For a long time Documentum was known as the 800-pound gorilla of the Enterprise Content Management world, a force to be reckoned with, but not exactly sexy or sleek.  

If you were trained at handling a massive ape, you could certainly use it to safeguard your important information and to get some heavy lifting done. Nice and crucial when needed, but we now live in a world of gazelles. Agility, speed and even grace are not only called for, but required in a universe where information grows at record speeds and is subject to change in a matter of seconds.

Documentum’s parent company, EMC, has known all of this for quite a long time. They’ve been talking about managing the Volume, Velocity and Variablity of information long before the term Big Data was coined.

And conversations around the consumerization of IT were happening at the same time. After all, where was the exponential growth of data coming from if not from mobile technologies, apps and the Internet of Things?

Documentum enthusiasts occasionally heard mention of such things, but they didn’t see any action around them until Rick Devenuti took the helm at EMC IIG.

EMC IIG in Fighting Shape in 2012

In the last year, the group has introduced more than 40 products and solution releases without sacrificing a single bit of muscle and might.

Today’s Documentum sets a new standard in its space and that is only going to improve as it moves further toward the cloud and brings Social and Big Data into the fold. Devenuti won’t confirm that these developments are in process but he will say “we’re thinking about them” which is a lot like a “yes” coming from a man who has made a (rather admirable) promise of not talking about products until they are ready for delivery.

But rest assured, EMC IIG is busy building or shopping for what’s needed to bring these functionalities to life.

Consider that in November the company, once known as Documentum, announced the biggest roll-out of new products in its entire history. And that’s fairly significant considering that they’ve been around since 1990.

It’s worth noting that we’re not talking about patches here. Among them:

EMC Documentum Platform 7.0 the next-generation release of EMC’s industry-leading enterprise content management (ECM) platform. This new platform delivers breakthrough performance and scalability, while dramatically lowering total cost of ownership.

Built with the new EMC xCelerated Management System (xMS) technology, the latest release offers advanced capabilities to simplify and accelerate the deployment of Documentum into VMware-based private-cloud environments. It also includes powerful new capabilities for security such as FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) compliance as well as improved search for end user productivity.

EMC Documentum xCP 2.0 a next-generation platform for developing and deploying advanced business and case management solutions, optimized for cloud-based deployments including EMC OnDemand.

The new release dramatically improves productivity with a modern user experience, content and process analytics, and provides the industry’s first unified solution design tool for increased agility and faster solution development. xCP 2.0 is uniquely positioned to delight business users, enabling them to make effective decisions that drive better business outcomes.

EMC Captiva 7.0 transforms paper documents, faxes and other content into digital data used by enterprise applications. This new, significant release provides advanced capabilities for intelligent enterprise capture, business productivity and improved organizational agility. New features simplify the development and deployment of enterprise capture projects. Captiva 7.0 increases operator productivity with a new configurable, flexible desktop client for a variety of use cases.

EMC Document Sciences xPression 4.5 enables organizations to quickly and cost-effectively create timely, accurate and personally relevant customer communications. Document Sciences xPression 4.5 meets the demands of business users by further extending Microsoft Word to simplify the creation of effective multi-channel communications while providing IT with the enterprise-level administration and change control they require.

The new version also includes significant performance improvements and increases productivity for multi-channel publishing by enabling a single rules-based template to control the appropriate use of channel-specific content and formatting.

EMC Documentum Information Rights Management (IRM) 5.1 enables secure mobile access to protected information assets throughout the enterprise and beyond the firewall. Designed to enhance business and IT productivity in an increasingly mobile and cloud environment, Documentum IRM 5.1 enables iPad and iPhone users to access and browse IRM-protected enterprise content as part of a typical business process. It is seamlessly integrated with the Documentum platform and also works with file shares and other enterprise content management repositories.