IBM announces a new Enterprise Content Management (ECM) portfolio touting over 160 vertical content applications, features for regulatory compliance, and broad enterprise information repository integration.
Featured heavily in this release are integration features built around IBM's new XML document technologies, derived from the ongoing Project Cinnamon research.IBM's new offering harnesses the improved performance and integration of Project Cinnamon, part of the company's efforts to improve the speed and efficiency with which XML documents are processed.
The technology also delivers automated indexing and searching capabilities, providing better control over structured and unstructured data repositories and making it easier for end users to store and manage content.
"With this announcement, we're further enabling customers to leverage all types of data with simplified and unified management of both structured and unstructured content," said Brett MacIntyre, vice president, IBM content management
IBM's announced Enterprise Content Management offering includes: IBM DB2 Content Manager 8.3 Content Manager 8.3 adds significant enhancements to its content management platform, workflow capabilities help clients automate processes by providing graphical tools to end users. High-performance document routing integrates with workflow capabilities to help streamline business processes. Complete automation of the capture and management of XML documents is also enabled in a common content repository.
To help streamline compliance efforts, IBM is the first company to automate records control of content through integration with DB2 Records Manager. This integration helps ensure automatic, consistent and accurate records declaration and classification across all forms of business content. Other enhancements include expanded integration with Web Services including support for Microsoft .NET environments and new rich media streaming technology. IBM DB2 Document Manager 8.3 Document Manager's new records management integration provides simplified, automated document life cycle management. Additional enhancements include expanded language support, improved usability and productivity features including keyboard accessibility and search enhancements, as well as new security measures through single sign-on capabilities between Content Manager and Document Manager. Together with IBM DB2 Records Manager 4.1.1, the software supports government and corporate industry standards. Document Manager 8.3 is also integrated with standard office and CAD applications, enabling end users to save documents as corporate records. IBM DB2 CommonStore 8.3 DB2 CommonStore is a solution for archiving and retention management of e-mails, attachments and messaging system content. Records management integration allows end users to save e-mail messages and attachments as records, either manually or automatically. IBM DB2 CommonStore 8.3 also manages, retains and disposes of messaging system content to help comply with regulatory, legal and corporate policy requirements.
Improved full text indexing, full text searching and retrieval capabilities provide access to all content, message body and attachments from either native client interfaces or archive repository interfaces. Single instance archiving ensures that only one copy of a document is kept in the archive, regardless of how many times the same document was archived by different users. Extended storage platform support helps leverage the most appropriate storage device depending on the life cycle value of the content.
Planned availability for DB2 Content Manager 8.3, DB2 Document Manager 8.3 and DB2 CommonStore 8.3 is March 25, 2005. IBM DB2 Content Management is available through IBM and through IBM Business Partners.