Since 2001 we have been making businesses aware that there is a need for Inbound/Outbound business content to be managed in a consolidated business process with common business rules. We never saw these as separate processes.
Finally, EMC, IBM and Microsoft have announced a jointly developed specification called CMIS, which uses Web Services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable applications to interoperate with multiple Enterprise Content Management ‚repositories‘ by different vendors. (Psst – an archive is not a repository …)
They intend to submit the CMIS specification to OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards). The ultimate goal of CMIS – Content Management Interoperability Services – is to dramatically reduce the dramatic cost for multi-vendor, multi-archive environments. Businesses spend a huge amount of time and money to create and maintain custom integration code and one-off integrations for ECM systems as we proposed for so long.
Now with CMIS we can push the clunky archive systems to the server back-end and give the business users the consolidated, easy-to-use, user front-ends for ECM, BPM and CRM with the Papyrus Platform that they actually need.
We can now use CMIS (an SOA like interface spec) to link multiple existing archives (repositories in their diction) to unlock content they already have by adding modern Web 2.0 or RIA user interfaces that exhibit the business processes (ideally trained with the UTA) and the related boundary business RULES.
We are already working to define the CMIS specification for the Papyrus Platform in sync with the available information. Because of our powerful integration features it is fairly easy to do so. As soon as our analysis is complete and we can estimate an availability date, we will officially announce support for the CMIS specification.