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Goodrich Tabs EDS, Vignette to Manage its Intranet

Consulting firm EDS and software maker Vignette Corp. Wednesday secured a contract with aerospace and industrial product specialist Goodrich Corp. to power its global intranet.

Financial terms of the contract were not made public. Specifically, EDS' interactive agency, bluesphere, will use Vignette's Content Management Server to run the Goodrich intranet, which will serve 24,000 employees.

The play is the first significant move in an alliance inked between EDS bluesphere and Vignette, which means simply that EDS will market and license Vignette products to its clients around the world. Combining both services and software, the firms plan on plowing ahead in what is a growing Web content management market, one which research firm IDC said will reach $4.4 billion by 2004.

Indeed, in a recent research report IDC analyst Greg Dyer talked of the importance of knowledge management, which is a key aspect of content management that focuses on teaching firms how to dispense corporate information coorectly and efficiently.

"Knowledge management is the new frontier for most companies," said Greg Dyer, senior research analyst for IDC's Knowledge Management Services program. "Corporate managers understand the benefit of capturing and sharing intellectual capital, but they do not understand the process of putting it into action. As a result, there is a great opportunity for vendors that can develop and apply KM solutions around specific business problems that clients are trying to solve..."

Goodrich said one of the reasons it chose Vignette's applications was the firm's support for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard, which are key to the company's Web strategy as it is with many software providers.

"Our corporate intranet site improves communication among Goodrich employees by ensuring that the most up-to-date corporate information is readily available at all times," said Chuck McDevitt, director of IT Technical Services at Goodrich Corp. "By partnering with EDS and Vignette, we have been able to quickly implement a flexible intranet application that meets our exact requirements."

Vignette competes with IntraNet Solutions Inc., Interwoven Inc. and Documentum Inc. in the content management space. To be sure, EDS is no stranger to providing large organizations with intranets; the company joined forces with Raytheon last October to service a global intranet to the Navy Marine Corps. that is good for about $5 billion over five years.