FileNet Corporation has announced general availability of its FileNet P8 architecture. The FileNet P8 architecture is an integrated framework that combines content, process, and connectivity capabilities in a single unified solution. Its ECM application development framework and tools are specifically designed to promote ease of use, rapid application development, and lower total cost of ownership. FileNet P8's architecture is designed to offer customers, systems integrators, and resellers the ability to develop customized ECM solutions to industry- or company -specific business problems aimed at improving the business decision making process, increasing overall productivity, customer satisfaction, and profitability. The framework combines FileNet's content and process management technology with new integration capabilities and solution templates.
FileNet P8 features solution templates that serve as development foundations for custom applications. The solution templates combine reusable code, process maps, forms, class definitions, search templates, and user interfaces giving developers a "jump-start" that can reduce development time and implementation costs. The solution templates feature an n-tier architecture, which separates the application into different layers, designed to make customization easier. To adapt an application to accommodate an organization's specific business processes and practices, developers make modifications to one layer.
The FileNet P8 architecture is based on open systems, operates in both Microsoft and Unix environments and with SQL and Oracle databases, and is integrated with BEA's WebLogic and IBM's Websphere J2EE application servers. Additionally, FileNet P8 offers Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDav) support, which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote Web servers. FileNet P8 also features a Component Integrator Subsystem, which acts as a universal adapter, enabling companies to interact with other systems and components built on technologies such as Java, JMS, XML, and Web Services. FileNet P8 is comprised of four suites of pre-packaged technologies and tools including: Business Process Manager (designed to allow organizations to optimize business processes); Content Manager (provides organizations with content management and document approval workflow so they can control, share, manipulate, and access content in a secure and scalable environment); Web Content Manager (content management and integrated process management for Web initiatives); and Image Manager (designed to address high-volume, high-performance imaging and rich-media management applications and help organizations manage and store content). FileNet's P8 architecture is available now; enterprise configuration price points start at $125K to $420K, depending on the specific suite.