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What does AIIMExpo 2009 and FREE have in common?

March 27, 2009

Clearview Software, of course!

We’ll be at booth MP9 in the Microsoft Pavilion ready to show you just how incredible our Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solution is for Microsoft users and beyond!

Not only will we give you a free demo, but we’ll give you a free pass to get into AIIMExpo 2009. Just email us at info@clearviewecm.com and we’ll send a pass right out. How’s that for service?

THIS JUST IN>>
Brad Breemeersch, Regional Sales Manager at Clearview Software, will be presenting the revolutionary Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget in the Microsoft Pavilion at the following times. The IRISS promotes a new and simple user experience that has never been seen before in the ECM market. We’d love to see you there!

Join us either
Wednesday, April 1  at 2 pm
Thursday, April 2  at 1:30 pm

The IRISS desktop gadget promotes a new and simple user experience that has never been seen before in the ECM market. Information workers will not only be able to quickly access and store information with unprecedented ease, but they will have fun with the technology, too!

Search criteria can be quickly and easily selected from virtually any business application running on the Windows desktop environment, and then dropped onto the IRISS for immediate access. This delivers out-of-the-box integration with your business applications without implementing expensive and complex programming or custom scripting interfaces. Documents, email messages, and other content objects can be effortlessly stored in Clearview using familiar drag-and-drop techniques.

SharePoint and ECM: Is “integration” really all you need for your business?

May 1, 2008

I’d like to focus on what I will refer to as the “integration phenomenon.” And what is this? Well, having now been on the road for the past few weeks presenting Clearview’s SharePoint-based ECM suite to audiences at the AIIM ECM Spring Solutions Seminar, I have now lost count of the number of legacy ECM vendors who have announced or talk about their “SharePoint integration.” This vast sea of companies includes not only ECM suite vendors; they have been recently joined by almost every image capture software company or scanner manufacturer with their “scan to SharePoint” solution. I, for one, would be seriously concerned about our future business if Clearview was only an “image solution” or “scan to SharePoint” solution vendor. While the early pioneers of these technologies enjoyed some exclusivity, it has quickly become a very crowded and non-differentiated vendor landscape. But I’ll save the “scan to SharePoint” discussion for our next column.

Based on the volume of “integrations” announced with SharePoint, I thought it might be appropriate and maybe appreciated if I discussed what this means to end user organizations, and help those who are seeking to extend SharePoint into a full ECM platform better understand some of the options that are available in today’s ECM vendor landscape.

Why are so many legacy ECM vendors announcing SharePoint “integration?”

This question is actually fairly simple to answer. What else can they do? Of course, I can say this with a little bit of pride in that Clearview saw, anticipated, and planned a next-generation ECM solution suite based on SharePoint. However, as you may very well know by now, SharePoint in many cases replicates some very foundational ECM capabilities like document management functionalities that have been the lifeblood of many document, content, or image-based solution vendors.

I think that many have ignored (and will continue to ignore) the impact SharePoint has had on dramatically changing the ECM solution model. The effects of this will likely be seen for many years to come. Legacy vendors, in a reactive mode and trying to respond to the unexpected disruption SharePoint has had in the ECM business community, are trying to position themselves as a higher-value, yet complementary (but at a higher price, of course) value add to SharePoint’s core ECM capabilities.

So let’s be bold and suggest that perhaps the “integration phenomenon” isn’t necessarily one of brilliance or innovation. It is more appropriately described as the only thing legacy ECM vendors can come up with right now to protect their proprietary solutions, aging architecture, and high-dollar costs.

SharePoint “integration” Defined
I will try to explain exactly what this means to you from a user organization or knowledge worker perspective. As I see it, this is not unlike a short-lived strategy that occurred in the 1990’s in the ECM space. This was the Open Document Management Alliance (ODMA) initiative that was designed to allow content systems to interact with one another and exchange information using standards that each vendor was adopting into their solution suite. Essentially, the “integration” that I’ve observed within the ECM market takes on one of two forms: a co-existence model or a migratory (or archive) model.

Co-existence Model
In the co-existence model, systems are essentially allowed to “play nice” with each other. This would be like having adjoining hotel rooms with a shared doorway between the rooms. This allows us to pass between the rooms, yet each room contains individual resources with its own set of furnishings and accommodations. ECM vendors have built an integration that commonly takes on the form of Web Parts built for SharePoint. This enables the SharePoint user to execute a search and view content that is stored within the legacy ECM content repository. In most cases, you can search and view it, and sometimes you can even choose to move it from the ECM repository into the SharePoint repository as a copy of the original, or move it completely from one source to the other.

As organizations move to adopt SharePoint as their intranet, collaboration project platform, or even for their internet sites, they can leverage the existing investments that they have made in the legacy ECM product—for a period of time. Unfortunately, just like in the adjoining hotel room example, the two do not really offer any aggregate higher value in combination. The only way we can actually enhance our space and enlarge our living quarters (or make the two more meaningful in combination) would be to rip down the wall and create a new and expanded space.

The Migratory or Archive Model
This model really plays into the fear, uncertainty, and doubt that SharePoint is not or will not be strong enough in its functionalities and capabilities to provide a true information management platform.

In this model, it is suggested that the user organization use SharePoint for content creation and editing during the collaborative phase of the content lifecycle. Once the content is finalized and no longer requires edits, it is migrated to the legacy ECM repository for long-term archival and management. This to me actually has a little more merit than the first model, yet it still is not a long-term and sustainable value proposition for maintaining disparate information silos or allowing redundant functionality to be conducted in non-standardized procedures or user experiences. Legacy ECM solutions have their own “take” on document management, library services, and versioning that is not aligned with the new de facto standards introduced by Microsoft via SharePoint 2007 and Office 2007 functionality that is available “out of the box.”

Where does “integration” fall short?

I would like to suggest that the biggest concern with the entire “integration” element is wondering how long it will take intelligent business leaders, IT professionals, and records professionals to realize that they are not gaining any uniformity in their policy enforcement, security, or audit standards by maintaining disparate systems with overlapping user experiences and functionality. At the end of the day, the “integration” story just doesn’t seem to provide organizations with the consolidated ease-of-use in user access and use of content—nor does it do anything to simplify the back-office management of the information management infrastructure.

What are the alternatives today?

Unfortunately, there has not been the same level of innovation around ECM solutions for SharePoint as there has been in “integration” pitches. Real innovation means vendors starting from scratch or tearing down their product to the foundation and rebuilding it. Neither of these is really attractive or viable for vendors in today’s business climate. I would invite you to explore Clearview’s unique approach to providing a new era of ECM that is built solely upon and innovatively leverages SharePoint’s native capabilities to deliver a new platform for ECM that speaks to modern technology and business needs. With Clearview, your collaborative needs for SharePoint and your security, governance, or compliance requirements for enabling better control over your business information truly come together in a unified and simplistic ECM solution.

SharePoint is off to a great “ECM” start in 2008: A Review of Key Industry Events

April 1, 2008

The beginning of 2008 has been challenging due to our declining economic situation in the United States. Uncertainty abounds throughout corporate America, regardless of business or industry. SharePoint® 2007 (the third release of the product lineage) was introduced and met with rapid adoption and very visible demand. Now, almost one year later, it appears that the viral nature and customer interest in SharePoint is not yet letting up. Coming fresh off of travels to AIIM ECM industry events as well as SharePoint events, I would like to recap what I have seen and experienced so far this year with the “SharePoint Effect” and discuss how it is impacting the ECM community.

Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2008
Attendance figures at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference (interestingly held on the same dates as the annual AIIM Exposition and Conference) are alone compelling. Event planners had capped the event planning at 3,000 attendees, but due to unexpected demand, the ceiling for attendees was raised to 3,800. The conference completely sold out and at the time of the event, still had a waiting list of over 800 people who could not acquire passes. Microsoft has noted that the event will be increased in size next year to accommodate the high demand from the user and partner community.

One particular point of interest was that this year’s event was keynoted by none other than Mr. Gates himself. This certainly demonstrates that Microsoft is putting a lot of heavy hitters behind the SharePoint product and the community. I must admit the novelty of seeing Bill Gates in one of his last keynotes prior to retirement piqued my own personal interest and I made sure to get in line early. I wound up in the fifth row along with my Clearview colleagues; my photo of Bill Gates was a particular highlight of the week, no doubt exposing my inner geek.

Perhaps one of the key takeaways from Bill’s presentation was his deep knowledge of SharePoint (as is his knowledge for all Microsoft products). It is very rare to find a key executive from a company so large to have such depth and breadth of knowledge and to be able to articulate that to the audience.

My take on Bill’s presentation was the message, “We are just getting started with SharePoint.”

As Microsoft’s platform for business applications, the manner in which SharePoint ties the front office to the back office infrastructure—as well as to all points in between—makes it a particularly effective and attractive solution. No wonder Bill revealed that Microsoft is anticipating SharePoint 2007 license revenue in excess of 1 billion dollars when Microsoft closes out its fiscal year in June 2008.

The remainder of the event was very motivational. As the week went along, more and more people approached the Clearview booth, interested in learning more about ECM, how it can help their business, and how Clearview makes ECM relevant to the SharePoint community.

The one complaint I might have about the event was the lack of tangible ECM presentations around transactional content processing and other business value-aligned presentations. The ECM track was pretty lightweight and I heard many attendees voice some surprise that there wasn’t a little more depth in this particular track of the conference.

AIIM Exposition and Conference 2008
I am quite positive that the AIIM organization is pleased that they divested their interest in the conference itself a few years back. The attendance at the event continued its decline, with the last day being pretty much worthless (from a vendor’s perspective, at least). I had one of my long-time industry acquaintances text message me while I attended the SharePoint Conference to tell me he was at the “AIIM funeral” and how wise it was that I had elected to go to the SharePoint event instead. This year’s AIIM conference once again lacked any noticeable advances in ECM technologies, as reflected by lackluster announcements from key industry vendors.

Now not all was bleak at the event, as my colleagues at Clearview were present in the Microsoft partner pavilion, and Clearview enjoyed one of the highest (if not the absolute highest) level of visitors to any Microsoft partner booth. This illustrates that ECM continues to garner high demand and interest, especially when aligned with SharePoint in such a clear and comprehensive manner as we have done at Clearview.

I know that 2009 will most likely see the event having more and more “co-located” events at the same time and venue. This certainly is one way of increasing traffic to the show floor, but it is not certainly driving higher quality of real live customers with ECM budgets and projects in tow.

AIIM ECM Solutions Seminar Spring 2008 Series: “The SharePoint Effect”
I still believe that one of the best efforts from the AIIM organization has been their rapid response to the SharePoint phenomenon and their ability to create a venue for ECM and SharePoint constituents to come together and align these two worlds of collaboration and ECM in a meaningful fashion. I am currently en route to the Denver event after having just launched the first event of the Spring tour in Houston last week. It was incredibly motivational, with over 180 total attendees and approximately 110 of those attending our Clearview presentation. We are looking forward to what the rest of the six-city tour will hold. I personally look forward to meeting some of you and discussing the SharePoint effect and how it is impacting your organization–whether you are an end user of ECM or SharePoint technologies or you are a reseller or systems integrator with a business built around either of these two technology powerhouses.

Clearview Presents Innovative SharePoint-based ECM Suite at AIIM Exposition & Conference and Microsoft SharePoint Conference

March 3, 2008

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Microsoft® SharePoint® based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft technology environments, announced today that they will be exhibiting at the AIIM Exposition & Conference in Boston, Massachusetts and the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Seattle, Washington. Both key industry events take place March 3-6, 2008.

Clearview has introduced a fresh approach to ECM that uniquely leverages the native ECM capabilities of SharePoint as core components of the Clearview ECM suite architecture. By extending SharePoint with transactional document imaging, report management (COLD), and business process management, Clearview delivers enterprise-class ECM functionality that rivals legacy ECM products. Furthermore, the Office 2007 user experience provided throughout the Clearview client interface provides information workers with a familiar Microsoft experience designed to promote ease-of-use and rapid adoption of ECM on every worker desktop.

The Clearview ECM suite can be viewed in booth MP8 of the Microsoft Partner Pavilion at the AIIM Exposition and Conference. Clearview exhibits at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in booth 713.

“Our simultaneous presence at both of these key events demonstrates our leadership commitment to the Microsoft SharePoint community as well as the traditional ECM software industry,” said Mike Ball, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Clearview Software.

“We look forward to sharing our unique SharePoint-based ECM suite with representatives from end user organizations, System Integrators, and Value-added Resellers (VARs), as well as the software analyst community.”

Clearview is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has achieved certification in three competencies including the new specialization for Enterprise Content Management and Forms within the Information Worker Discipline. Clearview also recently achieved independent platform certification for the Clearview ECM suite on five Microsoft platform tests.

Clearview Announces 2008 ACE Award Nomination

February 12, 2008

Clearview Software, pioneers of Microsoft® SharePoint® based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) technology, is proud to announce its selection as a finalist in the banking/finance category of the ECM Connection 2008 ACE Awards.

This is the second consecutive nomination for Clearview. The ACE Awards recognize software and hardware vendor achievements in three areas: Appeal, Content, and Education.

Appeal refers to vendors who offer innovative, feature-rich products; Content refers to vendors who provide information-rich resources on their website or in marketing collateral; and Education refers to vendors who develop outstanding outreach programs in areas such as end-user training, technical support, and partner programs.

Twenty-one finalists have been chosen in six industry and vertical market categories (banking/finance, compliance, government, healthcare, high volume hardware, and low volume hardware) and the ClearviewTM ECM suite has once again been recognized for achievements in the banking/finance category. Winners will be announced live at the upcoming 2008 AIIM Exposition & Conference, March 3-6 in Boston, Massachusetts. Online voting is open through February 18 and ballots can be cast at www.ecmconnection.com.

“Clearview is honored to be a two-time ACE Award nominee,” said Michael Ball, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Clearview Software. “We are proud to offer a revolutionary ECM suite, as well as superb customer service and exceptional educational resources. We look forward to the positive impact Clearview will continue to have on the rapidly evolving ECM market.”

Clearview introduces a fresh approach to ECM that uniquely leverages SharePoint ECM capabilities as core components of the Clearview ECM suite. By extending SharePoint with transactional document imaging, report management (COLD), and business process management, Clearview delivers enterprise-class ECM functionality that rivals legacy ECM products. Furthermore, the Office 2007 user experience provides information workers a feature-rich Microsoft Windows® based Client, optional Web Client interface, and revolutionary Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget. The IRISS Desktop Gadget is a Windows Vista® inspired mini-application that delivers an innovative user experience for the instant retrieval or storage of business information and content.

SharePoint® meets ECM: Comments on the 2007 AIIM Roadshows

October 1, 2007

I just returned from Rai Wasner’s ECM VARfest, put on by the The Rheinner Group. It was an excellent event where document and content related resellers convene annually to network, understand changes occurring in the market, and learn how to better position their businesses to achieve future success.

I continue to be amazed by the visibility and the impact that SharePoint is having on the ECM space. Of course, since the team here at Clearview is uniquely poised to ride the SharePoint wave in a favorable way, we are pleased by the momentum and visibility this has created for SharePoint-based solutions. At the VARfest, I spoke with the owner of a long-term and successful ECM reseller and he says it best: “Mike, in my 20 year history in this industry, I have never experienced such a compelling event that is having a short-term, and perceived long-term, transforming effect on the way I run my business.”

Even more telling perhaps is that there were a number of non-traditional ECM resellers at the event (companies that originated from the copier dealer landscape, for example) who were telling me that their customers were already inquiring about SharePoint and asking them what they could offer that incorporated a SharePoint strategy. Each year, AIIM puts on the spring and fall ECM roadshow. This is an event that travels to 12 major cities in the country during each roadshow and presents a compelling topic that has current market relevance. This fall’s roadshow series is “SharePoint Meets ECM.” Obviously, this provides even greater evidence that SharePoint is having a broad and significant impact on the ECM market. Credit goes to AIIM for getting in front of this at an early stage and trying to help the classic market better understand how SharePoint differs from traditional ECM products.

Due to the compelling topic and obvious relevance, Clearview will be exhibiting and I will be speaking at the seminars held in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. At the roadshow, as I currently understand it, one of the key messages is to suggest that ECM and SharePoint can “co-exist” in order to provide full ECM functionality while leveraging the value that SharePoint offers. Being a member of this ECM community for many years, I respect the need to protect the legacy ECM business, and understand that many of the traditional ECM vendors have worked with analysts to craft this message. However, I’m not convinced that this message and positioning is better serving the consumers in the market, or if it is better serving the traditional ECM vendors trying to protect their future revenues. I have had the opportunity to see a number of vendors portray their “SharePoint strategy.”

I describe these as being either a “co-existence” strategy, or a “content migratory” strategy. In the co-existence message being put forth by a set of vendors, the strategy is one of “shared existence” within the organizational environment. For example, let’s say you have deployed a legacy product or a variety of products, perhaps from a variety of vendors. Now your organization sees the very rich collaboration and application platform that SharePoint can provide as a significant component within a Microsoft® technology infrastructure.

So what do you do? In this model, you would keep the legacy products running, and place all new content repositories into new SharePoint Site Collections (also referred to as “sites”). Via a programmatic integration module (obtained from a priced module from the legacy vendor), the SharePoint portal users can see and access not only the new content sites, but they can also access the third party historical repositories of content and documents provided by other ECM vendors. The issue that concerns me in these approaches is whether real value is provided to the consumer. I can’t help but wonder when the educated consumer will begin to ask, “Why should I keep multiple systems?”

But perhaps the more significant question would be, “Where is the incremental value of these strategies?” It seems to me that these strategies also propagate new and larger challenges for the consumer by creating and maintaining disjointed silos of information across the enterprise.Not to mention the cost and resources associated with maintaining multiple systems from multiple vendors.

There is an alternative to the co-existence and migratory strategies presented to the market by the legacy ECM vendors. It is one where the strengths of SharePoint are embedded into a new age content solution as a key part of the architecture – and where the end result is a simple, comprehensive solution utilizing SharePoint but providing the higher value content services desired via extended solutions built upon SharePoint.  

In the content migratory message that is being presented by several of the larger ECM vendors, the SharePoint repository becomes a “temporary” facility to manage content during its active or creative stages. Once the content is finalized and needs to be archived for long-term retention or even enhanced records management, the content is “migrated” from SharePoint and placed into the traditional ECM repository from the third party vendor to provide increased security, records management, retention, and other high-value content services.

Reflections on ECM after the 2007 AIIM Conference & Expo

June 1, 2007

I can remember when each AIIM show in the 1990s would bring about a swell of announcements and new feature introductions – most of them to leapfrog competitors and to differentiate products one from the next.I recall years where the buzz on the floor was about how one vendor could put a red line annotation on a document image, and another could add a yellow highlight. Or that another vendor could store and view a Microsoft Word document. Remember those days?

The AIIM show that probably generated the most buzz and subsequent fall out in recent memory came in 1995 when Microsoft announced their plans to place a free Imaging Viewer into the Windows 95 desktop operating system. Of course, many industry fellows viewed this as the end of the market. Game over – Microsoft now owns the imaging marketplace. The resulting screams of imaging vendors as they leapt from the top of the Moscone Center in anguish could well be heard across all of the San Francisco Bay area – and maybe a little beyond.

Now I bring this up first of all to have a little laugh, because as we all know, this didn’t end the industry as we know it; and I honestly can’t remember one vendor that can attribute their demise to Microsoft’s Imaging Viewer announcement. However, the buzz that resulted from that one singular announcement certainly dominated the news at that show – and subsequent industry reports and speculation for many, many months afterwards.

Secondly, I mention this to compare and contrast how very different the AIIM event has been over the last few years. No real major innovation or compelling functional announcements have stirred the industry nor set the next ruler that every vendor scrambles to incorporate into their offering. Rather the recent shows seem to provide more vendor emphasis on business application requirements and on actually solving business problems.

Overall I think this is good, but I would suggest that the end result is that the ECM space became a little uninteresting – and certainly led to extreme parity between competitive solutions – such that differentiators became a subjective blur. The resulting customer impressions and perceptions were that “all the ECM products we’ve seen look alike.” I think this has made customer decisions difficult – and has led to very little forward movement in overall innovation and contemporary approaches to how ECM is deployed, used, and exploited to the value of the business organization.

I honestly don’t recall a new product launch or introduction that carried more buzz and commentary up and down the expo hall aisles (both leading up to and at the actual event itself) than Microsoft’s launch of Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) at the event. If you had not already heard of SharePoint, you have most likely heard about SharePoint during the event and discovered that Microsoft now plays in ECM with this innovative introduction (or you were watching CNN the entire three days of the event in between recuperating from late night vendor parties).

Unlike the town criers that rang gloom and doom with Microsoft’s last announcement, I, like many others, think that Microsoft’s larger-than-life entry into the ECM market via MOSS (also known as SharePoint v3) could represent that “tipping point” for the ECM industry that we’ve all been longing for. At the least, Microsoft will undoubtedly bring a new level of credibility to this market with their household (and business) brand recognition and associate clout. This is something that our industry has sorely lacked for quite a while.

Even though IBM, EMC, and Oracle have been making some small inroads with their offerings, Microsoft will dominate the buzz over these other players. If you don’t believe me, then count on one hand how many announcements you’ve seen reported from the other vendors vs. the number of MOSS-related news and notes that span virtually every publication, website, and email newsletter in some form or fashion since the event in April. I give kudos to Microsoft for this announcement and delivery. I think that this will drive visibility and importance for ECM to the point where it will soon be seen as a “business infrastructure requirement” just like email, accounting systems, and other essential software applications needed to operate a contemporary business.

At the end of the day, perhaps the larger question still looms in many folks minds long after the show buzz has passed. Is MOSS actually an real ECM solution or is it a platform of functionality or in some folks minds…What exactly is SharePoint (or what isn’t it when compared to a traditional ECM functionality matrix?

Clearview Unveils New IRISS Desktop Gadget at 2007 AIIM Conference & Expo

April 17, 2007

Clearview Software, pioneers of the new era of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) designed on the Microsoft® technology platform, today demonstrated their latest product innovation that will inspire new trends in the ECM market. The unique Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget, delivering a brand new style of user interface and interaction with ECM, was revealed to the public at the 2007 AIIM Conference & Expo in Boston, Massachusetts.

Inspired by the new Windows Vista operating system, the IRISS Desktop Gadget sets new levels of innovation designed to simplify and expand the usage of ECM technology throughout the business enterprise.

IRISS derives its name from the Clearview corporate logo, as well as the acronym for the functionality it delivers: Integrated Repositories – Integrated Search & Store.

Essentially, the Clearview IRISS floats on the desktop like other Vista “gadget” applications, waiting for the user to activate on-demand content or document services. With the simplicity and ease of drag-and-drop functionality, information workers can quickly retrieve document or content information directly from their line of business applications, eliminating the need for special and costly programming or integration services. Additionally, documents or other types of business content created on the desktop are just as easily dropped on the IRISS Desktop Gadget and then stored in the Clearview ECM repository.

“We were truly impressed by Clearview’s new IRISS desktop technology,” stated Bill W. Jones, President of Branson Bank. “We thought that the IRISS would have such a positive impact on how our users would interact with documents and content on the desktop that we recently selected the Clearview ECM solution over products offered by alternative vendors. The IRISS gadget provides a fast and easy way for end users to access archived documents. This will enable greater use of the image (content) solution platform across our company, providing greater efficiency and improved transaction quality.”

Providing access to all information across the enterprise with the Clearview repository federation and aggregation technology, the IRISS Desktop Gadget goes significantly beyond providing basic content services to the casual desktop user. For an advanced and content intense user experience, IRISS can be configured to run with the advanced Office 2007 inspired, Windows rich Clearview Client, or with the easy to implement, thin Clearview Web Client. Priced per individual desktop workstation similar to conventional PC-based software, the Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget quickly establishes a new standard for ECM desktop user experiences.

ECM: It’s a Whole New Ballgame!

April 12, 2007

Welcome to the inaugural issue of my monthly communiqué to the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) community – I’m very excited to have this opportunity to provide a feature column of industry perspectives and emerging issues to the readership of ECM Connection. As a long standing veteran of the content and document solutions market space, I can see that we are going through some very interesting times…in fact, we may be just getting warmed up for the changes and advancements to come over the next 12 to 18 months. So in an effort to keep you abreast of the dynamics and key elements of this new era of ECM, each month I will highlight discussions and viewpoints around key topics that I believe are reshaping our industry (along with the vendor and product landscape) as we now know it.

Beginning with the May edition of ECM Connection, I am going to dedicate our column discussion on perhaps the most significant change that is underway, the one that is going to have immediate and far reaching impact on the market and our industry. This change – if you haven’t already guessed – is the the formal and accelerated push into the ECM space with the launch of Office 2007 and SharePoint® Server 2007 (MOSS). After recently attending an AIIM Advisory Trade Member executive meeting, it was clear that the introduction of Microsoft as a significant player and platform provider in the classic ECM market is going to alter the landscape of products and solutions that are offered to our customers forever.

As we look toward the remainder of the year, I will focus our conversations on some of the modern and emerging technology elements and aspects that are transforming ECM solutions – those that end user buying organizations, or value-added system integrators, should be carefully examining when making purchase evaluations or partnering decisions.

I’m also going to dedicate articles to the emerging business challenges that ECM can address, such as new business operation or process requirements, and compliance issues and corporate governance such as the recent changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (commonly referred to as FRCP).

The traditional ECM value proposition of creating the paperless office environment has been far expanded (but should not be forgotten) by the new and emerging compliance related areas, as well as operational and process elements in which ECM provides substantial business value. The annual AIIM Conference & Expo is undergoing an evolution too – it should be pretty interesting to see what AIIM 2010 will look like. So to that end, I’m going to help readers understand some of the emerging elements and issues that are reshaping and changing the way products and vendors have been evaluated and scored up to now.

Clearview Announces ACE Award Nomination

April 10, 2007

Clearview Software, innovators of the fresh, new approach to Enterprise Content Management (ECM) built exclusively on the Microsoft® technology platform, is proud to announce its selection as a finalist in the ECM Connection ACE Awards in the Banking/Finance category.

The ACE designation honors a company’s accomplishments and achievements in three specific categories: Appeal, Content, and Education. According to the ECM Connection staff, appeal refers to the company’s innovative, feature-rich product line; content refers to the valuable information resources offered on the company’s Web site and in its marketing collateral; and education refers to the vendor’s outstanding outreach programs and services.

Twenty-three finalists have been chosen around six industry and vertical market categories: Government, Healthcare, Banking/Finance, Compliance, High-Volume Scanning, and Low-Volume Scanning. Clearview Software, with its innovative new Clearview™ ECM suite, has been selected as an award finalist in the Banking/Finance category. The winners will be announced live at the upcoming 2007 AIIM Conference & Expo on April 17 in Boston, Massachusetts.

“Clearview is honored to be highlighted with this award nomination as we make our debut at the AIIM 2007 Conference and Expo,” said Michael Ball, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy for Clearview Software. “Our commitment and vision to provide highly innovative ECM solutions, combined with superb customer service and high levels of educational excellence are making an impact on the rapidly evolving ECM market.”

As the first solution to bring enterprise-class features and functionality to the mid-market, Clearview delivers rich ECM functionality that is highly extensible. Document imaging, document management, report management, workflow, retention services, email management, and records management are all bundled into a simplified package. Furthermore, the Office 2007 user experience enables information workers to interact with Clearview 4 through a feature-rich Microsoft Windows based Client, an optional Web Client interface, or the intriguing new Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget. The IRISS Desktop Gadget is a brand new Windows Vista inspired mini-application that delivers a revolutionary user experience for the instant retrieval or storage of business information and content.

Technically, Clearview 4 is the first ECM solution built 100% on modern technological standards, including Microsoft .NET, SharePoint® Server 2007, Office 2007, SQL Server 2005, XML, and SOA/Web Services. Of particular interest, Clearview creates a virtual enterprise repository designed to federate, aggregate, and enhance the organization of SharePoint Server sites, or third party content or document repositories across an organization. With the simple-to-use, intuitive Clearview desktop experience, information workers can easily gain security controlled access to their allowed content across the enterprise. This level of content federation and organization has never before been available in the mid-market.

Clearview Software invites AIIM Conference & Expo attendees to explore the innovative Clearview ECM solution at Booth #2658 and the Microsoft Partner Pavilion, where personal demonstrations of Clearview 4 will be performed. Additional information can also be found at: www.clearviewecm.com.