ACOM Improves Web-Based Document Management Solution
March 11, 2008 Alex Woodie
ACOM Solutions last week unveiled a new release of EZContentManager, its Windows-based document management offering that gives users a Web front end for accessing documents originating from the System i and other server platforms. With version 3.4, ACOM adds a number of handy features designed to make it easier for users to perform document scanning, searching, and retrieval tasks.
ACOM launched EZContent Manager in December 2005 to fill what it saw as a void in the market for a low-cost and easy-to-use content management systems. Instead of powerful but complicated content management systems from IBM and others that run on the System i and cost more than $100,000, ACOM saw a need for a basic content management system that could run on industry-standard servers and cost about one-tenth of that.
That’s what ACOM delivered with EZContentManager, which runs on a SQL Server-based repository and provides basic index, archiving, and search capabilities, as well as a Web-based interface that allows users to pull up documents, in addition to other features. Starting price: $10,000.
Now, with a couple of years of development under its belt, ACOM is looking to add more sophisticated capabilities to EZContentManager. With EZContentManager 3.4, ACOM has added several new features that improve the document import and scanning functions. For example, a new auto linking feature will automatically apply virtual links to batch documents according to the metadata they contain. Users will also benefit from enhancements to the import utility, including the capability to copy jobs and resize windows. Finally, one-off scans will be easier to perform thanks to the new Web-based scanning utility (although users will have to automatically enter the meta data that’s used to create the indexes).
Finding specific documents in the archive should be easier thanks to the new capability to perform wildcard searches in any field. Less manual intervention will be needed to move documents in and out of the archive as a result of a new automated retention policy. Finally, ACOM added the capability to preview a document, eliminating the need to download documents to view them.
EZContentManager version 3.4 is available now. Pricing starts at about $10,000. For more information, visit www.acom.com.