EMC upgrades Documentum

EMC has announced a major revision to Documentum. The company claims the new offering, dubbed its next-generation enterprise content management platform, brings together collaboration, federated search, and retention management capabilities into one system.

This release, officially called Documentum 5.3, includes a number of new features. One new offering is the EMC Documentum Client for Outlook, which lets Outlook users access all the features that are available in the traditional Documentum Web-based interface. With this client software, users can also save e-mail messages and attachments in a Documentum repository.

Another feature of this new release is a federated search capability, which lets researchers search content in Documentum and other repositories.

A major advantage of the new release is that all its features are part of a single system. This reflects the concerns of IT managers, who are increasingly asking vendors to reduce the administrative burden when using multiple products that each perform one or more tasks. "As enterprise content management applications are becoming more strategic, buying requirements are shifting from point solution products to comprehensive platforms," says Toby Bell, research director at the consultancy Gartner. "A unified stack that can federate formerly isolated content repositories offers benefits to business buyers."

With its new platform, EMC says all content management applications share the same architecture with a common code base, security model, repository, object model, and application programming interface (API). EMC claims the advantage of this approach is lower deployment and administration costs and better accountability due to unified audit trails.

Documentum 5.3 also includes new business and process services that use the software's underlying architecture. For instance, EMC offers something called EMC Documentum Content Transformation Services -- a wizard-based tool that helps a researcher transform common document, image, and audio and video files from one format to another format that might be required for use in another application.

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