The storage-centric, archiving/transactional document management story being built by EMC positions it to play more strongly in the ever-changing ECM market. For a long time, Documentum was a leader in ECM, but over the last two years they have lost their shine and momentum. It will take time for the acquisitions to be absorbed, for the new "D6" version of Documentum to be truly tested and worked out by the market, and for EMC to build a cohesive and comprehensive technical architecture across its product line. So for buyers, EMC remains a turbulent vendor to deal with. But the moves they are making seem solid, and the prognosis looks good.
It's a developing story that I will continue to cover in detail in the ECM Suites Report throughout 2008.So EMC (read: Documentum) acquired Document Sciences. Announced over the holiday period, the deal makes perfect sense for EMC as it continues to reposition Documentum away from the traditional complex document management activities that established the firm - a market that is under attack from Microsoft and Open Text - and more into high-value, transactional document management and archiving.