Documentum vs IBM FileNet

Last updated: April 12, 2016

Documentum provides management capabilities for all types of content including business documents, photos, video, medical images, e-mail, Web pages, fixed content, XML-tagged documents, etc. The core of Documentum is a repository in which the content is stored securely under compliance rules. This repository appears as a unified environment, although content may reside on multiple servers and physical storage devices within a distributed environment.
IBM FileNet
IBM ECM delivers high value solutions that can help companies transform the way they do business by enabling them to put content in motion: capturing, activating, socializing, analyzing and governing it throughout the entire lifecycle. FileNet Content Manager provides powerful document management and ready-to-use workflow that helps you capture, manage, and share content.
Documentum vs IBM FileNet in our news:

2016. EMC wants to sell Documentum

EMC is looking to sell Documentum, the company’s enterprise content management product, ahead of Dell acquisition. Documentum is the grandaddy of ECM. It started a market that is beginning to show its age as companies move away from expensive, monolithic tools that take months or years to implement. To its credit over the years, Documentum has tried to keep up — its latest attempt is known as Project Horizon where it tries to move to the cloud and break up the complexity of enterprise content management software. Probably, Dell didn’t see much value in EMC holding onto Documentum, and it will give them one less thing to worry about when the sale goes through at some point this year.

2015. Hippo CMS integrates with Documentum

EMC and Hippo announced a partnership today in which Hippo, an open source web content management platform Hippo CMS, will integrate with EMC Documentum, EMC’s enterprise content management software. Thus EMC fills in a missing piece in its content management arsenal without having to spend a lot of money and Hippo gains access to a much broader enterprise market and integration with other tools in the EMC family, while maintaining its independence. For EMC Documentum, which is a long-established brand trying to fight disruption in the content management market, Hippo gives them a modern, open source web content management tool designed to help users manage customer experience.

2012. EMC buys file syncing service Syncplicity

Dropbox for business continues to conquer the Enterprise. EMC, the developer of the largest and most complicated enterprise content management system Documentum, has acquired the small file storage and syncing service Syncplicity. It's assumed that this service will enable Documentum users to work with files stored in the ECM system from their mobile devices. It's interesting that EMC has a daughter company - VMWare, which is developing its own similar service Project Octopus, but apparently, the EMC could not wait any longer, because it's an urgent issue. Indeed, the main competitor on the ECM market - Open Text has already launched such a file syncing service Tempo in the beginning of the year. Syncplicity - is one of the oldest DropBox competitors. While this startup hasn't achieved such popularity, but it was originally more business-oriented and its security features much stronger than in DropBox.

2011. EMC offers Documentum in the Cloud and on the iPad

It's always a pleasure to watch, when a software giant's senior manager is talking from the stage that: "guys, customers do not want to tinker with the software, they need on-demand solutions ... it's time to move the software to the Cloud." In this case we are talking about EMC. On the video - Paul Maritz, president of VMWare (which is owned by EMC), talking about the benefits of cloud technologies and presenting (of course, revolutionary) platform EMC OnDemand. This platform will be used to host the wide range of applications by EMC and its partners, but for now it provides on the well-known content management systems EMC Documentum, EMC Captiva and EMC Document Sciences. Although Documentum alrady has a set of web-interfaces, the access to the cloud version is implemented via the VMWare's virtualization technologies.

2009. CenterStage launched Sharepoint alternative for Documentum users

CenterStage - is a collaboration solution that EMC released last year with the new version of Documentum. True, last year only the light version CenterStage Essentials, that provides basic collaboration tools,  was unveiled. Today the full-functional version CenterStage Pro is already available. It provides personal workspaces, powerful search engine, wiki, blogs and other Web 2.0 tools that make it close to Microsoft Sharepoint. Moreover, unlike Sharepoint, CenterStage allows to control version history not only for documents but also for records: blog posts, wiki-pages, discussions. Disadvantage (compared to Sharepoint) is the lack of workflow automation and metadata support. Of course, CenterStage can not be regarded as a full-fledged Sharepoint rival, because it's not a self-sufficient tool and only works in conjunction with Documentum ECM. But for those companies that already use Documentum and haven't implemented Sharepoint yet - it's a quite attractive solution.

2008. Documentum 6.5 - ballance between Enterprise 2.0 and IT compliance

EMC calls the new Documentum 6.5 the "perfect balance: between the modern Web 2.0 technologies and compliance with enterprise security". They say "You can provide the world's best enterprise content management system, but if end users do not like to work with it, the vast amount of information just does not get into the system. Documentum was always considered the best ECM-platform, but when it comes to user interface - it wasn't so good". The new version of Documentum includes 3 new user interfaces: Centerstage Essentials (web-interface for knowledge workers that allows to create online workspaces with social tools such as microblogs, forums, tags, ratings, galleries), Media WorkSpace (Flex-based interface for managing media content, that also provides social tools) and MyDocumentum (a simple desktop client intended to access the most commonly used content, even offline).

2005. Documentum gets Intranet collaboration tools

EMC has released the new version of its enterprise content management software Documentum 5.3. One of the main features of the new system is the module Documentum Collaboration Services, which allows to organize intranet workspaces for communication and collaboration. These workspaces may contain folders with documents, notes and data sheets, calendars and discussion. Another module EMC Documentum Business Process Engine allows to organize workflow with automated task distribution, prioritization and load-balancing. Besides the new version features the plug-in Documentum Client for Outlook, that allows to access documents and tasks from MS Outlook and easily save emails and attachments to the Documentum repository. Version 5.3 also provides enhanced search engine.

2003. EMC acquired Documentum for $1,7 billion

The data storage giant EMC has acquired the web-platform for enterprise content management Documentum for $ 1.7 billion. The Documentum acquisition is intended to strengthen the EMC market share in its competition with IBM. Now the users of EMC storage systems will be able to get their hands on more efficient content management tools. Cooperation between EMC and Documentum began last year when the companies developed the storage and digital archive management solution for EMC Centera. Now, this cooperation will continue in a new form - Documentum will become a division of EMC.

1999. Documentum to become a web-platform

Documentum has unveiled the new version of its document management platform Documentum 4i. The main feature of the new version - is its webification. Documentum 4i is based on the Web-architecture that utilises Java and XML to exchange information with third-party applications. Recall, last year the company released a set of extensions Documentum Web Application Environment for web-access to the system. Now, users can access documents via the web browser just like via the native desktop app. Documentum 4i supports Microsoft IIS and Netscape Enterprise Server web servers. Thanks to the XML support Documentum 4i can run as a data source for enterprise portals, public sites and other business applications. Documentum 4i includes the new data repository Docbase server and Enterprise Document Management (EDM) Server 4.0 to automate business processes and content management.