You Installed Documentum – Now What?

One of the most common questions when implementing a Documentum solution is how do you bulk load documents into the system.There are several options available depending on your requirements.

  1. Use native client applications (eg Webtop or Desktop Client)
  2. Build a custom application
  3. Buy an COTS product

Use native applications
Webtop and Desktop Client support multi-file import; however, it only allows you to import multiple files to a single folder in the repository.  It does NOT have the ability to import a directory tree (with files) from a local file system.

Build a custom DFC application

A relatively simple DFC application can be built to import a directory tree from a local file system and re-create the folder hierarchy with files in the repository.  This option supports the capture of filenames and folder names, but this does NOT generally have the ability to assign metadata to custom attributes.  The assignment of metadata requires some form of data input file that lists attribute values for each file.   This can be accomplished by more programming; however, there are several COTS products that provide this kind of functionality.  The build vs buy discussion involves many factors that will not be covered here.  To determine the best product, one must evaluate all of the requirements against each product’s capabilities.

Buy decision

Here are some third party products:

  1. McLaren Docloader

  2. BlueFish Dixi

  3. Documentum Import Manager


7 responses to “You Installed Documentum – Now What?

  1. Hi,

    TSG offers an open source migration framework, OpenMigrate.

    Check it out at:

    It’s a 100% Java Spring-based framework, supporting multiple thread pools and a variety of source and target adaptors (including, of course, Documentum and file-system). The mapping layer is quite flexible, and all components are architected to be as standards-based, decoupled from one another and reusable as possible.

    It’s young but constantly evolving.

  2. Hi,

    The Webtop 5.3 supports “import” with ability to import a directory/folder as such.

  3. Hi mlakshmi,
    I mentioned this in the original post – Webtop 5.3 only has the ability to import files in a single folder/directory. It does NOT have the ability to import an entire directory tree – recursively.

  4. Dear Johnny,

    is there any installation concept for documentum similar to OFA (Optimal Flexible Architecture) for Oracle which make the installation of multiple docbases on the same host possible. These docbases have then some binaries (for example DM_HOME (as far as they have the same version) )which they might share and of course docbase specific configuration files and directory which they doe not share.
    Is there any known or standard concept for documentum installation similar to OFA?
    Many thanks in advance
    My best regards


  5. Hi Reza,
    Documentum does support multiple-docbase single server configuration. This configuration uses the same DM_HOME for all the docbases.

  6. Hi Johnny

    Need your help in deciding as to which import tool to buy. We are currently looking at Blue Fish’s DIXI. How is it? How its import features are better than those of the others?

    Thanks in advance

  7. It depends on your requirements and how you intend to collect data to populate metadata. I believe DIXI uses xml, which is good if you are collecting data programmatically from another system. Docloader uses Microsoft Excel as the data collection medium, which is good if you are collecting data from end users. Not sure of Import Manager’s collection medium.

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