Feeds

IBM fills out Lotus Workplace with Aptrix

Snug fit

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

IBM has joined the ranks of the other major vendors of content management and collaboration software and decided to acquire a key building block of its enterprise content management strategy, rather than build it itself, writes Martin Langham of Bloor Research.

Usually, acquiring additional functionality from a third-party vendor can lead to problems in maintaining a high level of integration between all parts of the content management portfolio. This time it looks like IBM is going to avoid most of the integration pain because Aptrix, its chosen partner, has worked with IBM for several years and there is already a high level of integration between the products.

The fruits of this merger will be known as the IBM Lotus Workplace Content Development and it will fill a gap in IBM's enterprise content management portfolio by providing good support for Web content publishing on the internet and to extranets and intranets.

The use of Workplace in the title of this product is significant. This new content management product is another part of the emerging IBM Lotus Workplace strategy. Lotus WorkPlace Messaging was released in May 2003 to provide an easy-to-use, industrial-strength, Web-based e-mail solution to deskless workers and IBM has recently renamed its Domino-based tool for ad-hoc collaboration, Quickplace, as IBM Lotus Team Workplace.

Although it is a lot quicker to build a product portfolio by acquisition rather than by development, you run the risk of creating overlaps in function and mismatches in technology. The biggest overlap in Lotus Workplace Content Development functions is with DB2 Content Manager. IBM says these two products offer different functionality. DB2 Content Manager is a back-end enterprise-class system that integrates multimedia content from different repositories. Lotus Workplace Content Development focuses more on the publishing and authoring aspects of online content management. Aptrix also offers a version of the Aptrix Content Server that integrates with IBM DB2 Content Manager where DB2 performs as the database engine.

The other good news from IBM's point of view is that the Aptrix product can already run on both IBM WebSphere and the Domino Application Server - fitting in well with IBM's overall game-plan to build a Lotus Workplace platform that can bridge both these application servers.

As well as plugging a hole in IBM's Workplace strategy it looks like Aptrix is a pretty competent Web content management product. It has particular strengths in workflow management so that Webmasters can use it confidently to distribute authorship of Web content without losing control of the integrity and quality of the content published.

Aptrix has an additional software product called Aptrix Connect that can be used to integrate content from any source such as HTTP, Notes and SQL Servers, LDAP servers, files and SMTP mail. This uses caching to ensure that the web site performance does not suffer.

So, even though IBM has acquired its Web content management capability rather than built it itself, it looks like a pretty good fit and there is no doubt that it will help IBM to compete in the enterprise content management market. One by one, IBM is putting its dominoes together on the table.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Wanna keep your data for 1,000 YEARS? No? Hard luck, HDS wants you to anyway
Combine Blu-ray and M-DISC and you get this monster
US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux
OAM takes wireless signals to 32 Gbps
Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp
Mountain View distances itself from lame 'network thingy'
Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks
Millions of 4chan users howl with laughter as Cupertino slams stable door
Students playing with impressive racks? Yes, it's cluster comp time
The most comprehensive coverage the world has ever seen. Ever
Run little spreadsheet, run! IBM's Watson is coming to gobble you up
Big Blue's big super's big appetite for big data in big clouds for big analytics
Seagate's triple-headed Cerberus could SAVE the DISK WORLD
... and possibly bring us even more HAMR time. Yay!
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.