Documentum upgrade extends open-source support

EMC Corp. has unveiled several upgrades to its Documentum 6 (D6) enterprise content management offering that add improved customization and configuration flexibility.

The upgrade marks the second phase of EMC’s major overhaul of Documentum. The initial upgrade, unveiled at the company’s user conference in May, added a new transactional content user interface called Documentum TaskSpace.

EMC said the centrepiece of the latest upgrade is Documentum Enterprise Content Services, a new Web services-based application programming interface (API) that simplifies task creation for developers via a standard interface within a service-oriented architecture (SOA).

Creating the new services interface was crucial in EMC’s effort to replace the technology’s proprietary code with a vendor-neutral framework, said EMC.

The update also adds Documentum Composer, which is built on top of the Eclipse open-source framework and can be used to build Web services and configure a variety of applications.

However, Jorg Werner, manager of Document Management at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH, said another significant new D6 feature — Documentum Branch Office Caching Services — is the key addition for his firm.

Documentum Branch Office Caching Services enables all common content management operations, such as read, write, edit, create and search, to occur locally for an end user, no matter where the software is housed, according to Ondricek.

Boehringer is currently running Documentum 5.0, and Werner said he expects the caching feature to significantly improve user productivity at the Ingelheim, Germany-based company’s remote facilities.

The new features will be available in late August.

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