Sometimes, destruction can be creative. Such was the case when Macromedia decided to discontinue the former Allaire CM product, Spectra, and put the code into "community source" for any other firm to play with. This begat a bonanza of ColdFusion-based, branded product offerings from regional integrators around the world. But the following e-mail that recently crossed our in-box from an integrator in Iowa, USA may be indicative of the tough times for services companies who took that approach: "[We] thought you might be interested in a new Enterprise Content Management System that we have developed in ColdFusion. This software is available for acquisition..."
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XML & Component Content Management Evaluation Stream looks at... Localization in Vasont
"Localization of content components is handled through a rather clunky process, where items are "handed-off" to an automated FTP site managed by Vasont or the translation vendor. The translation agency must access the components from FTP site, translate the content, and return the components to the FTP site for re-import into Vasont. This is a mostly automated process, but unfortunately, there is no intelligence in the components themselves to signal what content has changed, so customers with all but the most fine-grained content models will find this a rather clumsy and possibly expensive approach. ..."
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