Sun and Vignette Help Customers Build Virtual Meeting Places

3/19/2004 - Sun Microsystems Inc. and Vignette Corp. announced plans to bring to market a joint collaboration solution to address the specialized needs of medium-sized to large organizations. This initiative is based on Sun's internal implementation of the Vignette(R) Business Workspaces collaboration solution, known internally as the SunWeb Collaboration Suite.

"The SunWeb Collaboration Suite is a central component to our enterprise knowledge management architecture and is not just a repository to store and manage documents," said Ian Gover, global director of Internal Portal Services at Sun. "For Sun it is a virtual meeting place that brings people and ideas together. With the over 1 million objects and more than 2,300 established communities, the combination of Sun and Vignette enterprise solutions have continued to show their might as the number of registered users, communities of practice and system entries have skyrocketed."

A collaboration-oriented solution squares neatly with market demand. According to Delphi Group's "Enterprise Portals: Total Market Perspective," published in December 2002, "While for many the term 'collaboration' remains loosely defined, the importance of various aspects of collaboration is apparent throughout the reported uses and requirements of deployed portals." Delphi Group's research notes that the single-most frequently cited reason for deploying a portal is to have a "mechanism to share information and work methods."

SunWeb Collaboration Suite has revolutionized the way Sun's global work force of 35,000 employees share information across project teams, business lines and geographies. In fact, SunWeb Collaboration Suite is playing a critical role in driving workgroup efficiencies globally. For example, account teams and marketing professionals can access presentations, project plans and budgets and work collaboratively to modify and maintain critical documents. Sun user-defined virtual communities have exploded over the past 18 months with more than 200,000 documents categorized, loaded and shared across 2,300 communities.

Together, Sun and Vignette plan to jump-start similar successes for customers by bringing to market a packaged, pre-tested, integrated combination of products that leverage the Sun Java Enterprise System, the Java Desktop System and Vignette Business Workspaces collaboration solution.

"Customers gain high-impact efficiencies and hone their competitive edge with the kind of improved account coordination, product launch and customer and partner service that a joint Sun and Vignette collaboration solution provides," said David Shirk, senior vice president of product strategy and worldwide marketing for Vignette. "The combination of Vignette's pure J2EE-based solution set and Sun's Java Desktop System offers the most comprehensive, scalable, open-architecture business solutions available."

The planned joint collaboration solution delivers on the promise of an expanded relationship between Sun and Vignette announced in November 2003. Vignette and Sun have deepened their alliance to help deliver more rapid and sustained business value and efficiencies to customers, including faster time to implementation and increased ROI for Vignette solutions on Sun Java Enterprise System software.

About Vignette Corp.
Vignette's software and expertise help organizations harness the power of information and the Web for measurable improvements in business efficiency. As the efficiency experts, Vignette (Nasdaq: VIGN) helps organizations increase productivity, reduce costs, improve user experiences and manage risk. Vignette's intranet, extranet and Internet solutions incorporate portal, integration, enterprise content management, and collaboration capabilities that can rapidly deliver unique advantages through an open, scalable and adaptable architecture. Vignette is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with local operations worldwide. Visit to see how Vignette customers achieve measurable improvements in business efficiency and to find out why more companies prefer Vignette.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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