...With NetObjects TeamFusion, the industry's first
roles-based team site building product...
NetObjects, Inc, the Redwood City, California-based supplier
of award winning web site construction and management
software tools, today announced NetObjects TeamFusion, the
first Web site building software application to bring a
revolutionary roles-based approach to the top problem
currently facing Web teams -- that of centralizing control
over site design and development while pushing routine
content management out to content contributors spread
throughout a company. As a result of eliminating the
bottleneck facing Web teams, NetObjects TeamFusion will
dramatically lower costs and speed up the Web site
NetObjects TeamFusion is the only solution to recognize the
roles different people play in Web site production.
Non-technical contributors use a simple Java-based browser
applet to easily submit and manage Web site content. The
core Web team uses the NetObjects Fusion Client site
building application to work collectively to design, build
and update the overall site. The site producer creates site
teams, and assigns and restricts authoring privileges
through a powerful administration tool - thus creating an
extended Web team based on the role played by each member.
The entire client/server solution is based on the NetObjects
TeamWeb architecture, an open and extensible framework which
works with any Web server and enables easy plug-and-play of
additional technologies. NetObjects TeamFusion has been
designed for teams building Internet and Intranet sites
within corporations, small and medium business and Web
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"Since site-building is a team activity, the key to getting
the most out of the Web is using the talents of the entire
organization," said Ezra Gottheil, leading Internet analyst
with Hurwitz Consulting. "NetObjects TeamFusion is a
roles-based product, which provides a well thought-out
solution to tackle the diverse problems associated with team
Understanding the Customer Problem NetObjects TeamFusion was
developed based on an audit of and feedback from hundreds of
Fortune 500 corporations and businesses such as Dupont,
Calvin Klein, 3M, Nationsbank, Motorola and Omni Healthcare.
NetObjects TeamFusion responds to the market trend of teams
of people playing distinct roles who are building the more
complex Web sites of today. Industry sources support
NetObjects' findings, showing that corporate Web teams are
bombarded by a growing number of content contributors who
care about getting information on-line. Fulfilling requests
from contributors results in mistakes and bottlenecks, slows
down the overall process of establishing an online presence,
and keeps maintenance costs high.
Some interesting facts from industry sources and NetObjects
research show that: - Most - if not all - corporations have
web teams. - web teams assimilate and manage content - they
don't create it. - web team members are outnumbered by
"content contributors" by as much as 50 to one. - Recurring
tasks, such as routine text updates, consume upwards of 50%
of a web team's time. - web teams feel that current
solutions showcase technology instead of solving real
problems. Response from early users indicates that
NetObjects TeamFusion's unique site-oriented, roles-based
approachmeets their needs.
NetObjects TeamFusion Features and Benefits NetObjects
TeamFusion is the first roles-based web building application
that encompasses the extended team within a corporation. The
product is a visual end-to-end solution which provides
intuitive joint authoring, centralized control, and
automated content contribution.
Key elements of NetObjects TeamFusion include: - NetObjects
Authoring Server: an open server which works with any
standard Web server to store site, asset and team
information in one secure central repository; - NetObjects
Administrator: a control module that creates and manages
sites, teams, and editing privileges to allocate resources;
- NetObjects Fusion Client: a site building application with
check-in / check-out features to let team members seamlessly
work on the site together; - NetObjects Content Contributor:
a browser-based module for automated content contribution
that lets content owners automatically publish information
to the site or team. "We're giving our customers an
out-of-the box solution that helps Web teams publish
information faster, with greater control, fewer mistakes,
and no more bottleneck headaches," said Dave Kleinberg,
NetObjects founder and executive vice president of products.
"Just as NetObjects Fusion set the standard for site
building products, NetObjects TeamFusion's unique
roles-based approach to team authoring overcomes the
limitations of current file- and database-oriented products
which are incomplete, error-prone and expensive."
Pricing and Availability NetObjects expects to deliver
NetObjects TeamFusion before the end of calendar year 1997.
Customers interested in evaluating the product should visit
the NetObjects Web site at www.netobjects.com.
NetObjects TeamFusion is a client-server application. The
NetObjects Authoring Server runs on Windows NT and the
NetObjects Fusion Client runs on Windows 95 or Windows NT.
The NetObjects Content Contributor runs in any Java-enabled
browser running on Unix, Macintosh or Windows operating
systems. NetObjects TeamFusion is priced on the basis of the
number of NetObjects Fusion clients that can be concurrently
connected to the server. International pricing has not been
determined but will be based on the same concurrent
connection pricing model as the US market.
Notes to editors:
NetObjects: NetObjects is committed to supplying innovative
products that automate and simplify the process of
designing, authoring, publishing and updating web sites.
These are aimed not only at professional web site designers
but also at user companies who are maintaining their own
sites. Their appeal in an ever-expanding market is such that
NetObjects has already attracted major funding from IBM,
AT&T Ventures and other major corporate and private
investors. For more information, please visit NetObjects
World Wide Web site at http://www.netobjects.com.
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