OpenText offers free enterprise file-sharing

In this content management news roundup, OpenText addresses enterprises' need for secure file-sharing and remote access to information.

OpenText now offers a free file-sharing option for customers that use the OpenText Content Suite 10.5 platform. For no additional cost, customers can give an unlimited number of users access to the file-sharing and synchronization tool Tempo Box.

Ontario-based OpenText decided to provide Tempo Box free of charge based on enterprises' need for secure, compliant and low-cost enterprise file-sharing that doesn't involve the security and governance risks of consumer applications.

Tempo Box allows organizations to secure enterprise content on mobile devices by providing remote wipe capabilities, mobile content encryption for iOs, Android and Blackberry, as well as functions like setting access permissions and retention policies. Communications between the OpenText content repository, desktops and mobile clients are encrypted using 256-bit SSL encryption.

Tempo Box was available to Content Suite 10.5 users at the beginning of July and OpenText will extend this offering to all users in the fall.

An iPad application for mobile ECM

A new iPad application allows workers to access enterprise content from their tablets.

Mobius Luminist, a content management app from Naples, Florida-based ASG Software Solutions, is the ECM provider's first foray into offering their technologies on a mobile device. According to ASG, for its customers in industries like finance, insurance and healthcare that handle massive volumes of information, content accessibility is a major concern. Luminist aims to provide secure remote access to content in ASG's ViewDirect repository, with a focus on simple, intuitive navigation -- users can either browse content or use the app's search feature.

"We wanted to provide this in an amenable style, especially for folks coming up through the ranks, who have known nothing other than the cell phone that's on their hip 24/7 and the tablet technology," said Theresa Kollath, vice president, line-of-business and information management solutions at ASG.

ASG started its first venture into mobile applications with the iPad not only because a tablet allows easier viewing of reports and images than a smartphone, but also because Apple has more restrictions on how apps need to be built. According to Kollath, this initial challenge should make moving the app into Android and Windows environments in the future an easier process.

With workers like insurance claims adjusters and hospital staff using this type of application, security is also a priority. The Luminist app includes time-out and iPad monitoring features that allow remote wipes and app removal.

Collaboration software provider adds file-sharing capabilities

Collaboration software provider Zimbra has added file-sharing capabilities to its repertoire. To meet enterprises' rising need for secure file-sharing, Zimbra, based in Frisco, Texas, acquired Houston -based Mezeo.

Mezeo's offerings include MezeoFile, a customizable tool that enables secure file-sharing and synchronization on a variety of devices, and MezeoCloud, an on-premises cloud storage platform. Mezeo also helps service providers launch SaaS-based file-sharing for enterprises.

Zimbra's other capabilities include email, calendaring, activity streams and social networking features that are mobile- and cloud-friendly. According to Zimbra's CEO Patrick Brandt, secure file synchronization and sharing has been a common request from the company's customers.

Mezeo software will continue to be available both on-premises and in the cloud.

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