Atomz ASP Takes Charge

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-02-26 Print this article Print

As the shakeout of poorly thought-out ASPs continues unabated, I still see a few new services from application service providers

As the shakeout of poorly thought-out ASPs continues unabated, I still see a few new services from application service providers that make a little sense for corporations. One I recently took a look at was Atomz Corp.s Atomz Publish, a hosted service for Web content management.

Content management systems can be very costly, complex and resource- intensive to implement, which makes them a good fit for an ASP. With Atomz Publish (at, a business can set up a content management system for its site in a matter of days, rather than weeks or months. The product includes many of the features expected of content management systems, such as check-in/check-out capabilities and simplified content publishing. Atomz Publish also has one of the best template-creation features Ive seen in any content management system, as its templates are just plain HTML. Also, although Atomz can host a site, the product works best as a hosted staging server, with final approved changes sent to the actual site server on a scheduled basis.

The feature set in Atomz Publish is similar to that found in low-end software packages such as Ektron Inc.s Empower, and, like many low-end systems, it has limited workflow capabilities and only allows users to be assigned two roles (editor or administrator). Security may also be a problem for some sites because log-ins are not secured in any way. And, like many other ASP offerings, the service, starting at $50,000 per year, is overpriced.

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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