Compare IBM FileNet vs. Micro Focus Content Manager

IBM FileNet is ranked 2nd in Enterprise Content Management with 61 reviews while Micro Focus Content Manager is ranked 11th in Enterprise Content Management with 1 review. IBM FileNet is rated 8.2, while Micro Focus Content Manager is rated 3.0. The top reviewer of IBM FileNet writes "Easy to integrate, and enables our clients to guarantee compliance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Content Manager writes "Difficult to learn, poor technical support, and needs better integration with SharePoint". IBM FileNet is most compared with SharePoint, OpenText ECM and IBM ECM, whereas Micro Focus Content Manager is most compared with SharePoint, OpenText ECM and IBM FileNet.
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The application, in terms of durability, has been able to withstand the usage, given that it was installed in 2003 and it's still working.One of the most valuable features is FileNet's ability to capture things from the stack, from e-mail, to scanning of Excel and Word. FileNet can also convert many types of files to PDFs very easily.FileNet has the capabilities to meet compliance and regulatory requirements. It is very secure.FileNet is very user-friendly... We have business users using and it is quite friendly for them.The most valuable feature is access control.It also helps with compliance and governance issues because it's a datastore that is not modifiable, and you can guarantee that. You cannot guarantee that with a folder-based file structure, where multiple people have access.[The most valuable features are] scalability and ease of use. These features are important because the customer where we have deployed it has millions of documents... And over the last five years, the volume of the documents has been increasing. It's handling all of them and without any errors.We use IBM Datacap's capabilities to capture data and then we use FileNet's capabilities for filing, to create an archive of documents... We [also] use FileNet's ability to expose information via APIs and interoperate with other systems.

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It has a robust search but has often been difficult for people to learn.

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Our client feels FileNet does not provide them with content searchability. They feel it's cumbersome. They're only using Metadata. If the Metadata is not well-populated, it becomes a problem to retrieve a document.However, the configuration does take a long time. Every company needs its own configuration design. It depends on how many applications are connecting to FileNet. It can take a long time, depending on the application count.There is some confusion with FileNet workflow. It's not really going into the next level. They are probably replacing it with BPM's workflow. So there's an issue of clarity, the vision for going forward.I would like to see it able to capture NLP in an advanced search. It would also be good if it could capture images and segregate them in categories within a span of seconds.The FileNet API seems like it is very difficult and not transparent.The area of migrations to new versions must be made easier. It's quite good that they have now begun to improve the API area, to modernize the interfaces, but there's always a very big investment involved in migrating from one version to another. That prohibits rolling out new functionalities to customers. It's not so easy.... In that area, they really must improve.There is room for improvement in the file management. It's very complex.IBM has a lot of documentation but the kind of information in a lot of the documents can be confusing to our clients. It would be easier if they used video tutorials. Right now, the information is too hard to understand, and there is a lot of it. If they used videos I think FinalNet would be easy to use for an end-user.

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Due to very limited use in the industry, vendor and contract support are hard to find.

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FileNet is quite expensive, although Documentum is expensive too.Licensing costs depend on the size of the storage.The cost is about $40,000, plus yearly maintenance.The licensing cost of FileNet is comparable.When it comes to pricing, IBM needs to make an effort to improve the cost. That's the main issue regarding use of FinalNet in Columbia.Yearly, we pay for the maintenance, which is $20,000.The solution saves time and money. It helps us to be able to accomplish the goals of our business, as opposed to being tangled in the weeds of what we could do.It has reduced operating costs by reducing the amount of manual work needed.

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I would suggest that you do a thorough evaluation of all competing products and look for support for these products in your local area.

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HPE Records Manager, HPE Content Manager
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Overview

IBM FileNet is a leading IBM enterprise content management product family. IBM FileNet is one of the ECM solutions that can change the way a company does business by enabling users to capture, activate, socialize, analyze, and govern content throughout its lifecycle.

There are many IBM FileNet products available, all of which are integrated and based on the FileNet P8 Platform.

Micro Focus Content Manager, formerly Records Manager, is a governance-based enterprise content management system designed to help government agencies, regulated industries and global organizations manage their business content from creation to disposal. Regardless of how you create and collaborate on your content, Content Manager gives you the ability to leverage accurate, contextual, and complete information throughout its lifecycle. Managing your content in this way helps you significantly improve services to your customers, business decisions and insight for future strategy.

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Sample Customers
Suncorp Group Limited, St. Vincent Health, Citigroup, SRCSD, and UK Dept for Work and Pensions. Missouri State Courts
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Financial Services Firm34%
Insurance Company14%
Healthcare Company12%
Government7%
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Software R&D Company39%
Comms Service Provider17%
Financial Services Firm12%
Government5%
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Government58%
Non Profit8%
Non Tech Company8%
Hospitality Company8%
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Software R&D Company26%
Transportation Company18%
Logistics Company14%
Government12%
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