Plumtree Enters Content Management Space

The company launches Content Server 4.0 and its "Enterprise Web" Web services strategy.

Plumtree Software Inc. announced its entry into the content management space and more broadly its "Enterprise Web" Web services strategy Monday at its Plumtree Odyssey user conference in San Diego.

The new content management system, Plumtree Content Server 4.0, is based on technology Plumtree acquired when it bought Hablador Inc. last year. It serves as an engine for publishing Web content within the Plumtree Portal. Content Server 4.0 has standard content management features like publishing templates, a workflow engine, library services such as rollback and version control, and a document repository.

Content Server can publish content to the portal organized in Plumtrees document directory or in community directories maintained for different workgroups or business units. It can also publish content as Gadget Web Services, components embedded within a portal page. Content Server relies on the portals security scheme and indexes its content using Plumtree Search, Plumtree officials said.

Content Server is also an integral part of Plumtrees new Enterprise Web, an open environment for creating Web applications that span multiple vendors products. Enterprise Web will also include Version 2 of Plumtree Collaboration Server, Plumtree Search Server and Oblixs NetPoint Access System, which Plumtree will resell as the Plumtree Single Sign-on Server.

In addition, Plumtree will add next year a business process engine code-named Fusion, technology that it acquired from Oak Grove Systems Inc.

"The Enterprise Web is a vision of how portal, content management, collaboration, identity management and search technology work together as a common foundation for every Web application in the business," said Plumtree CEO John Kunze in a statement. "This vision is the first fundamental expansion of Plumtrees charter since Plumtree created the corporate portal market."

Kunze said Plumtree rejected the premise that a businesss entire infrastructure has to revolve around one application server.

"We instead embrace the openness of the Web as an enterprisewide environment that can draw on resources from different application servers across the business," he said.

In addition to Oblix, Documentum Inc. and the Cap Gemini Ernst & Young Group have thrown their support behind Enterprise Web. Documentums enterprise content management software, like Plumtrees own Content Server, will be a Web foundation service.

Customers will be able to create composite applications within the Plumtree portal that draw on Documentum content management services, integrating document workflows and collaboration services into common business processes, Plumtree officials said.

Oblix will add single sign-on and Web access management services to Enterprise Web, while CGE&Y will add implementation and lifecycle support services.

In other content management news Monday, Stellent Inc. announced its new Lotus Notes Integrator, offering both integration and migration to Lotus Notes customers looking for a content repository to store, manage and publish information from Notes.

Stellents Lotus Notes Integrator can replicate or migrate Lotus Notes database content into the Stellent Content Management environment, converting the Notes document format into standard formats such as RTF, HTML and XML.