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OpenText offers cloud-based content management

A new cloud-based content management option from OpenText could offer an easy-to-use alternative to risky consumer services; and other content management news.

OpenText Corp. has responded to enterprises' need for simpler cloud-based content management with a new offering, OpenText Core. The multi-tenant software as a service (SaaS) platform, built on OpenText's own private cloud, challenges consumer cloud services and strives to balance user experience and productivity needs with enterprise-level security and administration controls.

According to Lubor Ptacek, vice president of strategic marketing at OpenText, the OpenText Core product provides quick, seamless file-sharing and basic collaboration tasks. "For that, you don't need a big kahuna content management system. So that's where the OpenText Core product fits in," he said.

What does OpenText have that lightweight consumer-based options don't? According to Ptacek, it's better security and controls. "[Our infrastructure] is robust, it's secure, and it's been built with the idea of catering to businesses."

Administrators can set and revoke access rights, a benefit for secure collaboration between internal users and external contractors. And rather than syncing documents across all devices (some of which could be users' personal devices), users can edit and save documents directly within Core. An HTML viewer also allows users to view documents from any device without having to download them.

Activity feeds could help corral enterprise information overload. End users can track changes to their documents and projects and see how much storage they're using, as well as how many people they're sharing information with.

OpenText Core is available now, and users can choose from four monthly subscription levels: free; Team ($5) per user/per month; Business ($10) per user/per month; and Enterprise ($30) per user/month. launches a mobile-first cloud CMS for the enterprise

Cambridge, Mass.-based has expanded on its original mobile content management option with a new cloud-based Web content management system that allows users to build and manage multiple responsive websites in the cloud.

The platform is in part Bluetrain's response to mobility's growing influence in the enterprise, and to enterprises' need for an easily scalable, native CMS platform. A central benefit, the company said, is that it's among the first cloud-based Web platforms designed for the enterprise (rather than consumers or SMBs) that was also built from inception to be responsive.

The company aims for platform efficiency and usability, promising that Web developers need about 50% less code than similar alternatives. One user who was involved in Bluetrain's early release program, interaction architect and senior consultant Boris Krone of Ayantek LLC, agreed that's platform allowed "complete design freedom," without the need to write complex code.

Can gamification drive SharePoint adoption?

Badgeville, a provider of gamification technology based in Redwood City, Calif. now offers Badgeville for SharePoint. The software, which integrates with SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online, adds gamification and social features to SharePoint environments with the goal of boosting user adoption and engagement.

With Badgeville, companies can encourage certain employee behavior by establishing a reward system where users receive points, levels or badges when certain tasks are completed. Badgeville allows for custom branding and visuals as well, and admins can keep tabs on users with Badgeville features that allow granular views of activity by action and timeframe.

Badgeville for SharePoint integrates with Badgeville for Yammer as well, used either as part of SharePoint or on its own.

RSD governance gets a hand from content discovery technology

RSD, provider of information governance software for the enterprise, has partnered with Active Navigation, which provides enterprise content discovery technology. Active Navigation will be closely integrated with the RSD GLASS platform, which is designed to enable governance policy management and enforcement across an enterprise's information systems.

Users of the RSD GLASS platform can tap into Active Navigation's file classification, analytics and data visualization features. The Active Navigation software aims to help companies organize content by de-duplicating documents, classifying them and enabling metadata tagging. The Active Navigation software can also help identify sensitive data and develop classification structures that support the governance capabilities of RSD's platform.

According to RSD, the two technologies together promise to ease content cleanup and reduce the cost and risk of storing large amounts of content in the cloud.


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