EMC World 2015: EMC unveils Project Horizon content platform

Business processes
Business processes

Apps marketplace built on Pivotal version of Cloud Foundry

EMC has launched its Project Horizon content management system (CMS), which could eventually replace its long running Documentum range. 

The CMS will also provide an apps marketplace, which according to EMC will help CIOs and enterprises drive their digital agendas. 

The product is based on Pivotal CF, which in turn is based on the open source PaaS Cloud Foundry. It touted the product as "mobile-first, cloud-first". 

Project Horizon features a multi-tenant foundation offered as shared services platform for building cloud native applications.

It will also allow existing current-generation Documentum implementations based on D2 and xCP to be hosted on Project Horizon, enabling customers to move to the cloud while continuing to access its UI and platform services.

Documentum Life Sciences Solutions Suite 4.0, and Documentum Capital Projects Express will be hosted on Project Horizon. 

EMC said the new system was DevOps and Agile ready and its architecture architecture supports continuous integration and deployment.

The modular architecture sports what EMC called "Tiles" that come with an app and the ability to embed that app to build systems by assembling modules of functionality. 

Alongside Project Horizon is a new innovation programme designed to engage with customers from the start of the development cycle through rapid visual prototyping.

This involves partners and customers working with EMC teams to build Project Horizon Tiles. 

"Digital enterprises are moving away from monolithic solutions," said Rohit Ghai, president, EMC Enterprise Content Division.

"Unlocking the way people will experience content in the future will depend upon a revolution in how content is accessed, managed and delivered. Project Horizon will help these organisations create a digital workplace, a digital value-chain and operate with a digital mindset regardless of where they are on the journey to digitalisation.” 

Analysts said the modular approach to content management could cut down on the time spent implementing such systems. 

"Component- and cloud-based architectures offer enterprises significant benefits in time to market, economies of scale and business agility. At the same time, customers need a path to the future that lets them leverage and extend their existing investments," Melissa Webster, program vice president of Content and Digital Media Technologies at IDC.

"We are seeing growing interest in cloud – in its many variations – for ECM and for cloud-based content applications that automate critical enterprise business processes." 

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