IBM ships next version of CMS

IBM Wednesday released Version 6.0 of its Workplace Web Content Management platform, adding new authoring and editing features, that promise to give users the same tool for managing any Web-based content regardless of where it is published.

IBM says the software, which plugs into its WebSphere platform or can run as a stand-alone, is targeted at both internal and external Web sites.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) uses Web Content Manager for its U.S. Open tennis tournament site. During this year's tournament, the Web site generated 26 million visits in 14 days or 50 times the usual traffic when the tournament is not in progress.

Jeff Volk, director of advanced media for the USTA said the ease-of-use of the software helped the USTA quickly get up to speed editors, photographers and others brought in for the tournament.

"The ability for a person to quickly get into the system, update their story, publish and preview it and have an editor push it live is a very important aspect of our strategy," Volk says. He also said mechanisms to control relevancy of content, such as when it is published and for how long, helps keep the site fresh as the tournament plays out and helps keep happy those companies that sponsor the content, such as Player of the Day.

IBM is building on those features with 6.0. The software now stores content in a Java Content Repository and allows authors to publish content using Real Simple Syndication (RSS) and Atom feeds or link to other content sources.

Users also can tag personalization data to content, ensuring that users are presented with relevant information based on their profile. IBM also has enhanced workflow and simplified management of large and multiple sites with new library features.

IBM has added "in-context" editing, which allows editing of information from within a portal view and for users to see changes immediately. Also new is a link manager to prevent broken links and new caching and logging controls.

IBM has added a single administrative interface for use across Web Content Manager and WebSphere Portal.

Workplace Web Content Management is available now and is priced starting at US$20,000 per CPU.

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