Last week I attended the Tech-Conference of Amazon Web Services – AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas. It lasted five days, a period of time that is not always easy to take off from your daily work. Following are the most important pieces of content from my perspective in 7-10 min for reading.
* 10 Seconds Management Spoiler *
Serverless, Machine Learning, the Machine Learning Camera DeepLens, Alexa for Business and Kube as a managed service are the main highlights of this year’s re:Invent. By extending and making existing and established services such as EC2, S3, Glacier or DynamoDB more flexible, AWS helps customers to map many requirements directly in the managed service and reduce the need for workaround implementations. It will be fascinating and at times frightening, what will be possible in the future due to the combination of these powerful services.
The first two field reports of my fellow apprentices have already given you some insights into the apprenticeship here @fme. They described our first coding tasks, databases and object oriented programming. However, we learn a lot more than that. I want to talk about our own apprentice project vistaya, explain what vistaya is, how we were introduced to vistaya and what our current responsibilities are. read more
Some weeks ago we were invited to host one event of a networking event series called “Schnack & Schnittchen” (Sandwich-Talks) organized by the Junior Entrepreneurs Organization in Brunswick (Wirtschaftsjunioren Braunschweig). The Wirtschaftsjunioren Brunswick are part of the national association ‘ Wirtschaftsjunioren Deutschland’ and the international association ‘JCI’, in which young entrepreneurs and (young) executives network, train and engage themselves.”Digitialization” was the topic for that event and we gave an insight to the attendees in how we understand the Digital Transformation (DT) and how we help our clients to get a grip at the upcoming challenges. read more
On Monday, the 23rd of October 2017, 20 bachelor students of Business Informatics at the Technical University of Braunschweig had the opportunity to get to know fme AG during an excursion day.
Our CEO Dirk Bode opened the event with some information about fme’s history and explained the importance of digital transformation. In addition, we were able to show the students the career opportunities and give them an insight into some of the projects and topics of our business units.
Digitization is changing the world in a sustainable way. New digital technologies are entering the market at an ever-increasing rate, enabling a variety of new business models. Netflix and Co. have eliminated the video libraries, Uber puts the taxi industry under pressure, the hotel industry feels the breath of Airbnb breathing down its neck and the car industry is more afraid of Tesla, Google, Apple and others than of the usual and well-known competitors.
Sometimes not the leading edge technologies are causing you headaches, but also solid requirements like synchronizing your Document object’s attributes with SAP.
In this blog post I will explain the differences and purposes of the OpenText Documentum Archive Services for SAP and OpenText Documentum Content Services for SAP as well as the challenge to synchronize only modified SAP data into OpenText Documentum.
OpenText Documentum Archive Services for SAP
The main purpose of the OpenText Documentum Archive Services for SAP (ASSAP) is to accept content (e.g. the printable bill) delivered by SAP. For this, the ASSAP exposes as ArchiveLink server. With the ArchiveLink protocol, SAP is not only able to archive content but also able to retrieve that content for display purposes. Such content can be for example billing documents. So the active part is SAP. OpenText Documentum is the passive part. The ASSAP will create the link information with SAP archive maintenance data.
In my last blog post, ‘Digital Transformation Is About More than Just IT,’ I wrote about a fortunate trend, whereby more and more companies are taking a more holistic approach to the digital transformation. We know that IT alone is not the solution to the challenges posed by the digital transformation. More and more companies are slowly realizing that the digital transformation affects not only the IT department but also all other areas of the company.
But training courses and consulting services that are currently being offered give a different impression. Discussions revolving around the digital transformation primarily address the challenges in today’s business world, and terms such as ‘agility’ and ‘new business models’ crop up as the important key terms. Well-known companies that were once successful are mentioned as examples of organizations that did not manage to get on the right path towards digitalization. The training courses and consulting services then frequently put forward new IT procedures and technologies – such as cloud computing, microservices, DevOps, and big data – as solutions to the challenges of our time. However, IT departments are often not trusted to successfully introduce such modern solutions.
As you most likely know, a growing number of companies are using software to improve internal communication, project collaboration and onboarding. This software is generally replacing an old and dated intranet system that suffers from issues like:
- Overly complex structure (too many groups, unsorted posts, etc.)
- Little activity
- Difficult to use
- Sub-par functionality
For this very reason many companies today are moving away from such static systems. They are looking to replace the huge stores of data that older intranet systems oftentimes resemble with solutions that are heavily focused on the employees.
Despite the ongoing discussion about the prospects of new web technologies, progressive clients or even the need of an unmitigated new user experience, many enterprises are still using the “good old Documentum Webtop” quite contentedly. In general, Webtop applications integrate smoothly with other systems that have spawned over time such as Jive, Jira, CRM and others.
Nevertheless, let’s be honest. There have been some flaws and one of them has always been the content transfer mechanism UCF which can be hard to maintain especially in complex network settings and which causes an annoying dependency on the client’s Java Runtime Environment. With modern browser vendors reducing plugin support and the decision of Oracle to deprecate the Java browser plugin in Java 9, a new content transfer mechanism was long overdue.
Hmmhm, let’s think about it. Maybe for the driver’s licence? Or was it the ITIL exam four years ago? Or the Scrum Master test?
Yet, we’re learning every day – especially in times of digitalization where dynamic changes in our work environment are a daily occurrence and regular software updates, new policies and processes recurrently change our operational procedures. These circumstances make it necessary to combine modern forms of learning and to integrate them in our work life – one concept of how this could look like is the 70:20:10 model. read more