EMC Aims Content Management at the Midrange

EMC’s Documentum unit is moving its enterprise-class Records Manager technology down market, with a little help from EMC’s Legato unit.

Documentum took over control of Legato’s ApplicationXtender product earlier this year, and Documentum is adding its Records Manager technology and retooling the product for midrange enterprise content management (ECM).

The result is unstructured content management for the midrange that can be had for as little as $3,000, with the average deployment around $20,000-$25,000, says EMC senior director for product marketing Naomi Miller. That compares to $50,000-$100,000 for Documentum Records Manager.

“We can approach a whole new market,” says Miller. “This opens huge doors for us and our customers.”

With compliance needs being driven by laws and regulations such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley and the need for litigation discovery and support, more and more companies are finding it necessary to capture, manage and archive fixed content.

The new product is EMC Documentum ApplicationXtender 5.2, a content management suite for fixed content optimized for Windows/.NET environments.

ApplicationXtender 5.2 integrates Documentum Records Manager, a Department of Defense 5015.2-certified records management and administration product, and new Web-based workflow client and integration tools to the existing suite of document imaging, document management, computer output to laser disk (COLD) report management and workflow services.

Already in use by more than 5,000 organizations, ApplicationXtender lets customers deploy an “electronic file cabinet” for fixed content images, documents, reports and other business-related content. Documentum ApplicationXtender 5.2 with records management gives added assurance that content can be maintained for required periods and protected from unauthorized access or manipulation.

ApplicationXtender 5.2 is available immediately, with Documentum Records Manager listed as a separately priced module for new and existing ApplicationXtender customers.

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Paul Shread
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