My first open session of Momentum and an opportunity to hear more on Centerstage. Previously I have read about Centerstage and had a few discussions with people, I was hoping to build on this knowledge. For those that don’t Centerstage is the new UI from Documentum, it is not a replacement for webtop but is more in the eRoom space. It is close to Sharepoint in its style.
An introduction was given on how the way we work has changed. Changes in the way we interact on the web are feeding into the enterprise. People are always connected and expect to receive information in a timely fashion. The information which they receive should be managed in a CMS.
Centerstage has been produced to promote sharing, to promote people working in a community and to overcome the problem of information silos.
Some of the key points from the demo:
– the UI is very configurable;
– ease of use was a primary objective;
– the new faceted search looks great, this lets the user perform a search and then narrow this down further through facets…basically sets of metadata;
– one such metadata item is the topic, this looks like keywords but more on that in a later session;
– it includes the concept of a widget which can be added to the page/site (more on these later too!);
– pages consist of a mix of widgets and inline content;
– Pro version will include Public Spaces (need to find out more about these);
– the product is about providing composite views of information;
– everything is RSS subscribeable;
– everything can be tagged, these are implemented as relationships;
– Pro will include a greater choice of available widgets;
– quick view of the mobile solution, looked very much like a twitter interface;
– solution plans for customisations, called extension points;
– they introduced the new layer for interoperability, named Rich Content Management Platform (RCMP);
Overall this really was an introduction session, I’ll attend the more technical ones to get a better idea of how it works. I was really impressed with the UI but this is a move into a crowded marketplace for EMC, this is going up against a number of others mainly MOSS. The big thing that struck me in the session is that this is as near as EMC will get to having a Portal, unless they ever do purchase a Portal vendor. The concept of widgets is very similar to Portlets and will enable integration with other systems…even more so when considering the use of CMIS as an integration layer protocol. The session was very well attended which demonstrates the level of interest in the product, I’m not sure we will see much in 2009 but towards the end of year and into 2010 I think we might see some interesting options around this area.