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  • 8/29/2011

Feature rich Web CMS platform assists post‐Katrina hurricane recovery; supports hundreds of UNO sub‐sites

San Mateo, Calif. - August 29, 2011 - DotNetNuke Corp. today announced that the University of New Orleans has selected the DotNetNuke Web Content Management System Enterprise Edition to build and power the institution’s online presence. By deploying the DotNetNuke Enterprise Edition, the University of New Orleans was able to launch a new, feature rich web site quickly after an extensive rebuild of hosting systems destroyed by three months of heavy flooding.

The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina imposed severe financial conditions on the University of New Orleans, forcing the institution to operate a home‐grown Web platform built from outdated technologies with limited functionality for several years. As the university began to recover and stabilize in late 2010, it became clear that a cost‐effective, robust and easily deployable CMS solution was needed to quickly expand Web interaction with the student and faculty communities.

“We needed a content management system that would be easy to install, affordable, and could integrate with systems like Active Directory, as well as strong support for easy management down the road,” said Walt Brannon, manager of messaging and media systems for the University of New Orleans. “DotNetNuke enabled us to stick to our aggressive deployment schedule, and gave us great support from the very beginning stages with formal training and unlimited technical assistance.”

With the help of digital marketing and technology solutions provider and DotNetNuke partner R2Integrated, the university was able to expedite the deployment of its mission critical online presence, as well as manage the large number of sub sites required for activities across the university’s colleges, departments and administrative operations.

“With more than 200 sites, we needed a resilient, flexible web content management solution, and DotNetNuke delivered,” said Brannon. “DotNetNuke enabled our development team to create parent and child portals and portal aliases, quickly and easily. From a systems viewpoint, this makes it a clear winner over other CMS platforms.”

R2Integrated implemented several modules for the project, including the Document Library module, a feature in the DotNetNuke Enterprise and Professional Editions that is used for storing and managing files, the Rotator module from Engage Software, used for rotating visual elements and lists, and the Ventrian News Article module which supports creation and management of content published by faculty and students.

The university was also able to leverage the Document Library module included in the DotNetNuke Enterprise/Professional Editions to setup workflows with permissions allowing articles to go through draft and approval stages before publication. Each college has the ability to designate its own content owners, supported by the module’s versioning capabilities, which automatically archive previous versions of updated documents.

DotNetNuke is the number one content management system and Web application framework in the Microsoft ASP.NET world that powers more than 700,000 websites worldwide. The recently announced DotNetNuke 6 platform makes it even faster and easier for developers to build and deploy robust, flexible, secure websites that are simple to update for content owners.

“Institutions such as the University of New Orleans rely on their web presence to facilitate widespread communications and host critical content for thousands of active users,” said Mitch Bishop, CMO for DotNetNuke Corp. “A flexible, robust Web content management system that can be extended quickly and easily like DotNetNuke is critical for many organizations. Under incredible pressure, UNO was able to reinstate a high quality, interactive Web infrastructure quickly and effectively.”


About The University of New Orleans
The University of New Orleans (UNO) is an urban research university of the State of Louisiana which provides essential support for the educational, economic, cultural, and social well‐being of the culturally rich and diverse New Orleans metropolitan area. Located in an international city, the university serves as an important link between Louisiana and both the nation and the world. The university strategically serves the needs of the region through its undergraduate and graduate programs and through mutually beneficial collaborations with public and private bodies whose missions and goals are consistent with and supportive of UNO’s teaching, scholarly, and community service objectives.

About DotNetNuke Corp.
DotNetNuke Corp. is the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET. Organizations use DotNetNuke to quickly develop and deploy interactive and dynamic web sites, intranets, extranets and web applications. The DotNetNuke platform is available in a free Community and subscription based Professional and Enterprise Editions with an Elite Support option. DotNetNuke Corp. also operates where users purchase third party software apps for the platform. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures, August Capital and Pelion Venture Partners, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif.

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