Documentum has started shipping a new version of its flagship document management software which should open up company data held on SAP systems to the enterprise document management system.
Documentum, one of the world's leading document management software vendors, is the first to receive formal certification from SAP for its DMS (Document Management System) interface to SAP, called DocLink for SAP R/3.
"It's the ultimate distributed database," said John Newton, founder and vice president of Documentum. "Within a large organisation, you need things to interlink. It's streamlining knowledge flow throughout the enterprise."
Newton claimed that in studies the product had reduced the time spent looking for information by up to 30%. "Customers can improve yields with these operational procedures," he added. "Plus there is a ripple down effect in efficiency throughout the organisation."
DocLink for SAP R/3forms a bidirectional interface integrating Documentum's Enterprise Document Management system with SAP's R/3 system. In this way, users will effectively live within the SAP environment, and need not even know they are using Documentum software.
The product is claimed to make it easier for users to collaborate in order to create, review and annotate documents. Documentum is aiming the product mainly at manufacturing companies, helping them to integrate communications between administration and manufacturing departments.
Documentum said development of the software was driven by customer demand.
It found that over 50% of its corporate users, mainly those in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, were also SAP customers. Documentum said it will announce similar deals with other vendors within the next few months.
DocLink for SAP R/3 is available now, as an option to the standard Documentum DocLink product. The option adds 15% to the price of a DocLink licence, taking prices to between #500 and #1,000 per seat.
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