Open Text to purchase Vignette

Content management software provider Open Text Corp. is in talks to acquire rival CMS provider Vignette, the two companies announced May 6. Vignette, which is being purchased cash and stocks for about $310 million, will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Open Text. The purchase is pending approval of Vignette shareholders.

The General Services Administration used the Vignette CMS for an early version of the FirstGov search site, now The Labor Department used the CMS for its GovBenefits site, using the GSA contract. The Treasury Department made an agencywide deal to use Vignette software in 2004.

According to analyst firm CMSWatch, Vignette's CMS products are based on Java Enterprise Edition, while Open Text's own offerings are "mishmash of .NET, C++, and Java technologies." As a result, integration of the two product lines may be difficult to achieve, according to the analyst firm.

This is not the first CMS rival that Open Text has purchased: In 2006, it acquired Hummingbird.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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