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CMS Review: Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM)

Oracle acquired Stellent's content management system in a US$ 440 million deal that closed in December of 2006. Since then Oracle has integrated the Stellent assets into the Oracle Fusion Middleware line of products. Here's a look at what is now known as Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM).

Can a Database Company Make the CMS Elite?

This overview presents you with a master-level insight on what Oracle UCM really is and what it can do for you, your organization and your career. You'll see insider information and the little known facts about the history, pricing, UCM core business focus and the key product features.

Product Description

Vendor Name: Oracle Corporation
Product Name: Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM)
Product Category: Enterprise CMS Stack - Web CMS, Document Management, Records Management, Business Process Automation and Imaging.

Typical Deployment Scenarios

These are the typical business cases Oracle UCM addresses:

  • An organization that has unstructured and decentralized document storage, like shared drives and email, possibly in multiple office locations, will achieve massive savings via the speed of information retrieval, will be able to find documents once thought lost, progress to audit trails and revision history and enrich their content with custom metadata.
  • Existing or new UCM clients can publish their content to the Web — without the need to convert (and maintain) every single document as HTML.
  • Realization of full DoD 5015.2 — compliant Records Management — for a company that needs to control retention and disposition of their electronic or physical records.
  • Streamlining and automation of business processes.
  • Image acquisition, management and conversion.
  • Encrypting and securing sensitive content when it’s not in repository — inside and outside the firewall.
  • Analyst firm The Real Story Group in their Web CMS Report says that Oracle UCM should be considered when document management functionalities are a top priority for your solution.

Company & Product History

Oracle UCM, like many of today's top CMS products, came to Oracle via an acquisition. In Nov 2006 Oracle bought Minnesota-based Stellent Inc. At the time of acquisition Stellent was a 10+ year old company.

Back then, the latest UCM version was at v.7.5. Shortly after the acquisition, a new release of the software came out, labeled as Oracle 10g R3. The next release — expected in 2010 —  will be 11g.

Market & Pricing

Not all products deserve your attention when you're in the process of selecting a CMS. Here are a few high-level facts about Oracle UCM.

Oracle UCM Market

Oracle UCM is positioned in the enterprise content management space. That is to say is offers a range of content services spanning both structured and unstructured content types. Here's how an executive from Oracle has described the types of problems that it helps to address:

"The amount of electronic content, unstructured data, and documents is growing very rapidly and organizations are seeking advanced and automated content and process management solutions to manage this information to meet regulatory requirements," said Oracle Senior Vice President, Thomas Kurian. "Stellent's enterprise content management solutions enable a variety of people within an organization to create, capture, store, manage, publish, view, search and archive all types of documents across their entire life-cycle."

Oracle UCM 10gR3 is one of the complex enterprise products covered in The Real Story Group's Web CMS Report (download a free sample here). In that report the analysts describe UCM as being a very good fit for enterprise intranets and as being a relatively developer friendly product — sporting strong documentation and ample sample code for reference. On the downside they point to a high learning curve and a fairly expensive price tag.

Oracle UCM Pricing

The pricing model is conventional and two-fold — you can pay by named user or you can license by the server CPU.

Named user license ranges from US$ 1,200 to US$ 2,300. If you go with the CPU model, the list pricing is anywhere from US$ 57,500 to US$ 115,000 per CPU (Based on Oracle Technology Global Price List, Jan 14, 2010). The support and maintenance agreement is extra. A typical deal price is in the neighborhood of US$ 250,000.

Oracle UCM has over 5,000 customers worldwide — including Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Los Angeles County, The Home Depot, British Red Cross, ING, Vodafone, Georgia Pacific, Bayer Corp. and Genzyme Corp.

Sales and professional services are delivered by the Oracle Sales team, Oracle Consulting and Oracle Partner network companies.

Product History & Original Business Problem

The origin of a product has a tremendous impact on the root architecture and thus the scenarios in which the product thrives. It's important to identify what the root/historical use cases are.

In the case of Stellent, the original business problem was document management. The company was founded in 1995 as IntraNet Solutions, and subsequently changed its name to Stellent, Inc. in 2001. This history of document- and intranet-centricity has long influenced the product, and to-date means that its strength is not on the web content management side.

The core of the Oracle UCM software is the Content Server. This is a compact and efficient content database. Yes, it can scale to millions of records, but at the same time, you can run Oracle Content Server on your grandma's laptop with 256 MB of RAM.

The actual content is stored in the file system and its metadata in a database of your choice. The storage is optimized for very fast retrieval. Content Server doesn't need to access the database when a content item is requested.

Since the beginning, Content Server offered strong metadata support. It's easy to define new fields, rules and relationships and reflect them on the user interface.

The last bit of the UCM foundation is its historic and continued services-oriented architecture. Every feature of Oracle UCM has a service call behind it. And importantly these APIs are easy to automate, integrate and customize.

Oracle's Vision for Universal Content Management

Key Features & CMSWire Ratings

Product Core Technology

Stellent/UCM is built in Java and that makes it a cross-platform solution, and a more natural fit in the merging-as-we-speak Oracle and Sun organizations. The software is supported on a variety of platforms and can use a variety of databases. The most popular choices are:

  • Oracle Enterprise Linux/Apache and Oracle DB
  • Windows and SQL Server
  • Solaris and DB/2

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Entities

The root concept of the content in the system is a content item. That can be a document, script or template or a web page. Every item has a number of metadata fields associated. There are some standard ones and you can extend the content item definition via any number of user-defined custom fields.

Oracle UCM — Configuration Manager

It’s a matter of several clicks to add a field, define relationships or define whether or not (and how) to show it on a check- in form. The check-in form itself may change based on a user-defined rule, such as a type of content you check in.

Oracle UCM — Check in Profiles

It's just as easy to define and update content types:

Oracle UCM — Managing Content Types

If needed, content can be reused in a flash. For instance, if you have a Word document that you'd like to post on a website, you don't need to have your web designer lay it out as HTML page and have two versions of the same content that you need to maintain and update separately.

Instead, just refer to your document from your website and see it become HTML right before your eyes. I've actually made some screenshots from the public site of one of the Ontario Ministries. Here's a word document:

Oracle UCM — Sample Word Document

And here's how Stellent Dynamic Converter makes it look on the web:

Oracle UCM — Word Document Displayed as a Web Page

Rating: 5 out of 5

Taxonomy Features

Does it support tags? It does if you put them in metadata fields. Remember, it's easy to add custom fields when you need them. Yes, you can use custom metadata fields to implement multiple tag vocabularies (e.g., one for blog posts, one for product directory). You can even display them as a tag cloud — but there's a small caveat: you'll need to script the actual tag cloud page fragment.

That said, it's not as hard as it sounds. Stellent comes with a complete integrated development environment, a Basic-like scripting language (iDoc script) and a full featured IDE.

Oracle UCM — Site Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

It doesn't come with an out of the box taxonomy support.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Content Versioning

There's no limit on the number of versions of any given document. And it's just a click to revert back to a previous version of a content item.

Oracle UCM — Content Versioning Interface

It's also easy to preview what the document used to look like, but there's not always an easy way to compare versions side by side.

Rating: 4 out of 5


This is where Content Server really shines. You can easily create any number of workflows. Any of them can have an unlimited number of steps and is fully customizable. You can add custom event handlers and scripting. You can really do anything you want from within the workflow.

Here's how the Workflow Admin application looks:

Oracle UCM — Content and Document Workflow

Rating: 5 out of 5

Multi-lingual Support

Yes, Stellent supports multi-lingual content. Even though there are no localized versions of the administration interface itself, it's easy to customize as the administrative interface itself is nothing but a set of templates and corresponding service calls.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Editorial Features

Once in contribution mode, the user gets seamless access to Web CMS features. For instance, editable regions are marked with these type of icons:

Oracle UCM — Web Content Management (WCM)

You can either get a standard Content Info page and access to all of the Content Server features or simply click on the icon for Check Out And Open feature.

If a native document was placed behind this editable region, that document will open in its native application (i.e. MS Word will pop up). Otherwise, Oracle UCM's built-in content editor is used to update it:

Oracle UCM — Site Studio Contributor

You can also restrict certain content to only text, image or a WYSIWYG element. You can even build a query and have its result display in a list. It's easy to use and it's user-friendly.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Web 2.0 Tools/Integration

What about Web 2.0? We touched on it briefly when we discussed the tag support. Stellent does have blogs, wikis and RSS feeds, but those are not its strongest points.

Remember, Oracle UCM is a content management platform much more than it is a social media or online collaboration platform. The public facing and presentation features are not UCM's strengths. If you need a best-in-class online collaboration tool that (IMHO) leaves SharePoint in the dust — use Oracle Web Center. It's also free with some of the UCM license options.

Oracle Web Center has full support for team workspaces, online calendaring, personal web sites, pluggable portlets and many more. And it can interact with content stored in Oracle UCM nearly out of the box.

Rating: 5 out of 5 (with Web Center), 2 out of 5 (without Web Center)


Oracle UCM is built on a services-oriented architecture (SOA). The services are well documented and you don't have to be a developer to call them. For instance, a site administrator may call the services to create hierarchies, retention schedules or automate content migration.

Available APIs include a full range of SOAP Web Services, Java API, JSP, ASP, COM and .NET and iDoc Script, the built-in Basic-like scripting language — all well documented. Content Server itself includes plenty of code samples — in many programming languages — from .NET to Java to C++.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Content Delivery Architecture

Here is another very important review point — Content Delivery and Publishing Performance. I still remember the pain-rich experience of explaining to business users of a large financial institution why they had to wait for up to 6 hours for the content cache to get flushed and their updates finally show up on the website.

Oracle Content Server has both a fully dynamic and static HTML publishing model. And even if you chose the dynamic one, content delivery is almost static-html-fast. Remember, all content is stored in a file system and Content Server doesn't need to access the database (not even to check permissions).

Web content may need to be assembled from a template and a number of fragments, but the performance is still very good.

The static publishing model brings the delivery speed another notch up — to an absolute maximum. It also eliminates security treats.

That said, the penalty is a slight delay in publishing (up to 10 min for very large sites), for the conversion of incremental changes to static HTML.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Templating & Theming

With Oracle UCM Web Content Management, every page has a template associated with it. You can use the same template for all of the pages on the site — and this is exactly what most web sites do — or you can define a variety of templates.

Any reusable blocks of content can be saved into the Fragment Gallery and used in any number of templates.

A template can have one or more regions where the actual page content resides. You can be very specific in defining what type of content users can place there — like plain text, image, rich text, list of query results and others. You can even specify what controls in the WYSIWYG editor will be hidden.

You can also place a native document, such as MS Word, Excel or PDF and have Content Server Dynamic Converter deliver an HTML rendition for you. Or you can have the UCM convert your AutoCAD drawing or a Visio Diagram to PDF and deliver as a downloadable file.

Another popular feature is the ability to build pages right in the query string — by specifying the template and the Content ID of the document that goes into its content area.

Templates themselves can be authored in JSP, ASP and built in iDoc script. iDoc templates are JSP-like HTML documents sprinkled with blocks of script.

Oracle also provides a fully-functional IDE for authoring web content (see Site Studio Designer screenshots above) and its light, web-based version for remote authoring and administration. Creating a web page in Site Studio is not any harder then doing so in FrontPage, Dream Weaver or any other leading HTML Editor. All you need is just a 10 minute introduction to its basic constructs — the templates, fragments and document regions.

All of the above is very well documented and fully supported by Oracle. The only thing that Stellent Web Content Management doesn't offer is theming. But you can easily change the look and feel of your website by modifying the template(s) that it's built on.

All pages will instantly reflect the changes.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Similar Products

If all you need is to add revision history to your non-managed documents, sprinkle some online collaboration and web publishing, SharePoint would be an excellent alternative.

You can also check out other systems like Open Text, Documentum, Nuxeo and Alfresco. But when it comes to having a complete stack encompassing document management, web content management, records management, online collaboration and imaging — it's hard to find another one stop shop, and another reputable and established vendor like Oracle.

In Summary

While slightly "behind times" on tags and taxonomy support (even though you can add your own with just a few days of scripting), Oracle UCM offers a killer set of features and serves a formidable spectrum of needs. Its document and web content management features are excellent and the Web Center — its often freely included companion product — delivers an audit-proof-complete list of the latest online collaboration features.

In my opinion Oracle UCM is a must-see for any organization looking to invest in a new enterprise content management platform. So don't stop here. Scan a few articles on Oracle UCM. Get a feel for it. Form your own opinion. Even if your current organization doesn't use it now — it's a worthy platform and you'll be all the wiser for understand the offering.


About the Author

Dmitri Khanine is one of just two Oracle-recognized non-employee experts in the field of Content Management, world-wide. He also runs the Independent Oracle UCM Knowledge Center.

Gartner: Alterian, VYRE Niche Players in Marketing Resource Mgt Magic Quadrant

Marketing Resource Management (MRM) is one of the areas — in addition to WCM and ECM — where Gartner (news, site) exercises its magic by the quadrant. In one of its recent 2010 reports, the analyst firm highlighted several Web CMS vendors as players in the niche quadrant for MRM.

The Importance of MRM

Gartner defines MRM as “a set of processes and capabilities designed to enhance a company's ability to orchestrate and optimize internal and external marketing resources.” MRM applications allow organizations to manage marketing activities and marketing content, as well as measure, analyze and optimize performance.

Gartner analyst and author of the report Kimberly Collins says:

Interest in MRM continued to grow with unprecedented interest in 2009. This dramatic trend was driven by several factors, including an increased focus on marketing costs and the financial management of marketing, the difficulty justifying marketing budgets, the desire to measure all marketing initiatives, the need to achieve a faster time to market, reduced resources (budget and people), the focus on reducing marketing waste and the need to balance corporate versus local marketing control.

MRM MQ Players

Alterian and VYRE are two of several players found in 2010’s Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for MRM.

Alterian (site) has been a niche player in the MRM Magic Quadrant since 2007, while VYRE (site) popped up as a niche player in 2009. Both vendors provide a range of products for web content management and marketing resource management.

As we reported earlier, Alterian is going through a series of transformations on the product side and dropping Immediacy and Morello Web CMS brands and consolidating under the Alterian Content Manager 7, or CM 7, which has the marketing goodies. As a result of several acquisitions, Alterian offers the Alterian Integrated Marketing Platform, that includes marketing analysis, social media monitoring (via SM2), email marketing and web content management capabilities.

VYRE offers VYRE Unify, a web content management product focused on the digital marketing supply chain market. VYRE’s value proposition is the integration of content management, digital asset management, portal capabilities and enterprise search.

In other portions of the quadrant, you will find such Visionaries as SAS Marketing Resource Management with its MRM capabilities that include marketing planning and budgeting, marketing budget optimization, marketing performance management and campaign workflow and collaboration.

In the Leaders quadrant, Unica is showing again with its enterprise and SaaS solutions for marketing resource management (included in Unica’s EMM suite).

Another day, another quadrant. If you’re a buyer, make sure to do your homework and check out many other resources available to make a sound decision on the MRM product.

Escenic Community Engine Goes RESTful, Adds Dashboard

Offering web publishing and strategic content management, Escenic packs in 140 fixes and improvements into its latest updates of Escenic Community Engine 3.3-1 platform.

Take the Escenic Route

For those in the media and web publishing industries, Escenic is a platform comprised of tools to manage and publish content. At its core is the Content Engine, which stores any type of digital assets, offers advanced metadata and tag searching, and makes all those assets available to other programs or sites via a Java API.

Background on Escenic Content Engine

Content Engine is the heart of the package, a repository for a company's data across one or many servers. It uses a presentation layer and templates to display the data and uses JSP tag libraries to assist in development for custom solutions. With easy import, export, a full administration suite and statistics information, the Content Engine provides the spine off which the other modules can be linked.

The latest version of the Content Engine has just been released. Version 5.1-1 adds a new plug-in for migration support, allowing two versions of the engine and data to exist side-by-side, while helping to move content from V4 to V5.

Another update is the Community Engine which moves on to 3.3-1. This adds a Google-inspired dashboard, which helps monitor user comments and expands compatibility with the new Content Engine.

What's Escenic Community Engine

The Community Engine is an optional component to Escenic and adds those, now essential, social networking elements to the package. With Community Engine added, users can build their own tailor-made communities to engage with customers.

The features can be added to existing sites or new areas can be created, with user profiles, forums, comments and more. Users can network together as well as post and tag their own content. It supports Facebook Connect, Single Sign-On and other methods to speed up logging in.

What's New in Escenic Community Engine 3

Version 3 of Community Engine offers a new dashboard, which it admits is unashamedly inspired by Google Reader and a RESTful API to aid integration, among the other features listed on the roadmap are:

  • Tight integration with Escenic Content Engine 5
  • Third-party API for extending Escenic Community Engine
  • Widgetized template development
  • Single sign-on (SSO)
  • Support for OpenID
  • Administration dashboard

Another feature of the new Content Engine is plug-in support for Content Studio, which is where writers and editors get their hands on the files and data. Designed for multi-channel and content support, it offers live content caching, so information will remain constant across all servers, no matter how big the company.

The editor runs happily on PCs and Macs and offers easy access to all data, the ability to work on multiple documents at once. Offering compatibility with advanced editing and proofing tools like Tansa and Vizrt, users can edit images and video as well as text from the one space.


Manage your company rich media in Java-style

Big Over There

Escenic is a Scandinavian-originated Web CMS with a HQ in Norway, popular in the web publishing industry in Europe and globally. With more modules and features constantly being added and updated — including a Mobile Solution to get media on smartphones and other devices and a Community Engine to manage forums and user input — Escenic is worth taking a look at.

Bitrix Takes Their Intranet Portal to the Cloud


Continuing on with their Software-as-a-Service adventure thanks to a partnership with Parallels, Bitrix (site) has announced that it’s working on a new initiative for delivering their Intranet Portal through a SaaS deployment model.  

For Hosting/Service Providers

Basically, the new initiative allows hosting/service providers to install Bitrix Intranet Portal in a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a cloud environment powered by Parallels, VMware or Amazon EC2. Customers are then granted the rights to use the solution for a given period of time without the hassle of on-premise deployment. 

By utilizing the offering, Bitrix claims their partners can take advantage of:

  • competitive pricing
  • customization/rebranding options
  • a wide range of vendor support (sales, marketing, technical)
  • fair revenue sharing – paying only for actual users
  • no competition from the vendor
  • fair lead distribution
  • no setup fees

"Our new initiative gives partners a new method of business diversification and ARPU improvement while proving customers a chance to use a new business-oriented service directly from their hosting/service provider," said Dmitry Valyanov, President of Bitrix, Inc.


Bitrix's focus on SaaS is inspired by several factors, including some interesting numbers from IDC. The research firm indicates that 41% of businesses have either already purchased, or are evaluating SaaS products. Meanwhile, the SaaS share in IT budgets is expected to double in 2009-2013. Gartner's in on SaaS as well, and predicts revenues will grow approximately four times faster than traditional software over the next four years—that's US$14 billion by 2013.

"The SaaS offering is a perfect market move that will be much appreciated especially by small companies with up to 50 users," said Daniel J. Gilbert, CEO of Aurora Information Technology, Inc., a Bitrix Gold Certified Partner that specializes in medical website design and Internet marketing.

Bitrix will have more information about the initiative at the Parallels Summit on February 23rd. Otherwise, you can get more information here.

SiteExecutive Web CMS Updated with Support for Google Android


SiteExecutive (site) packs in the foot-soldier friendly features with a new update to make things more accessible from the road.

Support for Google Android

Less than three months after its last Enhancement release, Systems Alliance, the company behind SiteExecutive, a Web-based CMS popular among health and education services, has released Enhancement Pack 7 to users. The latest update adds support for Android-based mobile devices.

The product will identify any Android device and provide an optimized experience for it. In the background, SiteExecutive can help manage content that can be custom imported, get templates created as well as assist with usability and accessibility testing.

With Android phones currently shipping tens of thousands of units a day, it is starting to generate momentum in a crowded marketplace. By adding support, SiteExecutive will endear buyers and users who are focused on Android as an up and coming platform.

User Requests include SharePoint, Java Portlet Standards

SiteExecutive is regarded as a user-driven product and, as such, many user requests get built-in to the product. This pack's biggie is support for the latest version of ColdFusion 9 from Adobe. Also among the latest with this update is support for Firefox 3.6, performance improvements and tweaked automatic site-map creation.

Improved SharePoint integration, Microsoft Office file support and built-in support for the Java portlet standards: JSR-168 and JSR-286 round out the list.

SiteExecutive is a web building tool as well as a CMS, with ease of use for non-technical staff as a priority. It is available as a hosted service or SaaS. Discounts are available for charities, not-for-profits, some schools and small colleges.

Are You Coming to Gilbane San Francisco 2010?

We are. Even though the Gilbane Group (site) was recently acquired, the show must go on.

Gilbane San Francisco, scheduled for May 18 - 20, has just opened up for registration. The conference promises four tracks to serve specific roles in the organization (marketing, IT, a business unit, or an internal function):

  1. Customers & Engagement
  2. Colleagues & Collaboration
  3. Content Technology
  4. Content Publishing

If previous Gilbane shows are any indication (check out our coverage of Gilbane SF and Gilbane Boston 2009), this one promises to have something interesting for everyone in the web content management industry and beyond. Gilbane SF 2010 will feature around 40 sessions, panel discussions, workshops, product labs and more.

Here’s some helpful information for you to check out the event and to register:

See you in San Francisco. Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair ;)

Forrester: Most U.S. Internet Consumers Using Multiple Channels

Your website is your primary communication tool, so you give it plenty of love. However, research says this is not sufficient as more than 70% of U.S. Internet consumers are now using multiple channels.

Examples include:

  • Call centers
  • Direct mail
  • Mobile apps and interfaces
  • Social networks
  • In-store displays

Today's ruthless consumers expect a seamless cross-channel experience. Unfortunately, consumers often report that their cross-channel experience are poor — A.K.A., you have work to do.

With this problem in mind Forrester Research is teaming with CoreMedia this Thursday at 11am EST/4pm GMT to present a webinar titled: The Role Of WCM In Cross-Channel Customer Relations.

Forrester analyst Tim Walters says you can maximize your online presence to create the optimal cross-channel user experience. And further, that your web content management system can play a key role in the process.

If you're responsible for optimizing your customers' cross-channel experience this webinar may be just what you need. Skip on over and register here.

ContentM: A Web CMS Supporting Education based Websites

allofe_logo.jpgIn the heartland content management is alive. Since 1998, AllofE Solutions has been building a comprehensive suite of web-based products, custom applications and interactive media solutions.

Higher education, k-12 school districts and hospitals (among others) have long recognized the power and innovation of their enterprise content management system called ContentM. We recently spoke with Amit Guha, President and CEO of AllofE Solutions about content management, eCurriculum and the impact of community. 

Non-Profits Have Unstructured Content, Too

When we think of unstructured content, we usually think of large corporate enterprises, not academic institutions or healthcare companies. Truth be told, corporate entities have more than enough resources to help them manage their content. Those in education and other non-profit organizations, however, are often alone in their attempts to organize their data — due primarily to unusual infrastructures and cost constraints.

ContentM is a scalable system that can handle lots of content and gives access to multiple users, which can be useful for institutions that often have many people managing content independently. With solutions for schools, universities, government and healthcare, consider ContentM as the solution of organizations focused on the greater good.

Content Management Gets Schooled

Pulling all-nighters isn’t just for students, so ContentM’s browser-based platform allows administrators and other users to access site information and editing capabilities, anywhere and anytime. As well, an intuitive interface helps to streamline the site management process and allows organizations to create, edit and publish their site.

From applicant tracking, curriculum management to online lesson plans and gradebooks, AllofE Solutions can outfit any school district with the tools needed to make managing students and their curriculum easier.

Advanced Page and Menu Options

Example of template editor

Teachers have a lot on their plate and learning new technologies can be overwhelming. ContentM recognizes this offering a library stocked with page templates, and functionality that employs drag n’ drop capabilities making it easy and intuitive to edit both the look and feel of pages, as well as its content.

Teachers are able to change and edit information regarding assignments

Empowering Users, Inspiring Communities

AllofE Solutions not only strives to provide efficient, innovative and cost-effective solutions, they also work to empower the people that manage content and the communities affected by content management strategies.

In January, they launched the SchoolE Awards, a contest designed to showcase districts that have the most attractive sites and best web strategy. The SchoolE Awards will recognize the very best in web strategy, design and effectiveness within the K-12 sector.

With so many school districts relying on websites to communicate to a plethora of parents and students, the district website has now emerged as the single most important vehicle for overall communication and branding.

You can nominate a district's website worthy of being considered among the best online.

While their reach extends well beyond Lawrence, Kansas where AllofE Solutions is headquartered, ContentM is poised to impact content management strategies across all industries, far and wide.

2010 CODiE Award Finalists Include Bridgeline, CrownPeak for Best CMS

Awards season rolls on and some familiar names are lined up in the many categories for the CODiEs (site), now in their 25th year.


The Golden Envelope

With three sections covering software, education and content, the CODiEs have to be one of the best-established and most comprehensive technology awards. This year there are nearly 70 categories covering everything from Best Database Management Solution to Best Online Government Information Service. 

Last year,, Adobe and Novell were the recipients of multiple awards. This year, the cloud makes its appearance in a couple of new categories and there are many familiar — and some newer — names aiming for the biggest awards.

The content category winners have already been announced here, with Alacra Pulse winning Best Online Business Information Service and Reuters Insider picking up the Best Video Content Aggregation Service.

And The Nominees Are…

The much sought after Content Management Solution award is between iAPPS Content Manager from BridgeLine, CisionPoint and The award for Collaboration Solution will go to either AngelSoft, U.K. firm Mimecast for Unified Email Solution or Wimba.

The Open Source Solution award is where Drupal is in with a shout, the Social Networking Solution award sees up for another gong and the Mobile Experience Solution award is between WebEx, NetSuite CRM+ and

Among other categories of interest to our readers are:

  • Application Integration Solution which sees Boomi Atmosphere taking on Cast Iron Integration Solution and Persuasive Software Integration Business Unit.
  • Asset Management Solution which sees BDNA Insight 6.0 up against Express Software Manager and K2 KeyAuditor and KeyServer.
  • BI/KM Solution sees PivotLink, Luxid and NetCharts in with a shout.
  • Cloud Infrstructure Platform is up between JasperSoft, and Zetta Enterprise Cloud Storage.

To get to the nominee stage, companies and products have already been through several phases of judging, with more to come before the winners are decided — those announcements are to be made on May 25.

You can read the full list of categories and nominees here. Winners get to use the CODiEs logo on their products.

DocZone XML Content Management Get a New Pay Per Page Pricing Model

The XML content management system vendor DocZone (site) which was bought out last year by Really Strategies (site) has just added another pricing scheme to its SaaS offering for publishers and technical writers, by offering them the option to pay-per-page.

Under the new pay-per-page option, users will be given full system capabilities for editorial and production with access to all features, the amount they pay is based on the number of final pages produced.

And really that’s not bad when you consider that DocZone Publisher is an "all inclusive" Web-based editorial and production system that supports the creation, management, translation and single-source publishing of content.

Powered by the open-source Alfresco CMS platform, DocZone Publisher includes:

  • An authoring tool for distributed teams accessed via a browser
  • Easy and efficient search and query of all content
  • Numerous content management abilities including versioning and access control
  • Workflow management
  • Language translation tools.

When Really Strategies bought DocZone in July last year we speculated that by combining the two most price efficient solutions on the market — Web CMS from Really Strategies and SaaS publishing from DocZone —  users could be looking at considerable economies for the future.

This new pay-per-page scheme would seem to bear that out with the only question now being what other pricing packages we will see in the future.