"You can go to the market and buy a book management engine or a journal management engine but I don't know any that support all of these data sets alongside each other.
"There is no engine that supports all four content types in one place. To build a unified user experience, with single search and seamless movement we needed to manage all of it in one place."
The model clearly serves a niche need, as the United Nations (UN) has been working with the OECD to implement a similar content management system since last year. The deal with the UN was signed in October, built in beta in three months and in production within six months.
Why not go open source though and save on the cost? With just four full time engineers the OECD needed a solution that was low-maintenance.
"We wanted a solution that was maintained and robust in the long run," explains Pascale Cissokho Mutter, head of project and information management at OECD. "The problem is it's not an open source culture here and the challenge is you end up having to do the engineering yourself and that becomes onerous in the long run."
How about the big vendors? "We like working with companies who have momentum behind them," Mutter says.
"We also tend to go with specialists rather than the big companies as we find you get a better, closer relationship and a better hearing. The big companies are impersonal and we aren't big enough to matter to them."
Source: Computerworld UK
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