Posts Tagged ‘SharePoint Integration’

Clearview ECM 5.0 is here!

November 4, 2008

Clearview Software—the leading provider of Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions that complement and extend Microsoft technologies including SharePoint—proudly announces the release of Clearview ECM 5.0, bringing to market their new Business Process Management module as well as intelligent indexing and index validation, external data access, compatibility with Kofax 8.0, and more.

The fully-integrated Business Process Management module (workflow) reduces implementation costs while automating content-centric processes to improve user productivity, information sharing, and collaboration of documents in Clearview and SharePoint. Information workers can manage and monitor workflow activity from the intuitive Clearview Client, which was inspired by the Fluent User Interface in Microsoft Office 2007.

“Organizations will be able to leverage the tremendous efficiencies provided by a solution built on a content-centric business process management product,” says Clearview Channel Services Manager Daniel Mayernik. “The Clearview 5.0 Ultimate Edition delivers the unique advantage of content-centric business process management—the content that drives business processes. Clearview provides built-in support for content events, enabling new content added to any of the Clearview Virtual ECM Domain repositories to trigger a new workflow or complete a current workflow, based on an organization’s unique business rules and policies.”

With Clearview EMC 5.0, no data is left behind. Upgraded to 62-bit, Clearview continues to extend enterprise-class content management capabilities to SharePoint and can also connect to external data sources such as an ODBC database or flat file for quick look-ups of data throughout the enterprise. Document Management Customers will also find that the new compatibility with Kofax 8.0 enables rapid document class synchronization.

Image Access Corporation Joins Clearview Authorized Partner Network

September 26, 2008

Clearview Software-known as a market leader for its fresh, new approach to Enterprise Content Management (ECM)-announces the addition of Image Access Corporation to the Clearview Authorized Partner Network. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Image Access Corporation, which has provided document image capture, workflow, and storage solutions for more than 20 years, has incorporated Clearview into their solution portfolio as a premiere Content Management solution provider.

“We are excited that Image Access Corporation joined the Clearview Authorized Partner Network,” said Steven Leichtman, senior vice president of Clearview Software. “The combination of their extensive ECM experience and the robust nature of Clearview ECM will provide their customers with a powerful solution to meet business requirements today and well into the future.”

With the advanced ECM functionality of Clearview, organizations can intelligently store and manage their business information, files, and documents. Together with Image Access Corporation, Clearview will continue to leverage document management to eliminate storage issues and assist organizations with their audit and compliance efforts to ensure proper archival of critical business information.

“With the progression of SharePoint in the ECM market, we feel that Clearview sees the big picture, and provides a product that truly elaborates on the characteristics of historical document management services, and exploits its ability to live and breathe as a natural part of the SharePoint ecosystem,” said Image Access President, John Cassidy.

“Image Access has been providing document imaging and content management solutions for over 20 years. Our ability to respond to market demands with solutions around SharePoint, allows us to position Clearview in a way that can add value to the untapped potential in every organization’s document-centric processes.”

The Spitfire Group, Inc. Joins Clearview Authorized Partner Network

August 19, 2008

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Microsoft® SharePoint® based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft technology environments, today announced the addition of The Spitfire Group, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in business-driven technology solutions and integration, to the Clearview Authorized Partner Network. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Spitfire will incorporate Clearview into their solution portfolio as their premiere ECM partner solution to maximize the full value and potential of SharePoint.

Spitfire specializes in helping clients achieve alignment between business objectives and technology initiatives. With a business-focused approach and highly-experienced team, Spitfire helps clients maximize project effectiveness and regularly delivers client engagements under budget. Their SharePoint knowledge and experience enabled them to identify Clearview’s unique value proposition of leveraging and extending SharePoint to deliver enterprise-class ECM functionality.

“The Spitfire Group is excited to work as the Rocky Mountain partner for Clearview because we know how much value Microsoft SharePoint and an ECM tool bring to an organization,” said Mark Richtermeyer, President and CEO of Spitfire.

“Our SharePoint expertise can extend the Clearview capabilities in order to maximize an organization’s return on software investments.”

“We welcome The Spitfire Group to the Clearview Authorized Partner Network,” said Steve Leichtman, Senior Vice President of Sales & Services for Clearview Software. “The expertise and business application knowledge that Spitfire brings to their market is highly regarded and Clearview is proud to have our ECM platform selected for their clients.”

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 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 Announces Release of Clearview™ 4.1 ECM Suite

June 24, 2008

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Microsoft® SharePoint® based Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft technology environments, today announced the release of ClearviewTM 4.1, an update to the popular next-generation Clearview ECM software suite.

Available today to customers and partners around the world, Clearview 4.1 represents significant enhancements and new features designed for the emerging requirements of business organizations and the general ECM market. Clearview 4.1 incorporates enhancements such as expanded support for highly complex SharePoint implementation configurations, a new AJAX/ASP.NET based web browser client, and a new Microsoft Office Suite plug-in – all delivering deeper integration of Clearview Content Services with Office 2003 and Office 2007 user experiences.

“We chose Clearview based upon its cutting-edge approach to ECM along with how seamlessly it fits into our Microsoft-technology infrastructure,” said David Mansfield, Executive Vice President and CFO of The Provident Bank, an independent community bank headquartered in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

“Our information workers love the simplicity of the Clearview user interfaces. Even our external auditors have commented that it’s the best system that they have ever used.”

Clearview’s ECM innovation emphasis continues to be centered on the value-add extension Clearview brings to the SharePoint-based ECM market. According to Kyle McNabb, Principal Analyst and Research Director at Forrester Research in the November 2007 The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Content Management Suites, Q4 2007, “SharePoint is an especially good fit for (ECM) buyers who: 1) Choose Microsoft to address their collaboration needs; 2) Will look elsewhere for transactional content-centric support; and 3) Want to leverage their investments in Microsoft.”

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 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.

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.

Andrews Crosby & Associates, Ltd. Selects Clearview as Enterprise Content Management Partner

October 30, 2007

Clearview Software, the premier innovators of contemporary Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions designed exclusively for Microsoft® technology environments, is pleased to announce that Andrews Crosby & Associates, Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in the development of innovative enterprise-wide Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, have selected Clearview as their ECM partner solution and have joined the Clearview Global Select Partner Program.

Under this partnership, Andrews Crosby & Associates will be trained and certified to sell the Clearview solution, which will enable Clearview to leverage the expertise and strong relationships of Andrews Crosby & Associates in diverse markets, such as legal and healthcare. With the addition of Clearview, Andrews Crosby & Associates brings to their portfolio a fresh, new ECM solution that encapsulates Microsoft® SharePoint®, while addressing many of the advanced ECM functional requirements of their customers and their market.

“We chose to partner with Clearview and market their ECM product because it meets our customers’ demand for an innovative and easy to use ECM solution,” said Jack Hodys, Vice President of Consulting Services for Andrews Crosby & Associates.

“The functionality of the Clearview IRISS Desktop Gadget is one of the main reasons we chose Clearview. We are amazed with the IRISS and its ability to improve productivity by providing our customers quick, on-demand access to content from their line of business and desktop applications.”

“Clearview is pleased to welcome Andrews Crosby & Associates into the Clearview Global Select Partner Program,” said Steve Leichtman, Senior Vice President of Sales for Clearview Software. “The expertise and business application knowledge that Andrews Crosby & Associates brings to their market is highly regarded and Clearview is proud to have our ECM platform selected for their customers.”

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 and delivers enterprise-class, rich ECM functionality that extends the ECM components of the SharePoint platform.