This week in document management we heard how SpringCM has upgraded its content security to enable safer mobile computing. OpenText was also busy this week with not one, or two, but four different upgrades and releases, while Ademero upgraded Content Central to v6.5. Meanwhile, we sat down with Alfresco to find out about the future of cloud computing.

SpringCM Secures Mobile Content

As vendors push their products onto the cloud and out to an increasingly mobile workforce, content security has never been more important. While always important, the increase in mobile device use has made it become a key issue for enterprises. The latest company to tackle this is SpringCM.

SpringCM is an old hand in the content and document management game and with the development of its cloud content capabilities, mobile security and the ability to synchronize content from any mobile device became essential.

Enhancements to security in its Content Cloud Services is the result. With the enhancements, SpringCM offers a flexible security mode built around granular security settings for all content that enables users to chose their own security settings rather than being forced to take an all or nothing approach.

Its new Mobile Device Management lets enterprises decide what content can be stored on what device, revoke permissions for a device or all devices if security requires it. They can also see what activity mobile users are carrying out in SpringCM.

SpringCM now gives enterprises greater control over which content can and cannot be synced based on file, folder or attribute value with the Data Loss Prevention (DLP) enhancement that arms enterprises with the leading internal controls and audits to reduce the risk of data leakage.

There is a lot more on this worth looking at if you’re going mobile with SpringCM so check out the website.

OpenText For BPM, Archiving

The last seven days have been very busy for OpenText with no less than four upgrades and releases in as many days.

Last Tuesday it announced the release of BPM Smart Process Applications and OpenText SecureiX, while on Wednesday we saw the launch of OpenText InfoFusion and OpenText Archive.

Why OpenText should launch all four in the same week is not known, but it does send out a very positive message to clients and investors that this is a company with real drive and a vision of where it wants to go.

BPM Smart Process Applications are designed to accelerate an organization’s ability to deliver quick wins from business process management (BPM) investments while its Information Access Platform discovers and analyzes unstructured data across the enterprise and OpenText Archive for archiving all information in a single silo.

Personally, the single silo of the Archive system looks really attractive, but then thinking about all that unmanaged unstructured data across the enterprise and the pendulum swings. You get the picture -- both are interesting releases from one of the heavyweights in the enterprise information management space, so both warrant a look. There really was a lot to take-in in all these releases so probably best check them out here.

Ademero ContentCentral v6.5

Also this week, Ademero announced the release of Content Central 6.5, which has been expanded in this release for automated custom reporting, thumbnail display, PDF annotation on mobile devices and PDF streaming.

In effect, what Ademero has done is to add an automated process for generating reports based on documents and enables administrators to design report templates consisting of data filters, report segments and output columns. With the workflow engine, Ademero says that users will be able to create reports on an ongoing basis with a customized schedule.

Along with the Thumbnail Display, the PDF Streaming function looks like a winner in that it reduces the total amount of data sent to a workstation with the streaming service sending only the first page of a PDF document to the user's Web browser, but offering the possibility of more through a page menu.

Content Central works on the Windows Server platform and uses Microsoft SQL Server as its back-end database engine. Non-modular solutions and pricing are available for both the enterprise and small business. If you’re interested in more check it out here

Alfresco’s Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Finally from this week -- and if you missed it -- we sat down with David Gildeh from Alfresco to have a look at the future of cloud computing, which he says is going to be a hybrid future, at least for the medium term.

Needless to say, with Alfresco starting the slow build-up to an IPO in the US, any insights into its strategy with hybrid cloud computing in the US was always going to be telling, and Gildeh didn’t disappoint. He argued that while the long term content management strategy of large enterprises may see them moving to the cloud, they are not ready to move everything there -- at least not yet.

Alfresco, Gildeh says, will fit into the space between the cloud and on-premises that very few companies are operating in at the moment. Interested in more on this?