DOCUMENTUM and Microsoft Strengthen Strategic Alliance To Deliver Enterprise Document and Knowledge Management Solutions

DOCUMENTUM and Microsoft Strengthen Strategic Alliance To Deliver Enterprise Document and Knowledge Management Solutions

ANAHEIM, Calif., May 12, 1998 — DOCUMENTUM Inc. (Nasdaq
) and Microsoft Corp. today jointly announced plans to implement global marketing, development and support programs. The initiative builds on the companies’ strategic relationship to develop and market world-class document and knowledge management solutions that take advantage of new technologies developed by the companies. The initiative also calls for targeting these solutions toward specific vertical markets, such as process and discrete manufacturing, financial services, utilities and telecommunications, to solve business challenges faced by those industries.

“Our Microsoft® Windows NT® Server-based sales have significantly increased over the past several years, and Windows NT is now our fastest-growing platform in terms of shipments,”
said Jeffrey A. Miller, president and CEO of DOCUMENTUM.
“This is a reflection of the market adoption of both DOCUMENTUM and Microsoft innovative technology and solutions. We see Microsoft BackOffice® as a strategic development platform today and well into the future.”

The joint programs reflect DOCUMENTUM’s position as one of Microsoft’s top global independent software vendors (ISVs). Four leading industry analyst firms also recently recognized DOCUMENTUM as the leader in the integrated document management (IDM) category. DOCUMENTUM’s dramatic growth has been fueled by customer demand for client/server and Web-based document management solutions based on the scalable Microsoft BackOffice family architecture. As new technologies emerge, such as XML for managing objects across the Web, Microsoft and DOCUMENTUM plan to work together to define new product solutions.

“Global 1,000 customers are looking for solutions to their business problems. They look to Microsoft for technology leadership and strategic relationships with enterprise application providers such as DOCUMENTUM,”
said Steve Ballmer, executive vice president of sales and support for the worldwide business strategy group at Microsoft.
“Whether the business need is to make manufacturing more efficient through better management of standard operating procedures or to expedite sales of new financial products through the timely delivery of accurate product information, DOCUMENTUM’s applications extend the Microsoft infrastructure into solutions that add value to customers in specific industries.”

The expanded alliance will involve joint marketing and sales activities including executive strategy meetings, participation in new product early adopter programs (Windows NT 5.0, Microsoft SQL Server
™7.0, and the Windows® 98 operating system), industry-focused seminars and joint advertising, cross-training of field personnel, benchmark studies and joint participation in trade shows, such as the AIIM ’98 show in Anaheim.

Tight Integration Between Product Lines

DOCUMENTUM delivers high-payback, differentiated solutions based on its industry-leading technology and integrates deeply with Microsoft server technologies, desktop applications, Web architecture and development tools.

  • In the network, DOCUMENTUM’s enterprise architecture takes full advantage of the price/performance of Windows NT Server. DOCUMENTUM® Docbase , a common repository for all types of documents, stores object metadata in Microsoft’s enterprise-scalable SQL Server database.

  • At the desktop level, DOCUMENTUM’s management services are seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Office applications, Windows Explorer, Microsoft Exchange and the Outlook
    messaging and collaboration client. Users can access, edit and route all types of documents stored in the Docbase from the Microsoft client of their choice.

  • On the Web, DOCUMENTUM’s enterprise architecture uses Site Server and Internet Information Server to combine content integrity with content delivery. Working together with Microsoft Internet Explorer, DOCUMENTUM can ensure rapid deployment of easy-to-use enterprise solutions that speeds return on investment for corporations.

  • Microsoft’s development tools allow developers to extend the DOCUMENTUM EDMS quickly and easily, whether changes are occurring on the Web or the desktop. DOCUMENTUM is designed to support a broad range of Microsoft tools, such as the Visual Basic® and Visual Studio
    ™development systems, the FrontPage® Web site creation and management tool and more.


DOCUMENTUM ( develops, markets and supports a family of enterprise document management products that improve the effectiveness of the organization based on a company’s business-critical information and proven processes. Headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., DOCUMENTUM sells its products and services worldwide through a direct sales force, systems integrators and affiliated distributors. DOCUMENTUM is the recognized leader in the document management market, with global customers in the process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, finance and government services sectors.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, Windows NT, BackOffice, Windows, Outlook, Visual Basic, Visual Studio and FrontPage are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

DOCUMENTUM and Docbase are trademarks of DOCUMENTUM Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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