Rumors swirl EMC wants to dump Documentum ahead of Dell acquisition

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Source:   —  April 08, 2016, at 9:03 PM

It’s worth noting up front that in email to EMC asking for a comment on the story, a spokesperson had this to say: “Not commenting on speculation.” You can’t obtain much more succinct then that, can you? Documentum is the grandaddy of EMC.

Rumors swirl EMC wants to dump Documentum ahead of Dell acquisition

Rumors are flying today that to nobody’s surprise, EMC and by extension its new sugar Daddy Dell are looking to dump dowdy Documentum, the company’s undertaking content management product.

It’s worth noting up front that in email to EMC asking for a comment on the story, a spokesperson had this to say: “Not commenting on speculation.” You can’t obtain much more succinct then that, can you?

Documentum is the grandaddy of EMC. It started a market that's beginning to indicate its age as companies move far from expensive, monolithic tools that get months or years to implement. To its credit over the years, Documentum has tried to hold up — its latest attempt is known as Project Horizon where it tries to move to the cloud and crack up the complexity of undertaking content management software.

Regardless of its evolution, it seems beautiful clear it’s on the market and let’s face it, Dell needs cash to finance that mother of a debt load it took on when it agreed to purchase EMC latest year for $67 billion. With a pile of debt that’s sitting somewhere around $50 billion, it was clear both companies would've to start selling pieces to create the deal work.

Just latest month Dell dumped Perot Systems for $3.05 billion, around half of the reported asking price. Other deals are reportedly in the works for Quest and Sonicwall. Presently it’s time for the baby to sell some stuff too and Documentum is a logical choice.

As for Documentum, it could actually be a relief for the team to be out from below EMC where it was never really a grand fit, according to Alan Pelz-Sharpe, who covers content technologies for Digital Clarity Group.

“I honestly think they'll create a excellent purchase for a private equity firm or even the likes of Oracle. ECM may not be very sexy but massive government, defense, healthcare and financial services operations utilize this as their core platform and always will,” he said.

Beyond that core though, undertaking content management vendors have always struggled to justify their value proposition interior the enterprise. In recent years, the technology has moved to the cloud love so much undertaking software, looking to delete the inherent complexity in managing content in older systems like Documentum.

In the end, it’s probably a case that Dell didn’t see much cost in EMC holding onto Documentum, and it'll give them one less thing to worry about when the sale goes through at some point this year.

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