Vignette woos enterprise customers with portal product

Vignette Corp. has signed 10 new enterprise customers for its application portal product since it launched the solution in May.

The strong demand for the Vignette Enterprise Application Portal validates the product's appeal to multiple industries, company officials said Thursday. New portal customers include AAA, Robert Mondavi, Thermo Electron, IMS Health, and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Because the portal product is designed so that an organization can build multiple portals rapidly, it has proven attractive for enterprises wishing to deploy business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and business-to-customer portals with minimal investment, said Rich Gascoyne, vice president of Vignette's enterprise applications portals division.

"Instead of having to make a number of different investments across your enterprise, you can make a single investment cross-enterprise," he said. "You don't need any other products out there. Reporting is built in. Content management is embedded in the product. If you want to do integrations, those are baked into the product."

Robert Lerner, an analyst at Current Analysis, in Sterling, Va., said Vignette has been able to draw on its installed base of content management enterprises to market its portal product.

"Coming out of the box with 10 customers -- it's pretty good," Lerner said. "I expect it to grow."

The product's ability to spawn various different types of portals is a vital component to any portal offering in the market, he added.

"Portals are no longer within the firewall," he said. "If you can't accommodate beyond that, it severely limits the usefulness of a portal."

Vignette's portal is a J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition) standards-based application that is designed to enable the creation and deployment of enterprise portals for managing relationships with customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. It is also designed to allow enterprises to create portals that support Internet transactions.

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