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Dataimage Joins Clearview Authorized Partner Network

May 5, 2008

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Microsoft® SharePoint® based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft technology environments, is pleased to announce that Dataimage, a leading document management solutions provider located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has joined the Clearview Authorized Partner Network. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Dataimage has agreed to represent, support, and deliver the Clearview suite, a comprehensive SharePoint-based ECM solution, to new customers throughout the Western United States.

Dataimage offers customized document management solutions, from a single product to a complete system of scanners, software, storage equipment, and technical support. When Dataimage identified SharePoint as an industry-leading and growing solution in the market, they turned to Clearview to help them deliver a comprehensive SharePoint-based ECM solution.

“We are very excited about our new strategic partnership with Clearview, which will allow us to focus on an emerging portion of the ECM market. Microsoft SharePoint is quickly establishing itself as an industry-leading solution, and we see Clearview uniquely positioned as one of the only solutions that has truly adopted SharePoint as a cornerstone of their ECM platform,” said Dan Dillingham, Vice President of Corporate Sales for Dataimage.

“Clearview will allow Dataimage to deliver a comprehensive SharePoint-based ECM suite, which leverages all of the functionality native to SharePoint, including Forms Management, E-mail Management, and Web Content Management, combined with traditional Document Imaging, Document Management, and Reports Management.”

The Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget, the world’s first ECM gadget providing a new and simple user experience and basic content management services on every desktop, also drew the attention of Dataimage. “The Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget takes ease of use to a whole new level,” said Dan Dillingham. “Clearview truly is a next-generation approach to ECM.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Dataimage offer the Clearview ECM suite as part of a comprehensive, SharePoint-based ECM solution,” said Steve Leichtman, Senior Vice President of Sales for Clearview Software. “With Dataimage’s exceptional document management expertise and solutions delivery methodology, we know customers will receive the highest levels of quality sales, services, and support for their ECM implementations.”

Clearview has introduced a fresh approach to ECM that uniquely leverages the native ECM capabilities of SharePoint as core components of the Clearview suite architecture. By extending SharePoint with transactional document imaging, report management (COLD), and business process management, Clearview delivers enterprise-class 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.

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The Value of SharePoint-based ECM Solutions

January 2, 2008

2007 has been recorded and archived into our history books. In the technology sector, it was quite a year and no recent activity has generated the relevant phenomenon that Microsoft® SharePoint® has created within the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) segment of the software market.

While virtually every ECM vendor with some market presence or name recognition has announced their “integration” with SharePoint, there have been few to adopt SharePoint as a cornerstone of their ECM platform. With SharePoint’s rich and deep inventory of ECM functionality designed to meet the business needs of the masses, customers seeking out and evaluating SharePoint-based ECM solutions will clearly become a pervasive business trend in 2008 – and beyond.

Attractive Cost Promotes Widespread User Adoption
One clearly compelling interest in SharePoint for ECM deployments is the perceived attractive cost model. While there is still some confusion about SharePoint being “free” (Windows SharePoint Services is incorporated into the licensing of Windows Server 2008), even the more costly Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) creates a very wide price differential between it and traditional ECM product license costs. Of course, it is important to keep in mind that license is only one part of the total cost of ownership – the services required to create an ECM solution from scratch on top of the SharePoint base platform can be sizable given that it is a platform and not an “out-of-the-box” ECM solution.

Next-generation SharePoint-based ECM solutions provide organizations with similar license and associated services costs savings over traditional ECM products, while providing rich and valuable extended functionality for enterprise-class associated content services on top of the SharePoint platform. With these new and attractive license and pricing models, companies can now afford to adopt ECM across the entirety of the business enterprise.

Extend SharePoint to Complete the “ECM Stack”
Even with rich and deep functionality, one could easily view SharePoint’s ECM capabilities to be centered around Microsoft-generated content since SharePoint provides excellent Document Management, Forms Management, Web Content Management, and Email Management services. Yet core ECM transactional content functionality such as Document Scanning and Imaging, Report Management, and Enterprise-class Business Process Management (BPM) are not provided natively within SharePoint today. Microsoft very publicly directs customers to leverage Partner built solutions to deliver specific ECM components such as Document Imaging to fill any functional disparity.

Modern SharePoint-based ECM solutions take this one step further by providing a comprehensive and highly-unified ECM suite built upon SharePoint that delivers complete ECM functionality and management (also known as the “ECM stack”) for all forms of business content. SharePoint-based ECM suites further extend SharePoint’s native ECM attributes with rich, enterprise-class features like Advanced Content Lifecycles, Unified Policy Administration, Central Audit Logging and Reporting, and Intelligent Content Organization – all features normally associated with much more costly ECM solutions.

The Perfect Fit within the IT Infrastructure and the Desktop
True SharePoint-based suites provide a most compelling case for the appropriate and sound fit within the modern business IT environment. With Microsoft’s substantial presence on corporate desktops and inside the IT infrastructure, it is easily understandable why the utilization of SharePoint functionality for ECM solutions is attractive to Microsoft-centric organizations.

User Adoption via the Familiar Microsoft User Experience
While cost can be a limiting factor to broad organizational adoption of legacy ECM solutions, the usability or classic “ease-of-use” has caused many ECM deployments to fail. This is attributed to the complexity and cumbersome nature of legacy ECM systems not being designed for the modern information worker (end user). With Microsoft Office 2007 and SharePoint 2007, Microsoft has delivered rich ECM functionality seamlessly woven into the fabric of Microsoft’s desktop applications. These capabilities along with future Microsoft ECM functionalities embedded into the desktop will undoubtedly become the de facto standard for content and collaborative ECM process functions. This will drive a significant and painful divide between the organic functionality historically developed by legacy ECM vendors and the new Microsoft-associated standards for ECM functionality being continually introduced onto the desktop.

By leveraging contemporary SharePoint-based ECM suites, the familiar Microsoft interface and user experience is carried elegantly from the authoring applications and information worker applications, and will continue throughout the associated content lifecycle within the ECM content application itself. The Microsoft familiar experience and associated intuitive interface promote rapid user acceptance and broaden the successful adoption and deployment rates that can be experienced around the ECM suite implementation.

The New Wave of SharePoint-based ECM: Beyond “Integration”
Responding to the tidal wave of interest around SharePoint within the ECM software community, legacy ECM vendors quickly introduced their SharePoint integration. Virtually every integration announcement has been a “co-existence” approach that does not provide incremental value or aggregate business enhancement to maintain the continued usage of a legacy ECM product.

SharePoint-based ECM solutions extend native SharePoint functionality with the added value of transactional Document Imaging, Report Management, and BPM, along with enterprise-class Unified Policies and Content Services rivaling the older and costly, yet recognizable names in the ECM industry. They also deliver Microsoft-only functional experiences around native SharePoint capabilities such as Document Management, Forms Management, Email Management and Web Content Management – with enterprise-wide standard functionality and consistency. There is little doubt that SharePoint will raise the bar for the ECM community and it will raise the associated value that consumer organizations will reap from emerging SharePoint-based ECM suites.

The savvy IT executive or business manager who explores SharePoint-based suites for ECM strategies will find that they can achieve enhanced business content control and management, broaden user adoption across the enterprise, and enjoy higher, longer-lasting returns on their ECM investments. This can all be achieved while minimizing the impact on both the information worker desktop as well as the internal IT operational infrastructure. This is the value that users of SharePoint-based ECM suites will experience in 2008 – and well into the future.

SharePoint is the hottest thing to happen to ECM since…

December 1, 2007

I continue to be amazed at how pervasive and viral in nature the entire SharePoint subject has
become within the ECM space. This interest permeates the ECM Reseller community and ECM end users, as well as Microsoft-associated partners and end users. I will explore the whole Microsoft-associated subject later in this column as it is an interesting element for you to think about and consider, especially if you are a current ECM/Imaging VAR or Reseller.

I may have said this before, but I definitely see SharePoint as the most impactful and meaningful “hype-cycle” that our industry has experienced. Because of the significance of Microsoft entering this space via Office/SharePoint, it has really brought our industry to new heights of interest and visibility that no other single vendor introduction has historically effected. I see all of this as good, as it is opening up a brand new market segment for the ECM community.

Why are Businesses Interested in SharePoint-based ECM?

I recently came across a new white paper offered by a fairly new player in the ECM industry that took a less than flattering stance on SharePoint’s role and capabilities in the ECM space. Besides not doing much for this company’s relationship with Microsoft, this type of approach really does a disservice to our industry. It only creates more confusion and misinformation in an industry that has suffered long enough from this illness. I’m quite hopeful that as organizations come into contact with this information, they understand that, once again, traditional ECM vendors are struggling with their SharePoint strategies – and those that have none can do nothing but take potshots at SharePoint in order to try to survive.

The reason SharePoint is resonating so clearly and in an increasing way to business organizations as they examine their ECM strategy is fairly simple.

In today’s business landscape, it’s common to see Windows as the desktop OS of choice, Windows Server as the network infrastructure, MS-SQL Server as the database engine, and MS Office as the desktop suite on the information workers’ desktops. Since SharePoint fits seamlessly into this environment, it becomes a painless and somewhat simplistic decision for companies to extend the ECM strategies toward SharePoint. However, at the AIIM Roadshow, it was very clear that we are at the first-level of the SharePoint learning curve in this market.

This is evidenced by the lack of understanding as to what SharePoint is, what it does or doesn’t do – and not only from an ECM perspective. I’m actually surprised as to how little most ECM vendors really know about SharePoint given that they’ve all made some sort of “me too” integration announcement around SharePoint. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’ve seen any of these announcements or SharePoint integrations that really offer meaningful value to the consumer.

These all appear to be vendor-based value messages designed to prolong legacy vendors’ attempts to protect their historical ECM revenue prices and margins, so how does SharePoint fit with ECM?

When Microsoft first launched SharePoint 2007 (the first version of SharePoint to deliver ECM capabilities), the messaging surrounding SharePoint’s capabilities was a little vague or ambiguous. Since the launch, Microsoft has worked with AIIM, ECM industry veterans, and others to more clearly define what they now refer to as SharePoint’s ECM sub-capabilities. Evan Richman, SharePoint’s Product Manager for ECM has done an excellent job of clearly articulating that SharePoint isn’t an entire ECM solution, but a platform that provides some very rich and powerful ECM capabilities.

As you examine those capabilities, you will see that they have a heritage of controlling and managing Microsoft-based content, specifically Office suite content, Outlook/Exchange content (email), along with Expression for the Web-based content. Once you begin to understand that SharePoint’s content capabilities were designed for Microsoft-based content, the specific ECM capabilities that SharePoint provides (and those it doesn’t) become very comprehensive and more understandable.

The ECM sub-capabilities are Document Management, Records Management, Email Management, Forms Management, and Web Content Management. Clearly missing from these capabilities are core components such as Document Imaging and Enterprise Report Management (aka COLD). Since these two types of transactional content can represent upwards of 70% of a business organization’s content management requirements, you begin to better understand that SharePoint wasn’t designed to be an ECM product, but rather it provides ECM capabilities that better manage Microsoft-generated or supported content types, while providing a platform for broader ECM functionality delivered by partner-built solutions (like Clearview, for example).

Herein lies the problem for customers. The ECM functionality provided by SharePoint now directly overlaps with organically created capabilities built by legacy ECM vendors over the years. So I’m not really sure how it will ever “fit” nicely, which is why most of the legacy ECM vendors are offering an “integration” or co-existence strategy. They try to suggest that there are higher value requirements that SharePoint doesn’t deliver in order to try to justify their historically inflated price points and margins. The reality is that while SharePoint’s ECM capabilities might not be the absolute best (depending upon who is adjudicating), in reality they are “good enough” (and perhaps beyond) to meet the critical requirements of most business organizations today.

I think that where you see the “fit” with SharePoint and ECM is with new age ECM vendors like Clearview, who have built a SharePoint-based ECM platform. This uses all of SharePoint’s ECM capabilities natively as components of the ECM architecture, but augments those with additional functionalities for high-value ECM requirements like Document Imaging, Report Management, and Business Process Management.

This gives the customers the best of both worlds, and delivers a truly innovative alternative to using SharePoint alongside and overlapping with a legacy ECM product. After all, having a single solution that embeds SharePoint gives the Microsoft-centric or SharePoint customer exactly what they need to provide rich ECM but still leverage SharePoint and Office functionality natively as Microsoft designed.

I truly believe that the ECM market and its future evolution are going to be very interesting to see over the next three to five years. While SharePoint is the main catalyst for change today, what I find intriguing is contemplating which IT infrastructure vendor is going to try to “one-up” Microsoft, and what its SharePoint competitive solution will look like.

Clearview Named Kofax Technology Alliance Partner

September 18, 2007

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft® technology environments, is pleased to announce that they have been named a Kofax Technology Alliance Partner (TAP). The strategic designation places Clearview within an elite group of Document Management and ECM vendors that have built high-value solution offerings for the Kofax Ascent platform. The strategic TAP designation also demonstrates the commitment both companies have to working closely together to increase the value the joint partnership provides to their customers and to the broader ECM market.

Clearview is the first “next-generation” ECM solution that has been designed to bring a fresh, new approach to how organizations implement and use content. Built 100% from the ground up on .NET and exclusively for the Microsoft technology platform, Clearview uniquely encapsulates Microsoft SharePoint® as a core component of the Clearview ECM architecture. The combined SharePoint emphasis and contemporary innovation offered by Clearview significantly enhance the ECM platform options for Kofax partners and customers alike.

“Clearview is honored to be working so closely with the industry’s leading capture solution provider,” said Steve Leichtman, Senior Vice President of Sales with Clearview Software. “Our vision of bringing a new level of excellence and innovation for ECM solutions has been recognized by Kofax and together, we offer the market a new age alternative that embraces and supports the latest in technology standards combined with the exciting value delivered to customers via Microsoft SharePoint.”

“We are pleased that Clearview selected Kofax Ascent as the capture application for its ECM suite,” said Richard Bosworth, Kofax Vice President of North America Sales.

“Combining Kofax Ascent’s industry leading capabilities with Clearview’s innovative Microsoft-centric solution will provide our partners and customers with a unique and valuable ECM solution.”

Both Kofax and Clearview are Gold Certified members of the Microsoft Partner Program.

Defining ECM and where SharePoint® Fits

August 1, 2007

In my last column, I discussed some of the news hype along with the positive effects and potential impacts on the ECM industry that has or will come about with Microsoft’s recent Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) introduction.

Since the last column, Microsoft has announced that SharePoint has generated $800 million in revenue and is projecting a whopping $1 billion impact in 2008.

If this doesn’t spell “g-a-m-e c-h-a-n-g-i-n-g” then I am not sure what it takes to get folks to realize it really IS a whole, new ballgame – for customers, for vendors, and for the broader ECM industry.

Now one of the biggest challenges that has come about from the hype and the huge Microsoft marketing blitz around SharePoint and ECM has been defining “what is SharePoint?” or maybe more importantly “what isn’t SharePoint?” when it comes to describing an ECM solution. In our discussion today, we’re going to review this question and help readers understand, with the aid of some newly crafted Microsoft positioning, exactly where SharePoint fits within an ECM strategy.

To begin: let’s first define ECM or “Enterprise Content Management.” Well, on second thought, that itself could take another two or three month’s worth of columns to cover in its entirety. Let me better narrow my focus to illustrate how most of the industry uses the term “ECM” and what we mean by an ECM solution.

Enterprise Content Management as a term (most credit Documentum for its origination and definition) is not illustrative of the market segment to which solutions are offered (e.g. enterprise, mid-market, small to medium businesses, etc.). Rather, ECM describes a suite that is capable of managing literally all types of business content and the associated technologies and functionality needed to support the capture, storage, management, protection, and delivery of the business content. This seems to fall in line with the usage of the “enterprise” classification, even Microsoft is using this to describe richer functional editions of SQL 2005 and SharePoint itself.

So what are the required functions and technologies of true Enterprise Content Management solutions? Gartner, Forrester, and other analyst groups are now defining specific guidelines in order for a vendor to be able to include their product suite in the ECM category. These guidelines suggest that a vendor must deliver five or six portions of what we call the “ECM stack” in order to be truly categorized and recognized as an ECM provider. One of the reasons for this is that many vendors that provided isolated components of the stack were calling themselves ECM vendors. This is one of the mistakes the AIIM/ECM community has made for years – confusion in posturing and definitions. In response, the analysts have tightened up in order to mitigate some of this confusion.

The “ECM stack” is loosely defined, but most vendors would acknowledge that it is comprised of a majority of the following core technology functions:
a. Document Imaging (including Capture/Scan technologies)
b. Document Management
c. Enterprise Report Management (COLD)
d. Web Content Management
e. Email Management
f. Forms Management
g. Records Management and Retention Services
h. Workflow & Business Process Management (BPM)

Some vendors might also include Digital Asset Management as a component of the stack, and there may still be others I’ve neglected here. But for our purposes, and for defining SharePoint’s position within the ECM category, we’ll limit our stack to the above list.

In my previous column, I mentioned that one of the issues when Microsoft first began messaging and positioning SharePoint within this market was that the usage of the term “ECM” was a little loose and invoked broader functional attributes than what SharePoint could really support or offer out
of the box. This confusion extended around the market from customers, to industry analysts, through resellers and vendors – and perhaps right on into Microsoft internally. Many actually thought SharePoint could be a full spectrum, head-on alternative to the broader and richer ECM suites offered by industry icons like EMC Documentum, IBM, OpenText, and others. However, after further due diligence, it was discovered that while SharePoint’s functionality is rich and quite impressive on many fronts, it is not a full ECM suite or end-to-end “stack” solution; rather, it offers a portion or contribution toward a complete ECM solution.

Now some may not agree with this next statement, but I think many will agree that eventually Microsoft “gets it right.” And to their credit, they have worked closely with various ECM industry analysts, vendors, and other interested constituents to refine their positioning (as most vendors do over the life of their solutions and products). I think many in the industry will be quite pleased with the outcome as this refined and narrowed focus for the strengths of SharePoint is presented to the market.

Essentially, Microsoft has most recently referred to SharePoint’s key functionalities as “ECM Sub- Capabilities.” This messaging highlights that there are key attributes or components of the broader ECM stack that SharePoint fulfills quite nicely – and others that it currently does not speak to. Below is
an excerpt from a recent slide deck presented by Microsoft personnel to illustrate this new positioning.

Sub-Capabilities of SharePoint

Sub-Capabilities of SharePoint

This slide clearly highlights the strengths and rich functionality that SharePoint provides with the latest release. As you can note, Microsoft highlights four key areas:
a. Document Management
b. Records Management (we believe this also includes Email Management)
c. Forms
d. Web Content Management

Now this isn’t to say that there aren’t other capabilities that SharePoint can fulfill – especially with partner-provided solutions that round out the stack. But let’s save that discussion for another month’s topic… So the best way to think of SharePoint based upon this messaging today is that it truly does provide some great “sub-capabilities” or portions of the broader ECM stack. But today it cannot be seen or classified as a full ECM solution on its own without the complement of partner provided components and solutions.

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 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.