Documentum unveils virtual system, buys Xerox unit

Documentum unveils virtual system, buys Xerox unit

Enterprise content management system provider Documentum has introduced a new virtual repository platform that enables all aspects of cross-repository content management.

To enable the enterprise content integration aspect of Documentum's Virtual repository system, the company has acquired Xerox's askOnce business unit for an undisclosed sum.

The twin announcement was made by Documentum - which was recently acquired by EMC - ahead of the Documation Conference and Expo, taking place in France. The Virtual Repository system is set to be showcased at the event.

"With the Documentum Virtual Repository solution, companies will be able to control all of their content - internal and external, structured and unstructured - regardless of where it resides," said Dave DeWalt, president of the Documentum division of EMC. "Most enterprises have limited knowledge of the content scattered throughout their organisations - on employee desktops, internal and external networks, websites and portals, or in data archives. There's a great need in the market for technology that helps companies manage all of this content - especially with the intense public scrutiny of both government agencies and public companies. With Documentum's Virtual Repository solution, organisations can immediately address this problem."

 The system allows users to discover and assimilate all content types, from multiple data sources, such as repositories, file servers, websites and enterprise applications, and apply the full range of Documentum content services to the content, without changing business processes and without copying or moving the content to a central location.  

The askOnce technology was created and developed at the Xerox Research Centre Europe (XRCE), located in Grenoble, France. XRCE is renowned for delivering breakthrough innovations in the areas of information management and exchange.  

As a result of its acquisition of askOnce, Documentum has established an engineering Center of Excellence in Grenoble, where it will continue to develop askOnce's content integration technology.  

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