EMC OnDemand Brings Captiva, Documentum, and Document Sciences to the Cloud

 EMC announced today, that EMC OnDemand is now available for EMC Captiva, EMC Documentum, and EMC Document Sciences. The new EMC OnDemand offering is a hybrid cloud deployment model for enterprise-class applications, designed to help customers accelerate journey to the cloud.

The new deployment model will enable customers to stay current on the latest software releases, simplify management of highly complex applications, and lower IT maintenance spend. You can visit the EMC OnDemand page on EMC.com for more information.

What is EMC OnDemand?

EMC OnDemand brings enterprise-class applications to the cloud, leveraging best-in-class technologies from VMware, RSA and EMC, and the infrastructure can contain one or many EMC products and partner products.

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Leveraging Capture Shared Services throughout the Organization

Repost: I wrote this blog post for the AIIM Capture Community. You can view it there as well.

I just got back from visiting with a couple large EMC customers, and one topic we discussed was the concept of building a shared services model to support their use of document capture.  Each customer was at a different stage – one had several capture projects in production that involved capturing highly regulated business documents along with non-sensitive documents, whereas the other client was just rolling out their first few document capture projects.  In both cases, a common goal is to leverage their capture investment across many parts of the business, ultimately creating a shared services model for capture.

For some organizations, to get to a shared services model will require standardizing on one enterprise capture platform and moving away from managing several capture products across the organization. The goal being to eliminate the maintenance and support requirements and costs, that go along with having multiple products which frequently provide overlapping technology.

The back office mailroom represents one of the key areas where capture is used today, and from a logistical shared services model, provides a facility where centralized capture can be deployed and expanded as new business units and processes are brought online. On the other hand, pushing capture to the front-office is what many businesses are trying to do with their most critical business processes, but this can introduce other complexities and decisions that need to be made when building out a shared services model that supports distributed capture.

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EMC Partner Launches New Mobile Apps for EMC ApplicationXtender

EMC World 2011 may have come to an end yesterday, but there was so much news going on that I did not have time write about all of it before the show ended.  One of the cool announcements came from an EMC partner, Business Imaging Systems (BIS), who announced three new mobile apps that connect into EMC ApplicationXtender. BIS is calling it MAX and it is described as “content management unplugged”. The new offerings will connect users from Apple iPhone and Android devices, tablets, and network KIOSK devices, with the content management environment of ApplicationXtender. You can read more about MAX here.

At EMC World, I had the opportunity to get a quick demo of the various products they are launching.

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Capture News: Pitney Bowes Management Services Teams Up with EMC to Deliver Imaging Solutions

Last week, Pitney Bowes announced that they will be using the EMC Captiva intelligent enterprise capture products as its document and data capture technology for both hosted and on-premise offerings. You can read the entire press release here.

What this partnership further reinforces is the ongoing  demand for companies wanting to digitize their paper. Paper is still a necessary evil for many businesses, and it is something companies are still trying to get control of.

This partnership also now gives companies different options of getting there – deploy capture internally, take advantage of the EMC OnDemand offering (see the EMC announcement), or look to partners like Pitney Bowes Management Services to provide it as a service.  Different options backed up with great underlying technology. 

Very exciting.

Announcements at EMC World 2011

This week has been full of  announcements from at EMC World, with several of them being very exciting. First, EMC has announced a new EMC OnDemand offerings that bring together best-of-breed technologies from EMC, VMware and RSA® and will be made available for either on-premise, private cloud deployment or off-premise, public cloud deployment through Service Providers.  The initial products to leverage this technology will be EMC Captiva, Documentum, CenterStage and Document Sciences. The plan is to have this offering available in the 2H of 2011.

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Why We Need to Make Cloud Computing Easy

An article authored by Mark Lewis, chief strategy officer of the Information Infrastructure Products Business at EMC, talks about a technology free cloud. Mark puts things into perspective on why we need to make cloud computing easy and not simply view it as a technology platform.

Here’s a link to the Forbes article.