An Interesting Vignette

Vignette, PWC develop new software suite

Austin, TX  June 18, 2001   Vignette Corp. today announced the immediate availability of the Vignette Merchant Suite, a new packaged application designed to help companies drive sales, strengthen customer relationships and enhance profitability by offering multichannel online purchasing experiences.

Jointly developed with PricewaterhouseCoopers and its Management Consulting Services, the Vignette Merchant Suite represents a new generation of Internet application that combines Vignette's capabilities in content, integration and analysis with the transaction-processing technology of today's leading application servers supporting the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) standard. The result is a packaged business application that combines content management and transaction processing as core capabilities.

"We feel our collaboration with Vignette resulted in an online selling solution that we feel will help make it easier for merchandisers, marketers and IT [information technology] professionals to perform their jobs and focus on what matters: increasing sales, and strengthening customer relationships and profitability," said Edward Pillard, partner and Americas leader of systems integration, management consulting services, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"Companies are realizing that building a profitable e-commerce channel requires much more than building a shopping cart, spending millions to market it and hoping customers will come," said Shawn Willett, principal analyst at the Internet Commerce Group. "Companies today are interested in flexible e-commerce solutions that allow them to efficiently manage all product and catalog information so it can target messages to the right customer segments at the right time. Applications, such as the Vignette Merchant Suite, are a step in the right direction in marrying contextual content with online shopping capabilities."