EMC opens Documentum to vendors

EMC opens Documentum to vendors

EMC has released an OEM version of its Documentum content management system. It will enable independent software vendors to embed the system in their applications, allowing users easier operation to integrate the applications with each other and with their Documentum repositories.

EMC director of content management marketing, Lubor Ptacek, says applications such as contract management packages, accounts payable, correspondence management and clinical trials could be built on top of Documentum.

Tony Bland, information systems strategy manager at Linklaters, a London-based global law firm, says he was interested in the offering in principle and thought it was a positive step for EMC. He added that he wanted to see what additional development tools, APIs and services EMC would make available, because thus far it had seemed to be primarily a Java development model with Documentum foundation classes, he says. More tools would give developers additional options.

The OEM version will have the same features and functionality but will be delivered and packaged differently, Ptacek says. For example, it will be packaged with a preconfigured installer and may not need as many configuration options.

The offering, which will be available by the end of the fourth quarter, will be part of EMC’s Velocity2 Technology and ISV program, which has about 40,000 members, Ptacek says. Application certification will also be offered.

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