Documentum OEM Edition

Having finally managed to find some time to look a little more into the OEM Edition of Documentum I admit to being intrigued. Its not something that I see some of the big player’s using much but for the small-to-mid size System Integrators I see this as a real weapon in their armoury. Having worked at such a company, Consignit, we faced a number of problems when going to market with a service offering we developed for Biotech companies which were largely due to the inflexible pricing arrangements with Documentum. Now in the end we did get somewhere, and were reasonably successful, having access to the OEM Edition would have saved us a lot of pain.  The service offering itself was built on an ASP platform, this was around the time of the emergence of ASP .Net and the decision was made to go for traditional ASP to reduce risk, which interacted with the Content Server through DFC. Going ASP also gave us a good opportunity to integrate with Microsoft Exchange as we made efforts to produce a platform which would enable users to use the browser as their desktop (more on this to come later) to read mails, assign tasks, manage their calendar and, more importantly, collaborate on documents. At the time, largely due to skills, we went with Oracle as the database so it is interesting to see EMC put Sybase in their package for the OEM edition.  I’ll have to dig more into some of the non-functional aspects of this solution including scalability and systems governance but it would appear to be a promising move by EMC/Documentum


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