EMC Launches ECM Platform and CM Products

Mar 22, 2005


EMC Corporation, a provider of information storage and management solutions, has announced the next-generation EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) platform. As an integral element of EMC's strategy to help customers align their IT infrastructures with their business based upon the changing value of information, the platform showcases a unified architecture. In addition, EMC introduced a set of content management products.

With this announcement, EMC hopes to help customers graduate from traditional content services that address the creation, management, delivery, and archival of content. Now, customers can implement a unified stack that includes process and repository services to provide increased functionality and flexibility in collaboration, automation, and security. Building upon already unified technologies for the management of documents, XML files, rich media, Web content, and business process management, the new Documentum platform is designed to further unify collaboration, federated search, and retention management capabilities into one platform. EMC Documentum enables all content management applications to share the same unified architecture with a common code base, security model, repository, object model, and API. The Documentum ECM platform and suite of products will be generally available March 31, 2005. At that time, the platform and products will also be available in seven languages on supported operating systems, databases, directories, application servers, and storage systems.

EMC has also announced significant additions to the EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) product family. Delivering the company's new, unified EMC Documentum architecture along with new capabilities and products, the latest suite of products is intended to enable global organizations to make better use of information, optimize work processes, and mitigate risks through enhancements in content, process, and repository services.

Federated Search is a new federated search capability that is fully unified with Documentum's core architecture. Users now have a single point of access from which to conduct all content searches across Documentum and other heterogeneous repositories residing either within or outside the enterprise; this includes integration with other systems that provide various levels of content sources such as those offered by FileNet, Open Text and SAP.

EMC Documentum Client for Outlook is a new client interface for Microsoft Outlook that offers the same functionality as the Documentum standard Web-based interface, enabling users to access the range of Documentum functionality directly within Outlook. Users can also save email and attachments in the Documentum repository, all with the look and feel of Outlook folders. The new client is fully unified with the core Documentum architecture.

EMC Documentum Content Transformation Services is a new offering that provides users a single tool from which to perform all content transformations. Using a wizard-based approach, customers can more easily transform common desktop documents and rich media formats into any compatible content type. All Documentum Content Transformation Services products are unified with the core Documentum architecture and are available for transforming basic document formats such as those created by MS Office, Adobe PDF, and WordPerfect applications; numerous image formats; audio and video content; and medical images based on the DICOM format.

EMC Documentum Collaboration Services is a new product that offers native discussions, notes, contextual folders, and workspaces or "rooms" that are fully unified with the core Documentum architecture. With these new capabilities, teams can work together securely in a collaborative environment that takes full advantage of the Documentum product set for classification, transformation, policy management, and more.

EMC Documentum Business Process Management (BPM) product suite is fully unified with the core Documentum architecture. It now delivers more powerful and easy-to-use tools for designing and configuring processes and code-free process integrations, and it provides a robust engine for highly structured business processes. The suite consists of: EMC Documentum Business Process Manager, EMC Documentum Business Process Engine, EMC Documentum Business Process Services, and EMC Documentum Process Connectors.

EMC Documentum Retention Policy Services (RPS) is a new product that is fully unified with the core Documentum architecture and enables organizations to comply with legal and regulatory requirements for document retention with behind-the-scenes, policy creation, and enforcement capabilities. Complimentary to EMC Documentum Record Manager, RPS is designed to function at the repository level and across all content types to apply and enforce document retention and disposition policies automatically without burdening end-users or employing dedicated records-management staff. Using RPS, organizations can create retention policies that incorporate events, multiple phases, authorities, and disposition pre-conditions. The policies are automatically applied to all content stored in the Documentum repository.

EMC Documentum Trusted Content Services have been enhanced and add increased security to the unified Documentum architecture, delivering a common security model and unified audit trail across all applications using the Documentum platform. New security enhancements enable organizations to prevent unauthorized access to the proprietary information and include native Mandatory Access Control (MAC) support, enforcing access control policies based on logical combinations of multiple rules. Also new to the platform is digital shredding, a secure way to dispose of information and ensure it cannot be retrieved from the storage media. The Documentum platform meets the requirements for Common Criteria certification established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) and is currently in the final stages of formal certification.