Open Text acquires Vignette

After Autonomy/Interwoven and Oracle/Sun news, here comes the third big news of the year. If Unilever can have multiple soaps and GM can have multiple car models, why can’t a Content Management vendor have multiple products? OT’s acquisition of Vignette points to this increasing “commoditization” of Content Management marketplace. There may be a lot of overlaps in … Read more Open Text acquires Vignette

Oracle buys Sun

Oracle announced it will acquire Sun. Another big Portal/Content Management vendor is now an infrastructure vendor. Sometimes I wonder if  everything will soon become an appliance – you buy a Solaris box and it will come bundled not only with the OS (obviously) but also with WebCenter (or one of the numerous Oracle Portal type products), … Read more Oracle buys Sun

Goodbye 2008, Welcome 2009

Okay so another year comes to an end and while we welcome the new year, here’s a look at some of the themes (in a random order) of the year gone by that might have an impact on the Content Technologies next year. Verticalized Applications Content Management Systems as horizontal solutions have been there for … Read more Goodbye 2008, Welcome 2009

Gadgets and Widgets as an alternative to Portlets

A new trend that I am seeing these days is emergence of gadgets (widgets, dashlets, blocklets) and mashups. These basically provide a quick and dirty way to create portal *like* applications. They are light weight and less expensive as compared to your typical portal servers. iGoogle is probably the biggest example of their success on … Read more Gadgets and Widgets as an alternative to Portlets

Commercial Offerings from Open Source Product Vendors

Two vendors released their commercial offerings based on very popular open source products. Earlier this month, Acquia released commercial Drupal which is a collection of popular 3rd party applications packaged with Drupal to extend its social publishing capabilities. Liferay also followed and released an enterprise edition of its Portal product. The enterprise edition will be a commercially … Read more Commercial Offerings from Open Source Product Vendors

Oracle migrates its blogs to MT

So even after acquiring Stellent, BEA (including AquaLogic) and having multiple portal type applications of its own, Oracle decided to migrate their blogs to Movable Type from UserLand. If a product stack seems to have everything, it still might not have specific functionality that you might require. Read more here

Fatwire announces Content Integration Platform

When I read about this here, I initially thought that it’s yet another incarnation of what Fatwire used to call Integration Centre. But then I noticed that as part of this platform, they have included an EMC Documentum connector with plans of more such connectors. I recently heard about an Alfreco Drupal case study  and from … Read more Fatwire announces Content Integration Platform

Now Everyone can create Mobile Web Sites

If you ever wanted to have a web presence for yourself or your business, there was never any dearth of choices. There are many service providers which let you create web sites quickly using templates and wizards. Google Sites, Google Pages, Yahoo/Tripod/Geocities all let you create such web sites. However, if you wanted to create … Read more Now Everyone can create Mobile Web Sites

Drupal for Social Publishing…

Drupal is one of the rare platforms for building social publishing applications that is built on top of a rather decent WCM platform. It has a  strong foundation with a very flexible taxonomy system which along with thousands of 3rd party modules enables you to assemble social publishing applications. However, these modules could be your biggest … Read more Drupal for Social Publishing…

Social Networking becoming more social..

If you have a site or blog and you wanted to make it a community site, your options were limited. Building features like invite a friend, social networking and collaboration was not trivial and involves writing your own applications – this may or may not be supported by the hosting provider unless you were using … Read more Social Networking becoming more social..

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