The CMS200 Teams Up

By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2005-02-28 Print this article Print

With Ektron"> Providence Healthcare maintains the site itself and brings Fusion back in only when major changes are necessary. That has happened only once or twice since the site was launched in February 2004, Johnson said. Providence Healthcare has anecdotal information, but no hard data, that Web site traffic has increased since deploying the new site.

Providence Healthcares human resources department also has access to the site for online job postings. Visitors to the site can access current job postings, e-mail them to other potential candidates and apply to them online, all through an interface the site has with Canadian jobs site Workopolis. com.

"The way Workopolis streamlined into our own site has been seamless," said Johnson. "I know thats driven more traffic to our site."

In addition to the CMS200 entry-level system, the one that Providence Healthcare is using, Ektron, of Amherst, N.H., develops two other products—the CMS300, based on the same Windows code base but with more features; and CMS400.Net, which has the same functionality level as the CMS300 but allows companies with pure .Net environments to provide for deeper Web services integration with other applications, Ektron officials said.

Ektron has a particularly strong focus on the health care and education markets, according to Ektron CEO Bill Rogers. Now 7 years old, the company has more than 14,000 clients, ranging from small businesses with four or five employees up to large corporations such as Intel Corp. and Pfizer Inc.

Ektrons software is designed to be easy to use for nontechnical users, Rogers said. "We enable marketing teams to more easily push up content, whether its job postings, FAQs or getting syndicated feeds," Rogers said. The software can also be used to assign different tasks to different users.

Ektron does not offer vertical-specific functionality in its software but relies on partners, such as Fusion, to add their own functionality to deliver customized solutions for specific verticals, Rogers said.

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