It’s hard to review two so seemingly close, yet so strikingly different product releases on the same day. Especially, when it comes to the integration of social media and ECM/WCM.
This social media solution targets organizations looking to engage with internet audiences and spice up their online presences with communities, social interaction and collaborative communication. The goodie box has all the usual suspects: blogs, wikis, forums, ratings and reviews, user-generated events, ideas management, photos, calendars, community spotlight and the sharing of multimedia assets including videos and podcasts.
My main concern with VCA 7.1 is its complex architecture. The entire Vignette Community Application 7.1 engine is comprised of several moving parts. On the presentation layer you have Vignette Portal. On the portal side, you have an aggregation of JSR-286 portlets. There are 78 of them shipped with the license, and you can add more. MOSS integration is also possible, as Vignette continues to enamor SharePoint.
The social media engine is separate. Vignette’s WCM system part is yet another separate bit that is not integrated with the social media engine.
The whole architectural design may sound a bit clunky; but, surely, those already working with Vignette are used to this approach. If you don’t already use Vignette Portal, you will need to buy an extra license; although, a limited portal license is included. This is the reason they’re called “modular products,” and it is up to you what to choose.
Full article on CMSWire: Managing Social Media With Vignette Community Apps 7.1