AIIM - FileNet brews Java support for CM at AIIM show

At the AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) 2002 Conference in San Francisco last week, vendors targeted the heart of enterprise CM (content management) needs, bolstering security and integration in platforms designed to control the flow of corporate data.

Attempting to boost the security and flexibility of its platform, FileNet Corp.at the show announced support for LDAP and J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) in its Panagon CM system.

LDAP support will allow customers to use standards-based directories with CM to authenticate network users and centrally manage user security and log-ons, according to FileNet officials in Costa Mesa, California.

The addition of J2EE support will let customers use the Java development environment to drive large volumes of enterprise content into Web-based applications.

To improve scalability, FileNet also introduced support for Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server running on Unisys Enterprise Server ES7000.

Meanwhile, eyeing the synergies between collaboration and CM, iManage unveiled its WorkSite MP, a Java-based application suite that is designed to bring a variety of business content types together in a secure repository.

The WorkSite MP platform aims to capture, manage, and store the business content that is shared across organizations on a daily basis, which includes spread sheets, e-mail, presentations, and documents, according to Nandip Kothari, director of product marketing.iManage's "collaborative content management" approach unites document management, collaboration, portals, knowledge management, and workflow.

"You have to bring all those elements together to enable a business process," Kothari said.

The product also includes a robust administration and security policy feature that regulates access to the system based on roles, which is critical requirement for enterprise collaborative environments, he said.

"In extranet collaboration, if you can't create a very secure environment, people won't participate and it won't be successful. People will just go back to using e-mail," Kothari said.

Priced starting at US$70,000 for 100 users, WorkSite MP runs on Windows, Solaris, and Linux.

Also on hand at the show, ClearForest rolled out a platform for automatically tagging unstructured content. The ClearTags system lets content-intensive enterprises identify and tag content buried in large repositories, which facilitates data reuse and integration with other applications, according to officials at the New York-based company.

ClearTags 4.0 includes semantic and statistical tagging capabilities and extends the product's tagging output. In addition, Version 4.0 features a new user control panel that supports the definition of different tagging schemes and allows the monitoring of the tagging process.

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