FileNet Unveils Enterprise Reference Architecture; Releases FileNet P8 v3.5

May 17, 2005

FileNet Corporation, a provider of enterprise content and business process management solutions, has introduced its unified Enterprise Reference Architecture for Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Business Process Management (BPM). The Enterprise Reference Architecture is a reference guide for improved IT planning, deployment, implementation, upgrade, and maintenance.

The Enterprise Reference Architecture provides a detailed framework of FileNet P8's enterprise scalable software services and other technical information that allows customers to develop solutions involving FileNet and identify integration points with enterprise technologies already in place. In addition, FileNet offers multi-vendor support across application servers, databases, operating systems, and storage platforms that allows system architects to plan and deploy ECM solutions based on FileNet P8 within existing IT environments.

The FileNet Enterprise Reference Architecture details how FileNet's P8 platform integrates with existing IT environments composed of: Input, presentation, and output services; ECM services; BPM services; Application development services; Integration services; Security services; Management services; Data services; and Storage services. The Enterprise Reference Architecture provides support for and integration with standards and operating system, database, application server, and storage hardware solutions. FileNet P8 is designed to help ease application development and extend interoperability through Web Services. Providing a range of COM, Java, and XML Web Services APIs, FileNet P8 enables developers to choose the development environment with which they are most comfortable working. FileNet P8 natively supports Service Oriented Architectures by allowing corporations to use a broad set of XML Web Services frameworks and development environments.

FileNet Corporation has also introduced the newest version of its ECM platform, FileNet P8 3.5, which is designed to enable organizations to address a range of content, process management, and compliance needs. The platform offers new features and capabilities, including Content Federation Services (CFS), which enables FileNet P8's ECM platform capabilities to be integrated with and federate content from a range of both FileNet and non-FileNet content repositories. With CFS, FileNet customers can manage all content in their organizations from one enterprise content catalog.

FileNet's Content Federation Services are designed to allow enterprises to search, catalog, classify, secure, retain, comply, activate, update, and delete content residing in repositories across the enterprise. Content Federation Services (CFS) enables the FileNet P8 3.5 platform to treat information that is stored in remote content repositories as if it were native FileNet content, enabling out-of-the-box bi-directional integration among FileNet P8 and target repositories. This content also can be exposed to external business applications through FileNet's native XML Web Services. Similarly, content and its associated metadata can be accessed and consumed by the various product suites that FileNet offers (i.e. Business Process Manager, Email Manager, Records Manager, etc.).

CFS's bi-directional integration is intended to help ensure content can be managed in place, avoiding the need to migrate or copy information to FileNet P8 Enterprise Catalog Service. With Content Federation Services, FileNet's Records Manager suite can declare items as records, and "lock" records in remote repositories to ensure content is neither altered nor deleted prior to the designated retention period. Additionally, customers can now extend FileNet's innovative "ZeroClick" technology, which eliminates the burden of records management functions from end users and ensuring compliance by automatically applying business rules regarding corporate file plans and retention schedules, to content enterprise-wide. Content Federation Services also allows FileNet to extend its event-driven architecture to content located in various repositories across the enterprise. In this way, FileNet P8 is able to recognize and respond to events and actions that occur in remote repositories and invoke specific business processes and workflows in response to those events. FileNet P8 3.5 is now shipping; enterprise configuration price points start at $125,000 to $420,000.