EMC has announced it is to acquire document output management (DOM) leader Document Sciences Corp. The $85m deal is expected to be wrapped up sometime in the first quarter of 2008.
Document Science makes the xPression suite of solutions for document design, assembly, composition, output processing and delivery. The suite also boasts extensive plug-in integration with products like Dreamweaver, Word, InDesign and more (leading to "high-volume and real-time interactive document generation"), and is built to slot into the Enterprise CMS infrastructure.
The DocScience suite will be integrated into EMC's Content Management and Archiving division. Once that happens, the Documentum people reckon they will be the first vendor in the space to offer this range of Document Composition and DOM capabilities. Will this trigger a spate of acquisitions in the market as the other major players vie to catch up? Let's just sit back and enjoy the fireworks.
Mark Lewis of EMC:
“Core to delivering high-value transactional content management (TCM) solutions is a complete suite of technology, including high-volume, content-rich task processing, sophisticated capture, business process management, records management and archiving, as well as automated document output management. The proposed acquisition of Document Sciences would make EMC the first to offer all of these major capabilities in an all-in-one, integrated suite."
Started in 1991, Document Science is based in Carlsbad, CA, with offices across the USA, in Beijing, New Zealand, Latin America, Asia and Africa.