It’s been busy this week. OpenText’s ECM Suite, working with SharePoint 2010, gets DoD 5015.02 records management certification, Kofax sells off its hardware business to concentrate on its capture software, Logical Objects releases v6.0 of its open source document management software and Golden Hill offers Google Docs back-up for Macs.

OTEX/SharePoint Get DoD 5015.02 Cert

OpenText (news, site) has just announced that components of the OpenText ECM Suite 2010, working together with SharePoint Server 2010, have been awarded DoD 5015.02-STD certification for records management.

The certification covers unstructured content including physical, electronic and email records. Many government agencies and private enterprises around the world look to DoD certification as a benchmark requirement for records management software deployments.

SharePoint 2010 satisfies these requirements when used in conjunction with partner solutions including Application Governance and Archiving for SharePoint 2010, a component of OpenText ECM Suite 2010.

The importance of this for Open Text can’t be underestimated. Since its release earlier this year, SharePoint 2010 has been spreading across the entire enterprise landscape and will probably reach even the small business sector later this year when Office365 is released, one of the components of which is SharePoint Online.

OpenText has certified against all versions of the DoD standard since its inception more than a decade ago and has successfully completed the testing process over 20 times on various platforms and versions. For Microsoft SharePoint 2010, OpenText's solution allows users to access, classify and manage records directly from a SharePoint 2010 or Microsoft Office user interface.

Kofax Sells Hardware Business

There’s quite a lot happening in Kofax (news, site)  at the moment. The big news this week is that it is selling off its hardware business in a deal that is expected to be worth US$ 23.2 million. Kofax says it is making the deal because it wants to focus principally on its document capture software.

At the moment, its hardware business delivers archiving and imaging products as well as providing reseller services to more than 40 countries across the EMEA.

Kofax believes the deal, which is expected to close in March, will release at least US$ 20 million of net after-tax cash proceeds.

The new hardware business will be sold to German company Hannover Finanz after which it will be set up as an independent business called Dicom International AG. Its CEO is expected to be Joachim Froning who is currently VP for hardware at Kofax, so it doesn’t look like the company will be going very far from Kofax.

In the meantime, over the last half of 2010, Kofax has also been restructuring its software business, costing US$ 2.5 million, but it hasn’t provided any details of what that restructure entails. More on this as it happens.

Kofax Upgrades Capture Software

The other piece of news from Kofax this week is that it has extended its enterprise capture platform with significant new capabilities that support new applications and use cases.

The first thing it has done -- extend its high volume capabilities with better handling of email and fax data as well as making it considerably more scalable. It has also enhanced automated ingestion of electronic documents -- emails and faxes -- to initiate and support enterprise document driven business processes and workflows.

Kofax’s Capture enabled financial process automation application for accounts payable (AP) and other functions, now provides business users with one click approval or rejection. In addition, Kofax Monitor, which provides real time system monitoring and performance metrics on the operational health of Kofax Capture and Kofax Transformation Modules, has been extended with these capabilities, maximizing system availability.

Logical Objects Upgrades Open Source DM software

In news surrounding open source document management, Logical Objects (news, site) has just announced the General Availability of LogicalDOC 6.0.

Using open source technologies like GWT, Spring and Hibernate, LogicalDOC says version 6.0 is a milestone in the evolution of LogicalDOC.

The principal enhancement of this release is the new Web interface now based on GWT (Google Web Toolkit), giving LogicalDOC a new look and feel, as well as improved performance and a cloud-oriented approach.

Available in two editions, as an Open Source Community Edition (CE) or Commercial Edition, there’s a lot of new additions to both. Check out the website for more information. You can find them on the official product site.

Google Docs Back-up for Mac

In another release this week,  Mac users who use the new CloudPull release from Golden Hill will now be able to back up Google Docs to their Mac.

CloudPull backs up documents, spreadsheets and presentations as Microsoft Office files, drawings as PNG image files and other files in their native formats.

While we all know the capabilities of Google Docs as a cloud service, storing the only copy of a document on a cloud-based service is risky. While there are lots of ways around this for PC users, this one is specifically for Mac OS X.

CloudPull is available for download and  can be purchased from the Golden Hill Software web site. Single-user licenses for CloudPull cost US$ 24.99. A 30-day trial period is also available.