Dancing with documents

Dancing with documents

Summary: Collaboration, records management, and workflow are just some of the features in current electronic document management software. We examine your options.

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Product DocBanq Docushare Hummingbird Interwoven SmartLibrary Objective Trim
Distributor DocBanq Fuji Xerox Australia Hummingbird Australia Inform Systems Australia Nintex Objective Corporation Tower software
File types handled All All All All Office Files, Images, PDF All All
Security (permission levels, passwords, etc) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Accessability No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Records Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calendar support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subscription support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Collaboration No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mobility Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Workflow support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Support for physical records Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Bar code support Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
XML Capability Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Integration with Enterprise Applications No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bulletin board support No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Server OS supported N/A Windows 2000 SP4, 2003 Server SP1, Sun Solaris 8,9, Linux Redhat AS 2.1, ES 3, SUSE Linux Standard and enterprise server, Version 8 Windows 2000 Server
Windows 2003 Server
Windows, Linux, Unix Yes Solaris and Windows Operating Systems. Microsoft Windows, NT4, 2000, XP, Windows 2003.
Client OS supported Windows Windows 2000, XP and higher, Mac (Web only) Windows 2000 Client, Windows XP, Citrix Windows No Windows and Web client Microsoft Windows NT4, 2000, XP.
Web client Bullant Remote Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 SP@ or higher, Netspace Navigator 6.x or higher, Mozilla 1.7.1, Mozilla Firefox 1.0, Opera 7.52 Internet Explorer 5.5 and above. IE, Netscape Yes Yes Yes
ODMA compliant No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Document scanning functionality (standard or optional) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Topics: Software, CXO, Data Management, Enterprise Software

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  • Electronic Document Management

    While your reviews on EDMS options are solid they fail to take in to account the biggest users of these packages in Australia are Engineering biased.

    Most of the packages reviewed I found found to be nearly useless in an Engineering Environment.

    One, named after a bird, can not store more than one electronic file to a profile (essential for storing the native and a image file of the signed original) and can only manage one to one relationships in its database which is not good for correspondence let alone a drawing with say 100 equipment tag numbers to be related to it.

    I suggest you also look at products such as Documentum, Filenet (both the McLaren add-on), ProArc and Assai to name a very few.

    The other issue is that engineering is also moving rapidly away from CAD centric applications to datacentric design tools and your reviews make not mention of the future in this regard. Look at, for example, SmartPlant Foundation and Aveva products.
    anonymous