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June 25, 2007


Jonathan Williams

I have no disagreement with you but it would help if you site one or more busines sceanrios where using both makes sense.


I have read this blog twice now. As Documentum offers a SharePoint connector, it is quite interesting that we are comparing SharePoint with Documentum. SharePoint is not a true ECM at all. It is a social software with Microsoft’s intrinsic proprietary architecture, and a few ECM characteristics like Microsoft’s file system. The primary thing SharePoint has going for it is the familiarity we all share with the Windows environment. It appears that we somehow know how to use it because it is based on our familiarity with the system we use day in and day out.

Some shops choosing SharePoint over Documentum may never feel the need to venture beyond SharePoint because it can provide some basic characteristics of ECM. They don’t need anything other than what SharePoint can provide for them. I believe it is somewhat unrealistic to try to convince them to buy Documentum because they don’t need the advanced capabilities that Documentum offers. On the other hand, those companies that have a more specific and essential business need for ECM will choose Documentum over SharePoint because SharePoint will not satisfy their need.

It sounds great that SharePoint and Documentum can work together. But, I for one, don’t have the extra resources to acquire fairly weighty applications without having a practical business case to do so. The relationship between SharePoint and Documentum working together is like IBM trying working together with EMC. Theoritically, maybe. Practically, maybe not…

Brandon Hornibrook

Sometimes it makes sense to use the best of both worlds and integrate Documentum and SharePoint.

Using this approach you can leverage the powerful and robust document management features of Documentum but provide SharePoint’s better interface to users.

Unbounded Solutions has developed a solution to integrate Documentum into SharePoint using a suite of web parts.

This solution allows users from SharePoint to work with documents in Documentum and perform actions such as: edit and upload documents, participate in workflows, lifecycle management, work with virtual documents, request and view renditions, subscribe and view their inbox items.

More information is available at:


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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
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    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

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