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Document Management Roll-up: Alfresco Hints At New Release, Google Drive Editing For iOS

Now that Labor Day weekend is over, companies are shifting into high gear to prepare for the holiday push. Among the document management products being released in the next two weeks the general release of M-Files v9.0 and something new from Alfresco. This past week, Google Drive editing capabilities for iOS were upgraded, while enterprise content management looks set to grow in the EMEA region.

Alfresco Moves

Alfresco is due to make an announcement early next week about a new product that will offer businesses syncing simplicity between the cloud and on-premise content.

In the meantime, anticipating increased business interest in the US, Alfresco has announced plans to expand both its management team and Atlanta headquarters. The new appointments are focused principally on building the sales team — specifically, by appointing someone to chase federal sales and consulting initiatives, as well as beefing up its sales department generally. More on this next week, when we can take a look at Alfresco’s new release.

Enterprise CMS in EMEA

Even in the current economic circumstances, Enterprise CMS is set to grow, according to new research by TechNavio. In particular, Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is set to grow between now and 2015, which may come as a surprise to some in light of the difficulties in many European economies.

In fact, it won’t just grow. According to the report, Enterprise Content Management Market in the EMEA Region 2011-2015 ,  growth in the enterprise CMS space will be in the region of 13.8% compounded annually between now and the end of 2015.

This period will likely be marked by an increasing number of mergers, of which there is ample evidence already. The report also identifies OpenText, IBM, EMC and Oracle as the big players, but there will still be considerable activity from smaller players like Hyland, Laserfiche and Newgen.

In fact, looking at the brief summary of the report at hand, it looks like a profitable three years with growth expected across the entire EMEA region.

M-Files v9.0

As the end of the month approaches, M-Files is getting ready to offer M-Files v9.0 on general release. At the core of this release, the company says, is advanced support for customer deployments that require multiple document repositories, or vaults.

Multiple repositories can create considerable problems, as we have seen in the past. M-Files president Greg Milliken says that v9.0 offers better interaction and cooperation between these repositories. Using new replication abilities, V9.0 aims to streamline the process of dealing with one of the main problems of multiple repositories — relating data to other relevant data in other repositories.

While an exact date for the general release hasn’t been given, it will be available by the end of the month. More on this then.

Google Drive Improvements

Finally, if you missed it earlier this week, Google has announced that it is expanding the functionality of Google Drive for iOS and Android users.

Already up and running, users of the new iOS Drive app have the same document-editing ability that users of the Android Drive app already possess. They can also create new documents and format text as well as view other people edits.

In fact, there is a whole range of functionality that has just come on line that will make working in Drive on iOS considerably easier.

 
 
 
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