Backbase (news, site), a provider of bank portal software, has improved integration with Web Content Management (WCM) platforms with its latest release, Backbase CMS 5.0.

New Release

Backbase's latest release allows content creation, publication and replication via a CMS add-on module to the Backbase Portal. The solution is targeted at customers who have no existing WCM platform, but desire a holistic customer engagement solution. Backbase's latest release is built on the popular Alfresco (news, site) enterprise content management platform.

Customers with existing solutions in place will be pleased to learn that Backbase has extensive platform support for a variety of WCM software, such as Fatwire, Adobe Day, SDL Tridion and OpenText. In addition to offering the CMS 5.0 add-on module, Backbase supports several advanced integration patterns for proprietary features of third-party WCM vendors such as  SDL Tridion’s Deployer architecture and blueprinting -- an extra effort that many vendors don't make.

In addition, the Backbase CMS 5.0 add-on includes features such as:

  • Web applications for creating, reviewing and publishing
  • Loosely coupled, component-based publishing platform
  • A scalable, high-availability content delivery network (CDN)
  • Replication between the content repository and the CDN
  • Content types with metadata
  • Customizable workflows for managing the content lifecycle; simple workflow defines content rules for a space, while advanced workflow provides two out-of-the-box workflows (Review and Approve and Adhoc Task)
  • Sample applications

Additional detailed documentation for the features in the latest release is available on Backbase's website. Backbase CMS is compatible with Java SE 6 Update 4 and higher on

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 64-bit
  • Sun Solaris 10 (2.5ghz min CPU for Sparc)
  • Windows Server 2003 32-bit (32 bit JDK 6 u22)
  • Windows Server 2008 64-bit
  • Suse Linux 11
  • Ubuntu LTS Server Edition (Open JDK

New Boss

The latest software release isn't Backbase's only news. The company has also has hired Herber de Ruijter to lead its North American operations. De Ruijter comes to Backbase from SDL Tridion where for the last five years he was VP of Professional Services and helped build Tridion’s North American business. De Ruijter has been at the helm of several web integration firms leading web strategy, web content management, website globalization and user experience design unit before joining Backbase.