For cloud computing to be successful was going to require an increasing number of partnerships between vendors to get the best technology from all worlds. The announcement of a new partnership between Box (news, site) and EMC's Documentum is the kind of thing we’re talking about.
While details on where exactly this partnership will go, apart from a cloud connector between Box and Documentum, it’s probably because neither company knows themselves, as the possibilities here seem almost limitless.
Box, Documentum Connect
The announcement was made at EMC WORLD 2011, currently underway in Las Vegas, which also promised deeper integrations between the two “to offer customers a truly seamless content management and collaboration experience."
Again, what those deeper integrations might amount to has not been specified, but they certainly sound like something to watch for. For the moment though, the way the integration -- or "connection" is probably a better word even if "integration" was used -- means that users will able to gain access to their Documentum deployments through Box.
As a first step in the technology partnership, users will be able use Box’s interface to connect to their on-premise Documentum deployment from anywhere, including mobile devices.
At the Documentum end, users will be able to connect their on-premise deployments to Box and sync, archive and transfer content between the two systems.
Documentum and Box
The result is an easy-to-use tool for gaining access to information, with the security and capabilities of Documentum, which, you’ll recall, includes capture, managing, processing and preserving content, while at the same time preserving folder structure, permissions and version histories.
The result is a combined platform that can be reached from any device, including Box’s native iPhone, iPad and Android Apps, and that will enable users to invite third parties to shared workspace to collaborate on content.
As to where this partnership might go is anyone’s guess, but the promise of “a truly seamless content management and collaboration experience” raises all kinds of questions and possibilities. Check out the video to see what the current connection does.