Goethe-Institut opts for CONTENS

Freitag, 23. April 2010

Goethe-Institut ScreenshotThe Goethe-Institut now relies on the Content Management System by CONTENS for the administration of its online offerings. In addition to the CMS solution, the social network component CONTENS relate is also applied. Some 600 websites and 700,000 HTML pages will be migrated to CONTENS in a large-scale project.

Following a multi-stage selection process, the Goethe-Institut (www.goethe.de) opted for the Content Management System CONTENS. In the course of the evaluation process, the Goethe-Institut CMS project team and IT experts analyzed 10 Content Management Systems from a group of originally over 100 identified CMS solutions.

CONTENS soon emerged as best qualified for the planned enterprise at Goethe-Institut. "CONTENS easily provided many of the required functions right from the outset", says Klaus Brehm, internet manager at the Goethe-Institut. "These not only include a user-friendly interface that enables content to be edited in a website view, but also high-performance generation of static and dynamic web pages."

Owing to the Goethe-Institut’s comprehensive, multi-language online offer, it is especially important from a conceptual perspective to integrate multi-client capability and individual authorization concepts with a user-friendly administration of country and language versions in a single installation. Additionally required features and enhancements are easily implemented in CONTENS thanks to the underlying ColdFusion technology from Adobe.

Another advantage is the social software component CONTENS relate which can be seamlessly integrated in the CMS backend. In doing so, communication with users of the online offers shall be further developed and expanded. Considering the demands and requirements of the Goethe-Institut, CONTENS was able to win the bid owing to a clear overall concept for the administration of editorial and user-generated content.

Within the framework of the CONTENS migration, Goethe-Institut is planning further modernizations in online communication. This includes, for example, the update of its customer data framework as the basis for personalization functions as well as the implementation of a Google Search Appliance. The migration of the central website's content shall be completed by the end of 2010; the entire project is scheduled to be finished by the end of 2011.

About the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe-Institut (www.goethe.de) is the Federal Republic of Germany's cultural institution operating worldwide. With its network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms, and exam and language learning centres, the Goethe-Institut has played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 50 years. The institute’s three principal goals are promoting the German language abroad, fostering international, cultural cooperations, and conveying a comprehensive image of Germany through information about its cultural, social, and political life.

The main part of the Goethe-Institut's work takes place in foreign countries. The Goethe-Institut maintains 136 culture institutes and 11 liaison offices in 91 countries. They provide language, culture, and information offers with location-specific focal points. In addition, there are partnerships with other cultural societies, libraries, and language centers.

About CONTENS Software GmbH

CONTENS Software GmbH provides content management software (CMS) and social software solutions for companies with sophisticated online communication needs.

Its line of products meets the demands of businesses from small online editors to international companies. With the help of CONTENS' platform-independent CMS products and social software solutions, businesses can realize even extensive online projects within a very short amount of time and without any prior programming knowledge being required.

Several well-known companies rely on the content management products provided by CONTENS, such as Adecco, Böllhoff, Brose, Concordia Insurance Group, Eli Lilly, the HVB BKK, John Deere, the cantons of Aargau and Freiburg, the Max Planck society, McDonald's Deutschland Inc., manager-lounge, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, the Oettinger Imex AG, Ratiopharm, RTL interactive, Schwyzer Kantonalbank, Siemens mobility, the city of Biel, T-Mobile and UniCredit Direct Services.

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