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IBM Announces New Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Solutions

IBM announced new Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions that are designed to help organizations achieve greater business agility and workplace effectiveness. Using a services-oriented environment, clients can now deploy solution applications within days instead of months. IBM Agile ECM Software Portfolio, Key enhancements include: IBM FileNet P8 4.5 is a unified ECM platform that combines content with Business Process Management (BPM) and compliance capabilities. Highlights include: IBM FileNet Business Process Manager 4.5 is an offering for managing content-centric business processes. It supports business process modeling and simulation, promotes business user and IT collaboration, and provides tools for agile ECM application development, utilizing Smart SOA and Web 2.0 technologies such as mashups. IBM FileNet Content Manager 4.5 is designed to provide clients with a scalable, single content catalog that embeds IBM’s content- centric BPM and compliance capabilities into an ECM platform operating on content in multiple repositories. The FileNet Content Manager enables integration with Lotus Quickr, Microsoft Office 2007, and Microsoft SharePoint. It also manages all types of digitized content across multiple platforms, databases and applications. The new offering provides active content capabilities which allow content in CM8 to participate in IBM FileNet BPM 4.5 processes. IBM Content Manager on Demand (CMOD) 8.4.1 provides enterprise report management. The latest CMOD offering includes integration to IBM FileNet P8 for federated Records Management and BPM applications. In addition, the new IBM ECM products use the same technology as IBM’s recently released compliance and discovery offerings. IBM’s records management offerings are a prescriptive set of deployment and management practices, tools and best practices to eliminate deployment complexity, mitigate risks associated with lack of best practices and industry skill and knowledge shortages. IBM’s eDiscovery products help clients take the cost out of electronic discovery management. IBM FileNet P8 integration with IBM Content Analyzer enables organizations to increase the return on their enterprise content investment by analyzing unstructured content together with structured data to gain valuable information. http://www.ibm.com

Day Software Expands Technology Relationship with IBM

Day Software (SWX:DAYN)(OTCQX:DYIHY) has expanded its technology relationship with IBM by joining the IBM ECM ValueNet Partner Program. Day’s Communiqué Web Content Management (CQ WCM) and Communiqué Digital Asset Management (CQ DAM) applications have been integrated with IBM FileNet P8 providing a single comprehensive solution for managing digital content. Day and IBM will work together throughout the implementation process, through training, delivery, feedback and documentation, to provide the most relevant ECM solution for joint customers. http://www.day.com

The ECM/BPM Intersection: Infrastructure versus Solutions

The summer of ’06 gave credence to the notion that multiple ECM and BPM suite vendors are preparing for the business buyer at the ECM/BPM intersection. Examples include:

June’s announcements included EMC/Documentum’s acquisition of ProActivity, Metastorm’s integration with Documentum, Hummingbird, Interwoven and Meridio — quickly followed by a major upgrade of its BPMS suite, which includes a strong focus on strengthening its Sharepoint integration. Not to be outdone, Ultimus announced its iBAM Suite, targeting non-technical business users who need visibility into BPM-enabled business processes. The tagline? “Go from Zero to BAM in less than 10 minutes.”

July’s announcements included one from the open source community, a hot arena across all content technology categories. Describing its offering as the first Zero-Code BPMS, Intalio describes its BPMS 4.2 product as ideal for “complex business processes that include Web Services orchestration and web-based human workflow.”

August’s IBM-FileNet merger got lots of press and continues to focus on “synergistic BPM technologies.” Although this news seemed to overshadow the Oracle-IDS Scheer partnership, this announcement also deserves attention for those following the chase between Oracle, IBM and Tibco Software (who seems to have finally made significant progress in 2006 on maximizing its 2004 Staffware acquisition.

These “catch up” summer activities are strong signals to competing vendors already traveling the path toward meeting the requirements of complex business processes that must combine data-centric BPM integrations (including SOA) with content-centric, human-driven interactions. Players with earlier investments or partnerships supporting this roadmap include BEA’s Fuego acquisition in March, the Vignette-Lombardi alliance in April, Interwoven’s strategy to bolster visibility for its Fujitsu partnership, and Global 360’s steady progress toward “bridging the islands of process automation across BPM, transaction management, ERP and content management systems” by integrating its G360 EX and G360 BOS products.

Now comes the fall and expectations for 2007 products that are not simply infrastructure-ready, but rather solution-specific ready. It is our belief that applying integrated ECM/BPM solutions to real-world issues requires the ability to handle hybrid, complex, and high-volume processes in a manner that enables rapid deployment through ease of use and pre-packaging of vertical or horizontally-specific capabilities including workflow, modeling objects, business rules, and end-user dashboards for monitoring and analytics. This will be critical to vertical uptake in industries such as Banking, Insurance and Telecommunications as well as horizontal arenas such as compliance, claims processing, accounts payable, and human resources.

Some vendors can already point to these capabilities, which ultimately cross the unstructured content and structured data worlds; Others are well on their way to demonstrating them. The fall of 2006 should be an interesting quarter.

IBM to Acquire FileNet

More when I’m not on vacation, but obviously this is big news.

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