So What Will FileNET Do Now???

George Dearing has a good post “What Does Further Consolidation Mean For FileNet?” on his Blog: The Enterprise Content Management Blog. He asks this rhetorical question based on the recent Hummingbird acquisition by Symphony, then Open Text.

He speculates:

There doesn’t seem to be many viable merger candidates left for FileNet. At least none that would increase their competitive chances against the usual foes. And if you look at other software sectors, (business intelligence, security, ERP, BPM) most of the companies that would be a good FileNet fit have been snapped up. I still think the most likely scenario is HP or Oracle.

I have been speculating for the last year that Sun Microsystems was the most likely acquirer for FileNET. With the acquisition of FileNET, Sun would have a credible ECM offering including a strong storage story, strong operating system and middle-ware integration story.

I wrote about this in my article, “Document Management For Free: An Update” which is in my Blog Reading Room.

So, maybe as Jonathan Schwartz gets financials under control at Sun he will look at ECM as a way to leverage and realize the value of their StorageTek acquisition. This would give Sun a credible way to compete with EMC as a full lifecycle content management provider for the Solaris/Linux environment.

Just another angle to consider…



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3 thoughts on “So What Will FileNET Do Now???

  1. Russ, I think I would also go for HP or Oracle as the most likely candidates for acquiring FileNet.

    I work (fairly) closely with a range of Sun storage products people, representing Sun’s chosen ECM partner (Vignette Corp.). Sun has assembled a great stack of ECM, archiving and web products to address many customer demands, pulling together products from Vignette and a range of other companies.

    Since Sun has a decent skills base with these products now, which include high-voume imaging and workflow, as well as a pure j2ee EDRMS with Case Management, I would be surprised if they picked up FileNet.

    By the way, this is not in any form a hint that Sun might try and acquire any of its partners either. As I understood it, Sun was trying to get out of the direct software development business.

    Just a different viewpoint…



  2. Phil,

    Thanks for the insight and your comments. I think Oracle will make a go of it with their Content and Records DB for a while before considering FileNET.

    I hadn’t thought of HP. Hmmm…