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Feb 12, 20032 mins
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* IBM and others upping content managment offerings

Recently we took a close look at why content management technologies are getting a second look by many large corporations.  The reasons are obvious: tougher document archiving regulations – plus increased government scrutiny of business documents – are generating new interest.

IBM for one, is looking to capitalize on this interest.  Big Blue this year will double its content management salesforce and increase research and development efforts by 25In 2002, IBM’s digital content management portfolio, which is part of its DB2-anchored data management business, posted a 29% revenue increase for the fourth quarter over year-ago figures, and a 26% increase for the year.

Content management is a broad term that covers many distinct technologies for organizing and publishing information, including structured information from a database and unstructured information such as audio or video files. It encompasses document management, which pertains to organizing, routing and managing typical business documents; Web content management, which tackles creating, storing and publishing Web site material; digital asset management, for storing assets other than text, such as graphics, photos and video; and records management, for electronic record-keeping oversight.

IBM is not alone in upping its content management offerings. Other vendors with upcoming product enhancements include:

* FileNet, which just launched its redesigned FileNet P8 platform. The new platform lets customers build systems using just the modules they need. It includes modules for managing business processes, enterprise content, Web content and images.

* Vignette, which started shipping its V7 family of products in January. New tools include a graphical workflow modeling tool and integration workbench de-signed to make it easier to build Web sites and portals.

* Venetica, which unveiled a new re-lease of its flagship suite for integrating disparate content repositories. Venice-Bridge 5.0. can handle more content types and has a common in-box for disparate workflow engines, the company says.

* Progressive Information Technologies, which released a new version of its Vasont content management system. New to Vasont 8.0 are multilanguage translation capabilities so that organizations can manage and edit multilingual content from a single source.

* GlobalScape, which released a new Web content management system, Pure-CMS, targeted at small and midsize businesses.

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