June 23, 2009 09:58 ET

New Hippo Site Toolkit and Hippo CMS Increase Speed of Enterprise Site and Portal Development

New Releases Deliver Low Cost and Fast Approach to Fully-Integrated Sites to Manage Large Volumes of Content

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Hippo, a leading vendor of open source Content Management Systems (CMS) and Portal technology, has released Hippo CMS version 7.1 and the new Hippo Site Toolkit (HST). HST introduces a quick and low cost way to deliver the power of Hippo CMS 7.1 to the web, offering a fast integration track with a variety of web front-ends and existing applications.

With the new HST, Hippo managed to pair rapid and flexible web development required by today's fast-moving organizations, with control and oversight, manageability and security. HST coupled with Hippo CMS 7.1 effortlessly blends in with the existing IT infrastructure of organizations that need to manage large amounts of content, such as Fortune 500 companies, publishers and governmental bodies.

Under the hood, both products stay close to their roots of The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) projects they are built on. By developing the HST as a standalone product, the content and business logic are clearly separated from a presentation layer that delivers a flexible, best of breed approach to content management. Each layer is based on Open Standards, such as the Java Content Repository specification (JSR-170), and therefore easily accessible and customizable. To speed up the implementation process, HST and Hippo CMS are designed to work together out-of-the-box with Apache Jetspeed Portal 2.2, within the same security model.

The HST has been developed in close cooperation with Hippo's network of implementation partners and the open source community. Alef Arendsen, principle consultant of JTeam, early committer of Spring and co-founder of SpringSource, said, "As an active community member, JTeam has been fortunate to be involved in the development of Hippo Site Toolkit and to oversee a pre-release implementation. We have been impressed with the power and capabilities of the new software. The integration with web frameworks such as Spring MVC enables us to bring our products faster to the market. Hippo is a leader in its field and maintains this leadership through technical innovation and collaboration -- this release demonstrates that commitment."

Arjé Cahn, CTO of Hippo, said, "We understand the challenges users and administrators face in content-heavy organizations with multiple formats and versions. With our powerful combination of HST, Hippo CMS and Apache Jetspeed 2.2, we are giving users and organizations greater control over their content, combined with the tools to create enterprise sites in a fast and cost-effective way. Our community of implementation partners has been key in bringing this release to the market. We strive to consistently lead the market with our innovation and focus on developing products that revolutionize content management."

The key new features in HST/CMS 7.1 include:

--  Seamless Portal integration JSR 168/286, optimized for recently
    released Apache Jetspeed 2.2. HST website components run transparently in
    the Portal as native portlets.
--  Faceted browsing of the content structures in the CMS give users their
    own views for easy navigation and use
--  Web framework independence, with support for JSP, Wicket and advanced
    support for Spring MVC and others

About Hippo

Hippo helps companies manage and access information, protect sensitive data, share knowledge, optimize collaboration and reduce operational costs through its Content Management and Portal technologies. With the combination of enterprise-class support and open source technology, Hippo provides its users with the best of both worlds: the flexibility, innovation and robustness of open source software combined with the stability, reach, and service quality of an established vendor.

Hippo is actively involved in several key standard-setting efforts such as JSR 283, 286, 301 and 329. Ten members of the Hippo team are actively involved as committers/members for The Apache Software Foundation.

The company was founded in 1999 and today has a global base of over 150 customers across the education, publishing, manufacturing, and financial services industries, as well as several government agencies. Hippo has over 50 employees located in its European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and North American headquarters in San Francisco, California.

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Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Prompt Communications on behalf of Hippo
    Hazel Butters, James Gerber or Laurie SantaLucia
    UK tel: +44 20 8996 1653 / +44 7780 687813
    US tel: +1 617 401 2717/ +1 617 291 9899
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