Interwoven bolsters content management infrastructure

Aiming to facilitate the unification of independent, departmental content management system deployments into a single coordinated initiative, Interwoven Inc. on Wednesday at its GearUp user conference announced an updated version of its TeamSite content infrastructure featuring boosted performance and scalability and improved content storage.

The company also teamed up with Oracle Corp. to integrate TeamSite with Oracle9iAS (Application Server).

“Large enterprises need a consistent infrastructure and some central way to manage global content management services,” said Kevin Cochrane, vice-president of product management at Interwoven in Sunnyvale, Calif.

“Consolidating [content management] initiatives into a single infrastructure that can be managed by IT provides a massive benefit.”

Large global corporations often have hundreds of different Web sites on separate content management systems, which can lead to inconsistent, redundant, and conflicting information, according to Jim Murphy, analyst for customer management strategies at AMR Research Inc., in Boston. A centrally managed content management system can help cut infrastructure costs and improve organizational efficiency, he said.

“There is a real cost savings benefit in hardware and human resources with a consolidated approach to [content management],” Murphy said.

The problem facing large corporations is a lack of coordination among departmental content management systems, which results in an inability to revise and repurpose content across the entire organization, Interwoven’s Cochrane said.

“Costs can spiral out of control when you have 20 independent systems and none are professionally managed by IT. How do you coordinate a back up schedule or guarantee uptime or disaster recovery?” he said.

To address this need TeamSite 5.5 features multiple repository support, which lets individual business units leverage independent content repositories, backup, and management within a centrally managed system.

In addition, TeamSite 5.5 ramps up scalability through optimized server architecture designed to let several thousand users contribute content simultaneously without impacting performance, Cochrane said.

Another feature in TeamSite 5.5, contribution-based rollback, enables automatic archiving of corporate intranets and portals every time a document or asset is published. This lets enterprises archive and recall previous editions of a portal or development project, which can prevent downtime and aid in disaster recovery, Interwoven officials said.

TeamSite 5.5 also includes an improved storage format designed to manage more contributors and more content and support for French, German, and Japanese operating systems.

Meanwhile, the integration between Oracle9iAS and TeamSite is intended to streamline the development and deployment of Web content and properties through Oracle9iAS, according to Interwoven officials.

The product combination provides a standard set of integration points that let enterprises manage dynamic Web content such as JSPs (JavaServer Pages), servlets, EJB (Enterprise JavaBeans), and unstructured content. In addition, the integration will help organizations share content across different facets of the business.