Friday Feb 15, 2013

WebCenter Customer Spotlight: News Limited

Author: Peter Reiser - Social Business Evangelist, Oracle WebCenter

 Solution Summary

News Limited is one of Australia's largest media conglomerate companies, employing more than 8,000 staff nationwide and approximately 3,000 journalists.

Their key challenges were to publish news quickly by non-technical authors, innovate new services faster and handle the very high traffic volume & peak loads of their websites.

News Limited implemented a highly scalable Web Content Management Solution (WCM)  based on Oracle WebCenter Sites which is  now running around 60% of Australia's newspapers.

News Limited is now able to basically re-imagine the story telling process of online news that is not only faster in terms of editorial publishing activity (speed-to-screen) but also one that allows to create higher quality stories.

Non technical users can quickly create & publish up to 2,000 stories per day within a guaranteed publish time of maximum 90 seconds.

At peak time they have up to 300 editors on the system and reach up to  80,000 page hits per second.



Company Overview
News Limited is one of Australia's largest media conglomerate companies, employing more than 8,000 staff nationwide and approximately 3,000 journalists. The publicly listed company's interests span newspaper and magazine publishing, Internet, Pay TV, market research, DVD and film distribution, and film and television production trading assets. News Limited owns approximately 146 daily, Sunday, weekly, bi-weekly and tri-weekly newspapers, of which three are free commuter titles and 102 are suburban publications (including 16 of which News Limited has a 50% interest).

Business Challenges
The world of online news is very competitive and News Limited wanted to stay on the cutting edge and lead this category with an engaging online experience. With the previous Content Management Systems they were not able to publish news quickly (speed-to-screen) nor were they able to innovate as quickly as they wanted and operationally it was getting difficult and expensive to maintain.

Solution Deployed
News Limited implemented a highly scalable Web Content Management Solution (WCM)  based on Oracle WebCenter Sites which is  now running around 60% of Australia's newspapers on this shared platform. The system runs on Java based application servers utilizing local and remote (CDN) cache technologies. 

Business Results

  • News Limited is now  able to basically re-imagine the story telling process of online news and implement a solution that is not only faster in terms of editorial publishing activity (speed-to-screen) but also one that allows to create higher quality stories through content “wizards” and proprietary algorithms. 
  • From an editorial perspective it makes it very easy for their non technical users  to create & publish content and maintain the overall web properties.
  • News Limited  now publishes up to 2,000 stories per day within a garantied publish time of maximum 90 seconds.
  • At peak they have up to 300 editors on the system and reach up to  80,000 page hits per second.

In this video Jason Brock of News Limited talks about how Oracle  WebCenter Sites empowers hundreds of non-technical editorial staff to publish over 60% of Australia’s online news in record time, 

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