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Taming The Content-Management Tiger

ICG uses Vignette's collaboration server to customize catalogs

In the great business scramble to get a handle on digital information, syndicating content has become a cumbersome process. Several content-management vendors are attempting to ease that burden.

Documentum Inc. acquired Boxcare Software in January and last week integrated the company's content-aggregation and-distribution technology with its own content-management application.

Vignette Corp. has bolstered its content-collaboration server, which includes aggregation and distribution technology obtained in 2000 when Vignette bought OnDisplay, by combining it with its content-syndication server. And Stellent Inc. has married Kinecta Corp.'s aggregation and distribution technology with its own content-management software.

E-procurement service provider ICG Commerce Inc. distributes a digital catalog of products from nearly 100 suppliers to a similarly sized list of buyers. That involves manually formatting the catalog to fit its customers' IT needs. By using Vignette's enhanced content-collaboration server, ICG will be able to automate the process, says Steve Marschall, managing director of trading partner integration.

ICG Commerce also will be able to support more customers without increasing its staff. Its customers, meanwhile, can speed procurement by getting quicker access to updated catalog data, Marschall says.

Gary Shelton, Scott County, Minn.'s deputy county administrator, intends to create an automated syndication process to distribute public land documents to title companies and other real-estate professionals using Stellent's connection server. He expects the tool will reduce his staff's workload while providing customized delivery of the land documents his customers need. Shelton's looking into other types of documents for which the county could automate syndication, but he says the connection server should pay for itself within a year by delivering nothing more than land documents.

Both the Documentum and Vignette offerings start at $75,000, while the minimum two-CPU license for Stellent's connection server runs $60,000.

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