IBM FileNet Pros and Cons

IBM FileNet Pros

WolfgangPichler
Senior Consultant at pITsolutions
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.
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Moshe Elbaz
IT Manager & FileNet Specialist at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
For a large company, for the robustness, stability, performance, and the growth — that you can grow it within seconds — I would advise using FileNet, without any doubt.
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Seniorsyseng67
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There are a lot of valuable features, but the biggest advantage is that this system is stable; it's always online, it always works... once it's configured and running, we don't need to touch it and constantly make changes to it. It's a low-maintenance platform.
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Fred Heilbronner
Director Network Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
There aren't very many ECM solutions that scale properly, both up and out. We have customers who hold billions of documents. There aren't very many that can scale that far, and that can also scale out so that they can handle lots of users, lots of documents, and that understand how to handle external users. FileNet is one that can.
Everybody ties into Active Directory and things like that, but on top of that are the extra layers of security for encryption, so they can meet standards required by PCI and by HIPAA: encryption at rest, encryption in flight, encryption in the database, all together. There are really only three products on the market that know how to do that, and FileNet is one of them.
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Jayanth Palle
Senior Consultant at Northern Trust
Gves us the ability to create an end-to-end [document] transaction.
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GupteshwarPrasad
AVP Technology at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
FileNet is very user-friendly... We have business users using and it is quite friendly for them.
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GopalVanam
Senior Architect at Tecnics
FileNet has the capabilities to meet compliance and regulatory requirements. It is very secure.
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VeyselOzdemir
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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.
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DavidOrtega
SAE - Services Account Executive at RICOH
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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BolarinwaOyerinde
Managing Partner at Inception Business Concepts
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.
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IBM FileNet Cons

WolfgangPichler
Senior Consultant at pITsolutions
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.
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Moshe Elbaz
IT Manager & FileNet Specialist at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees
The analytics in FileNet are too complicated and they consume too much infrastructure, memory, and CPU. They're too expensive to work with.
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Seniorsyseng67
Sr. Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
There is room for improvement in the scanning solution, Datacap. It's improving all the time. But since it's more an end-user software, the end-users are constantly improving their processes, and I believe that sometimes we're not catching up with their requirements.
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Fred Heilbronner
Director Network Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In terms of functionality, what customers might be looking for is a little more in terms of native-records retention. Records Management is an add-on product. If there were just a little more of that built into the core functionality, that would be helpful.
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Jayanth Palle
Senior Consultant at Northern Trust
We brought DocuSign into our company's solution three years before. At that time there was no direct integration. We would like to pull documents out from FileNet, push them to DocuSign and, when done, retrieve them and store them back in FileNet. We wrote our own custom solution for that. It would be nice if there was some tool we could have used to do that.
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GupteshwarPrasad
AVP Technology at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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.
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GopalVanam
Senior Architect at Tecnics
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.
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VeyselOzdemir
Managing Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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.
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DavidOrtega
SAE - Services Account Executive at RICOH
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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BolarinwaOyerinde
Managing Partner at Inception Business Concepts
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.
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