While promising to support Hummingbird's content management system indefinitely, Open Text is following a product roadmap that it hopes will make it easy for users of the technology it acquired last year to add capabilities from OpenText's Livelink ECM platform.
Early next year, Open Text plans to launch a Hummingbird Enterprise desktop client codenamed DM X. The new technology will sit on top of Hummingbird, now called Livelink ECM - eDocs, and provide the application-programming interfaces needed to hook on to Livelink's library services. The latter technology would give eDocs users access and control of content from Microsoft SharePoint, SAP business applications, email, and shared file systems. In the future, content from Oracle's J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft applications would also be included.
"(With DM X), we tried to come up with something that respects the past, while combining the best of both technologies for the future," Kirk Roberts, executive vice president of products, solutions and marketing for Open Text, said on Thursday.
The Canadian software maker unveiled details of DM X this month at the Summit 2007 conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. A couple of months earlier, Open Text unveiled at its user conference in Phoenix Livelink ECM 10's enterprise library services. Experts say the latter technology reflects Open Text's strategy against content management software offered by heavyweights IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. As the largest pure-play CM vendor, Open Text wants to become the enterprise content hub, managing the lifecycle of as much corporate information as possible.
DM X, which is based on the Livelink 10 framework, is available at no additional charge to customers who do not add any new capabilities with the upgrade. The library can be part of the package, but users who want to expand their reach in the enterprise with the new technology would have to pay more. DM X also contains Livelink's business process management engine, which would replace the workflow component of eDocs.
In general, the ECM, or enterprise content management market, has largely consolidated around IBM, Open Text and EMC. Second tier players include Oracle, which acquired Stellent last year; Xerox, Vignette, Interwoven and Hyland. In the horizon is Microsoft, which is adding content management capabilities to SharePoint.