Opentext Enterprise World 2018

Quite ready to depart from Rome to Toronto, to attend my very first opentext Enterprise World #OTEW

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opentext Enterprise World 2018

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Adobe Named a Leader in 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms

Every year the story is always the same: Adobe has been named leader by Gartner for the Digital Experience Platforms ! Gartner evaluated 21 vendors, and Adobe was among four vendors in the Leaders quadrant, based on the ability to execute and completeness of vision.

A complimentary copy of the Gartner, Inc. 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Digital Experience Platforms” research report is available here.

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Why exposing administrative interfaces is a bad idea — Via Documentum in a (nuts)HELL

After Alvaro’s blogpost I wanted to write something like: “Hey, you have missed something: you can create c6_method_return object, execute D2GetAdminTicketMethod, get encrypted admin’s ticket and use it as a password  […]

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D2-Config DQL Editor — Via Alvaro de Andres’ Blog

D2-Config (at least in D2 4.5) has a servlet (/GetData) that is used internally to run DQLs. I though when I saw it that, in the same way the REST query service is limited to run read queries, this won’t let you run write queries (you know, due to the “Get” in the name). Well, […]

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The Value of a Business Analyst in your AEM Implementation

Source: The Value of a Business Analyst in your AEM Implementation

A very useful post about one of the most important role in a Adobe AEM complex project.

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How hot is Adobe AEM?

Adobe AEM is still the hottest web experience management technologies for websites, mobile apps and forms; it is the ideal platform to manage your marketing content and assets in the web or in mobile applications.

That is confirmed by some raw but interesting number: in less than six months, more than 1.000 AEM professionals joined the Linkedin group I created some years ago: now the Adobe AEM & Marketing Cloud group on Linkedin has now more than 5.000 6.000 registered members (+20%)!

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Yuri Simione – Adobe Aem Traine

Join today the Adobe AEM & Marketing Cloud group on Linkedin and discuss with more than six thousand Adobe AEM subject matter experts (and recruiters) !

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1st Neo4j meetup in Rome

Very happy to host the first Neo4J meetup in Rome, tomorrow Oct 27, 2016 in the Next 2U Consulting offices in Rome. The event has been organized by Lorenzo Speranzoni and Neo Technology.

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Big Data – Internet Of Things – Cloud Expo 2016 conferences in Santa Clara

As in 2015, this November I will be attending the BigData, IoT, Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA. Hope to see you then, there!

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Adobe AEM & Marketing Cloud group on Linkedin

Adobe AEM is one of the hottest technologies for websites, mobile apps and forms, the ideal platform to manage your marketing content and assets. The Linkedin group I created some years ago has now more than 5.000 registered members!

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EMC Documentum 7.2 migration and Murphy’s laws

This month I completed a Documentum 7.2 migration of an existing Documentum 6.7 architecture. As in every Documentum project, I learned a lot. The first thing is that you can work hard in order to manage all possible risks but you will not cover ALL the risks: it happened the impossible but that is not a great point as well described by one of the Murphy’s Laws…..

If anything simply cannot go wrong, it will anyway.

During the Documentum migration I learned something very simple, basic but really new to me: I discovered that the encrypted bof registry user password is validated as-is, by every Documentum Foundation Classes client, for example Documentum Administrator or Webtop, during every standard authentication process.


The Global Registry is a special Documentum repository that is used to manage centrally, information like DFC client registrations, service-based business objects (SBOs), WDK presets and preferences, newtork locations. All Documentum DFC clients use the bof registry user credentials to access the Global Registry repository. Every Documentum client, directly or indirectly, uses DFC, the Documentum Foundation Classes and every DFC application, during the initialisation, reads the file where are defined some parameters. Three of these are related to the Global Registry:

  1. dfc.globalregistry.repository, the name of the repository designated as Global Registry;
  2. dfc.globalregistry.username, the login name of the bof registry user, usually dm_bof_registry;
  3. dfc.globalregistry.password, the password of the bof registry user.

During every Documentum client deployment, you need to share the with system administrators, but you don’t want to share a plain text password, right? As reported in every EMC Documentum manual, the bof registry password can be easily encrypted executing this command:

java -cp dfc.jar<password_to_be_encrypted>

Then you should copy the output of this command into the file. Since version 7.x, if needed, everyone can decrypt  the encrypted password just executing:

java -cp dfc.jar -decrypt_password  <encrypted_password> 

For example, let’s encrypt / decrypt the SuperCoolPassword2016 string:

Something new I learned

There is no need to decrypt that password! I do admit: in many years I never tried to use the bof registry user encrypted password as a valid password in a Documentum client but one colleague did it. It worked!  That surprised me because because in my mind, encryption is useless without …. decryption!

Every Documentum developer/consultant knows that behind the scenes DFC libraries decrypt the encrypted password: Documentum clients have to (actually should) “register” the application to the Global Registry during first start-up or just to save information on behalf of the end user (WDK preferences). What I did not know is that DFC decrypts that password also during standard authentication for bof registry user, in every DFC client, so plain text password and the encrypted version are interchangeble, everywhere, in all Documentum clients (apart those based on dmcl).

Words are important and the “encrypted password” term in the file and in standard manuals is misleading, at least to me, but probably that is just my problem! In my opinion, a more correct term could be “client login ticket“, something similar to the standard Documentum login ticket, something that does not need to be decrypted by end users or applications before to use it.

I am thinking about a question again and again: why someone should encrypt a string if everyone can use it, as-it, in every application, without the need to decrypt it? It is more reasonable to use a plain text string instead: everyone can use it, as-is, as the encrypted password but … you do not have to encrypt it, no need to read manuals, no need to to convert password encrypted using DFC 6.7 library for newer DFC 7.x environment. No need to decrypt a forgotten password.

My doubts can be summarized by a new, not pessimistic, Murphy’s Law:

Use Encryption just if Decryption is necessary….

Documentum login tickets could be a valuable alternative to the password encryption for the standard bof registry user: a login ticket  generated by a Documentum superuser (using a new Documentum Administrator feature?), can have a limted time validity and a great advantage: the term “login ticket” instead of the “encrypted password”: more clear (at least to me!).

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Good news after Documentum 7.2 migration

The new Documentum 7.2 architecture is working very well; better than the older one. At the moment we do not know what really improved performances. Many variables are changed during the migration: the Java runtime (from 1.6 to 1.7), the o.s. (from Solaris 10 to Solaris 11), Sparc CPUs and Documentum (from 6.7 SP2 to 7.2). One should isolate every single variable in order to discover what really changed performances but everybody spends time and money just when things or performances are not going well. I like to think (and I am supposing) that Documentum 7.2 added a great value to the overall architecture performances

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