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March - 2011 - issue > 10 Most Promising IT Services Companies

CIGNEX Creating value for Enterprises using Open Source

Vimali Swamy
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Vimali Swamy
United Business Media Information (UBMi), a leading Media and Publishing company, has five different platforms — UBM Live, UBM Built Environment, UBM Connect, UBM Conferences and UBM International Media to deliver integrated media solutions to around 20 international industry sectors. To do this it was using multiple website platforms including Webvision, Contribute, Miramedia, Emojo, ASP and more across the 100 plus brands it serviced. In addition to the lack of a uniform platform, UBMi also found it difficult to provide customer support due to shortage of skilled manpower for tools like Webvision, Contribute, Emojo, which meant everything had to be planned well in advance – with no room for any last minute changes required.

With these challenges proving to be an obstacle for scaling its business, UBMi approached CIGNEX, a provider of Commercial Open Source solutions, to help it overcome the issues by deploying Liferay Portal. Liferay, the leading Open Source Portal solution, provided upfront reduction in license fees, flexibility & freedom to develop on the existing code, highly scalable & reusable across multiple brands and businesses and huge reduction in Total Cost of Ownership - in excess of 76 percent over traditional, proprietary Portal solutions. In the past 20 months, UBMi has rolled out over 70 websites across Expo / Conference, Magazine suites, community Portals, and others using Liferay.

Open Source & CIGNEX
Founded in 2000, Santa Clara, California headquartered CIGNEX provides Open Source solutions across Web Content Management, Portals & Social Collaboration, e-commerce, Digital Asset Management, Documents & Records Management, Business Process Management, Business Intelligence, ERP & CRM, SOA using tools such as Alfresco, Liferay, Magento e-commerce, Pentaho, Compiere, Open ERP, Drupal, Intalio, JBoss, Mulesource, and many more.

“In today’s cost conscious industry, usage of enterprise software solutions tends to take a toll on an organization’s financials. Deploying a cost-effective, yet fully-functional & performance-oriented solution is a dilemma faced by almost every CIO. At CIGNEX, we address this problem by helping enterprises migrate to Open Source tools & technologies through our proven Open Source Adoption Methodology,” says Amit Babaria, President & EVP – Sales & Marketing, Americas for CIGNEX.
CIGNEX achieves this by — a) integrating Open Source solutions with existing Line of Business solutions, and b) managing the contradictory demands of reducing IT spend while rolling out new solutions. The uniqueness in the entire engagement is the fact that the services provided are tailored to suit each client’s specific requirement and integrated to provide end-to-end solutions. In the last decade, CIGNEX has recorded over 200 successful implementations in premier companies across High Tech Manufacturing, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Banking Financial Services & Insurance, Education, Telecom, Media & Entertainment and Government.

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