Documentum 7 upgrade challenges webinar report

By Rupin Mago | June 20, 2013

Thank you for helping us confirm what we believed…

With the changes coming to document rendering and publishing in EMC Documentum D7 upgrade, we believed there will be urgency and anxiety within the industry regarding ADTS (Advanced Document Transformation Service) functionality and how to deal with it. Your feedback from both webinar sessions substantiated that.

Let me share what we discussed in one of the first in a series of  educational efforts to help you learn about the document rendering and publishing changes coming to D7… how it is different from previous Documentum versions… how these changes affect existing Documentum users… and what options are available for both existing  and potential Documentum users.

First, overwhelming response to polling questions highlighted that 51% of current Documentum users are using ADTS. What this means is that any changes to document rendering and publishing in D7 could be mission-critical, and they are looking for experts to highlight the options available to them.

Since 47% said they use the document merge function within Documentum, it indicates they’re using very advanced rendering features in their environments. There are lots of other advanced features that Adlib provides. Let’s talk so we can understand your other advanced rendering needs.

As most organizations using Documentum include it in their mission-critical processes, the response that 35% of the users are planning to migrate to D7 within next 6-12 was not surprising.

The point is that if Documentum is a key consideration for 2013 or early 2014, now is the time to engage the document rendering and publishing experts to ensure you make an optimal decision and have a thorough plan with industry experts backing you up.

Second, attendees asked a few questions of Product Manager Jon Halbert and me. Below is a summary…

1. Could you explain again how ADTS load balancing is different from Adlib load balancing?
Adlib PDF provides intelligent distribution of transformation requests, regardless of whether the system is under a light or heavy load. The Documentum Connector for Adlib PDF will sign off the transformation requests from the CTS queues and then the Adlib transformation engines will render the transformation requests individually. This ensures that servers are not sitting idle while requests have been signed off and large transformation requests will not hold up any other transformation requests at all.

2. We have built custom profiles to expose additional rendering features, how would those translate in D7?

The rules would be setup as metadata rules within the Adlib system, which will provide you with a lot more flexibility. Contact us to get more information on this.

3. Can I use custom metadata from my custom object types in DCTM for my transformations?

You sure can. Adlib can leverage ANY custom metadata from Documentum for rendition requests; and you can insert any of that custom metadata dynamically into the PDF rendition for features such as watermarks, headers/footers, etc.

Thanks again to all who joined us.

If you missed the live sessions, please visit this link to the recorded Webinar – What you need to know about Rendering and Publishing in D7.

If you like what you hear… or if you have more questions around document rendering or publishing in D7… let me know. We’re offering free, no obligation, no sales pitch, one-on-one PDF Therapy sessions. Reach me directly at rmago at adlibsoftware dot com .

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