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 … Continue reading 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), … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Commercial Offerings from Open Source Product Vendors

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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Drupal for Social Publishing…

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 … Continue reading Drupal for Social Publishing…