During DMS-Expo in Cologne (Germany) IBM announced together with several other vendors CMIS.
Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard is a uniform means for applications to work with content repositories. The CMIS standard is an element of the IBM Business Content Services integrated approach to manage and control content created by shared workgroups across your organization. IBM participation in CMIS development drives better interoperability between ECM products regardless of vendor and helps provide clients with more choice and lower costs when it comes to basic ECM needs.
The CMIS standard opens new possibilities for business partners and systems integrators to easily and effectively integrate Lotus and IBM ECM products.
* CMIS makes it easier to integrate IBM ECM products into existing installations of Microsoft SharePoint, SAP and other participating vendors. * CMIS does not replace the extensive API capabilities of IBM ECM portfolio products.
More than a year in development, the CMIS standard is supported by IBM, Microsoft, SAP, BEA/Oracle, EMC, OpenText and Alfresco. Submission of the standards and specifications to the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) is underway. Approval is expected in 2009.
Further reading:* [German] Computer Woche Artikel* [German] Heise.de