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Enterprise Content Management Reaches Next Level. (Internet Publishing Special Section)

Magazine article Information Today

Enterprise Content Management Reaches Next Level. (Internet Publishing Special Section)

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Within just a few weeks of each other, several key enterprise content management solution providers made significant product announcements. Using phrases that sound strikingly similar, like "single offering," "end-to-end solution," and "integrated solution for managing the content life cycle," each claims to provide the next-level, comprehensive solution for enterprise content management.

For one, Documentum introduced Documentum 5, a new version of its flagship product. This version, called "The Next-Generation ECM Platform," has new collaborative products and other enhancements. The company also announced that it would acquire eRoom Technology, another provider of collaboration tools.

Open Text will introduce content management capabilities into its Livelink software, combining it into a single offering that's integrated with knowledge management and collaboration.

NextPage, Inc. announced the release of NextPage Triad, what it says is the first end-to-end content management and publishing solution. It adds a new content management component called NextPage Contenta to its two other applications.

Not to be outdone, divine, Inc., a company that has grown quickly after a string of acquisitions, announced that it has been working on its application integration over the last 18 months. It claims that its products now provide an unmatched ability to support the entire content life cycle.

Each company's solution offers a slightly different approach and emphasis, but the trend in these recent announcements is clear. Customers have asked for, and are starting to see, more streamlined, integrated packages that combine some or most of the following capabilities: collaboration, content creation, content aggregation, content management, automatic classification, delivery and publishing, content distribution, search, and reporting. …

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