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FT To Test News Management System

The Financial Times (FT) will soon begin testing a revolutionary content and information management solution for news at its London headquarters. In July, Atex Media Solutions will install an Omnex system for full evaluation.

"Omnex offers the Financial Times an enormous amount of flexibility in managing their organisation," said Jeff Litvak, senior product manager, editorial systems, Atex Media Solutions. "With Omnex, they can remove the walls that separate their newsrooms, allowing workflow to take the course toward the greatest productivity and profitability."

Omnex enables publishers to collect, process, manage, and distribute a single item of news content to all of their products simultaneously -- whatever the medium. It is designed to eliminate the redundancy that normally occurs when teams of people are preparing news for multiple products and media.

The FT, with more than a million readers in over 200 countries worldwide, plans to create its own Java-based applications that will allow its staff to access electronic sources from outside the newsroom.

Journalists will be able to access multiple financial and in-house databases from a single interface, making it easier to prepare stories and manage large amounts of information.