FatWire tips scales with dynamic CM software

CM (content management) vendor FatWire Software on Tuesday rolled out UpdateEngine6, the new version of its CM and Web application assembly system.

New features in UpdateEngine6 are designed to let business users and developers easily control content and workflow set up. It includes one-click integration with Microsoft Corp. Word and Macromedia Inc. DreamWeaver, in-context editing, workflow wizards, and improved integration with enterprise applications.

In addition, the product features an add-on offering dubbed UpdateEngine Studio, which extends the power of the CM system with tools to speed the development of content-rich Web applications. UpdateEngine Studio includes an Interface Builder tool for developing custom interfaces, a Report Builder for reporting and data extraction, and a wizard interface for defining enterprise integration.

The Studio add-on is an impressive tool that can help enterprises dramatically cut costs by eliminating the need for a team of consultants to implement the CM system and customize it to an organization's business rules, according to Jarad Carleton, IT research analyst at Frost & Sullivan, in San Jose, Calif.

"FatWire makes it easy for a power user or developer to change the interface without hiring a team of consultants every time their business needs change," he said. "That is something a lot of content management solutions need."

Moreover, with Version 6, FatWire is touting the fact that its Java-based CM software plays well with all major application servers and databases, which is becoming a requirement for enterprise-level CM, according to Mark Fasciano, CEO and president of FatWire, in Mineola, N.Y.

"Our view is that content management as a standalone application doesn't make sense. Content management in the context of enterprise applications, most importantly J2EE (Java 2 Enterprise Edition)-based apps, makes much more sense. We see CM as being embedded in other applications," he said.

A CM system with J2EE support can help soothe integration headaches, said Frost & Sullivan's Carleton.

"When you have a Web CM solution that can communicate using J2EE it simplifies things for businesses that are trying to hook together various applications and feed content to multiple systems," Carleton said.

Additionally, in a step away from the norm, FatWire has created a free trial version of the new software that is packaged with BEA's WebLogic application server and Microsoft's MDBE database. The software, which is available for download from FatWire's Web site, will come with a 30-day license and is available for nonproduction sites and evaluation purposes, company officials said.

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