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CommonSpot 4.0 Product Review

An Article by Steve Drucker

PaperThinCommonSpot Content Server, developed by PaperThin, Inc., has been simplifying Web site development and authoring since its introduction in 1998. On April 8, 2004, the newest generation, version 4.0, was released.

Web Content Management products usually seek to empower nontechnical users by allowing them to modify Web content from their desktops; enforcing standards; and categorizing, structuring, and cataloging information in a way that makes it easy to locate.

With over 200 commercially available products spanning every conceivable market niche, CommonSpot has earned a reputation for ease of use and best overall value among its competitors. The fact that it's written and extensible through ColdFusion should come as no surprise to anyone.

SharePoint Portal Review

[Editor's Note: For information on SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, please tune into these articles: SharePoint 2007 Review - Six Pillars of MOSS, Getting Started with SharePoint (MOSS) 2007, and Analyst Firm Reviews SharePoint (MOSS) 2007.]

SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) are getting more and more attention of late. One reason for this is pricing. Another reason is SharePoint's relative ease of use, as compared to the WebSpheres, Vignettes, and Plumbtrees of the world.

What's also been coming up more and more is the pressure that .NET standardization is having on company's IT departments. Identifying the obvious synergies between .NET, SharePoint, Microsoft Content Management Server, and Microsoft Commerce Server is making more than a few decision makers salivate.

So if you're one of those who are suddenly finding themselves looking for practical info on SharePoint, here's one more quick yet worthwhile read.

SilkRoad Eprise - Content Management System Review

SilkRoad TechnologySilkRoad's Eprise 2004 Web Content Management solution has recently been treated to a brief and positive review by InfoWeek's Mike Heck.

The review highlights dramatic performance enhancements, web services support, a hosted (software as a service) option, and fault tolerance. Mike claims Eprise should now be a strong candidate for the Web CMS shortlist.

This is possibly true. SilkRoad has certainly become a bit more interesting with their recent noise around enterprise blogging. Though I have to ask, with version control and workflow, are SilkBlogs really “blogs”, or are they just CMS rebranded?

SilkBlogs are in fact built on top of Eprise, so I'd say they are not in fact blogs per say. But who's to say what a blog actually is these days. Ah well, these days seems like everyone's got to get lined-up behind the Internet meme of the day. It sounds cool anyways.

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Movable Type 3.0 Review

Movable Type 3.0 An enterprising young Neil Turner of York, United Kingdom has posted a review of the recently released Movable Type 3.0 Developers Edition.

Neil steers far clear of the recent outcry (whining) about MT's new licensing model (What? Pay for software?). He also doesn't dig too far under the covers with regards to technical changes for MT 3.0.

What he does do is give a very nice overview of the new publishing interface and features. He also takes a little scare out of the prospect of upgrading.


Read the review.

Product Briefing: CommonSpot 4.0 Web Content Management

If you are a fan of ColdFusion, or are open to considering it for your Web Content Management (CMS) platform, you should definitely take a close look at the latest release of PaperThinís CommonSpot Content Server.

In a recent interview with Todd Peters, PaperThinís President, CMSwire discussed the key themes of the CommonSpot 4.0 release, trends in the content management market place, and topics such as ColdFusion application server performance.

With the 4.0 release of CommonSpot, PaperThin has stuck to its roots. They have demonstrated both a commitment to practical feature development and the sensitivity to prioritize customer-driven requirements.

Product Review: Ingeniux XML Content Management

The Ingeniux Content Management System is described as a powerful XML-based platform for creating, managing and deploying business-critical Web sites.

Major Ramon Lao of the U.S. Marine Corps. and CIO for Department of Defense Quality of Life Information Technology Center has recently completed a brief but useful review of the Ingeniux Content Management System 4.0.

The focus of the review is Ingeniux's score with regards to ease of use and interoperability with an Oracle infrastructure (Oracle DB and the 9iAS Portal).

The summary is that Ingeniux met or exceeded expectations for both criteria. Integration with the Oracle Portal was described as “seamless”.

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IBM DB2 Content Manager Express 8.2, Product Review

Transform Magazine's editors recently reviewed IBM's DB2 Content Manager Express Edition V8.2, the newest IBM Express offering for small and medium sized organizations.

DB2 Content Manager Express is a low-cost content management solution geared toward image-based document management, search, retrieval, viewing and routing within departmental deployments at small and midsized businesses.

IBM's recent focus on the SMB market and specifically on the “M” market has lead to the release a number of new “Express” offerings. Express is more than just a pricing strategy, IBM has a whole set of criteria that a product edition must meet to be certified as Express.