IBM Content Navigator: Redbook

And, yet another Redbook released a few days ago – Customizing and Extending IBM Content Navigator.

This is a Draft publication though, so will be updated next month.

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IBM Case Manager: Redbook

A new IBM Redbook has been released, see: ICM Redbook.

This has been updated to take account of changes introduced in ICM 5.2, which was released recently.

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IBM Content Foundation: P8 Lite

This week, IBM have announced the release of a new offering that’s based on FileNet P8: IBM Content Foundation.  Having read through the announcement and feature list, I was initially puzzled as to exactly how it is different to P8.  All that IBM say in the announcement is:

Based on the world-class, industrial strength, and proven technology of IBM FileNet® P8, but in a more affordable, more accessible, more consumable package, IBM Content Foundation offers the power of FileNet P8 made nimble, affordable, and more consumable.

However, Content Foundation does have its own InfoCenter, and reading through this (essential bedtime reading) I eventually stumbled across a statement describing the P8 products and tools that are excluded.

To summarise, Workplace/WPXT, eForms, RE, CA, IER & FEM are all missing, which I guess is to be expected for a “P8 Lite”.  One omission that does puzzle me though is that of Process Designer.  Without this, there’s no means of creating an intricate Process Map.  Even ICM Designers occasionally need to drill down into PD.

The Content Platform Engine (aka Content Engine + Process Engine) does form part of the Content Foundation.  So, without having installed or seen this new offering, I’m left wondering how we build workflow applications in this product?

Would somebody care to enlighten me?

See here

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IBM FileNet P8 5.2 released this week

It’s been around 18 months since P8 v5.1 was released, back in 2011, but the latest version is now imminent.

As you’d expect for software that has been so long in the pipeline, there are some pretty fundamental changes. The Content Engine and Process Engine are now combined into the same JVM, and badged as the “Content Platform”.  Apparently the two engines will still operate separately and independently, but will co-exist in a single EAR file.

Here is a quick summary of what we can expect:

  • FileNet BPM to be renamed IBM Case Foundation – more details here
  • A unified installation procedure – PE will be deployed using the Config manager.
  • Content Navigator will be included
  • The browser-based Admin tool ACCE will be expanded to replace FEM and PTM
  • Component Manager will now run in J2EE server
  • Case Analytics is also moved to the J2EE server
  • New Social Content Management functionality (API?) will be introduced
  • BPF and ECM Widgets to be withdrawn
  • Removal of legacy CSE Search
  • Bulk move of content from CFS to P8
  • Object stores and Process Engine regions can share the same DB (as with ICM)

For more detail, take a look at these announcement articles:

The P8 Infocenter is also now available.

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IBM Content Navigator v2.0.1 released

The latest version of IBM Content Navigator was released yesterday.

A quick summary of what’s new:

  • Filtering of search results
  • Multiple documents can be added to repository (drag-and-drop).
  • Properties for a list of documents can be exported to CSV.
  • Properties for multiple selected documents can be modified in the viewer in one go.
  • Integration with Microsoft Office.

A few useful links about ICN v2.0.1:

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More FileNet Certifications

IBM have been busy establishing the new line of ECM Certifications. Three more exams have been released recently:

Anyone currently following the FileNet certification path should also be aware that IBM have announced the retirement of various tracks.

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IBM Content Navigator: Redbook

IBM have released a new RedBook for ICN.  Not only is this in PDF format, but you can now download it in EPUB format. It’s just a pity that Amazon Kindle doesn’t support this.

As you’d expect, the RedBook serves as a good introduction to ICN, but also has some great information on how to create plugins and extensions, and how to package Dijits (i.e. DoJo widgets) into iWidgets, for use in Business Space and Case Manager.

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Released: IBM Case Manager 5.1.1

ICM v5.1.1 got released today. To download from Passport Advantage, the package numbers are below:

AIX: CI9VBML

Windows: CI9VDML

RHEL: CI9VCML

Solaris: CI9VEML.

The new ICM Infocenter is also now available.

Also, quite a useful article here that goes through ICM development for CMIS.

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IBM Case Manager 5.1.1 imminent

The next major release of ICM is due to be released in September. Here’s a bit of sneak preview information I’ve been able to gleen about what we can expect to see functionality-wise:

Installation: Sadly, CMPIT is not provided. Whether this returns in subsequent releases is not clear. SUSE Linux is now supported.

IBM Content Navigator: As expected, ICM dependency on WorkplaceXT is now (almost) removed. ICN is now used for viewing documents, through the ICM Viewer widget.  Images can appear in tabs / split-screen / popup window.

Case Builder: Multiple Role Inbaskets can now be defined. Process Designer can now be opened directly from the Manage Solutions page. There are performance improvements on opening a solution. Multiple roles can now share the same PE Queue.

Case Client: New Content List widget – supports properties, versioning, download, stored searches. Case List / Document List widget now has multi-select action. All XT Dialogs are now replaced with new ICM style dialogs, e.g. Add Document, Properties can now be edited during check-in, and System properties displayed. Add Document using Drag-and-drop into Document tab, or Attachment widget (Firefox only). New widget – Process History (milestone-related).

Localisation: Various improvements to localisation, and extra multi-lingual support.

API: Case Java API now published and documented – acmapi.jar.  Corresponds to the Case REST API. This will also be available in CI Component queue – Case_Operations.

Plus…..  Enhanced Work Assignment and Task capabilities.

Really, there are too many enhancements to list, so if you have specific questions, please email me directly through the Contact page.

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IBM FileNet certifications: Update

Over the past 12 months, IBM have been consolidating FileNet certifications, and moving them into a single IBM ECM Certification programme.

Although this transformation will soon render past certification achievements obsolete for a lot of us, and introduce extra expense for business partners, in my view this change can only enhance the credibility and prestige of FileNet certifications. The association with Prometric will now guarantee that tests are passed under strict and proper exam conditions.

It is is a work-in-progress – there are still a few gaps in the programme – but here is a list of those available currently:

Within the programme, certifications are grouped into three categories: Entry-level / Intermediate / Advanced. The six above all appear to be intermediate level.

Exams also appear to be slightly more challenging within this programme – in general more training courses are stipulated, along with recommended reading of product documentation, red books, and PDF publications. However, objectives are usefully stated in the curriculum format, making it clear what the expectation level is. At the time of writing, each exam costs $200.

Candidates are provided with a member site that lists current certifications, and provides certificates.

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