Harmonic Inc., Open Text, Signiant and Microsoft are offering a combined method for media and entertainment companies (M&E) to produce, manage, protect, distribute and store digital content.
The distinction of the new system, the partners say, is that it uses an open, service-oriented architecture so customers can integrate applications into their current IT infrastructure. This provides a single interface for managing digital content from production and editing to distribution and archiving.
The system combines:
- Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for workflow, collaboration, analytics dashboards and user interfaces. For more information visit Microsoft at NAB Booth #SL720.
- Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 for process orchestration, Web service integration, and task and activity monitoring.
- Microsoft SQL Server 2005 for relational database and cube analytics.
- Microsoft Silverlight 2.0 for media preview and user interface.
- Open Text Digital Media Group (formerly Artesia) will enable streamlined workflows for the ingestion, tagging, searching, transforming and packing of the media.
- Harmonic's Rhozet Carbon Coder provides media transcoding.
- Signiant's Content Distribution Management software provides large-file delivery anywhere in the world.
Jake Winett, global industry manager for M&E in the communications sector at Microsoft, said, “By integrating our core server technologies, such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006, with our partners' applications, we have developed a digital content management solution that provides more flexible workflows and improves collaboration for media and entertainment companies.”