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BEA eWorld: FatWire launches content management portal

FatWire Software took the wraps off a low-cost content management system designed to provide basic functions within an enterprise...

FatWire Software took the wraps off a low-cost content management system designed to provide basic functions within an enterprise portal.

The first edition of the company's Spark pCM (portal Content Management) system was announced at the BEA eWorld Conference, and will be made part of the BEA WebLogic Portal. Future versions are planned for IBM, Oracle and Sun application and portal servers.

Spark pCM includes departmental-level content management capabilities such as workflow, basic search, version control, to-do lists, and user and group management. The produt supports 10-20 users, but can be upgraded to FatWire's full enterprise-level content management system, UpdateEngine6.

Most enterprises want content management functionality integrated into the portal platform, said FatWire chief executive Mark Fasciano.

"The portal vendors that provide built-in content management aren't enterprise content management vendors. Fortune 1000 companies don't want a dead-end content management offering," he said.

Spark pCM also integrates with J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) application and portal servers, said Fasciano.

"Customers are realising that a content management system and their infrastructure - the application and portal servers - need to be integrated from the ground up," he said. "This is going to be important step in how content management is understood in the field. From our position content management is an extension of the application and portal server instead of a standalone application."

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