It may have been Labor Day week, but still a few interesting items to note in the document management world. Kodak has just announced the release of a capture solution built on SharePoint, OpenText targets Tempo Express at legal industry, Lexmark points to a new hardware strategy and the Document Foundation joins OASIS.
Kodak’s SharePoint Capture
If anyone thought Kodak was just going to roll over and die, they were wrong. Financial difficulties aside, and selling of patents aside, Kodak is still working away. This week’s document capture release demonstrates that.
The new software, which comes with what Kodak describes as a radically simplified interface, is built using SharePoint 2010, which is going to make it attractive for all those companies that have installed SharePoint, and we know how many companies that actually is.
With Kodak’s Info Activate Solution, which is an enterprise-wide distributed system, users will be able to digitize documents and start business processes at the same time. This means that by the time you have your document in the system, the process of treating that document is already underway.
The real kicker here, though, is the SharePoint element. Because it has built Info Activate on top of SharePoint, users will also be able to use SharePoint technologies including content libraries, business connectivity services, dashboards as well as all the modules and third-party products that can be integrated into SharePoint.
The bottom line here is that with it, enterprises are being offered a new solution that can take documents into SharePoint directly and easily and start processes within SharePoint automatically. It also requires little or no training to use.
While Info Activate Solution functions inside SharePoint 2010 for tight integration, it can also provide file output for enterprises that are using other enterprise CMS platforms too, and can produce documents in pretty much any format you can think of. The new solution is available now.
OpenText’s Legal Tempo Express
Though it may have been a holiday weekend, OpenText was busy during the week. If you missed it earlier, it has released OpenText Tempo Express specifically for the legal industry.
It enables enterprises to set up a private solution of sharing and syncing content form inside the company with third-parties outside the firewall, all done through the cloud.
Tempo has been around for a while with the general release last November. That release centered on making document sharing quicker and mobile, with users also able to synchronize data across all computers and data. In March, that release was bolstered by a Tempo Express Edition. Interested in more on this?
Lexmark’s New Hardware Strategy?
If you’ve been following the MFP space at all over the past few weeks, you couldn’t but be aware that Lexmark has announced a massive shake-up that will see 1,700 jobs going worldwide as it exits the inkjet space to focus on what it considers more profitable technologies.
The announcement was greeted with some shock from a number of places, particularly Perceptive, which was acquired by the printing giant in May 2010 for US$ 280 million as Lexmark published its ambitions in the enterprise CMS and document management space.
The question on everyone’s lips following Lexmark’s recent announcement was if Lexmark is shedding jobs and products to save money -- dumping the inkjet business aims to save US$ 95 million -- would it also dump Perceptive to make some savings as well?
It seems not. In a recent statement from Lexmark, its ambitions in the enterprise CMS space remain firm and it is going to continue on the path it outlined for Perceptive all those months ago.
A Perceptive spokesman said the restructuring in no way would affect the company and told journalists they should go to Lexmark for more.
Guess what Lexmark said? Seems that Lexmark also intends to shift away from hardware and are moving towards becoming a solutions-based company.
Remember where we heard that before. Bet you ole’ Leo Apotherkar, formally of HP, nearly choked on his cereal when he heard that!! Or maybe he just nodded wisely and said "told you so."
Though HP eventually did an about face from Apothekar's move away from hardware, it does still beggar the question whether sticking with hardware is a good, long-term business strategy? More on this as it happens.
Document Foundation Joins OASIS
Finally this week, just a quick word from the Document Foundation. According to a recent statement from the Berlin-based organization which built LibreOffice, it has joined the Organization for the Advancement of Standards in Information Society (OASIS).
OASIS is a not-for-profit consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of open standards for the global information society. It produces more Web services standards than any other organization along with standards for security, e-business and standardization efforts in the public sector and for application-specific markets.
The DF as member of the organizations said it will focus on the ODF Technical Committees, to represent is members as they continue the development of their office suite based on the Open Office format.
Why did it do that? Well according to Charles H. Schulz, one of the directors of the Document Foundation, the decision will strengthen the whole ecosystem.
The Document Foundation decision to join the OASIS Consortium strengthens the whole ODF ecosystem with the addition of the largest independent free software community focused on personal productivity and office suites, capable of reaching over 95% of the world's population with the most accessible ODF implementation."
In the meantime, the Document Foundation is organizing the second LibreOffice Conference in Berlin in mid-October. If you’re interested check it out here.