Tribune Centralizes CCI NewsDesk System, with Chicago, L.A. Data Centers

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By: E&P Staff

CCI Europe, Arhus, Denmark, received an order from Chicago-based Tribune Co. for a 3,100-seat CCI NewsDesk System. A number of the Chicago-based company’s dailies have used the system for years. Last year Tribune also selected CCI AdDesk Sales.

A major factor for the purchase was Tribune’s desire to optimize content creation throughout the organization, while simultaneously reducing the total cost of system ownership by centralizing and standardizing its system’s infrastructure.

“Our focus has always been to ensure that the highest quality content is easily accessible throughout the entire organization and having a consolidated system will go a long way to realizing that goal,” Tribune Chief Technology Officer Darko Dejanovic said in a statement.

Tribune is looking to create two data centers, with one server in Chicago and the other in Los Angeles, the company’s sites with the largest concentration of IT resources, the largest network bandwidth, and the largest number of users on a site-by-site basis. Only one system used for production at any given time, with production switching regularly between the two sites, creating an effective disaster recovery strategy, according to CCI.

The consolidated editorial platform is expected to reduce maintenance cost, and the new infrastructure will enable easier future upgrade, ensuring faster groupwide implementation.

CCI Europe and Tribune have begun planning for the logistical challenge of delivering the centralized system. The project also will establish a “best-practices” workflow across all Tribune sites, ensuring consistency in access to technology and at the operational level.

The common CCI NewsDesk System will start live production early this year, with each paper installed as a virtual newsroom on the system. The CCI System will be gradually installed, with the last site expected to go live in the last quarter of 2008.

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