ECM as a Pillar of Big Data

More and more, I find myself talking to Big Data SMEs in various situations.  While the conversations have been on a variety of topics,  I can say that many of them have shared at least one troubling similarity: uncomfortable reactions upon hearing my specialty area is ECM (and in some cases, specifically Documentum.  These reactions have run the range from outright snickering to stony silence.  I guess I’m glad that I’m thick-skinned by nature – but I do understand where they are coming from.  To them, I’m a dinosaur – a relic of an age where content, metadata, and taxonomy were rigid constructs locked into specific functions by a bloated application noted for its inherent complexity and lack of visibility.

My approach for getting past the issue is to simply share an article from Brilliant Leap:

…there are four Big Data pillars which consist of Content Discovery & Management, Digital Intelligence & Analysis, User Experience and Storage…

…Today, Documentum ranks highly from a usability standpoint because it supports many different content types (structured and unstructured), device types (Macs, PCs, tablets, smartphones), and is highly compatible with others’ Enterprise Content Management solutions through CMIS and complementary applications (such as Microsoft SharePoint and SAP)…

…Documentum xCP allows any business system with a Web Services interface to be integrated with the platform within the xCP Designer without writing code by doing a visual mapping of the data and then automatically creating a set of Web services…

…Documentum’s strong policy enforcement helps its users tightly control who has access to what content, and who can do what with that content. Role-based access to content is not only enforced within the firewall, but even going beyond it…

If you are into Big Data, it’s worth a quick read – and feel free to comment below – thanks!