Friday, December 03, 2004

Tsunami on the way

Haven't been here for a while. I apologize for those of you that have been looking for new posts. Just getting caught up with everything and I think we're almost there... Anyhow I just recieved this e-mail from Interwoven talking about Oracle's new ECM system:

Hi Ralph,

As you know, Oracle is announcing the availability of Tsunami at OracleWorld next week, which Interwoven's CMO, John Bara, sees as no more than a "glorified database." Essentially it provides lightweight file management, which will require extensive systems integration and will provide only very basic, low-end capabilities.

Oracle wants IT to believe that their offering fills the content management needs of business users and that IT wants the following:

* A lightweight file management solution that requires lots of customization (cost of an SI) and higher TCO and that handles filing of documents but neglects things like digital assets

* A vanilla infrastructure offering that requires purchasing the kitchen sink rather than solving an immediate and specific need

* To omit many of the tools business users need that allow them to easily develop, collaborate on, manage and distribute all types of digital content while protecting corporate brands and mitigating risk

While some may want this, many others are looking for a way to harness the power and reap the rewards of content management, and looking to bridge the communication gap between business and IT.

Questions we think you should ask Oracle:

How are they going to provide: Records Management? Digital Asset Management? Web Content Management? Content Distribution? Web Change Management? Without these things, they are not an ECM player, and they will not be able to provide ECM solutions.

They then go on with some stuff about why Interwoven's product is supieor.

Oracle has actually been in the file systems business for quite some time and this latest approach in very interesting. They were of course rumored to be big FileNET and Documetum suitors. Now it looks like they are going to settle for being competitive with SharePoint if they're lucky. All this to me is obviously a response to IBM's ECM success, which is tightly integrated with DB2, which, of course, is one of Oracle's main competitors.

Anyways, hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving and hope to have a few more posts before the end of the year. Please feel free to respond any time.

Cheers.
Ralph

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