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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, eRoom

by | Jun 11, 2010 | Architecture, Data Migration, Documentum, Enterprise Content Management, eRoom | 5 comments

A simple goal – “export, transform, load” – the destination is a matter of choice.

EMC eRoom is going away.  It has been marked as End of Life (EOL) so what next?  EMC Documentum have 2 options: EMC Documentum Collaboration Services; EMC Documentum Centerstage.  Armedia’s immediate goal is to support Collaboration Services, then Centerstage but why stop there?  Why limit a client’s choice.

Armedia’s eRoom migration story is in 3 acts (and yes, I have been listening to some test pieces that I used to play in my brass banding days – check out Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke).

Act I – The Export

Getting the content out of eRoom into an understandable format.  Of course, its not just the content, there is  a large quantity of metadata in eRoom as well.  Act I – The Export deals solely with interrogating eRoom and generating a document detailing everything about eRoom.  From communities to Files.  From eRoom Setup to databases – we mean everything.  The result: a well-formed XML document

Act II – The Transformation

As with any classic performance, after the captivating opening, Act II deals with getting to know the characters.  In this case, the transformation gets to know the XML document and gains a deep understanding of the objects held within.  The transformation is responsible for also generating a secondary XML document. This is formed to support the ingestion to a new Content Management System (CMS) and / or Collaboration System.  Currently the supported transformation is for EMC Documentum Collaboration Services.  This can easily be extended due to the flexible architecture of this utility and is simply a case of transforming XML.

Act III – The Load

The closing act is the build up to the dramatic climax which leaves the audience going “WOW!”.  eRoom Migration aims to achieve the same “WOW!”.  Now that the XML has been transformed you can sit back and let the load run automatically.  That’s it.  By using the ingestion engine of Caliente! loading all the content and metadata is simple.  Just let eRoom Migration take care of everything for you.  The only thing it does not do is say “WOW!” – we leave that to you.

Over the next few weeks I plan to talk in more detail about the approach taken and dig deeper into the 3 different pieces of the migration effort.  For those eRoom users, what do you see yourselves using in the near future?

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  3. Gene

    Where is it documented that eRoom is going into end of life?

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