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Content Firms Join Solutions to Serve Giant Bank

NextPage Inc. Tuesday bundled its peer-to-peer content technology to Interwoven's enterprise management platform to service giant bank ABN AMRO.

ABN AMRO said it would first put the solution to use by providing internal content to 19,000 North American employees. With the NextPage™-Interwoven solution, employees can access bank policy and procedures manuals, management reports and marketing materials -- al at the same time.

Financial details were not made public.

ABN AMRO hopes to connect other departmental Interwoven TeamSite™ servers and other remote sites and provide employees with integrated access to content contained in those repositories. Employees will use these materials to improve quality of service to customers.

NextPage technology creates a content network where users can access and exchange content from distributed content sources (and multiple servers) via a Web browser. This method eliminates annoying firewall barriers.

Under an already existing agreement, Interwoven's content management solution manages ABN AMRO intranet sites. The XML-tagging feature, a core feature of Interwoven technology, augments the NextPage-Interwoven solution by allowing users to access content according to metadata information, text or both.

"This integration maximizes our e-business investments, capitalizing on the strengths of both technologies to help us create an interactive enterprise portal," said Isaac Kirzner, group senior vice president, information management and strategic technologies at ABN AMRO.

Interwoven competes with IntraNet Solutions Inc. in the enterprise content management space. Very new to the enterprise space, NextPage employs peer-to-peer technology, first popularized (and subsequently made notorious) by Napster Inc., the first firm the recording industry is took to task for music copyright piracy.