EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) and NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPNY) announced an expansion of their strategic business and technology alliance. The broader and deeper arrangements involve new technology development, distribution, joint marketing, customer service and support, and increased collaboration and integration of the two companies’ information management and infrastructure solutions. EMC and NEC intend to collaborate on the development of content management solutions for emerging customer requirements. EMC and NEC intend to jointly develop and resell these solutions globally, with a focus on Japan, to help customers better address certain business issues such as regulatory compliance, security and collaboration. EMC and NEC have agreed to collaborate on the development, manufacturing, distribution and support of certain future storage technologies and entry-level products. EMC and NEC intend to license various technologies from their respective resource management products (EMC Smarts and NEC WebSAM) and will incorporate them into future releases from each company. The companies will further ensure tight integration of the WebSAM framework and the EMC Smarts model-based architecture. Within Japan, EMC and NEC intend to deepen their relationship by further aligning each company’s sales and marketing, solution development, consulting, customer support and service functions. http://www.EMC.com, http://www.nec.com
Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN) and Lombardi Software announced a go-to-market alliance to better enable content-centric applications and the business processes that drive them. The alliance is intended to allow joint customers to create, deploy and manage web applications based on a Services-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that leverages standards such as BPEL (Business Process Execution Language), BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation), JSR-168 (Java Specification Request), and Web Services. http://www.vignette.com, http://www.lombardisoftware.com
There are hundreds of vendors that claim to have the answer to today’s content management challenge. Now it is your opportunity as an end user to attend, for free, CMS Idol. Have your opinion count as you vote for the content management solution you think is most innovative. CMS Idol is taking place at the Palace Hotel on April 25th at the upcoming Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies San Francisco. Not only is CMS Idol free to attend but attendees can visit with over 50 vendors showcasing their latest content management solutions. Vendors registered to participate in CMS Idol include: Hot Banana Software, Interwoven, Paperthin, Refresh Software, and Vasont. Round I – 3:45pm: Help crown the “2006 CMS Idol” in a fast-paced, entertaining set of competitive demos. CMS vendors will present 6-minute demos showing the best features of their systems. An expert panel of judges will offer pithy commentary, but the best part is: you vote for the winner! The top 3 finalists will face off in Round 2 during the reception. Round II – 5:30pm – “The Finals”: Help crown the “2006 CMS Idol” in a fast-paced, entertaining set of competitive demos. Three vendor finalists will present 8-minute demos showing something special about their solution. An expert panel of judges will liven up the show, but it is you the attendee who votes for the winner! The winner will be announced and officially crowned during the reception. Visit with vendors in the exhibit hall before or after CMS Idol. The exhibit hall is open April 25-26. Hours to meet with exhibitors each day are: 10-11am, noon-2pm, and 5-7pm. For conference details, visit: . To register, visit:
We hope to see you at our upcoming San Francisco conference. But whether you join us or not, you can contribute to the keynote discussion by including questions in a comment on this blog entry. Or you can visit the panelists blogs and make suggestions to them directly. Below is the session description with links to the panel member’s bios and blogs or websites.
UPDATE: You can also now vote a list of questions we have put together. Voting also gives you a chance for a free conference pass to this or a future conference.
The opening keynote panel is open to both tradeshow and conference attendees.
Keynote Panel: New Technologies That Will Influence Your Content Management Strategies
The pace of information technology development continues to increase as organizations develop experience in implementing content applications, and as software vendors vie to incorporate their customer’s feedback into product technologies ahead of the competition. As most enterprise applications become more content-oriented, content technology developments are coming from a broader base of suppliers and developers. In fact, most interesting new computing technologies will, or should, influence your short and long term content management strategies. Our opening panel of industry experts will look at both specific technologies and market trends. This will be a lively interactive panel with plenty of debate.
Moderator: Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair, Editor & Publisher, The Gilbane Report — Blog
Dan Farber, Vice President, CNET Networks, Editor in Chief, ZDNet — Between the Lines Blog
Bill Rosenblatt, Editor, DRM Watch
Charlene Li, Principal Analyst, Forrester Research — Charlene’s Blog
Gene Gable, Gene Gable Industries
Tony Byrne, Founder, CMS Watch