In what has become one of the more interesting soap operas on Planet Lotus, here’s the latest I’ve heard about DDM. Perhaps some of this is redundant, maybe even common knowledge. However, it seems to be a bit of a disconnect from what I had been previously told.
Here’s some history for you my yellow peeps.
For the past 8 months, I’ve been working on a project that would use DDM. I initially wasn’t sure I wanted to use it but knew that DDM had the functionality I needed. There were, of course, questions about DDM’s future so I probed. I hammered. No matter to whom I spoke or whose blog I read, clear answers were no where to be found.
I would have an easier time finding a quarter at the bottom of the Delaware River between the Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman Bridges after 6 weeks of torrential rains flooded Northeast Pennsylvania & Northwest New Jersey and stirred up all the muck in said river then getting someone at IBM to say what the hell was going on with this thing!
In any event, it seems as though DDM will be supported for the next 5 years however only on ND 6.5 or 7. It is not supported on ND8, Vista and/or Office 2007. I found this out Monday and it was news to me. This was the first definitive answer I received and it was AFTER I got everything working with ND 8.0.1, Symphony, Office 2003 Windows 2003 Server & XP clients with no apparent issues. I’m not a fan of Vista or Office 2007 and will get to it eventually but that isn’t the point.
Now this is what gets my goat. If I want a “properly supported environment”, I HAVE to keep all of my DDM users on ND 7.0.3, Office 2003, and XP!
So, let’s see here … end of mainstream support for Office 2003 is January 2009 (That’s less than 6 months away), XP is April 2009 (That’s next year!), ND 7 is most likely EoL in 2010 or 2011 … BUT DDM will outlast them all with a projected EoL of 2013! WOOHOO!!!
Quickr is the heir apparent however; there is no corresponding template that can be used for migration. At this point, I’m not really sure of what role Quickr Content Integrator plays. Perhaps the migration templates lie there but for a new implementation, I’m not going to add, on the low side, US $30,000 to my project.
As I stated in my IdeaJam on the subject back in May, would it really be that difficult to update DDM for either ND 8 or Quickr? I have it running now on 8.0.1 without any major mods so how hard could it be?