Document Mgt Roll-up: Office 2013 Web Apps for SkyDrive, Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant

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There have been a few notable announcements this week in the document management space. Office Web Apps 2013 is now available in SkyDrive, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for ECM for 2012 has been released, and Nuxeo is holding its annual conference. In addition, Concept Searching has announced that its conceptClassifier for SharePoint is available for Office 365.

Office 2013 Web Apps

First up is the announcement that Office 2013 Web Apps have finally come out of preview and are now available for SkyDrive general users.

According to a post on the Office blog by Amanda Lefebvre, users who create or open any Office 2013 Web App file in SkyDrive will see the document in the new, full edition ofOffice Web Apps, whether they have created a Word, Excel, PowerPoint or OneNote document.

Lefebvre says that Microsoft has addressed a whole pile of problems that were found in the software's preview mode, based on the feedback of the750,000 users of the Office 2013 Web Apps preview version. The company has also tuned Web Apps to work with the final versions of IE10, Windows 8 and iOS 6.

The result is that users can access their documents using any browser and communicate and work virtually with anyone that they choose.

She adds that in this release, Microsoft has also concentrated on adding editing and formatting controls as well as consistent co-authoring and collaboration support across all web apps. There is also extended mobile device support.

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant ECM 2012

Another major release this week is in the shape of Gartner's Magic Quadrant for ECM. Although there have been a number of MQ releases recently, this one is core research for anyone working in the enterprise content management industry.

This year, the Leaders Quadrant is made up of EMC, Hyland, IBM, Microsoft, OpenText and Oracle, but there are bunch of other vendors that made it into the Niche players Quadrant, as well as Alfresco and Xerox who made it into the Visionaries Quadrant. Perceptive just missed the Leaders Quadrant and slipped into the Challengers Quadrant.

Vendors were rated on how well they sell and support their ECM products and services on a global basis, along with installed base, pricing, customer support and satisfaction, and product migrations from one major release to another.

Nuxeo World 2012

Also this week, we will finally get to have a look in detail at Nuxeo’s v5.6 release, which came out in September and introduced its content routing functionality.

Learning Opportunities

The release will be one of the key elements of the upcoming Nuxeo World, which starts Thursday, Oct. 26 and continues through Friday. It will offer hands-on workshops about extending -- and configuring -- the Nuxeo platform. 

CMSWire is a media sponsor of Nuxeo World again this year, and will be there to take a look at v5.6 and content routing.

Concept Searching’s Office 365 Release

Concept Searching which provides semantic metadata generation, autoclassification and taxonomy management has announced that, as of December 15, 2012, its conceptClassifier for SharePoint will be available for Microsoft Office 365.

The result, Concept says, is that Office 365 will become a viable option for large-scale organizations and government agencies that are looking to deploy SharePoint in the cloud, in hybrid environments or even on-premises.

It’s an interesting concept (excuse the wordplay!) because Microsoft has been arguing since its release that Office 365 is the ideal solution for everything from micro enterprises to large enterprises, without any help at all. Of course there is no way of verifying that, because Microsoft refuses to release numbers for enterprise uptake. All that anyone can go by is anecdotal evidence, which suggests the uptake numbers are not what Microsoft would have liked.

According to Concept, users of Office 365 have only had the ability tag and classify content to the term store manually -- and we all know where manual tagging goes (we will question them being the only ones who do this though -- MetaVis comes to mind here as an alternative, along with Quest Software).

With the new functionality, users will be able to tag content anywhere across the enterprise and classify that content to the term store. Based upon metadata, they can drive actions on content such as migration, identification of sensitive information or the identification of documents of record, and move the content automatically to the targeted environment.