Jelan Heidelberg of IBM posted information (see link below) on the present state of DDM and details about IBM's thinking for the product. As a Quickr Design Partner with extensive experience with both Quickr and DDM, my colleagues at IIUI and I have reinforced to the IBM product management team the importance of the solution set to the community. IBM really is listening to YOU and has no intent on abandoning you or requiring a rip-and-replace type solution.* Your existing and current DDM investments will CONTINUE to provide value and be reinforced by IBM. Lotus Quickr is ALSO a great solution! It has an elegant interface and the native connectors are well built. There are substantive technical and feature differences between DDM 7 and Quickr 8 at this time to consider as you continue to create storage repositories:
1) Substantially different security models (DDM has 4 layered levels; Quickr has 2-3 layered levels)
2) Centralized (DDM) vs. Distributed (Quickr) control, administration, and taxonomy
3) Customization tools (DDM-General Domino, LotusScript, C++; Quickr-General browser, Advanced Domino/J2EE, REST Services)
4) Event interception (DDM-DocEvents provide customizable handles; Quickr-Some intercepts are available through use of C++ intercepts on Domino for Windows server platform)
5) Interfaces (DDM-Notes, Web, ODMA/API, Mail integration; Quickr-Web, Connectors for Office/Notes/etc.)
6) Data Storage Expansion methods (DDM-Configurable file cabinet spanning; Quickr-Creation of places and rooms)
7) Taxonomy terminology (DDM-Library, File Room, Cabinet, Binder Category, Category, Table of Contents presentation, Document; Quickr-Server, Place, Room, Folder, Page, Object/Attachment)
8) Level of granularity in versioning/activity logging (DDM Activity log follows document stream; Quickr-Version control is inherent in Page)
9) Native workflow capabilities (DDM-Basic serial and parallel flows configurable by Document Type; Quickr-Serial flows configurable by Page Type)
10) Platforms and Storage (DDM-Domino/NSF; Quickr-Choice of Domino/NSF or J2EE/RDBMS) Note: Very large datasets have been proven to work with both products-examples:DDM-60+TB; Quickr-20,000+ places
11) Architectural paradigm (DDM-Domino multi-database event-driven traditional document management model; Quickr-Domino version built on Quickplace multi-database event-driven collaboration model, J2EE version built on Web Content Manager and Portal Document Manager on IBM Websphere Portal server with centralized database)
12) Next versions (DDM-Development work is on-going and IBM is still determining details of next offering; Quickr Extensive development work is continuing with release 8.1 due out in early 2008)
Please note this is not intended to be a complete list, but does cover many of the most important issues.
For both products, IBM business partners (IIUI included) have created solutions to solve business problems. For example, IIUI has built native integration with Records Manager Express for both DDM and Quickr repositories. IIUI solutions are available at http://iiui.com
. SNAPPS has free Quickr templates available at http://quickrtemplates.com
. If you have any questions about DDM, Quickr, or would like to discuss your situation in more depth, please feel free to contact me directly at DLieber@iiui.com.
Innovative Ideas Unlimited, Inc.
Wakefield, Massachusetts USA
"Records Manager Express for Domino: Certified Records Management for Compliance, Retention, and Discovery"
*Obvious Disclaimer: I am not an IBM employee and IBM is not bound by this statement; this is my opinion based upon many conversations with IBM product management and development teams.
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