Australian Web developer Recall Design is ramping up its content management system offering after sifting through the remains of its collapsed competitor N-Space, acquiring its intellectual property and key staff.
The Web developer has acquired all the rights and the source code to N-Space's WorkSpace CMS (content management system) suite of products, which also includes a workflow engine and configuration management tools.
According to Recall Design's Frank Falco, the developer will integrate N-Space's WorkSpace suite into its existing CMS product. There are a number of configurational congruences between Recall's existing CMS product and N-Spaces' WorkSpace suite, said Falco, that will make the blending of the technologies relatively simple.
"Our content management system is built on XML and Java just like WorkSpace. They both use the same base technology," said Falco. "The base architecture is amazingly similar. I find it interesting that two teams tackling the same problem came up with a very similar solution in terms of architecture."
Recalls's recruitment of at least four former N-Space employees, which comprise largely of developers with expertise in the WorkSpace code, will also make process of merging of the two technologies easier.
According to Falco, the addition of WorkSpace will greatly enhance Recall's current CMS offering as it brings new features and subsequently new customers to the table.
"Both products have different strengths," said Falco. "WorkSpace's strengths are in the workflow area, particularly with its workflow engines. Our CMS solution's strengths are in editing and things like versioning control. So synergistically it's a good match."
Falco said that Recall had been recently working towards creating and adding on its own workflow engine to its CMS product, but by buying the mature WorkSpace product, they've saved themselves a lot of time.
Recall claims it has significantly strengthened its position in the content management marketplace as a result of the acquisition of N-Space's software, and expects to expand its customer base, particular within the government and corporate sectors.
Falco was not at liberty to divulge how much Recall paid for the intellectual property.