EMC Documentum adds Web 2.0 features

From Wade Roush at Xconomy:

The news today out of Hopkinton, MA-based EMC (NYSE: EMC) is that Documentum, the company’s massive software suite for managing business content from e-mail to HR forms to press releases, is getting the beginnings of a Web 2.0 facelift, with new features such as tagging, ranking, groups, Twitter-like messaging, and a vastly improved user interface on the way. And the company says even more Web 2.0 features, such as wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, and social networking are coming in 2009. It’s pitching the improvements as a way for companies to tap into the innovative spirit of the Web 2.0 world without giving up control over security and workflow.


The core of Documentum 6.5 is a new Web-based client or central user interface—formerly code-named Magellan and now called CenterStage—that includes features such as smarter search tools, group workspaces, and new ways of organizing documents visually, such as an iPod-style “image carousel” and sneak-peek thumbnails. A simple version of the interface, called CenterStage Essentials, will be available to existing Documentum users for beta testing starting September 4, according to EMC’s Developer Network blog. An advanced version called CenterStage Pro, expected to be available in early 2009, will include now-standard Web 2.0 features such as wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, a search box that allows employees to search both internal and Web resources simultaneously, and Web-based access to the system from outside corporate networks.

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