Holding All the Aces: New Documentum Integration for SharePoint

Who among us doesn’t know that Microsoft SharePoint is a popular platform for team collaboration and informal document management? It deploys quickly. It’s easy to use.  But many organizations are faced with content management requirements beyond SharePoint’s out-of-the-box capabilities such as information governance and process management. How can organizations meet these enterprise-type needs without incurring hefty customization costs or moving users into an unfamiliar environment altogether?

Now organizations can have the best of both worlds: EMC has announced the new Documentum Connector for Microsoft SharePoint – extending the SharePoint environment by combining the content management power of Documentum with the familiarity of SharePoint.

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I thought I’d share this recent AIIM member survey that underscores the point.  SharePoint is primarily deployed for collaboration, portals (search), and social networking – not for core enterprise content management (ECM). In fact, over 70% of those surveyed don’t even consider SharePoint to be an ECM solution.

The new Documentum Connector for SharePoint does both. It allows users to continue to use SharePoint for the things they like about it: a familiar interface, collaboration, Microsoft Office integration, and social networking. The Documentum Connector also extends that familiar environment with Documentum’s out-of-the-box features for process management and document control, enabling users to complete their tasks more quickly while ensuring compliance with industry and company standards.

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Rather than relying on customizations or niche plugins to extend SharePoint, the Documentum Connector allows rapid deployment of Documentum’s functionality directly into SharePoint with easily configured Web Parts and Data Services. Documentum based content-centric solutions can be experienced through the familiar SharePoint interface. This reduces development costs as well as the cost of training users. With Documentum’s advanced security, scalability, and administration features, large-scale and distributed SharePoint deployments can be easily managed. In addition, cost of ownership can be further reduced by integrating SharePoint with Documentum in EMC OnDemand, our proven private-cloud deployment offering.

And if you want to share content outside the firewall, Documentum’s integration with EMC Syncplicity offers secure file sync, sharing and collaboration between employees, customers, partners, and suppliers.

As you can see, the Documentum Connector for SharePoint clearly makes Documentum an indispensable complement to SharePoint environments and the only extension solution that combines content management, business process management, and information governance. What do you think?

To learn more, register for our upcoming Webcast: Collaboration Meets Control: EMC Documentum & Microsoft SharePoint Together. 

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