Vignette Portal 8 Includes AJAX Portlets, WebDAV Support
For their V8 release, the Austin, Texas-based WCM firm Vignette (news, site) has focused on WebDAV support in an effort to take some off the load of IT departments, and put more control in the hands of end business users. The new release also incorporates AJAX portlets designed to increase access to rich media and social networking apps.

The platform, which garnered awards last year for Web 2.0 innovation and for outstanding ROI for their NASA site, has demonstrated its capacity for providing a quality Web experience both for end users and content contributors.

Enhanced WebDAV and AJAX Support

In the V8 release, the enhanced WebDAV support allows marketers to edit, preview and publish or re-publish content on the fly. A single element can quickly and easily be repurposed to any number of separate channels: website, intranet, mobile and so on. (See the screenshot below for an example of the WebDAV in action).


Vignette V8 WebDAV multi-channel publishing.

Meanwhile, AJAX portlets minimize page refreshes, and provide increased interaction with applications and content items. Here is a list of the main features Vignette is touting for their V8 release:

Learning Opportunities

  • Easy-to-configure portlets or Web applications based on Vignette Portal 8.0 within virtually any website 
  • Minimize page refreshes through AJAX-powered portlets
  • Rapidly and easily create microsites or clone websites with one-click website creation from a template or existing site
  • Streamlined asset management with WebDAV support that empowers Web designers to use a native design tool to model sites and target assets without logging into the portal

"What have they done lately?"

Vignette has garnered high praise for the Web experience they provide their users, and according to Forrester's Stephen Powers' writing on Vignettes' analyst week, word of mouth praise from their clients is high as well.

According to an article on the Health Data Management site, Vignette recently beat out several competitors to supply a document scanning solution for the Mayo Health System in Rochester, Minnesota. Vignette's solution provided more control over workflow, eliminating the risk that health care providers would mix up medical records. That goes to show that organizations are willing to pay for solutions that meet critical needs.

That said, the closed-source vendor is on the pricey end of the solutions in the market, and many of their open source competitors are offering similar functionality without the licensing fees.

It should be interesting to see, given the current economic climate, how these top closed source vendors innovate in the face of open source competition.