Content management vendors push interoperability

Enterprise content management vendors have joined forces to form a set of new guidelines to enhance the interoperability and compatibility of business data systems

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By  Patrick Elligett in Prague Published  November 12, 2008

In a bid to reduce headaches over cross-compatibility issues for enterprises, data specialists EMC has unveiled software which will implement new Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS).

The new initiative is designed to reduce the amount of one-off infrastructure and reworking of systems and technology that is required by enterprises running data management applications from a variety of vendors. The CMIS was developed by a partnership between Microsoft, EMC and IBM in collaboration with vendors such as SAP, Oracle and Adobe. If universally adopted, EMC claims it has the potential to make life easier for content management integrators.

EMC’s chief technology officer, Razmik Abnous, says if CMIS standards are approved, it will fuel more growth and competition within the content management sector.

“Without having common standards within the content management industry, this field was not going to progress much further,” says Abnous. “The CMIS is currently undergoing review by the Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) and we are hoping it will be universally adopted. Our new early access prototype software is designed to work with existing platforms and applications within the business, by adopting the new CMIS specifications.”

“If OASIS approve the CMIS, I would say that we will have a version of this software ready to go into the market within 90 days of the announcement” he adds.

The content management goliath announced the new interoperability initiatives alongside various other data and information products today at Momentum Europe in Prague, during one of the world’s largest exhibitions of data management vendors.

EMC marketing director for the Middle East and Africa, Alain Le Corre, says the early access program for the company’s CMIS software should be available across the Middle East.

“It will be available, however it will only be in English language versions,” says Le Corre. “We are working on Arabic language versions for some of our new products in the future.”

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