Documentum Announces Support for Emerging Portal Standards
New Products to Support JSR 168 and Web Services for Remote Portlets Standards
PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 13, 2003 -- Documentum (Nasdaq: DCTM), the leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM), today announced support for two new portal computing standards Java Specification Request 168 (JSR 168) and the Web Services for Remote Portlets (WSRP). In supporting the new standards, Documentum reaffirms its commitment to providing its global customers freedom of choice across their portal environment and software infrastructure. Documentum customers will be able to take advantage of rich content services provided by the Documentum ECM platform from any portal framework, including those from leading portal vendors such as BEA, Computer Associates, Oracle, IBM, PeopleSoft, Plumtree, SAP, SUN and TIBCO.
The company also announced new portlets and development tools that will support these standards. The new products, Documentum Portlets and Documentum Web Publisher Dashboard, will help companies use portals as the end-user environment for their content processes, making it easy to create, manage, deliver and archive content to multiple audiences across different server platforms. By supporting the JSR 168 standard and providing an open component- based architecture, Documentum will enable developers, customers and Documentum partners to easily expose custom Documentum functionality through any portal framework. The products will be released during the next six months, with the JSR 168 Documentum Portlets and Documentum Web Publisher Dashboard available in the fourth quarter of this year; the WSRP-compliant products available next year.
"Documentum's open architecture and standards-based ECM platform has enhanced our effectiveness and operational efficiency because we've been able to easily integrate new products and technologies whenever we needed them," said John Mallon, applications development manager for Towers Perrin, a global human resources consulting and administration firm. "Documentum's support for the new portal standards will enable us to give our employees access to more content and additional applications through a single portal view. We expect a significant increase in overall productivity."
Before the emergence of portal standards, companies looking to give users unified access to both content and applications through a portal faced many integration and customization challenges, and organizations that had deployed portals from different vendors confronted even greater challenges. Many market-leading software companies, including Documentum and its partners, have embraced the open portal standards, which will enable companies to easily expose content applications together with other best-of-breed applications such as enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management and supply chain management applications, through enterprise portal frameworks.
"With so many companies using portals as their default user interface, standards and an open, component-based architecture are critical because they give customers freedom to optimize existing technology investments without forcing them to lock into proprietary technology that could soon be obsolete," said Dave DeWalt, president and chief executive officer for Documentum. "Documentum has always been a leading advocate of industry standards and by embracing the standards around portals, Documentum is able to provide centralized access and management of content in a unified repository, while enabling companies to take advantage of content services for any enterprise applications."
"Content management buyers should focus on platform consistency, collaboration, and portal integration as new areas of differentiation," says Nick Wilkoff, senior analyst, Forrester Research. "Companies deploying enterprise portals are dependent on content management to deliver users content that is relevant, accurate, and easy to find. These firms should select content management products that can publish content to portals and expose core functionality like content check-in/out, task lists, and search. Check for involvement in emerging portal standards like JSR-168 as proof of a vendor's long-term portal strategy."
The Documentum products will provide an infrastructure for customers to add content management functionality into other systems via portlets. The Documentum Portlets include eight JSR 168-compliant portlets that enable companies to give portal users quick and easy access to common content management capabilities provided by Documentum. The Documentum Web Publisher Dashboard provides portal users with the ability to publish and update web content directly from the portal user interface. Both the Documentum Portlets and Documentum Web Publisher Dashboards are deployed as out-of-the-box products. The Documentum WSRP-compliant products enable interactive, presentation-oriented web services to be easily plugged into standards- compliant portals, making the Internet a marketplace of consumable, visual Web Services. The products also enable interoperability between Java components and Microsoft .NET-based portal components, such as Web Parts, Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server.
JSR 168, developed by the Java Community Process and formally approved, was created to establish a standard portlet application programming interface (API) to ensure interoperability among portals, portlets, applications and other content sources. In addition to Documentum, other vendors that support JSR 168 include BEA, IBM, Oracle, Plumtree, SAP, Sun and Sybase.
WSRP, created by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), is a Web Services standard that allows the integration of remote content and applications into portals. Recently ratified, WSRP is backed by Documentum, along with many other market leaders including BEA Systems, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Plumtree, Sun and others.
Documentum provides enterprise content management (ECM) solutions that enable organizations to unite teams, content and associated business processes. Documentum's integrated set of content, compliance and collaboration solutions support the way people work, from initial discussion and planning through design, production, marketing, sales, service and corporate administration. With a single platform, Documentum enables people to collaboratively create, manage, deliver and archive the content that drives business operations, from documents and discussions to email, Web pages, records and rich media. The Documentum platform makes it possible for companies to distribute all of this content in multiple languages, across internal and external systems, applications and user communities. As a result, Documentum's customers, which include thousands of the world's most successful organizations, harness corporate knowledge, accelerate time to market, increase customer satisfaction, enhance supply chain efficiencies and reduce operating costs, improving their overall competitive advantage.
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