IBM Nabs Daeja, Gets Browser-Based Image Viewer
September 23, 2013 Alex Woodie
The volume of unstructured documents being generated in this world continues to grow, creating challenges for the consumption of the information in the documents. To help streamline access to unstructured documents, IBM last week bought Daeja Image Systems, a UK-based provider of software designed to make it easier for business and IT professionals to view large documents and images on the Web.
Daeja develops software that significantly enhanced the image viewing capabilities of Web browser. The company’s ViewONE Pro and ViewONE offerings are Java applets and enable users to do things with images–such as zoom, flip, rotate, invert, and add comments–to TIF, JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG files that are not easily done in a standard Web browser setting. The software allows user to work with hundreds image file formats, and works even if the native application for viewing the document is not present on the computer or device.
Daeja says its products are often deployed alongside enterprise content management systems (ECMs), including the big ones from IBM, Documentum, OpenText, and Stellent. The software is used in all industries, but it’s particularly well-adopted in data intensive industries, such as banking, insurance, and healthcare.
Viewing very large files is a Daeja specialty. For example, the software can allow an insurance agent to view car accident photos and images off-site to speed up the claims review process. In a healthcare setting, a physician could use the Daeja software to look at X-rays.
The Daeja software supports access control over files, including who can access or modify documents. IBM says the software complements capabilities in its own ECMs to mask and annotate documents and images, and to anonymize and protect sensitive data.
IBM says it plans to integrate the Daeja products with its own ECMs. IBM has several ECM products, including Filenet, and Content Manager OneDemand offerings for IBM i, z/OS, and multiplatforms. It’s not clear exactly which products IBM plans to integrate the Daeja software into. But it’s worth noting that Daeja’s software has been used in an IBM i setting before.
According to a 2008 Daeja case study, the company worked with another UK-based software firm, GTOS Ltd, to integrate ViewONE software into GTOS’ IBM i-based document management system. “The ability to display documents quickly and the ease of use are most beneficial to users of our product,” said GTOS technical architect Ranjit Patel. “Furthermore upgrades are efficiently deployed from the central IBM System i server.”
Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. For more info, see www.daeja.com.