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    Tuesday, May 06, 2008

    Igor Gramc @ 11:36 PM
    Friday, July 08, 2005
    Contract management software from CQ Systems

    CQ Systems Ltd.  provides robust, powerful, scalable and safe contract management and accounting solutions for the installment credit, motor finance and asset finance markets. The modules of contract management software provide an end-to-end contractual solution -- from underwriting, contract administration and accounting through to asset disposal and re-marketing. Today CQ has more than 55 banking, independent and captive finance house clients in the UK, Europe, Africa and Asia.

    CQ Systems' clients include:

    --  Bank of Ireland (Business Finance)
    -- Bank of Scotland Equipment Finance
    -- Broadcastle PLC
    -- Capital One Services
    -- DaimlerChrysler Services
    -- Investec Asset Finance
    -- Kenya Commercial Bank
    -- ORIX Leasing Singapore Ltd
    -- Scania Finance GB
    -- Singer & Friedlander Insurance Premium Finance .

    Igor Gramc @ 4:49 AM
    Thursday, June 23, 2005
    Fwd: The Business Challenges That Contract Management Solve
    The digitization of contract management business promises immense benefits to companies. It has also given rise to an
     threat to overwhelm and stifle corporate productivity concerning contract management. Some studies conclude that
    simply locating and accessing the proper contract information can occupy more than 50% of a knowledge
    worker's time.
    Many if not all mid- to large-sized businesses will implement some sort of business-to-employee
    contract management portal in the next decade. Businesses implement B2E portals for a few primary reasons:
    • To reduce time and effort spent searching for contract management data, and the duplication of effort that
    results when information cannot be found.
    • To leverage existing assets by providing a secure sign-in point for accessing the multiple
    applications and contract management sources they are authorized to use.
    • To reduce cost by enabling employees to engage in self-service .
    A well-conceived enterprise contract management portal can deliver immense productivity gains and a
    significant return on investment. The challenge for businesses today is to ensure that contract management
    projects facilitate the flow of information without introducing burdensome new procedures and
    administrative costs.

    Igor Gramc @ 6:11 AM
    Monday, June 06, 2005
    What is Content Management, Really?
    A. Web-based publishing. Documents and other forms of information can be disseminated by authorized individuals. Page templates, wizards, and other software aids help inexperienced content authors to produce higher-quality output. Data useful on intranet, extranet, and ecommerce Internet sites, for example, can automatically be re-purposed and co-ordinated for the multiple destinations.

    B. Format management. Data can automatically be converted into formats suitable for Web publishing such as HTML or PDF. Legacy electronic documents, or even scanned paper documents, can be unified into a few common formats that are more easily shared with third parties.

    C. Revision control. Files can be updated to a newer version or restored to a previous version. Changes to files can be traced to individuals for security purposes.

    D. Indexing, search, and retrieval. For data to be valuable, it must be relevant to the task at hand and accessible in a timely fashion. Documents can be parsed for keywords, headings, graphics, and other elements; mechanisms for processing search requests become critical.

    More generally, effective content management systems support an organization's business processes for acquiring, filtering, organizing, and controlling access to information. Because no two organizations use identical business processes, content management systems in practice can be compared to snowflakes -- no two such systems will look or behave exactly alike!

    Numerous factors determine the degree of difficulty an organization will face in deploying or improving their content management systems. An organization's size (number of employees) and geographic dispersion (particulary across national or cultural boundaries) can give a first-order estimate. Another factor to consider is the diversity in forms of electronic data held within the organization. Besides plain text documents, critical data can also exist in alternate forms such as graphics, audio/video, and engineering diagrams that can prove much more difficult to manage. Finally, some organizations may historically have relied on an "oral tradition" of predominately verbal, undocumented communications, leaving little data readily available to collect.

    In the final analysis, content management is only a means to a end. One can easily become enamored with the idea of total information sharing among all of an organization's employees and forget that this is probably not a worthwhile goal. The process of information sharing becomes valuable only when the "right data" is communicated to the "right people" at the "right time." Your content management system will probably be effective only to the extent it contributes to this goal.

    Igor Gramc @ 6:12 AM
    Thursday, June 02, 2005
    Content Management and blog
    Running a personal Weblog may be the latest craze sweeping the Internet, however, business IT is beginning to warm to the idea of a simple, organized way of online collaboration. How can that relate to content management software and solutions?

    Director of Sydney-based online project management solution Maarten Tentij said blogs are no longer just a personal thing.

    'We use notes that can be attached to pieces of work that get reviewed by the project manager,' Tentij said. 'The blog functionality allows the project manager to view all issues reported by all the project's participants on a daily basis.'

    'A blog is a good way to consolidate information and a great way to communicate,' he said. 'People are trying to free up their inboxes; posting information on a blog is a great way of sharing it. Like e-mail, it allows people to communicate in a written format but it is organized in a useful way.'

    Blogs can be used for any work that requires a group of people to interact. For example, contract management and support forums are possible applications of the technology. As such, he is now looking to start a blog for his sales people to facilitate better discussion among them and ultimately improve selling throug better contract management.

    'People tend not to categorize e-mail in a useful way, whereas blogs are categorized by a particular topic,' he said.

    Kasell believes blogs and wikis - Web-based content systems that can be edited by anyone (like contract management software) - are fuelling team innovation. But like any emerging technology it will be a challenge to integrate blogs into existing business processes. IBM has about 3000 staff bloggers!!

    Sun Microsystems is also a blog-friendly company with some 1000 employee blogs, seven of which are local.

    Laurie Wong, Sun's Australia and New Zealand software business manager, said blogs will be used less as a collaboration tool but more as a communications medium for ideas both inside and outside an organization.

    Igor Gramc @ 6:08 AM
    Content Management on the rise
    Forecasted as one of the most important business drivers for the near future, Content Management Solutions is on the rise.

    According to software evaluation firm TEC, significant increases has been tracked in customer demand for Content management selection projects, with numbers growing seven-fold since 2004. Over the next year, projections suggest that revenue in licensing for Content Management will grow from 1,280.8 to 1,861.4 (millions of dollars, USD) through 2009. “Due to current governance and regulatory compliance regulations, Content Management Solutions will become more and more important in order for organizations to be able to meet the requirements of these acts”, according to Hans Mercx, ECM and BPM analyst at TEC.

    Research by The Standish Group shows that 52.7 percent of IT projects cost 189 percent of the original estimates. This represents $75 billion (USD) yearly that is spent on failed IT projects in the United States alone (2005). Organizations are losing billions of dollars each year because they select the wrong hardware, middleware, and software, which is due to inadequate vendor information and evaluation processes. Such losses are increasingly apparent within price-sensitive, small and medium enterprises, which require accurate IT information to be collected quickly and cost-effectively during software evaluation processes.

    According to TEC, solutions for Content Management Solutions, ERP, CRM, or SCM may fail to accomplish what customers want, because customers did not begin their selection processes with a good understanding of their requirements. TEC believes that problems arise when customers do not prepare a proper request for information (RFI) to evaluate the pertinent responses from their shortlisted vendors. However, TEC states that its sophisticated means for performing requirements analysis will ease customers' selection burdens.

    The TEC Content Management Evaluation Center aims to support end users to match their requirements to the functionality provided by a variety of Content Management Solutions. Organizations can use the center to analyze vendors on approximately 1,200 criteria covering Content Management functionality. Vendors presenting solutions for comparison include 80-20, AMCO, CentricMinds, Crown Peak, Day Software, Emojo, Hannon Hill, iUpload, Kentico, Numotion, Serena, SilkRoad technology, Stellent, and Snakeware. The TEC Content Management Evaluation Center ( covers a broad range of features from content acquisition, approval and syndication, to document management, record management, digital asset management, workflow, and publication of the actual content.

    Igor Gramc @ 6:07 AM
    Friday, May 27, 2005
    Content Management and procurement
    UK electronic-government eGov Monitor reports that a slew of government departments are gearing up for a major CMS procurement. These agencies go out into the marketplace after a bespoke system for government-wide use (that reportedly cost 35m pounds) failed to gain much adoption. eGov Monitor cites a compressed procurement cycle, which seems high-risk for such a large technology acquisition. Riskier still is the idea that a single CMS will fit the bill for multiple government departments. Shared services are a great idea, but to succeed, any such offering has to fit a standardized business template, and we think that the department that delivers health care services requires a very different CMS than the department that regulates the environment or the department that publishes statistical information. Still, managing large government sites is hard, and we wish them luck...... "

    Igor Gramc @ 12:40 AM
    Thursday, May 26, 2005
    Content Management and three good reasons
    There are three major ways to enter into the ideas of content management. I'd like to present them to help you understand why content management is so important:

    * Content management gives flesh and bones to today's notions of e-business. If e-business is the process of reaching your constituents with the right information and transactions at the right time, then content management is the way to make an e-business real and workable.
    * Content management is an antidote to today's information frenzy. Web sites are getting out of control; we are expected to harvest good information from wider and wider contributor bases; and we are expected to make information entirely reusable so that it can be distributed at anytime to anyone. Content management can help you organize and direct your information to keep it under control.
    * Content management addresses one of the key unanswered questions of the coming Information Age: "How is it possible to give particular value and substance to a 'piece' of information?" Content management systems create and manage pieces of information and tag them with all the information you might need to figure out what they are worth.

    Igor Gramc @ 10:46 PM
    Wednesday, May 25, 2005
    Content management and SOE
    Contract management will be available also through IBM’s Software as Service offerings. IBM’s directory already includes almost 40 applications available online, including billing and invoicing, workflow, ERP on demand, CRM on demand, content management, and contract management.

    Igor Gramc @ 11:07 PM
    Tuesday, May 24, 2005
    Six tips to succesfull Contract management
    Six Tips for Successful Contract Management...
    • Maintain contracts in a centralized location - The entire enterprise can
    utilize the centralized and searchable system of record to answer any
    contract related question
    • Implement contract policies and best practices - Contract management
    software allows companies to easily establish and maintain contract
    policies and force usage of company approved contracts, templates,
    clauses, and terms .
    • Validate enterprise transactions - Just because your financial system
    validates that a payment or receipt has data in all required fields, doesn't
    mean that data represents the contractual obligations specific to that
    transaction. Contract management software is built specifically to validate
    transactions against contracts.
    • Automate research and reconciliation of contract disputes - Workflow
    based contract management solutions significantly reduce the time, effort
    and expense to research and resolve contract related disputes, including
    payments, deductions and chargebacks.
    • Contract Analysis - In addition to product, customer and segment
    profitability analysis, perform contract profitability analysis. Often times,
    customers, products or even entire segments are unprofitable because of
    contractual inconsistencies or flaws.
    • Collaborate on-line with trading partners - Collaboration on contracts over
    the Internet expedites contract negotiation cycle times and allows for a
    complete history capture of the entire negotiation and all component parts
    of the contract.

    Igor Gramc @ 4:40 AM
    Friday, May 06, 2005
    Paper chase VS Content management
    One large retailer that implemented content management system says. They wanted to implement contract management software and content management system in general.
    What were their experiences during and after the implementation.

    They wanted to be able to work on a different versions of document and to track them all. Content management software made possible to track evolution of documents, contracts etc. Documents which were usually kept on a desks of employees through the company are managed from the central database. Process of creating contract, which includes many iterations is done through contract management software - history of changes is suddenly on a leash.
    Documents and contracts are easily recreated. Letters of agreement (usually start creating contract) can be easy found.
    Besides all of that - security is manageable.
    After the implementation of document management software (or contracts management software) - there is no need to have technical employees to handle such a content - vendor of content management tool must provide easy manageable content management.

    Igor Gramc @ 2:57 AM
    Content management - definition
    Content management are processes and workflows involved in organizing and structuring information resourcesthrough the entire enterprise so that they can be stored, published, and reused in multiple ways. A content management system (CMS) is used to collect, manage, and publish content, storing the content either as components or whole documents. Content management is done through content management tools, content management solutions and operationaly thorough content management software.
    It may also provides for content revision control.

    Content Management is also a general term that refers to the organization, categorization, and structuring of information resources (text, images, documents etc.) so that they can be stored, published, and edited with ease and flexibility. In such way we can speak about document management solutions, document management software, knowledge management tools and knowledge management solutions in general.

    Third definition of Content Management, also known as CM, is a set of processes and technologies supporting the evolutionary life cycle of digital information. This digital information is often referred to as content or, to be precise, digital content.

    Igor Gramc @ 1:14 AM
    Thursday, May 05, 2005
    Today's news

    Company Ufi has chosen supplier Mediasurface to provide enterprise-wide use of its web content management system and smart client console.

    EContent (press release) - Wilton,CT,USA
    Functional usability for your CMS project. If you follow the rules of functional usability you are well on your way to developing a more usable--and therefore, by definition, a more effective--content management system.

    IBM Content management can be applied to content stored across FileNet, EMC Documentum, OpenText, IBM DB2 Content Manager, and an array of other content management systems.

    From acquisitions such as Ascential Software and new technologies from our research labs for information integration and knowledge of content management, IBM expands its portfolio in this area.

    Igor Gramc @ 5:00 AM
    Wednesday, May 04, 2005
    Contract management software - why?
    What is main goal or what are the benefit's of implementing contract management software in the company :

    Contracts are the foundation of nearly all business relationships
    - Estimates indicate that 80% of business-to-business transactions are governed by contractual agreements
    - The typical Fortune 1000 company maintains between 20,000 and 40,000 active contracts
    - Companies are losing billions of dollars each year due to contract leakage, unredeemed rebates, inefficient processes and suboptimal contract terms
    Contracts are the foundation of nearly all business relationships
    - Estimates indicate that 80% of business-to-business transactions are governed by contractual agreements
    - The typical Fortune 1000 company maintains between 20,000 and 40,000 active contracts
    - Companies are losing billions of dollars each year due to contract leakage, unredeemed rebates, inefficient processes and suboptimal contract terms
    Contracts are the foundation of nearly all business relationships
    - Estimates indicate that 80% of business-to-business transactions are governed by contractual agreements
    - The typical Fortune 1000 company maintains between 20,000 and 40,000 active contracts
    - Companies are losing billions of dollars each year due to contract leakage, unredeemed rebates, inefficient processes and suboptimal contract terms
    More than 80% of companies report that even locating a contract is difficult
    - Many customer and supplier contracts are stored in filing cabinets or on the hard drives of individual (and often inaccessible) PCs across the enterprise
    - Manual processes and fragmented business systems result in:
    - Increased costs
    - Poor collaboration
    - Poor compliance
    - Overcharging by suppliers
    Companies should automate and standardize processes across the contract lifecycle
    - Automating contract management processes will:
    - Reduce negotiation cycle time
    - Lower administration costs
    - Improve compliance and analysis
    - Standardizing contract procedures companywide will:
    - Reduce contract risk
    - Foster greater collaboration
    - Enforce adherence to contract terms

    Companies should enhance contract monitoring and analysis capabilities
    - Increasing the frequency of compliance reviews will:
    - Reduce maverick buying and evergreen renewals
    - Minimize policy and regulatory non-compliance
    - Improve performance risks and opportunities for savings
    - Incorporating advanced analytics in contract performance analysis will:
    - Optimize contracts and help identify new cost savings opportunities
    - Drive compliance and assist with new regulatory reporting requirements

    An effective Contract Lifecycle Management solution, like UpsideContract, can:
    - Dramatically reduce material and service costs
    - Cut process cycles in half
    - Reduce contract administration costs
    - Improve contract compliance
    - Diminish operational and regulatory risk
    - Increase revenues and profits

    Igor Gramc @ 6:26 AM
    CMS News 4.5.2005

    Today' news / press releases on CMS (4.5.2005)

    Inovis to Present at TAG Enterprise Content Management Seminar

    ... of product management, data synchronization applications, will present at the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Enterprise Content Management Seminar on ...

    In Focus: Whither Web Content Management?

    ... Text and Hummingbird within the last two months, and at least one thing all four conversations had in common was that WCM (Web content management) never came ...

    UT Southwestern Medical Center Selects Hyland Software to ...

    ... Hospitals' Revenue Cycle CLEVELAND, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyland Software, Inc., developer of the OnBase(R) enterprise content management (ECM) software suite ...

    FileNet to Recognize Its Customers' Best ECM Solutions of 2005

    ... (Logo: ) The 2005 Innovation Awards categories are: Best Enterprise Content Management Solution This ...

    Igor Gramc @ 6:04 AM
    Web content management
    By definition is web content management software that manages documents for Web sites. It also provides the storage, maintenance and retrieval of HTML and XML (...) documents. Content management systems are usually built on a native XML database and typically provide publishing capabilities to export content not only to the Web site, but to other media as well.

    Why web document management?
    Web Services-based technology displayed very nice possibilities. The Web Service solutions encompass several core, solid specifications such as UDDI, WSDL, SOAP, (...) (. Also, we have seen the rise of services-oriented architectures, where core capabilities are exposed and leveraged as generic services, using Web Services standards and internet architecture.

    As more and more CMS products show functionality through Web Services a content management systems could become widely accepted through the enterprise content networks more broadly.

    Igor Gramc @ 5:43 AM
    Saturday, April 30, 2005
    Content management - additional links
    * CMSInfo ( — news and announcements relating to open source content management systems

    * CMSWatch ( — news and announcements relating to content management systems

    * CMSLance ( — find freelance designers and developers to work on your content management system

    * CMSMatrix ( — compare the most common content management systems against each other

    * ( — demo links, docs, job and bounty board wiki for GNU GPL, web-based, Free software

    * OpenSourceCMS ( — demos of the most common open source content management systems

    * Australian CMS marketplace ( — list of all the products in the Australian marketplace (both local and international)

    Igor Gramc @ 2:00 PM
    Content management vendors
    * AuthorIT (software) ( (single source)

    * Acuity CMS ( Acuity CMS is a highly affordable, very easy to use content management system that offers a rich set of features despite its low price point. Advanced WYSIWYG editing (using Acuity Visual Editor), advanced code cleaning, menu management, integrated search, and much more. Although targeted at small to medium business, Acuity CMS can run very large and interactive websites. A full online demo is available as well as very open licensing plans for web site developers.

    * Big Medium ( is an inexpensive Perl-based web CMS featuring WYSIWYG text editing, templates for unusually flexible page design, RSS news feeds, clean standards-compliant markup, "one-click editing" and more. Installation is straightforward, and a single installation can manage multiple websites on the same server. A free online demo is available.

    * celum IMAGINE (, Web-based solutions for content and image/media management, J2EE based

    * cm3 (, cm3 provides powerful off-the-shelf web-based management tools driven by a deep and extensible application development platform at a killer price. cm3 is the perfect choice for both large and small organisations to solve today's and tomorrow's data management problems.

    * CityDesk (, a Windows client CMS

    * CommonSpot (, is a ColdFusion-based CMS.

    * Constructioner (, is a high-functional Web Application Development Tool for professional Developers

    * ContentForces CMS ( A CMS for product information management, websites generation and integration with on-line and traditional printed marketing publications: brochures, catalogues and datasheets. Focused on Dutch and Belgian market.

    * contentpapst (, is a PHP/MySQL-based CMS with powerful features for small and mid-sized companies.

    * Dynamicweb ( Multilingual browser based CMS (.NET VB.NET with MS SQLServer or MS Access)

    * Day Communiqué ( Providing content management, portal management and digital asset management in one powerful solution. Day is the leading the JSR 170: Content Repository for JavaTM technology API.

    * Design for Life CMS Content Management ( and easy to use Content Management System for websites of all sizes. Designed for non-technical users with support for streaming media.

    * Documentum ( is probably the largest and most complex enterprise content management system available, but also the most powerful and flexible. The core product offering is the eContent Server or docbase.

    * Dynamix CMS ( Easy-to-use CMS with true WYSIWYG.

    * ElementCMS ( Enterprise level content management solution with workflows, in-context editing and full XHTML compliance

    * evoArticles ( Advanced and powerful article management system. Perfect for a content-based website.

    * FileNet ( is the market leader in enterprise content management solutions. FileNet offers products for Content Management, Business Process Management, Records Management, Web Content Management, and Forms Management.

    * Fusion03 ( is a secure application framework. With natural language error reporting, form feedback, and a dynamic help system Fusion 03 is extremely user friendly.

    * FLUiD CMS 4.5 ( Easy-to-Use, Host-Anywhere, XML/XSL-based, integration Distributed Authoring, Desktop Application - WCM".

    * HardCore Web Content Management ( is a full-featured cross-browser/cross-platform web content management system.

    * Hot Banana ( is an affordable ColdFusion-based content management system.

    * IgnitionWeb ( is the easy-to-use Internet marketing software that empowers businesses to Inform, Promote and Transact online.

    * Immediacy ( UK based content management system acknowledged for ease-of-use

    * Interwoven was the first major enterprise WCM platform.

    * Livelink is a content management system produced by Open Text Corporation.

    * Macromedia Contribute allows for instant web content management. Macromedia (

    * Magnolia Magnolia (

    * Managee ( content management system by Null Studio [101] (

    * Marwel ( nice content management system by QCM [103] (

    * Mediasurface

    * Microsoft has products like Microsoft Content Management Server and Microsoft Sharepoint Portal Server (

    * Movable Type (

    * MServerSuite ( Web based: Content Management, Integrated online registration and Membership Management. Focused on Membership and Non-Profit organizations.

    * Netdoc ( Tight focus into usability.

    * liveSTORYBOARD CMS ( : secure hosted CMS

    * Oracle Corporation has products like Oracle XML DB.

    * PHLUENT CMS ( Phluent is an ASP Content Management Platform".

    * pirobase CMS ( Content Management System by PIRONET NDH [111] (

    * Polopoly

    * RedDot ( The former "InfoOffice", Enterprise Content Management.

    * Roxen CMS ( has both a commercial version and a free "Personal Edition".

    * Savvy Content Manager ( ColdFusion based web content manager.

    * Simplicis ( is an inexpensive web content management system from Valtira that supports multi-lingual content.

    * Stellent ( The core product offering is the Stellent Content Server.

    * SWAA ( Powerful and easy to use Web Content Management System from Interchile Network. SWAA Stands for Sitio Web Auto Administrable (spanish).

    * Synapse Publisher CMS ( Synapse Publisher goes beyond SEO friendly CMS functionality by providing an SEO Dashboard to allow CMS users to optimize content.

    * Tacklebox CMS ( Tacklebox is offered as a fully-licensed or hosted product.

    * TERMINALFOUR ( TERMINALFOUR are providers of out-of-the-box Enterprise Content Management, Self Service and eForms software based on the Java platform.

    * Tridion CMS ( Tridion R5.1 Content Management Suite".

    * Varius ( CMS and development framework developed by XKO, aimed at the SME market

    * Vignette ( large and expensive CMS, running on many well-known websites like those of The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian or Der Spiegel

    * VergeCMS (, VergeCMS - A Free CMS Tool

    * Visual Content Constructor (

    * VYRE ( A J2EE based CMS with strong Digital Asset Management capabilities.

    * WebEngine CMS ( A web-based CMS by Winsome Benelux completely written in Java.

    * WebX ( A web-based CMS by Webscape AS.

    * WorldServer Global Electronic Publishing ( XML and DITA-based based system for creating, translating, and publishing content to multiple formats.

    * Xitex WebContent M1 ( The enterprise-class J2EE web content management solution by XITEX Software [131] ( Powerful tool for making your website the cornerstone of your business success, which provides you with numerous of pluggable components to enhance its interactivity, as well as makes the content management process as pleasant as it ever could be

    Igor Gramc @ 1:54 PM
    Monday, February 28, 2005
    Content management - different types
    Content management is general term for very specific solution for different content.
    Such as:
    -knowledge management; knowledge management solutions
    -document management; document management solutions
    -contract management; contract management solutions

    Igor Gramc @ 4:14 AM
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