AIIM - Show spotlights content management

The latest developments in enterprise content management will soak up the limelight at the AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) 2002 Conference in San Francisco this week, as vendors such as Documentum, Ipedo, Ektron, and Wright Technologies (Canada) roll out systems for digital asset management and XML control.

Documentum at the show is introducing two new digital asset management products based on technology it acquired from the Bulldog Group in December. The Documentum Media Services product is integrated with the company's 4i Enterprise Content Management platform, letting enterprises manage multimedia, Web content, images, and documents from a single platform.

Media Services allows users to edit media assets such as video, audio, and images, and combine those assets with other types of content, according to Naomi Miller, senior director of product marketing at Documentum, in Pleasanton, Calif.

"We've seen a tremendous uptick of customer requirements to manage rich media, but customers are reluctant to buy a specialized system to do that," she said. "In the past, [media assets] have been locked away from the rest of content in the organization. We wanted to bring the management of rich media and multimedia files into our management system for document and Web content management."

Other features include automatic extraction of media attributes such as format, compression, or color; advanced search capabilities; format conversion capabilities; and streaming media support.

The other product, Documentum Digital Asset Management Edition, is a souped-up media platform designed for entertainment or media organizations that distribute broadcast-quality digital assets. It includes specialized features such as tracking of time-based media and a Tape Library Manager for digitizing videotapes.

Also on hand at the show, Wright Technologies will show its EyeSpring Visual Collaboration Network, which offers a secure collaboration environment for using dispersed media assets.

Designed as an add-on to existing content management systems, EyeSpring lets users share, edit, and publish visual content within the enterprise or to the Internet and external workgroups, according to company officials in Toronto.

Meanwhile, XML content management will receive some attention at AIIM, as Ipedo unveils its XML Database 3.0. The Ipedo XML Database is designed to ease the integration and management of dynamic XML content over the Internet.

Version 3.0 adds a W3C-compliant XML query implementation, XML document versioning, improved SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) support, and performance enhancements.

"A lot of enterprises want to get their arms around dynamic content, a lot of which is moving into XML. They want to mange it and use it across multiple systems, and this is where we are focusing our efforts," said Tim Matthews, president of Ipedo, in Redwood City, Calif.

Also at the show, Ektron plans to roll out an XML editor aimed at empowering business users to apply XML to Web content. The company's eWebEditPro+XML lets users add and manage XML tags in a semi-structured content view across multiple media and device types, according to Ektron officials in Amherst, N.H. The offering is designed to fill a gap between high-end XML editors and products geared for document publishing.

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