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Can a Plug and Play Data Lake Save the EMC Federation?

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Big data is new oil, the new gold, the new kale (wait … kale?). Honest to God, we’ve heard the latter one said.

Regardless of what analogy you use for the mass quantities of information your company stores or accesses, chances are good that it isn’t gleaning much insight from it yet.

And that’s not because CEO’s fail to see the value. In fact, a January survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that 48 percent of executives believe big data is a useful tool. And another 23 percent predict big data will revolutionize the way businesses are managed.

If this is the case, then why isn’t big data more broadly deployed?

Some claim companies don’t know how or where to get started — or think the time to value is too long.

The EMC Federation (EMC 2 + VMware + Pivotal + RSA + VCE) hopes to change that perception. Later this morning, it will unveil its EMC Federation Business Data Lake solution. Its promise is to enable organizations to realize the value of big data analytics in as little as one week as opposed to months.

EMC, Hippo Partner on Content Management for the Digital Era

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It's long been a dream of content management solution providers from both sides of the street to offer Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Web Content Management (WCM) capabilities under one roof to help companies optimize their information assets and provide enhanced customer experiences.

And while it's an impressive vision, single vendors have seldom realized it. Managing enterprise information — and leveraging it to inform and present web and (now) digital experiences — are different things.

EMC Documentum tried to do both with Web Publisher, a product it ceased developing in 2010. Alfresco tried as well, but it now seems to be steering customers toward its web content platform partners.

The better solution: collaborative efforts between WCM and ECM providers to deliver best of breed solutions for their mutual customers. And that’s precisely what the teams at Hippo and EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) are doing today as they bring to market an enhanced integration between Hippo's web content management system (WCMS) capabilities and EMC Documentum’s ECM platform.

What's Really Going on at EMC's Content Group?

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Shock and awe can be a good thing, especially if you’re introducing a change that’s long been desired. That’s why EMC’s Information Intelligence Group (IIG), which holds Documentum, Captiva, Syncplicity, among other product lines, waited until its annual partner pep rally last week to announce that it was changing its name to Enterprise Content Division — ECD is its acronym.

“We wanted to create some excitement around it,” said Rohit Ghai, EMC ECD’s new president. He knew that almost no one showed affinity for the old name, Information Intelligence Group (IIG) as it has been called for too many years.

“No one knew what that meant,” an EMC partner who asked not to be identified told us.

And while that kind of feedback matters a great deal to Ghai, there were three primary drivers behind the renaming: legitimacy, heritage and evolution.

EMC Should Sell Documentum, HP Should Buy It

EMC made big news yesterday when it announced its hybrid cloud play. Headlines raced across the wires saying things like “EMC Frantically Pivots Toward the Cloud” and “EMC Moves Fast To Retain Relevance And to Survive - More Acquisitions Announced.” This isn’t us making the drama. The eye-grabbers come from TechCrunch and Forbes respectively.

Not one of the articles mentioned Documentum. In fact, it doesn’t seem to play a role in EMC’s survival. And this isn’t just what the lack of media attention to EMC’s Enterprise Content Management play suggests. In EMC’s quarterly call with investors last week, neither EMC CEO Joe Tucci nor his lieutenants (David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO Zane Rowe) uttered the name of its spawn at all.

EMC Gets a Hybrid Cloud Play, Will Anyone Buy?

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EMC has been blasting its trumpets about the cloud for at least four years. It might even be longer, as anyone who has been to an EMC World from 2010 onward can testify. And frankly, even most Las Vegas locals probably equate EMC with cloud because banners have been plastered around the airport, the Sands Convention Center and even the strip for a week each May since 2011, when the company holds its annual user conference.

And while all that’s fine and good, ask the average IT pro what EMC does and they’ll tell you it’s a storage company.

Alfresco Aims Higher as it Launches v5 #AlfrescoSummit

When you say open source and enterprise content management in the same breath, most practitioners probably think of small and medium businesses rather than global enterprises. With today's launch of version 5 of its core ECM product, it appears Alfresco is out to change that.

Or maybe it's better to say it's already started. The open source vendor is cashing in, quite literally, with the growing complexity, rising costs and cloud-centricity of some of the biggest players in the field, notably Microsoft's SharePoint, which has frustrated many of its users with its seemingly unrelenting push to the cloud

What Happens to Documentum If Elliott Mgmt. Breaks-Up EMC?

If you follow EMC investment news, you’ve seen the headlines.

The Wall Street Journal ran with “Activist Investor Pushes EMC to Break Up”. Bloomberg news headlinedwith “EMC Said to Be Targeted for Breakup by Activist Elliott.” Business Insider went with “An Activist Investor Takes Aim At A Multi-Billion Dollar Tech Company.”

We could go on, but the point is already well made. Elliott Management, an activist hedge fund which generates a 14.6 percent net compound annual return for its investors, compared to 10.9 percent for the S&P 500, has loaded up on EMC shares and wants to split the “EMC Federation” (made up of EMC,VMWare and Pivotal) up into parts.

Hey Mom and Pop: You Can Use Documentum, Too

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OK, maybe we’re exaggerating a bit with the headline. The folks at the corner store aren’t likely to be implementing Documentum anytime soon. But midmarket companies in regulated industries, which have found the Rolls Royce of ECM systems out of reach in the past, may very well be able to afford to reap the its benefits today.

Earlier this month EMC IIG (Information Intelligence Group) introduced two new cloud-based offerings based on their best in class Documentum solutions for energy and engineering and life sciences. They are pre-packaged, preconfigured, cloud-based offerings for the midmarket.

EMC's InfoArchive Paves the Way to the 3rd Platform #MMTM14

Enterprises of every kind and every size are drowning in data. And that’s not only because it’s being created at record rates by points and clicks, likes and tweets,  not to mention the Internet of Things.

There’s also content and other kinds of information that’s not being used at the moment, but can’t be trashed because of regulatory requirements. It might be needed later and, heck, someday it could even turn out to be golden.

Needless to say, keeping everything where it is has associated costs — production systems become unnecessarily taxed by inactive data, backups become more burdensome, decommissioned apps remain on standby for compliance reasons and the mere thought of moving to another platform and taking it all somewhere else, in its current format, becomes both daunting and impractical.

Structured data, unstructured content, print streams, xml from all kinds of applications, at scale, from across the enterprise. Today’s problems can’t be solved with yesterday’s tools. 

EMC IIG's 3rd Platform Journey Begins #MMTM14

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Sure, computing’s 3rd platform has plenty of appeal, but that doesn’t mean enterprises are trekking to it yet. After all, most of today’s businesses run on the 2nd platform and they’re quite happy there — or at least they can’t justify a move at the moment

But some problems and business processes can’t wait. They cry out for new ways of getting things done. And when EMC’s Information Intelligence Group President Rick Devenuti and his team see a customer with a problem, they help solve it. When they see many customers with the same problem, they build a solution.

Such was the impetus behind EMC’s Supplier Exchange. It connects information to work in a way that only the cloud can.

Alfresco CTO: Intelligent, Adaptable, Amazing Tech Ahead

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John Newton has a vision of what technology and enterprise collaboration will look like in 2024. 

Trust these future goggles. They've got plenty of experience. Newton is the CTO and chairman of Alfresco, an open source enterprise content management provider. But back in 1990, he co-founded, designed and led the development of Documentum, which was later acquired by EMC.

"Assuming that it continues on more or less the pace it has so far, and there’s no reason not to think that, there is some amazing stuff that’s possible," Newton told CMSWire in a phone interview from the AIIM Conference this month, where he spoke. "Extremely high resolution displays. Virtual reality types of devices. New ways of inputting into computers. A lot of wearable technology that will go beyond the consumer stuff and actually make systems more usable for us."

Will EMC Dump Documentum?

Alan Pelz-Sharpe thinks it's time for EMC to get rid of Documentum.

The 451 Research Director has published a well-sourced six page paper making his case, and it’s a good one -- namely, that EMC and EMC IIG (the group that owns Documentum) make neither beautiful music nor buckets of cash working together.

In the paper. he writes:

At 451 Research, we believe it's time for EMC to divorce itself of IIG, a product division that never really fit into EMC as a whole, and has continued to disappoint CEO Joe Tucci. There are two very good companies here, the storage and cloud giant EMC, and the business application wannabe IIG, aka Documentum. Both groups are trying to do the right thing, but find themselves pulling in different directions."

Open Source + EMC Documentum + Cloud = You Tell Us

Shhh ... don’t tell, but the news is out on the web: EMC has released a new Documentum developer edition and it includes open source components. Not just that, but anyone -- not just EMC customers -- can download it for free. 

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Though it was announced last month in a blog post on EMC's community developer network page, we have yet to see a press release or single news article about it, which is surprising for such a big deal.

You would think EMC would want people to know.

Polished! Documentum's Golden Crown is Shining

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EMC Documentum has worn a crown of gold in the enterprise content management (ECM) world for quite a long time. In fact, it’s hard to remember a year (if there was one) when analysts at Gartner, Ovum and Forrester didn’t all call the company a leader.

And a leader, it should be noted, is different from a strong performer, a challenger, a contender and a visionary, all terms the analysts apply to levels below "leader." A leader is a product that can already do it all (or at least the important parts) and that analysts recommend, almost without hesitation — a product like EMC Documentum.

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 Offshoot

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 OffshootNot everyone’s hot and bothered by IBM Watson, but SAP’s HANA sure is.

The love child of SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner has taken to the company blog to politely coax IBM Ginni Rometty’s Jeopardy-winning cog (this is the term that IBM is beginning to use for cognitive technology) into a relationship.

“Isn't it a no brainer to get Watson to work on HANA?” writes Vijay Vijayasankar, Global Vice President at SAP Labs.

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