By Kevin Komiega
—EMC and Microsoft have strengthened their partnership in the world of content management with the announcement of a new alliance. The hi-tech power couple is set to introduce new content and archiving products that enable tighter integration between the EMC Documentum ECM platform and Microsoft applications, specifically Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration portal.
EMC says it will debut new software that integrates its Documentum platform with multiple Microsoft solutions and platform technologies, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, SQL Server 2005, and enterprise search solutions. Microsoft provides content management capabilities in SharePoint Server 2007 today, but the new alliance will allow SharePoint users to transparently tie in with the enterprise ECM capabilities of the Documentum platform. Users will be able to access the Documentum platform natively from within the SharePoint Server 2007 and the Microsoft Office system user interface.
The goal is to give Microsoft users access to Documentum's tools for records management, business process management, imaging, and rich media from Microsoft applications.
The resulting EMC products will allow manual or automatic archival of content from SharePoint repositories to a Documentum repository while keeping content accessible and searchable from within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. By archiving content from SharePoint into Documentum for long-term retention and management, EMC claims organizations can better meet compliance, content utilization, and storage optimization policies and procedures using the Microsoft applications they are already familiar with.
EMC has also extended the Documentum platform to support Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
"The joint integration between EMC and Microsoft will allow Microsoft's SharePoint and EMC's Documentum platforms to co-exist," says John McCormick, vice president of product management for EMC's content management software group. "We've leveraged Microsoft's platforms and tools for years, but we have never had product integration at the SharePoint level."
SharePoint Portal Server is Microsoft's document collaboration application that aggregates, organizes, and searches documents and information. SharePoint provides a single point of access to multiple systems such as Microsoft Office System programs, business intelligence and project management systems, and other business applications. The SharePoint portal features search technology that lets users search file shares, Web servers, Microsoft Exchange Server public folders, Lotus Notes, and Windows SharePoint Services sites. In addition, users can organize documents and information by topic and browse for relevant content. Alerts notify users when new information is added or existing information is changed.
EMC Documentum support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is scheduled to be available this fall, while Documentum Content Services for SharePoint Server 2007 and EMC Documentum Archive Services for SharePoint Server 2007 are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2007.