EMC Momentum 2012 – some technical bits

Today it was a day to dive into more technical details on the new D7 platform and mingle with other partners.

I attended 2 absolutely great sessions: Rohit Ghai “Transformation: In Action” keynote and the always great one done by Jeroen on Documentum Architecture. I missed the performance session of Ed Bueche… there is so many you can fit in a tight schedule.

Yesterday I was quite disappointed on the “monotoneous” tone of Rick starting keynote. Today, Rohit delivered a completely different show. Very good topics presented in a vivid atmosphere and rhetoric.

The talk nicely presented through clear examples the links from business challenges to the technology. Also, demo’s were done and showcased key integrations between EMC IIG’s new products. 

If you care about Enterprise Content Management (not only of EMC), look at the keynote recording here.

From Jeroen’s session there are so many things to take… here’s a high level list:

D7 and beyond : performance. massive improvements on the session and related memory management. Really matters. I think it’s a reason to plan for an upgrade in itself. NGIS is developed in parallel (more below).

xPlore 1.3: many updates, too technical for a high level list here. It is a key component of D7. New features for content processing as well as for manageability (command line tools etc). Has it’s own release cycle.

REST: the new API to use for the platform. All components will be exposed through REST. XML, Json, AtomPub… My take on this: DFS and DFC are on the way out. The session included a live “demo” on navigating with REST (json) alongside with create/search objects. Pagination included. Impressive and very very useful. Supports resource mobility (HTTP redirects) – nice! Look out for names.emc.com

Line of Sight – monitoring your virtual deployment of Documentum 7 though the usage of common tools existing in the vmWare product portfolio. Useful for OnDemand and similar deployments.

D2 and xCP: the usual stuff… (there is anough about these already written). One interesting thing: D2 is the client NGIS is currently being tested with, it seems to be the first client to work with NGIS (not xCP).

Captiva 7 – automatic classification and information extraction. Very good progress here, really the major thing about C7 (alongside the new UI).

EMC Migration Appliance – a consulting project aimed to move quickly data between old style repositories and repositories used through D2/xCP… Obviously doesn’t move the UI customizations (wg from Webtop).

Syncplicity – a generic connector (Server Synch Agent) between DMS and Syncplicity. Generic, because it can be extended for other repositories/systems.

NGIS – Finally, some info! Work is being done very actively (as I understood). multi-tennancy, base cost per object almost 0, no downtime on upgrading, add servers on the fly, no single point of failure, advanced smart containers, no SQL database (my addition, not on the slide), advanced RBAC and ACL’s side by side base don XACML, ditributed query execution…. and many many more (I have a picture, but my BB can’t upload it… sorry)

CMIS – not on the slides. but I went out and asked about it. Jeroen gave a politically correct answer. It’s clear that since CMIS does not have too much traction in the ECM space… this is not a high priority. It’s a vicious circle. Would have been very nice to see it 1:1 with the REST revolution….

For a very detailed conference live report… look at #mmtm12 on Twitter. Sevral people are doing a great job live tweeting everything.

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