ibm adds social software to it's ecm Content is a big deal these days, in case you haven't noticed. However, its exponential growth over the years has left some businesses struggling. IBM has stepped up its game by unveiling their integrated approach to helping organizations manage enterprise content with software that helps control and manage all types of content created and shared by workgroups across an organization. It's called a Business Content Services strategy, and it's designed to help businesses of all sizes cope with the rapid growth of content, including business documents that have been created both individually or collaboratively across diverse and even global workgroups.

Introducing IBM's Business Content Services Strategy

The Business Content Services strategy is part of IBM's ECM software portfolio and combines their top of the line ECM capabilities with a number of collaboration and social software options. Organizations will gain the advantage of a complete solution from IBM that includes the social software and collaboration capabilities of Lotus Quickr as well as their ECM offerings that manage business content created in numerous applications like Lotus Notes, Office, or MOSS, in a secure and scalable ECM platform. This should result in IT workers being able to continue to use familiar desktop apps and document collaboration tools, as well as savings and added efficiency for organizations. "Our Business Content Services approach is focused on bridging the gap between the simple management of business documents and a comprehensive ECM infrastructure," said Lee Roberts, general manager at IBM Enterprise Content Management. Seeing as how IBM was listed by The Forrester Wave as the leader in ECM (thanks to their acclaimed FileNet P8 ECM Suite) in Q4, 2007, companies have many a reason to stick with IBM for their enterprise content management needs. By connecting MOSS and Lotus Quickr document collaboration to IBM ECM solutions, customers will be able to: * Extend the ECM infrastructure to include business documents created individually and collaboratively across diverse and decentralized workgroups * Enable search and access to documents in these systems across the organization * Tap into hundreds of industry specific solutions built on IBM ECM and integrated with business processes

IBM FileNet Connectors For MOSS

IBM also introduced IBM FileNet Connectors for Microsoft SharePoint version 2.2, which let content seamlessly flow between IBM ECM repositories and Microsoft SharePoint servers. Content can also be automatically moved or copied from MOSS to IBM ECM repositories and business processes can be operated from SharePoint through IBM Web Parts. FileNet was first acquired by IBM in August 2006. The IBM FileNet Connectors for Microsoft SharePoint version 2.2 will become generally available June 6.

Design and Consulting Services

So what is an IT guy or gal to do in the face of all these new-fangled offerings? IBM's got you guys covered on the learning front as well. They're offering design and consulting services to help the bewildered customer develop a plan to deploy and leverage these new offerings with existing collaboration technologies and applications, as well as to educate customers on how to effectively advance ECM technologies throughout their organizations. They're led by experienced and knowledgeable ECM architects, and should help customers expedite ECM implementation across the enterprise. Visit IBM for more info on IBM's Business Content Services.