Microsoft is generating a lot of conversation these days — even among people who love to hate the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant. 

A lot of it centers on its productivity apps, since Microsoft is arguably the market leader in this space.

Building on the traction Office 365 is gaining in the enterprise, Microsoft is also releasing apps and upgrades that respond to enterprise digital needs at a staggering rate. Yesterday, for example, we had the first look at the new SharePoint mobile app. 

Microsoft Office 365 Planner is also getting a lot of attention. It's been in the works since last fall, but has recently been pushed into general release. While not a document management application in itself, it is an application that pulls all relevant Microsoft documents and data into projects.

Planner will, in theory at least, boost Office 365’s collaboration capabilities by letting work groups create shared plans, assign and collaborate on tasks and documents, set deadlines and more — and do so across all Office 365 apps.

It is being compared with Trello, the web-based project management application originally developed by Fog Creek Software in 2011 and which spun out on its own  in 2014. Trello is punching way beyond its weight given its short history, with 10 million users as of last October, according to its own estimates.

However, Planner is different, if not by virtue of its purpose, then by virtue of its location. Unlike Trello, which is scatter-blasting the collaboration space with a rich API and email-in capabilities that enables integration with enterprise systems and cloud-based services like IFTTT and Zapier, Planner is lassoing Microsoft’s apps together, tightening its hold on enterprise productivity.

Cabinet’s Salesforce App

Salesforce has also been being working up a storm, particularly around the Demandware acquisition that gives it an e-commerce platform (albeit one without a content management system).

To get content into e-commerce sites is a difficult matter. But Salesforce has multiple content and document management integrations that should help some Demandware users.

This week, it announced an integration with Cabinet Document Management system. The Cabinet Salesforce app offers real-time sync between users’ Cabinet SAFE CLOUD document repositories and Account and Contact records within Salesforce.

That means critical client and prospect documents — contracts, amendments, letters of agreement and key correspondence — are available to salespeople and account managers in the system where they spend most of their time. Because documents are located within the SAFE database rather than duplicated between multiple systems, Cabinet’s security, workflow, retention and role-based permission capabilities remain in place.

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Documents can be checked out or checked in from directly within Salesforce, and document and folder metadata can be modified from the CRM system. That helps prevent them from getting misplaced or pushed outside the firewall, the company said.

Capturing Docs for IntelliChief

With the digitization of documents now a core part of digital transformation, many vendors are upping their game to provide enterprise with a document capture application.

Over the past week, IntelliChief announced the release of Capture Enterprise, a document capture app for its enterprise content management (ECM) system.

The program automates the input of data from paper and electronic documents, while extracting and classifying specific information identified for company-specific business process configuration.

According to IntelliChief, the new app provides automated transition from manual document management and workflow functions. It also enables enterprise feed digitized documents into enterprise workflows automatically.

SeamlessDoc Targets the Government

There’s money in e-signatures. This week SeamlessDoc raised $7 million is Series B funding. The round was led by Motorola Solutions with participation from the Washington, D.C.-based 1776 fund, the San Francisco-based Govtech Fund and the New York State Innovation Fund.

Founded in 2011, SeamlessDoc, specializes in digitizing government documents. It has raised $14.7 million already and is quickly growing its largely public sector-based client list.

The latest funding will be used to grow business and hire more engineers, customer service representatives and sales staff.

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