiva (not the Chevrolet!)
At one stage all the tweets for Captiva seemed to be about Chevrolet’s new car but we managed to filter results for the ‘real’ Captiva. Captiva is getting some good coverage despite the fact that most enterprises have put mobile and cloud as their key priorities this year. Once again it seems that data capture/imaging/scanning etc gets put on the back burner and the capture market continues to struggle. EMC Captiva’s biggest rival Kofax (now run by Captiva’s founder Reynolds Bish) is also finding it tough with disappointing sales figures for the 2nd year running. So how does EMC sex-up Captiva? Certainly ‘capture in the cloud’ and the future release of Captiva 7 (the web based client) will help as will the IIG OnDemand offering but where is innovation? Kofax has acquired 170 systems, Singularity and Atalasoft to form a more robust product offering so expect danger.
Finally, Webtop makes the list by the skin of its teeth. Most discussions around EMCs continued support for Webtop is in doubt, as it has been for the last couple of years according to Tsgrp. Webtop is going and the chatter about it seems to be only in reference to other products.
One final point, the whole product strategy and new user philosophy talked about in previous events seems to have been executed as planned. There is still some clarity required as to which UI is the frontrunner. The UI topic is hot in the IIG camp at the moment and people are really getting excited about how the new Documentum’s UI’s rock. Nima mentioned this in one of his posts recently that decent products with great interfaces were better than amazing products with a terrible user experience. Watch this space people.
We hear that Maroon 5 will be performing on the Wednesday night at the conference party. Hope all the attendees have fun! We’re not jealous (much!).