Speaking IBM FileNet

In my years of working in the content management space I’ve experienced the challenges of switching horses, sorry I mean platform vendors more than once. Terminology aside, it’s hard to quickly understand let alone master a new platform simply because how each platform has evolved over the years. The breadth and width of functionality in most ECM systems these days, let alone their complexity, is enough to take your breath away. Also, the basic DNA of each platform is fundamentally different. I’ve worked with Documentum for many years, going back to before the EMC acquisition.

I used to believe that to be conversant in the Documentum product line I had to install and configure all of their products and add-ons. My thinking: if I hadn’t installed, configured and operated the software, how could I properly architect a solution for a client. Anyone that has worked with the EMC Documentum product stack now knows there simply isn’t enough hours in the year to get that familiar with all of their products. (Just keeping up with the name changes is hard enough.)

My ah-ha moment came when I discovered that understanding the underlying philosophy, or rhythm of how Documentum was designed and evolved would provide the insight into how the various products in the stack worked together.