Last week we saw a considerable amount of movement in the document management software industry, not the least of which was the closure of the Xerox –ACS deal. The wheeling-and-dealing continues this week with the acquisition of AmberPoint by Oracle while AIIM and Gartner get back into gear with some research published recently.

Oracle extends Business Transaction Management

With a whole pile of acquisitions announced last week, the announcement by Oracle that it has just acquired AmberPoint looks like this week will be more of the same .

While financial details of the deal have not been released, the acquisition will significantly extend Oracle’s Fusion Middleware SOA Management Solutions and provide its users with more agility and visibility into their business processes.

If you haven’t come across AmberPoint before, its solutions resolve application performance problems and business transactions problems in insurance claims processing or account provisioning where multiple applications need to work together.

With the addition of AmberPoint, Oracle has underlined its commitment to providing end-to-end SOA management and Business Transaction Management solutions.

AIIM for content or records implementation

AIIM is getting back into its stride after a relatively quiet January with the release of a new  “8 ways to . . . “ eBook. This one should be of interest of to companies that are still trying to decide if they need document management software, or records management software.

Entitled 8 secrets of an effective content or records implementation it takes the discussion of whether a company needs records management software or document management software a step further than our outline of some of the major differences between the two systems last month.

The ebook, which is free to download for registered users from the AIIM website looks at the implementation of either system and includes the following recommendations:

  • Build a business strategy and blueprint
  • Conduct a technology assessment and create a blueprint
  • Think through a governance structure and approach
  • Create a roadmap and project plan
  • Build a sound foundation by creating an appropriate software development environment
  • Design the plan
  • Deploy the plan and cycle throughout life cycle
  • Include change management

Back In The Clouds

We’re back to cloud computing this week with new research commissioned by cloud email archiving specialist Mimecast. Its Cloud Computing Adoption Survey examines the perception and adoption of cloud computing solutions among 565 respondents responsible for managing their organization's IT operations and budget across the U.S. and Canada in the Fall of 2009.

It shows that while security and integration issues are clearly users' biggest fears about cloud computing, the concerns have not dissuaded companies from implementing cloud-based applications within their corporate infrastructure.

These well-known fears appear to be at odds with reality, as the survey findings suggest strong satisfaction with cloud computing once it is installed.

It also showed that 70 percent of IT decision makers already using it are planning to move additional solutions to the cloud -- most within the next 12 months.

However, for companies that are still examining cloud storage, the principal concern was still security with 46 percent of respondents identifying it as the main reason for not moving forward. This was also true across a majority of industries, including financial services (76 percent), energy (75 percent), government (67 percent), retail (61 percent) and technology (40 percent).

Interestingly, among the respondents already using cloud computing solutions, email (23 percent) and CRM (18 percent) proved to be the most valuable with 33 percent of this group having moved email management to the cloud, 26 percent email archiving and 22 percent havong moved storage functions.

There really is a lot of food for thought here so check it out.

Gartner identifies 7 BPM Musts

Gartner (news, site) also has some interesting research this week in their report Seven Key Guidelines to BPM Project Success which identifies seven non-technology factors that companies need to watch for the implementation of a successful business process management system.

“Regardless of initial willingness to pursue BPM and a host of major opportunities for improvement, business leaders could do well to hold back and focus instead on a few projects that will deliver highly visible success,” said Bill Rosser of Gartner. “Early, visible, concrete project success is especially important to the long-term acceptance of BPM as a valuable discipline.”

In other words, there’s no point in introducing BPM unless you got your business running smoothly. Want to find out more? Check it out.

EMC Discusses SharePoint

If you are struggling with SharePoint and integrating it with Documentum, then EMC (news, site) is holding a webcast in March that could well be the answer to your problems.

The webcast is focused on how investment in Microsoft SharePoint will more efficiently manage the growth of unstructured information in your organization and how with Documentum, you can integrate SharePoint into your broader information infrastructure.

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Better control over rapid SharePoint Server farm growth
  • Searching, viewing and editing content stored in Documentum using SharePoint tools
  • Control over content, while expanding user access
  • Single system of record for content

You can register for this webcast and view others in the series. There are also a number of other SharePoint webcasts that you may be interested in.