Paul Maritz keynote

May 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Posted in EMCWorld | Leave a comment
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Notes from Paul Maritz vmware keynote

2 types of ‘journey’ happening
IT journey
User journey. Moving from device-centric to infomation centric experience

Focussing on IT journey in this session.

CFO/CIOs are asking questions of IT
Too complex !!!
Too brittle and expensive
Hard to measure
Need to Free up funds for app development (most IT budget goes on Maintenance and operations, not value-add like new app development)

Want and should be Measuring

Raised the idea of a ‘Rate card’, it is becoming possible to compare your metrics against industry standards (how much does it cost to provision a VM, provision GB of storage , etc)

Products in the VMWare stack to assist infrastructure layer:
vMotion Apps + edge functions (edge = firewalls, antivirus, etc needed to make app work)
VcloudDirector, policies, metrics, self service
New product (no name mentioned) Custom analytics reporting, statistical based

Orgs are starting with private cloud and then moving to Hybrid model, this implies need for:
consistent interfaces, common platform.
They have some large Partners lined up with promise of 25 data centres (by end of year?)
Gives customers comfort

Transformation of apps
– developer led revolt against complexity (eg EJB) rails , django,etc
let the hardware sweat
– paas
– new data paradigms eg noSQL, big data

Cloudfoundry released 2 weeks ago

An open source PaaS
– framework, initially Spring, Grails, rails
– data layers
– cloud binding

Enduser access:
Horizon and MVP

EMC World – Introducing Captiva 6.5

May 10, 2011 at 3:32 am | Posted in Momentum | 1 Comment
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This is my notes from Robert Frey’s Introducing Captiva 6.5. A number of people I spoke to today and yesterday were surprised that I was interested in Captiva. It’s probably true that ECM and its sexier cousin, Case Management, have the wider and possibly more interesting problems to solve. However capture projects have some compelling benefits too namely that they have the potential for short payback periods. Also many interesting content management projects don’t work without capture (we are still a very paper-based world).

  • 6.5 was released in March this year
  • The key focus was on Performance and Intelligence:
    • ‘Headline’ stats of 10M pages per day
    • Better (ie more automatic) deployment of certain features
    • Global capture


  • Undertook benchmarking
  • Used a simple 10 step process
  • Used multiple clients to ensure client requests were not the bottleneck
  • ‘Hammered’ Captiva server – identified and eliminated bottlenecks
  • Stressed that this is indicative only as performance depends on a number of variables ‘your mileage may vary’
  • There is a performance tuning guide on Powerlink
  • Key performance metric is number of tasks not number of pages
  • performance guide shows how to calculate tasks from the modules you have configured for your process
  • A sizing guide can help you turn this information into concrete capacity recommendations
  • Also some specific support for Documentum High Volume server e.g. can create Lightweight Sysobjects

Production Auto Learning

  • Applicable to Structure and Semi-Structured documents
  • 2 new modules for use in processes:
    • Dispatcher Collector
    • Dispatcher Supervisor
  • Use Case is as follows:
    • You have a new document type (say a new type of supplier sending you invoices)
    • This will exit from the classification stage as an exception that must be handled manually
    • Prior to 6.5 you would need a process to manually create the new template, test and release to production
    • Dispatcher Collector module ‘watches’ the operator during the manual classification stage and tries to create a new template based on the operator’s actions
    • new template is passed to the Dispatcher Supervisor, a UI step that allows a supervisor to view and approve the new template and if required release into production
  • Caveat: this won’t cover every single situation but it is another tool that can be used to reduce manual intervention.
    InputAccel Capture Flow Designer

  • A graphical design tool to replace the previous process designer very much in the xCP mould
  • Used drag and drop to build the process
  • Can drop down to code if necessary
  • Will be the strategic development tool going forward
  • Useful routing functionality to make it easy to send a processed document to different operators depending on e.g. language in the doc or security clearance required.
  • No extra charge – bundled with InputAccel
  • Image converter module replaces Image generator


  • Handles Asian languages
  • recognises around 130 languages

    Migration to 6.5

  • 5.3 life has been extended
  • 5.3sp3 and sp4 can be upgraded directly to 6.5
  • previous versions should upgrade to 5.3sp4 first
    Capture OnDemand

  • Rick Devenutti announced EMC OnDemand today
  • Captiva one of the products in the first launch
  • Take away the pain of system management -> can now concentrate on developing and supporting the business proceses
  • Should allow customers to innovate and differentiate faster (instead of dealing with system management problems)

EMC World – Transformation of ECM

May 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Performance | Leave a comment

My notes and comments from Chris Preston’s Transformation of ECM session.

  • Value Creation
    • Used to be transformation of raw materials via industrial processes
    • Now application of content processing and analystics to data creating valuable knowledge
  • Originally ECM was about operational efficiencies now more about strategic advantage
  • 3 dimensions of information growth:

  • Volume (obviously!)
  • Richness Chris mentioned specifically document formats but I would add relationships and context as key elements of the richness
  • Dispersion – data is no longer necessarily within organisational data centres. Think of public cloud, facebook, information residing with partners and customers
  • Really nice slide on Increase of Regulations & Standards – it just shows those words with a background of hundreds of regulations/standards from around the world
  • Supporting the New User
    • They use facebook instead of email -> demand new ways of working based on home experience
    • They want to self provision don’t/can’t wait for IT
    • Expect choice on device types – no longer just your work desktop

    I have more to say on this but that will have to wait for another post

  • Evolution of IT – waves of IT change every 15 or so years
    • Desktop – this was about increasing computer capacity, database applications, client server
    • Web – ubiquitous connectivity, just coming out of this era
    • Post-PC – Now! multi-device, choice, context
  • Implications
    • Users want choice
    • Data centres are becoming consolidated (public and private cloud) but data is more dispersed
    • Information Fabric I think this will be one of the buzzwords of the week!
  • Now started to talk about how this relates to information products
  • slide with 3 vertical stacked layers, bottom to top:
    • Information governance SourceOne and records managent
    • ECM
    • Case Processing
  • Captureie Captiva – great RoI often 4-6 months
  • Centralized Information Management – federated repositories and CMIS – not monolithic repository, that doesn’t work
  • New User Experience – ECM your way – native app, sharepoint, web etc. and of course centerstage
  • case processing
  • Best of Breed approach, works fine initially but becomes/is brittle due to all the integrations
  • Alternative Case Management platform – xCP
  • Showed a real-life example of a Loan application (there was a mention for Chris Campbell of First Command!)
  • The big news
  • Announced a location independent EMC On-Demand
  • Includes ECM, Case Managenent, capture and DocSciences (customer engagement)
  • Managed by EMC experts
  • Can be on or off premises
  • just a taster there will be more on this later in the week

EMC World 1

May 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Momentum | Leave a comment
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Just finished breakfast at EMC World so it’s time to think about the week ahead. As usual there is so much I could see but there just won’t be time to cover everything. This is my first time at EMC World itself which compared to Momentum is just huge. So what will I be looking at and why?

First the future of Documentum. Primarily this will involve visits to Jeroem van Rotterdam’s architecture sessions but I wonder to what extent it will permeate the other sessions?Jeroem gave a tantalising glimpse in Lisbon of the concept of a Next Generation Information Server to replace the venerable Content Server. This time we are promised a demo of NGIS! Also he will be discussing the new scalable architecture. Make no mistake this is Important stuff. Much progress is being made to make Documentum suite VMWare ready but that is not the same as cloud-ready despite some of the messages that will probably come out this week. Assuming this ‘cloud thing’ will be more than just a buzzword then these developments will be essential to the future of Documentum.

Next Captiva. 6 months ago at Lisbon I was pleasantly surprised at the progress made with capture technologies. Most of my previous experience was with old Kofax versions, with VB release code, separator sheets, operator-keyed keywords and metadata. Capture was usually labour -intensive. I’m interested in seeing document learning, automated metadata capture and advanced recognition technologies driving up the ROI to make many more capture projects possible.

The next item is xCP-this is more a watching brief but I’m interested to see to what extent xCP is positioned as more than just case management.

Finally Atmos. This is a bit of a new one for me but cloud-based storage will become more and more important. It makes sense to get an understanding of what EMC has to offer in this area.

Very exciting, now for Joe Tucci’s keynote!

Xense Profiler for DFC now open source

May 4, 2011 at 11:44 am | Posted in D6, Performance, Xense Profiler | 4 Comments
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I’m really excited to announce that from today Xense Profiler for DFC – the Documentum 6.x performance profiling tool – is now an open source project (DFCprof).

The DFCprof project is hosted on Sourceforge where you can download fully-functional binaries or build your own copy from the source code. The software is totally free – that’s free as in ‘free beer’ as well as ‘free speech’!

DFCprof can be used in a number of different ways. Most people will be interested in using it as a standalone application to process a DFC trace file and create a performance analysis report.

DFCprof basic architecture

Just download the application from sourceforge, extract the files and you are ready to go.

Alternatively you can embed the dfcprof-x.x.x.jar library into your java project and use the trace parsing facility from there. I’ll be posting more details on the DFCprof parser API in due course. I’ll also be talking about the roadmap for future DFCprof features. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments if there are particular things you would like the project to do.

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