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Lotus muscles into content management

IBM's Lotus Software subsidiary has jumped into the content management arena with a packaged bundle of products and services.

The Lotus Web Content Management Solution ties together existing Lotus and IBM systems with the Aptrix Web content management engine from Presence Online and services from Andersen Consulting.

"We can leverage the collaboration capabilities of Domino and the transactional strength of WebSphere in the same solution," said Tom Libretto, senior manager of content management at Lotus.

The integration consists of hooks built into the Aptrix content management engine that push content in and out of the Lotus Domino.doc document management system and the WebSphere platform. The system runs on Domino and WebSphere.

Lotus and IBM have been lacking a Web content engine, according to Libretto. "We have a variety of technologies that do elements of Web content management," Libretto said. "The missing link was the traditional Web content management engine that facilitates the creation of a dynamic Web site, all of the presentation components, and integration with back-end data systems to publish to the Web."

The IBM-Lotus push into content management makes sense, as content management becomes tightly bound to infrastructure and applications, according to Rob Perry, senior analyst at Yankee Group. "Content management is an important part of the infrastructure platform for applications. Lotus and IBM have WebSphere and a portal. Adding content management on top of this makes sense," Perry said.

Meanwhile, established content management player Interwoven this week will introduce Version 5.5 of its TeamSite XML-based Web content management infrastructure platform. Version 5.5 includes allows users to centrally manage multiple independent content stores.

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