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Volume 19, Issue 3 March 2002
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Documentum Acquires Next-Generation Content Aggregation and Distribution Technology

Documentum, Inc., a provider of enterprise content management (ECM), has announced that it has acquired privately held Boxcar Software. This acquisition news was announced in conjunction with Documentum's fourth quarter and fiscal 2001 financial results.

Based in Boston, Boxcar provides standards-based, next-generation technology for content aggregation and content distribution. Documentum plans to integrate Boxcar's technology with the Documentum platform by the second quarter of this year.

According to the announcement, with this acquisition Documentum provides the most comprehensive set of content creation, personalization, management, and delivery capabilities. Examples include aggregation, application integration, authoring, collaboration, distribution, transformation, and Web publishing.

Content aggregation is the automated gathering of any type of content, from any source, either inside or outside a company's firewalls, including Web sites, public folders, file systems, and legacy applications. Content distribution (known as "syndication" in the media and publishing industries) is the automated distribution of any type of content, in any format to any destination. Companies can choose to push content to specific target audiences, or recipients can specify preferences for content, format, timing, and delivery method.

The combination of Documentum and Boxcar's technology will enable companies to gather all types of content from disparate sources; integrate it with other enterprise content; manage and personalize the content; then securely deliver and distribute it, in multiple formats, to multiple audiences. With the addition of the Boxcar technology, Documentum says it is the first and only vendor to offer a fully integrated, standards-based ECM solution that spans the entire content management value chain, from creation through management to delivery.

Boxcar Software makes content exchange software that enables both the aggregation and distribution of business-critical content between and among businesses and their suppliers, distributors, partners, customers, and employees. The company was founded in 1999, and its management and technology teams have extensive experience in Internet infrastructure software, with a focus on Java technology.

Source: Documentum, Inc., Pleasanton, CA, 925/600-6800; http://www.documentum.com.

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