IBM updates Content Manager suite

IBM is updating its IBM Content Manager software package, adding new products to the suite and improving several features, the company plans to announce Wednesday.

The updated IBM Content Manager offers faster search and load capabilities and adds an automatic report-distribution feature for disseminating documents such as financial statements, invoices and shipping records, IBM said. New add-on applications for accessing Microsoft Exchange and FileNet documents also are being released.

IBM Content Manager is designed for organizing a wide range of corporate information and documents. Although it includes some features for publishing information, it is intended primarily as a back-end infrastructure that can work in conjunction with front-end Web content management and publishing tools such as IBM's WebSphere Application Server or its just-released Lotus Web Content Management Solution, said IBM Vice President of Data Management Jim Kelly.

The IBM Content Manager can be customized for enterprises of all sizes, IBM said; customers include the Royal Dutch Library, card maker American Greetings Corp., Cable News Network (a unit of AOL Time Warner Inc.) and Indiana University.

Pricing for the software starts at US$15,000 per server and $1,200 per concurrent user. IBM Content Manager is available for a variety of operating systems, including IBM's OS/400, z/OS and AIX; Hewlett-Packard Co.'s HP-UX; Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris; and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and Windows 2000.

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