Ektron DMS 400
Ektron's been running at a fast pace lately. Keeping the momentum, today they've announced their latest off the shelf product, the DMS 400 mid-level document management system. "Ektron blazed new trails with our Web CMS and will so the same with our DMS," says Bill Rogers, Ektron's CEO.Ektron's release of their first native .NET Web CMS, the CMS 400, marked a turning point and an escalation of the company's business. The DMS 400 is the latest wind-up and release, driven by the groundswell of success around CMS 400. In conversation with Bill Rogers, he made it clear that the decision to produce a DM product was based on pure customer demand. And that Ektron's offering of DMS is a logical continuation of the product line from XML editors, to Web CMS, to document and asset management. This is true and something we've seen industry wide, both with aspiring Enterprise CMS (ECM) vendors and with more conservative Web CMS players. Microsoft, one of Ektron's biggest competitors trots out SharePoint technologies in this space and folks like RedDot offer the XCMS, which offers a slightly different feature set and sports that ever so fashionable "Enterprise CMS", mark of 2004. The DMS 400 is emerging first as an add-on module for Ektron's CMS 300, then for the CMS 400, and eventually as a stand-alone product. The base architecture is modular and may be scaled across multiple machines and/or eventually deployed for different organizational or departmental purposes or even as a reusable repository for multiple CMS deployments. Like the CMS 400, the DMS 400 is 100% native .NET managed code. Users of Ektron's CMS products will find the DMS user interface immediately intuitive. Ektron have not diverged much from their CMS UI look and feel and in fact have reused much of what one finds in their standard CMS admin and authoring tools. This is a good thing. If existing customers are looking for DM or asset management bolt-ons, the addition of the DMS 400 module will be just about as simple as it gets. According to Rogers, the primary goals when building the DMS were ease of use, comprehensive auditing, robust reporting, and effective, performant search. Compliance is also on Ektron's watch list, as lately they've been doing a fair bit of business in the health care industry. Certain features of this first release are geared towards compliance legislation, but full support for things like HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are still down the road a ways. Features of this release include:
  • Collaboration tools for knowledge workers and managers to share information, work together on document and content-related projects, publish information to the Web, and foster an environment for improved productivity.
  • Automation tools that provide a process-driven framework linking all workers and streamlining manual tasks; automating the steps for projects from start to finish
  • Reporting tools to place real-time information about people, process and information at the desktop of administrators and managers. Allows organizations to make the best use of resources by identifying and correcting inefficiencies.
  • Search functionality lets individuals quickly locate and access documents and assets based on indexed criteria and full text regardless of whether the information is on the public or Intranet site or in DMS400
  • Industry-specific business process automation allows any organization to eliminate previously manual, paper-based business processes and tasks by automating them on the Web
  • Globalization tools support organizations' growing need to reach new markets and communicate with multilingual audiences with speed, efficiency and accuracy
Ektron DMS400 is currently available as an add-on to the Ektron CMS product line. Pricing begins at USD 11,400 for a 10-seat CMS-DMS bundle and USD 46,000 for an enterprise bundle (unlimited users). DMS400 will be available as a stand-alone product in May.