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ANAHEIM, Calif. (EDUCAUSE 2003) ¾ November 6, 2003 ¾ SCT (Nasdaq:SCTC) is making it easier for colleges and universities to manage their vast Web properties and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time. SCT, the leading provider of e-education technology solutions for higher education, today announced the next-generation SCT Luminis™ Content Management Suite 3.0 for enterprise-class Web content management in higher education. General availability is currently scheduled for spring 2004.
Incorporating the experience of working with more than 40 licensed customers, the Suite builds on the success of previous SCT Luminis Content Management technologies and gives institutions the ability to create, manage, deliver, and maintain timely and relevant Web content and other digital assets. SCT worked closely with higher education clients and development partners over the past 15 months to make it easier for both technical and non-technical personnel to contribute to the digital campus. This collaboration is resulting in some of the most powerful and user-friendly Web content management technology available.
Keeping Web information consistent, relevant, accurate, and timely presents a significant challenge for higher education. Many institutions find that they have a shortage of people with the technical Web skills required to maintain this information. Bottlenecks occur at the IT level where overburdened staff try to balance Web content posting with help desk calls, software administration, infrastructure management, and other priorities. Planned tools in the SCT Luminis Content Management Suite 3.0 will enable institutions to reduce the burden on IT staff and improve the quality and quantity of Web content by empowering those most responsible for campus information ¾ departmental personnel, faculty, administrators, and group leaders ¾ to generate and post content using standardized processes, policies, and design.
“We want our Web presence to convey that we are a well-respected, public research university that prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century,” said David Ullman, associate provost for information services and technology, and CIO at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. “To accomplish this, we needed to halt the organic, disconnected growth of thousands of Web pages, tap more information sources, have more efficient processes, and personalize the online experience for each user. By applying the SCT Luminis technologies, we have been able to accomplish all of this and plan to continue growing our Web properties.”
Highlights planned for the new SCT Luminis Content Management Suite 3.0 include:
- Improved User Interface – New design helps streamline content creation, workflow management, and content sharing.
- Enhanced Templating System – Standards-based JavaServer Pages technology offers better integration with other content repositories and enterprise systems.
- In-Context Editing – Content contributors can browse pages and edit content within the pages, eliminating the need to toggle between the Web site and the content management application.
- Site Management – Managers can create and manage sites, delegate permissions, and share content as a hierarchy of sites and sub-sites.
- Page Componentization – Content snippets from other sites can be shared across the entire Web site.
- Macintosh Support – Full support for the Apple Macintosh OS X 10.2+ platform provides functionality for both PC and Mac users.
“Institutions realize that by controlling Web content on both internal and external sites, they can deliver a consistent user experience that helps them assert and reinforce their values and mission,” said David Murray, vice president of SCT Luminis products. “The Luminis Content Management Suite provides functionality that enables clients to begin this process easily and rapidly. It also allows clients to decide for themselves how much and what types of Web content management they want to implement. The enterprise-class technology then enables them to grow their solution according to their own needs and timeline.”
The Luminis Content Management Suite is a component of the SCT Luminis product family, which provides platform, portal, data integration and Web content management technologies designed specifically for higher education. The Luminis Content Management Suite is based on powerful technology from Documentum, but tailored by SCT to meet the specific and unique needs of higher education. Documentum is the leading provider of enterprise content management technologies for the broad commercial market.
SCT is the leading global provider of e-education technology solutions for institutions of all sizes and levels of complexity. The Company supports more than 1,300 client institutions worldwide with administrative and academic solutions, portal and community solutions, content management and workflow solutions, information access and integration solutions, and professional services. SCT works collaboratively with clients and partners to provide the e-Education Infrastructure, a framework for helping each institution create the digital campus that supports its unique mission and objectives. For more information, please visit www.sct.com.
SCT, SCT Luminis, and the SCT logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Systems & Computer Technology Corporation. All other product and company names referenced herein are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
The matters discussed in this press release that are forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Potential risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, SCT’s ability to develop a general release version of the Luminis Content Management Suite 3.0 in the time frame currently anticipated, continued market acceptance of the Luminis Content Management Suite, competitive and pricing pressures in the markets that SCT serves; the ability of SCT to attract and retain highly skilled technical, managerial, sales and marketing personnel; changes in SCT’s current product plans and strategies; general economic conditions; and other risks and uncertainties more specifically set forth in SCT’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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