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AJAX Integrates With WebSphere

Altien Document Manager Can Now Connect to all Major ECM Systems

Altien announced the availability of Altien Document Manager (ADM) on the IBM WebSphere Information Integrator Content Edition (IICE) platform. Altien and IBM will jointly market the new solution worldwide.

Altien has applied the latest web development technologies to the perennial problem of enterprise document management -- enabling users to participate without disrupting the way they do their work. Altien Document Manager (ADM) is an out-of-the-box application that meets the needs of hard-to-please knowledge workers such as managers, administrators, lawyers, accountants, analysts, salespeople, consultants and engineers. The ADM web client makes extensive use of Ajax technology to deliver revolutionary usability together with the rapid deployment benefits of a zero-download browser application. ADM is simple to learn, minimizes training costs and generates lasting user buy-in. It is already proven with major enterprises in the banking, energy, manufacturing & government sectors.

IBM WebSphere Information Integrator Content Edition provides a single, bidirectional interface to numerous data sources including content management and workflow systems from IBM and other vendors including FileNet, EMC Documentum, Hummingbird, Microsoft, Open Text, Oracle, Stellent and CRM applications. It provides a flexible, highly scalable abstraction layer that makes applications repository independent and is well-suited for Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) projects that require an SOA content bus that extends the information as a service framework to include unstructured information.

Jason Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of Altien, said:"The ECM market is entering a new era. As organizations seek to realize the profound benefits of enterprise-wide content management they now wish to standardize their ECM infrastructure. This process will drive market consolidation around a handful of dominant ECM platforms. This consolidation and the development of open ECM standards will in turn enable a flourishing of new applications built on these common platforms. And just as we saw in the relational database market ten years ago, the platforms that best foster application developers will most likely triumph."

"By integrating ADM and WebSphere Information Integrator Content Edition we have created a unique value proposition. A next-generation enterprise document management application that is independent of any ECM repository. Our customers can now implement a migration path toward a common ECM infrastructure and away from legacy repositories over time and without disrupting their users. IBM WebSphere Information Integrator Content Edition has allowed Altien to concentrate on what it does best – creating compelling end-user applications. IBM has provided us with excellent support through our development phase and we look forward to building on our partnership."

Getting knowledge workers to engage positively with document management systems remains a serious challenge. Although people recognize conceptually that it is good for the organization as a whole, at an individual level they often find it burdensome. They then use it less, contribute less, and this encourages others to do the same, diminishing the value of the system.

What is more, the workers generating the most business critical documents in the organization tend to be the hardest-to-please when it comes to information management.

Altien makes document management compelling for the individual and this is the key to realizing the organization's compliance & productivity goals.

"Our content integration capabilities are the most far-reaching in the industry and we are pleased to see this announcement of Altien Document Manager and their new web based development technology for enterprise content, collaboration and knowledge management," said Jon Prial, Vice President, IBM Content Management and Discovery.

Altien previewed the new integrated solution at the IBM Information On Demand 2006 global conference taking place in Anaheim, California from October 15th-20th 2006.

Altien Document Manager also includes optional desktop integration with Microsoft Office productivity applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook plus Lotus Notes and Novell Groupwise.

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