EMC and the Information Intelligence Group (IIG) are pleased to announce Documentum xCP 2.1, a solution development platform for developing cloud-based information-intensive and case management solutions –in half the time it typically takes. Documentum xCP 2.1 builds upon the xCP 2.0 release back in November 2012, and is one several new product releases that EMC has announced today as part of the ECM Evolved Launch.
In xCP 2.1 (scheduled to be Generally Available before Spring 2014) you will find several new features that strengthen xCP as a leading development platform that delivers tremendous value by enabling customers and partners to build advanced, innovative solutions across multiple industries.
Migration and interoperability –By reusing object types already defined in the Documentum repository, customers will be able to migrate and embrace the significant enhancements made in xCP 2.1.
Enterprise focus – New certifications and Single Sign On expand the focus for deploying xCP based solutions.
Productivity – New capabilities in the designer giving developers more flexibility in the solutions they build and accelerate application development.
Figure 1: xCP Designer provides a Unified Process Development Environment
Dynamic and Configurable – New application design capabilities will deliver a dynamic user experience and increase productivity by guiding business users quickly through activities and task, and eliminating unnecessary steps.
Figure 2: xCP Delivers a Dyanmic User Experience (UI Example)
Documentum xCP 2.1 delivers the best of both worlds – a design environment that allows developers to quickly compose applications, and a user experience that is dynamic in the way it presents the most relevant information, and guides users through the completion of work. Here’s a partial list of features that you will find in xCP 2.1.
· Process versioning – allows multiple versions of a process to co-exist at design time and at runtime, enabling developers to maintain different versions of a process so that updates follow a new path and older versions are not impacted.
· Process debugging – enables developers to debug a process at design time, identifying and resolving potential issues.
· Session variables – stores specific in-memory session data and in browser cookies, which enables the sharing of data between various user interface elements, minimizing the re-entering of data by users.
· Custom action flows – Enhances the user experience by providing developers with a means to design applications where many of the user interactions can be done in the context of relevant information, thereby eliminating unnecessary page navigation steps.
· Business alerts – new communication channel that monitors historical data, and either delivers an alert to users when situation arises that requires a user’s attention, or initiates a process to perform a corrective action.
· Page fragments – container of widgets and associated data service instances that can be used to compose parts of a page, dynamically displayed based on a condition, and are reusable in one or more pages of an application, minimizing the time it takes to build and maintain the application’s UI.
· UI events – delivers a true decoupled UI design by facilitating indirect communication between different page elements and services enabling developers to create a more interactive user experience based on user actions taken.
· Preview mode –saves developers time by allowing them to quickly preview UI changes, without having to deploy the application.
· Type fragments –allows a dynamic data modeling experience by exposing at runtime the capability to attach new attributes and new behaviors to any object type. Type fragments can be shared across multiple object types and used within the object context to enhance the behavior of the application.
· Better content management support – increased user productivity with ability import documents from anywhere in the xCP application, drag and drop support, and seamless editing of documents in native applications.
xCP REST Services– enables developers to build mobile UI and native apps that connect to Documentum xCP applications using generated application specific REST Services.
· Type adoption– provides the ability to reuse types definition existing within a repository, enabling customers to migrate to xCP 2.1.
Solutions Delivered: Transforming Businesses
Information Intelligence Group (IIG) Partner Program and EMC Certified Solutions represent a key part of how EMC brings solutions to market. With the new release of xCP and several other products, partners have been busy with refreshing existing solutions to run on the latest technology, and also getting new solutions certified. There are now over 100 partner-built solutions that are “EMC Certified”. Many of these certified solutions are built on the latest xCP release including Capgemini’s Correspondence Management solution, an Electronic Legal Filing solution from Unisys, Invoice Automation Accelerator, Contracts Management, HR Automation and more from Beach Street Consulting to name just a few.
So what should your next step be? To learn more about the entire IIG product launch, you can visit the IIG ECM Evolved launch page.
I also encourage you to learn more about Documentum xCP by browsing the Documentum Developer Community. In the community you will find not only information about this release, but it is a great resource of technical information, and a place to post questions, participate in discussions, and stay up to date on the latest product news.
You should also look out for a Momentum User Group meeting in your regional area. These local events are always packed with great information where customers can share knowledge, give feedback, contribute to the development of IIG products, and network with members and EMC experts.