Here’s one that slipped under the radar last week – Microsoft and EMC teamed up for a new Enterprise Content Management alliance where Microsoft Office software will serve as a front end to EMC’s ECM offerings:
EMC will bring to market new solutions that seamlessly integrate the EMC Documentum platform with multiple Microsoft solutions and platform technologies including Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, SQL Server™ 2005 and enterprise search solutions. Microsoft provides content management capabilities in SharePoint Server 2007 today. With this new alliance SharePoint users can take advantage of the advanced ECM capabilities of the Documentum platform. Information workers will be able to access the Documentum platform natively from within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the Microsoft Office system, enabling users to leverage the power of the Documentum platform in areas such as advanced records management, business process management, imaging and rich media from their preferred Microsoft applications.
China Martens at InfoWorld makes the point that the Microsoft Office serving as a front end to third party software is now a familiar refrain:
If that sounds strangely familiar, it’s because that is the same strategy Microsoft is adopting with SAP around the “Duet” product, said Rob Bernard, general manager of Microsoft’s global independent software vendor team.
And EMC and SAP won’t be the only vendors to get hooks into Office, Bernard said.
“Overall, we are seeing all of the major ECM vendors actively building tight links into desktop tools like Outlook and partnering aggressively with Microsoft,” said Melissa Webster, program director, content and digital media technologies at IDC. Vendors of all stripes are beginning to collaborate to make it much easier for users to have full, unimpeded access to enterprise applications from their familiar desktop productivity software, she said.
We previously mentioned Duet (AKA Project Mendocino) here.