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Three Patents for Vignette

ECM vendor receives U.S. Patents for content caching, categorization and user tracking.
Vignette has received three U.S. patents for innovation in content caching, categorization and user tracking. These technologies are currently embedded within Vignette's Next Generation Web Presence solution, and are designed to help organizations and individuals manage and leverage the persistent growth of unstructured information.

U.S. Patent No. 7,024,452 covers Vignette's high-performance caching technology that helps reduce performance degradation by Web servers, caused by large volumes of files. U.S. Patent No. 7,028,024 is for content categorization that manages the associations of content, making operations such as determining related articles easier. And U.S. Patent No. 6,996,612 covers a tracking technology that provides users a certain level of privacy when browsing the Web by allowing them to control information being sent to parties not affiliated with the specific site the user is currently browsing.

Vignette's core solutions help customers manage and deliver content over Internet-enabled devices, digitize and automate high volume, document-intensive business processes, and manage the lifecycle of electronic documents and records.

According to a study by the University of California at Berkeley, more than 31 exabytes (one billion gigabytes) of content -- unstructured information like documents, emails, records, photos, videos -- will be generated in 2009 alone, roughly the equivalent of all the printed information available in 300,000 U.S. Libraries of Congress and more than all of the content produced throughout the entire history of mankind.

"Both large organizations and individuals increasingly consume content in the form of rich media rather than structured data, and the volume of this unstructured information continues to grow without constraint," said Conleth O'Connell, chief technology officer at Vignette. "In the very near future, I expect we'll see people carrying more than 1,000 gigabytes of information on a handheld device. It's unfair to expect someone to scroll through that much content to find the email, document, song or photo they're looking for. That's why content management is becoming as important to consumers as it is to enterprise organizations."

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