Contenido, Colaboración y Portal. Vignette ya tiene las 3 patas que andaba buscando. Ahora anuncia la compra de Intraspect que tenía algún distribuidor en España, un fabricante de Herramientas de Colaboración basadas en Java. Parece evidente que la fusión entre las herramients de portal y las de Gestión de Contenidos es ya una realidad.
NOTA DE PRENSA DE VIGNETTE USA
AUSTIN, Texas–Sept. 15, 2003– Vignette Corp. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Intraspect Software Inc., a leading provider of enterprise collaboration solutions. The acquisition will bring together the acknowledged market leader in content management and portal solutions with the award-winning Intraspect technology to deliver the most advanced unified solution to power the enterprise Web. Under the terms of the agreement, Vignette will pay $20 million, composed of $10 million in cash and approximately 4.2 million shares of Vignette stock, for Intraspect. The transaction is subject to approval from the Intraspect stockholders and customary closing conditions.
«The convergence of collaboration with portal, integration and content services is clear,» said Thomas E. Hogan, president and CEO of Vignette. «Collaborative applications are a critical component in an organization’s drive to further exploit content and knowledge. They are a key to improved overall performance, efficiency and productivity, and bring accelerated ROI to virtually all portal projects. With the acquisition of Intraspect, Vignette offers the industry’s only independent, Java-based suite of applications that encompass content, collaboration and the portal. The value of the integrated Vignette offering will extend beyond the functionality to deliver improved speed of deployment and a lower cost of ownership. We are extremely enthused about the value and potential of this acquisition for both existing Vignette clients and our new prospects.»
The combination of Vignette’s content management and portal products with Intraspect’s collaboration offerings will provide organizations worldwide with the industry’s most advanced enterprise software foundation to increase the competitive advantage for today’s leading enterprises. «More and more organizations are turning to vendors that offer integrated content management, portals and collaboration to fulfill their vision of Smart Enterprise Suite,» said Gene Phifer, vice president of research at Gartner Inc. «As industry consolidation continues, software vendors that can offer organizations an integrated set of best-of-breed applications such as content management, portals and collaboration are well positioned to meet and exceed customer demand and capture market share.»
Today’s announcement accelerates Vignette’s progress on its stated corporate direction and strategy of powering the enterprise Web with a new generation of Enterprise Web Applications. The resulting combination of Vignette’s and Intraspect’s industry-leading, standards-based technologies will help fulfill customer requirements and provide the industry’s only unified software solution for information management, integration, delivery and now collaboration.
«Intraspect’s current customer base has shown a clear need for strong collaboration, portal and content management from a single trusted vendor,» said Ben C. Barnes, president and CEO of Intraspect. «We are delighted that Intraspect will find a strong and supportive home with a leader like Vignette, enabling us to continue to service our customer base on a significantly enhanced platform.»
The Intraspect product line includes Java-based collaboration functionality and a complete collaborative applications framework so users can customize the user interface and collaboration services flow. Services provided by the core Intraspect platform include indexing and search, security, communications, data management and subscription notification. In addition to the core Intraspect 5 platform, Intraspect offers several packaged horizontal and vertical solutions that help customers solve more complex collaborative business process needs.
As part of Vignette, the Intraspect 5 platform will continue to be sold, supported and enhanced as well as offered in an integrated suite. Vignette also will quickly integrate Intraspect technology with its award-winning content management and portal solutions, enabling customers to work with a single vendor for the key technologies required to power the enterprise Web. In addition to lowering risk and decreasing deployment, maintenance and integration costs, the Intraspect acquisition will enhance the Vignette(R) V7 software platform with a number of enterprise collaboration solutions that allow people to share knowledge and collaborate on projects, using familiar e-mail and groupware tools, desktop applications and Web-based collaboration applications. Intraspect’s products are designed to integrate collaboration into an enterprise’s existing business processes.