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Toward the transparent enterprise

This article appears in the issue January 2007 [Volume 16, Issue 1]

Open Text has introduced Livelink ECM 10, which, it says, lets customers implement a legitimate enterprisewide content management strategy, allowing them to preserve and protect intellectual capital, leverage business content across all applications and effectively address governance and regulatory compliance requirements.

Accomplishing those goals allows users to reap the full benefits of Open Text's new initiative, dubbed Enterprise Transparency, which, the company says, reflects the evolution of content management from simply tracking and controlling information to leveraging it for business advantage--setting it in action to drive business processes, create content-centric business applications, bridge structured and unstructured content repositories, and unleash information workers to make better, faster decisions based on a holistic, centralized view of business content.

Open Text reports that some of what's new in Livelink ECM 10 is available immediately, with the rest being rolled out in 2007.

New features in Livelink ECM 10 include:

Enterprise Library Services--In Livelink ECM 10, seamlessly integrated archival, metadata management, enterprise records management and search capabilities are exposed as Enterprise Library Services, providing organizations with the ability to effectively implement enterprisewide retention strategies. In addition to managing content stored in Livelink ECM repositories, Livelink ECM 10 also provides the ability to manage the metadata and life cycle of content stored in enterprise applications from vendors such as Microsoft, SAP and Oracle, as well as business content stored in SharePoint Server 2003, e-mail, file systems and other repositories.

Bridging business content with enterprise applications--Version 10 allows users to access business content in ERP systems, such as customer information or purchase order documents, from their familiar Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 interface.

Flexibility for provisioning basic content services--Open Text reports organizations have the flexibility to build and deploy solutions on any basic content services offering (such as SharePoint Portal Server 2003), while managing the enterprisewide retention of business content with Enterprise Library Services.

Emphasis on user experience--In addition to Livelink ECM's Web-based user interface, Livelink ECM 10 will feature a new rich client interface, providing seamless access to business content from within leading Microsoft desktop applications.

New Web services APIs: Livelink ECM 10 will provide published Web Services APIs for Enterprise Library Services and Livelink Content Services.

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