Can Blogging applications be categorized as Content Management Systems? I think there is a very thin line dividing the two. ECM suites are so expensive that Gartner created a new category called "Basic Content Services" to refer to content management offerings that provide very basic features at low costs to a large number of people. … Continue reading Blogging and Content Management
I had written earlier about the possibility of a Google Instant Messenger. Google Talk was recently announced. It's got a simple interface with a small footprint (900 K). However, unlike Yahoo's IM, it's strength seems to be voice chat. But then, it is in beta and you never know what course they decide to take. … Continue reading Google a step closer to taking over the Internet
BEA Systems announced it will acquire enterprise portal solution provider Plumtree Software Inc. Plumtree was one of the few pure stand-alone portals remaining and has strong collaboration and workgroup features. This has strengthened my belief that the era of stand-alone portals is over. Some people think BEA has got it really cheap for $200 million … Continue reading Another stand alone portal vendor dead?
Liferay has released version 3.6 of their popular Open Source portal server. New features include a drag and drop capability using which one can position portlets on the pages. I've updated the review with this info.
Interwoven has bought another niche product vendor called Scrittura. Scrittura is a provider of document automation technology for over the counter derivatives trading business. Mergers and Acquisitions have been increasing in this space. This acquisition signals an end of another niche player but gives Interwoven a broader footprint in the financial services vertical. The solution … Continue reading Interwoven buys Scrittura
The consolidation continues. Oracle bought Enterprise Content Integration (ECI) vendor Context Media. IBM also signed an agreement to buy another data integration vendor DWL after it bought ECI vendor Venetica earlier. These ECI vendors served an important niche. If a customer had multiple ECM systems, they could invest in a good ECI product and marry … Continue reading Oracle buys Context Media
Google has mastered the art of using simple things to create highly usable applications. This time they have done it using AJAX. There is a good introduction here. Products in the PCM space are not known for usability, which many analysts predict is going to be a big trend now. These product vendors could do … Continue reading Improved Usability with AJAX