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EMC Launches Next-Generation Enterprise Content Management Platform

  • 22 March, 2005 11:22

<p>New EMC Documentum Release Extends EMC’s Content Management Leadership; Delivers Ultra-accessible, Highly Scalable Infrastructure for Unstructured Information</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia -- March 22, 2005 -- EMC Corporation, the world leader in information storage and management, today announced the next-generation EMC Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) platform. As an integral element of EMC’s strategy to help customers align their IT infrastructures with their business based upon the changing value of information, the platform showcases a completely unified architecture that advances the world of enterprise content management.</p>
<p>In addition, EMC introduced a wave of best-of-breed content management products (see separate release) that take full advantage of the underlying architecture and further solidify EMC’s position as the world’s leading provider of enterprise content management software and solutions.</p>
<p>The new Documentum platform is the world’s first major ECM offering based on a completely unified architecture, representing a significant innovation over today’s more loosely integrated platforms and raising the bar on customers’ expectations for an ECM platform. With this announcement, EMC is helping customers graduate from traditional content services that address the creation, management, delivery and archival of content. Now, these customers can implement a completely unified stack that includes process and repository services to provide increased functionality and flexibility in collaboration, automation and security. Customers can now improve their ability to derive the maximum value from their information, at the lowest cost and at every point in the information lifecycle.</p>
<p>“Content management has reached an inflection point,” said Dave DeWalt, executive vice president, EMC Software. “Customers across the globe have come to realise the functional and financial limitations of architectures that mask loosely integrated applications with a seemingly united single interface. They are asking for more. EMC has answered the call with an all-accessible, highly scalable infrastructure for unstructured information – a unified repository and set of services that is completely accessible by the masses of applications, desktops and systems that are spread across an enterprise. This capability makes possible entirely new levels of powerful content management.”</p>
<p>Building upon already unified technologies for the management of documents, XML files, rich media, web content and business process management, the new Documentum platform further unifies collaboration, federated search and retention management capabilities into one platform.</p>
<p>While some ECM providers layer a user interface on top of a range of content management applications, the underlying architectures still comprise multiple code bases, security models, repositories, object models, APIs, etc. EMC Documentum enables all content management applications to share the same unified architecture with a common code base, security model, repository, object model and API.</p>
<p>This new breadth of unification across the widest range of ECM technologies offers significantly simpler implementation, lower deployment and administration costs, superior performance and reliability, and better security and accountability with unified audit trails.</p>
<p>Southern Company is a super-regional energy provider in the southeast United States and is one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity. An existing Documentum ECM platform customer, the company sees particular value in a unified and comprehensive ECM platform. Holly Godfrey, technical consultant at Southern Company, said, “To better serve our four million customers, it is crucial that our geographically dispersed employees always have easy access to business-critical information such as database records, engineering drawings and maintenance data. Now, the unified platform will potentially give us a single point of access for all of our content and will further reduce inefficiencies associated with data search and retrieval.”</p>
<p>“As enterprise content management applications are becoming more strategic, buying requirements are shifting from point solution products to comprehensive platforms,” said Toby Bell, research director at Gartner. “A unified stack that can federate formerly isolated content repositories offers irresistible benefits to business buyers. New functionality supports content-enabled vertical applications development, life cycle management, information access, collaborative processes and contextual presentation.”</p>
<p>Availability</p>
<p>The Documentum ECM platform and suite of products will be generally available March 31, 2005. At that time, the platform and products will also be available in seven languages on all supported operating systems, databases, directories, application servers and storage systems.</p>
<p>About EMC</p>
<p>EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) is the world leader in products, services and solutions for information storage and management that help organisations extract the maximum value from their information, at the lowest total cost, across every point in the information lifecycle. Information about EMC’s products and services can be found at www.emc.com.</p>
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<p>EMC and Documentum are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iii) risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (v) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (viii) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (ix) war or acts of terrorism; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates; and (xii) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.</p>
<p>CONTACTS:</p>
<p>Emma Rogers
Corporate Communications Manager
EMC Australia and New Zealand
+61 2 9925 7942 or + 61 0408 237 309
rogers_emma@emc.com</p>
<p>Marty Filipowski
Spectrum Communications
+61 2 9954 3299
martyf@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>

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