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Cignex Reduces System Administrators' Workload, Improves Curriculum Quality for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; Leader in Open Source Services Helps UNC Design and Deploy Web-Based Curriculum-Management System.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Cignex, the deployment leader in open source consulting and software services, announced today it has developed a new Web-based curriculum management system for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC SOM). Cignex worked closely with UNC SOM staff to build a new curriculum management portal using open source tools and applications, saving the university thousands of dollars in development and upkeep costs.

With the new system, UNC SOM students and faculty can publish to the site "on demand." This enables the school to enhance content while significantly reducing system administrators' workload. Other benefits include a streamlined content-development process, with simplified tracking and notification regarding curriculum changes and course content.

"No major changes had been made to how we present curriculum materials to students in the past 5 years. New demands and new technological capabilities required we find a new method of delivering content," said Eve Juliano, Director, Educational Technology Group, UNC SOM. "We evaluated our options and determined that open source was the way to go for our new Web portal. Cignex had the proven ability to partner with UNC SOM to build a solution that mapped to our unique business and educational needs - all within a limited budget. They provided both the business experience and open source expertise to turn our ideas into a reality."

"Cignex was pleased to partner with UNC SOM on improving their curriculum management system. As part of Cignex's methodology with potential customers, we conducted an in-depth situational analysis to determine whether or not open source would be the best-suited solution. With UNC SOM's need for high levels of flexibility at a low cost, Plone was the obvious choice," said Navin Nagiah, CEO, Cignex.

Prior to the system developed with Cignex, UNC SOM used multiple tools to create content. This process was error-prone and time-consuming. In addition, faculty needed to hand deliver their digital materials to the managing staff who then needed a minimum of a day to post these materials into the system. The school needed a new system, and quickly.

A significant element in UNC SOM's selection of Cignex was its ability to quickly get the portal up and running. The ease of implementation was due to Cignex's in-depth experience with the open source Plone content management system (CMS), as well as its library of pre-built software modules that accelerated the development time of the portal and its associated applications. Because the solution was open source and platform-neutral, UNC SOM easily could integrate the portal with existing systems, meaning significant cost savings while also generating high ROI.

Established in 1879, UNC SOM is a top-ranked public medical school with a highly regarded medical education program, postgraduate and residency programs, a distinguished faculty and top-ranked clinical and basic science departments.

About Cignex

With more than 50 successful open source deployments, Cignex (www.cignex.com) leads the industry in providing open source consulting services and software solutions for business. Cignex customers include companies in education, healthcare, government and high tech, such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, Epson Electronics America, University of North Carolina Healthcare, University of North Carolina School of Medicine and OKI Semiconductor. Cignex is privately held and based in Santa Clara, Calif. The company was founded in 2000 and has been profitable since inception.
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