IBM is responding to demands from smaller enterprises for low-cost, ready-to-go software with a new content management offering packaged on its eServer iSeries systems.
The software, called DB2 Content Manager Standard Edition 8.3, is designed to allow small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) to make better use of important business information that might be spread across numerous and diverse applications and business processes, according to IBM.
It is essentially a lower-priced version of IBM's DB2 Content Manager software, which is aimed at larger businesses.
"The Standard Edition is based on the same technology as the Enterprise edition and offers the same applications," segment director for content manager in northern and eastern Europe at IBM, Gunter Scholz, said. "The main differences between the two are that the Standard Edition has a different licensing policy and, generally speaking, is easier to install and operate."
The software lets users manage and share digitised content across the enterprise. It includes search functions, document process management and multiple view options, allowing content such as scanned images, forms and documents to be off-loaded from workstations and then stored and managed in a central repository.
Other features include a graphical workflow builder, which allows users to create and maintain their own workflows to define and automate tasks such as document creation, approval and archiving; and Web services support, enabling many types of data to be captured, managed and retrieved within a services-oriented architecture.
Automation of the capture and management of Extensible Markup Language (XML) documents is enabled in a common content repository, while an XML schema mapping utility automates and controls mapping of XML schemas.
IBM is suggesting a US retail price of $US6900 for the product. Its iSeries servers come with middleware, storage and security components.
The Standard Edition is available in Europe at about the same price, according to Scholz.
"In the US, each seat costs around $US350, with a minimum requirement of 20 seats," he said. "Our pricing is very similar."
The product is also available in Asia.