OpenText (news, site) has finally released v5.3 of its eDOCS DM, which the company is describing as a significant upgrade to the eDOCS portfolio and, more importantly, lays the groundwork for the next major release of eDOCS, which has been earmarked for 2012.
Earlier this year, OpenText announced that it would be releasing v5.3 sometime in the fall, so many details had already been announced. Now that v5.3 has been released however, some of the other features have become clear. They include:
- Support for remote deployment tools that significantly reduce the work required to deploy eDOCS to user communities
- Rapid system deployments without visiting workstations.
- Simplified maintenance with Web and Microsoft Windows utilities that support centralized and delegated system management.
eDOCs controls document-based knowledge assets by enabling users to capture, organize, locate and share business content in a secure, integrated and intuitive environment. Content can be taken from e-mail, graphics, forms, scanned paper and electronic-based records, and is then consolidated in a unified enterprise repository for easy access and retrieval.
Users can also use OpenText’s records management as a result of native integration, search and access from within the native eDOCS user interface.
The new version of eDOCS features tight integration with OpenText ECM Suite 2010 for customers requiring scalability across large enterprise deployments, support for Office 2010 and the Windows 7 operating system for 32- and 64-bit platforms.
eDOCS and Social Media
Still not released, but now promised for early 2011, eDOCS users will be able to take advantage of OpenText social media applications.
While there were many new features that will be of interest to law firms -- particularly the behind-the-firewall abilities to create user profiles, follow colleagues and collaborate on projects -- other features include:
- OpenText Social Communities: Includes functionality like photo and video galleries, slideshows, comments, ratings, forums, idea management, profiling and microblogging.
- Collaboration: Enterprise employees can interact and collaborate either in a stand-alone deployment or as an integration with the OpenText ECM Suite.
- OpenText Content Server Pulse: Updates of their content server for content streaming via status updates and collaboration.
Users will be able to access new functions from the iPad using OT’s WirelessDMS for eDOCS, which already supports the Blackberry. OpenText said they had to extend this functionality because of the large demand from users for access to content remotely.