Profile of Alan Pelz-Sharpe
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Articles by Alan Pelz-Sharpe
posted in July 2007
At first blush, EMC Documentum 6 is a substantial upgrade to D5, consolidating many of the firm's acquisitions into a much more unified and standardized product set, and also boosting some areas, such as BPM and transactional document management capabilities... But the market has changed, and favors the buyer now far more than the vendor. Documentum was once the dominant and obvious choice for major ECM implementations, but today there is much more serious competition.
This week, Oracle announced 11g, the latest upgrade to its flagship database... Of particular interest is enhanced support for "LOBs" (Large Objects), such as documents, drawings, images, and so forth... It has long been the case that databases were ineffective at handling documents -- sometimes becoming grindingly slow -- but the performance gap has been closing over the past few years.
This year's big Drug Information Association (DIA) conference in Atlanta concluded with something of a shock for enterprise content management (ECM) vendors. Microsoft SharePoint will now compete directly with established Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences-focused vendors EMC|Documentum and Open Text. Pharma was supposed to be sacred ground for the big ECM vendors -- one area of turf where few thought Microsoft would tread.