Enterprise content management vendors need to find ways of working with SharePoint rather than fight it if they want to succeed, a panel of experts suggested at EMC's Momentum conference in Lisbon.
SharePoint is the ever popular collaboration tool from Microsoft, sometimes branded as a content management product. It is now used by anything from 60 to 70 per cent of organisations, whether IT knows about it or not, according to Ovum analyst Mike Davis.
This lack of visibility could be dangerous if, as is often the case, enterprise users end up putting their key IP assets in SharePoint repositories, he argued.
Well, this is where EMC has apparently spotted an opportunity to hand back some control to IT, with several products designed for existing customers and those who have no current Documentum infrastructure.
Repository Services for SharePoint, for example, stores content used in the Microsoft system in its own back end repository, allowing IT to carry out actions such as retention management on the platform with no impact on the SharePoint front end.
Not only does this help with compliance but it can also boost the performance of SharePoint, according to EMC senior product marketing director, Kelly Ferguson.
The firm also has SourceOne for SharePoint, launched earlier this year and designed for customers without an existing Documentum infrastructure. It does a similar thing in enabling the effective management of all SharePoint content, as well as emails and Windows files, she explained.
"SharePoint is being widely deployed, so the adopt and embrace approach is the most logical strategy for us," Ferguson said.
As if to re-emphasise this strategy, Capgemini today announced a new framework designed to bring Documentum and SharePoint closer together. Capgemini Collaboration+ ensures business processes can be executed efficiently while maintaining compliance requirements.
"What Capgemini is doing is very much how we see Documentum working with SharePoint," said EMC chef marketing officer Whitney Tidmarsh.
"It's an outstanding tool for ad-hoc collaboration with workers but Documentum brings added value and a lot more IT control, so the marriage of the two is clearly a very good thing."
EMC is certainly not the only content management vendor to offer products which integrate with SharePoint, but its clear 'adopt and embrace' approach will be welcome news for IT managers worried about risk, compliance and information governance in their organisation.
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