This is another article taking note of IBM's recent Express offering for Enterprise Content Management. Those cost conscious among you will note that the pricing is very much geared toward the "M" of the SMB space. With that in mind, this is a compelling offer for the right client. Content Manager is a robust product with many years of deployments to its credit. Neither is IBM fooling around when they say they've taken aim at the SMB space.
Think of it as a starter kit for those who want to grow into enterprise content management. Bundling core elements of its DB2 Content Manager software products, Somers, NY-based IBM (www.ibm.com) has released DB2 Content Manager Express v8.2, described as a departmental solution for medium-sized businesses. Priced at $9,375 per server and $1,063 per concurrent user, the package runs on single-server Windows platforms with up to two processors.
DB2 Content Manager Express combines support for document management, document imaging and document routing in a single package, and it adds open-standard 'infrastructure" basics including DB2 Universal Database Express, WebSphere Application Server Express and DB2 Net Search Extender for full-text indexing and search. An Express installation program is said to set up most of these components simply and automatically, yet developers gain the same base functionality and application programming interface set used in IBM's Enterprise Content Manager V8.2. Read