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Plumtree Serves Up Two Plug-ins

Plumtree Software Wednesday debuted two plug-ins for businesses to integrate Documentum enterprise content management capabilities into the Plumtree Corporate Portal platform.

These tools are: a suite of Plumtree Portal Gadgets incorporating content management capabilities of Documentum 4i; and a Plumtree Crawler for scanning Documentum 4i repositories for new content to index in the portal.

The plug-ins essentially expand digital enterprise offerings by granting customers a portal solution for creating, personalizing, delivering and managing information extracted from anywhere in an extended enterprise. Businesses can speed products to market and mobilize their networks.

The Plumtree Gadget Suite for Documentum 4i empowers business users to create, edit and approve Documentum-managed content from a personalized portal page that also incorporates those users' e-mail, sales leads, inventory reports, and market news.

The gadgets were developed by Infodata, a Plumtree channel partner with experience in Documentum and Plumtree technologies. With this enhanced integration, organizations now have the option of accessing Documentum 4i through hosted gadgets which allow them to register the new portal services via the Web. The Plumtree Documentum Gadget Suite is available both as a Web-hosted solution or to customers who have purchased both software solutions.

As for the Plumtree Crawler for Documentum 4i, that tool adds to a collection of crawlers for Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, the Internet, corporate intranets and extranets to offer customers a single view of all documents across the enterprise, regardless of where they are located.

The "Crawler" publishes content that has been staged through Documentum workflows, integrating content in an enterprise-wide searchable directory that includes Web pages, reports, e-mail and documents from file systems. The Crawler regularly scans Documentum repositories for new content and places links to new text documents, images, spreadsheets or any other form of content in the organized, searchable structure of the Plumtree Directory.

Alan Weintraub, research director of Gartner Group, said the goal of corporate portals is to help businesses manage their knowledge, which Plumtree facilitates with its new offerings.

"The key portal trend is the integration of Content Management to allow greater control and personalization of unstructured content," Weintraub said. "Overall, the functionality that enterprises are seeking from portals is expanding, and the role of the portal is evolving into the 'Swiss army knife' for application access, content and knowledge management."