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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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Clearview Selected for KMWorld’s “100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management”

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 it has been named as one of the “100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management” by KMWorld, a leading industry publication. The distinguished list recognizes visionary companies that create, enhance, and define the knowledge management market.

“We have long held that the true essence of knowledge management is an attitude, a single-minded commitment to improvement,” said Hugh McKellar, editor-in-chief of KMWorld.

“Companies on our list simply must emphasize an abiding determination to serve their most important constituency: their customers. They must also show agile innovation combined with a full understanding of the forces that affect, and will affect, their customers. Clearview Software is well deserving of this recognition.”

Now in its eighth year, the annual KMWorld list of “100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management” was compiled by a collaborative team of KMWorld editorial staff and writers, knowledge management practitioners, theorists, analysts, and vendors and their customers. This is the second honor Clearview has received from KMWorld – last year, the ClearviewTM ECM suite was chosen as one of the “Trend-Setting Products of 2007.”

“Our team is extremely honored to be recognized by KMWorld and expert members of the knowledge management community,” said Phil Pascarelli, President of Clearview Software. “Our selection validates our commitment to providing an innovative ECM suite, as well as superb customer service. We look forward to continuing to revolutionize the ECM market as pioneers of SharePoint-based ECM technology.”

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.

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.

Wall Street Network Signs on to Clearview Partner Program

February 27, 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 Wall Street Network, a Microsoft Certified Partner, has joined the Clearview Partner Program. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Wall Street Network will be offering the Clearview ECM suite to customers and prospects of their technology services.

As a SharePoint solutions provider, Wall Street Network had envisioned building out a rich ECM offering for their clients with SharePoint as the development platform. Once they investigated Clearview, they felt the strength of Clearview’s SharePoint-based ECM suite would fully satisfy the information and data management requirements of their clients.

Wall Street Network is a technology solution provider (computer systems integrator) with products and professional services that deliver cost effective, high-value solutions. They offer a full suite of professional services and consulting, encompassing all phases of a project lifecycle-strategy, assessment, planning, implementation and integration, and ongoing operational support. Their application integration, development skills, and competencies include enterprise solutions for Content Management, Contact Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Geographic Information Systems, and Business Intelligence.

“Prior to partnering with Clearview, we conducted research on the small and medium business clients and prospects that have not yet implemented ECM, and found that only twenty percent of their storage space is shared information while eighty percent of their unstructured electronic storage is accessible to one and only one person. We think it should be the other way around, and plan to aggressively market the Clearview solution to help clients and prospects improve data accessibility and collaboration,” said Lester Pierre, Chairman and Founder of Wall Street Network.

“We think that Clearview has got ECM right, with an incredible ease of use, for at least the straightforward tasks. That’s a real plus. You are not looking at weeks of development and configuration as is required for other ECM solutions. With Clearview, it’s more like hours.”

“We are extremely pleased to have Wall Street Network represent Clearview’s ECM suite,” said Steve Leichtman, Senior Vice President of Sales for Clearview Software. “With Wall Street Network’s SharePoint expertise and solutions delivery methodology, we know customers will receive the highest levels of quality sales, services, and support for their Clearview implementations.”

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.

Softura, Inc. Joins the Clearview Partner Program

February 25, 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 Michigan-based Softura, Inc. has joined the Clearview Partner Program. Under the terms of the agreement, Softura will be using Clearview’s ECM suite to provide embedded content and document management services for the SAP® Business One application suite.

“We have selected Clearview’s unique SharePoint-based ECM suite as the appropriate functional and technology fit for our SAP Business One customers as well as our Microsoft-centric customers,” said Mark Murphy, President of Softura.

“Combining the strong ECM capabilities of Clearview’s ECM suite with Softura’s SAP and SharePoint sales, development, and services competencies will enable us to bring to market highly-differentiated content and document management solutions directly integrated with the Business One solution.”

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.

“Clearview is honored to have Softura select our SharePoint-based ECM suite for their SAP Business One and SharePoint Services business initiatives,” said Phil Pascarelli, President of Clearview Software. “Our vision of bringing a new level of excellence and innovation for ECM solutions has been recognized by Softura, and we are pleased that Softura will be taking this new offering to their customers.”

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

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.

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.

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.