At Lotusphere99, Lotus Development Corp. today launched Release 5 (R5) of Notes, Domino and Domino Designer, Lotus’ collaboration and Internet messaging software. The new Notes R5 client is a browser-like desktop environment that provides users with access to their most frequently used applications, including Internet e-mail, news, calendars, Web browsing, document management and custom business applications, from one integrated source. Lotus also announced an extension of its relationship with America Online that will enhance the ability of Lotus customers to find and manage Web-based news and information. Through the partnership, America Online provides Web content from a variety of its online news and content sources that users can access and manage directly from within the Notes R5 Client. www.lotus.com/r5.
KnowledgeLink Interactive Inc., a provider of business intelligence solutions for business, announced it has changed its name to powerize.com, effective immediately. Powerize.com’s main product is the Powerize Server, The Corporate Portal Machine, formerly called PerSavant. With the Powerize Server, an organization can create a secure in-house information service for its employees – an intranet-based portal that enables users to conduct ad hoc research against multiple and distributed information sources, and create research agents that constantly monitor those sources for new and important information. The Powerize Server can access a wide range of intranet sources including any ODBC database, Lotus Notes databases, and document collections indexed by tools from Documentum, Excalibur, and Verity; any free or paid site on the Internet; newsfeeds from providers such as NewsEdge; and professional online services from providers such as Dialog, and Infonautics. Separately Powersize announced a deal with Vignette to use their syndication server. www.powerize.com.
DataChannel Inc. announced the immediate availability of the 3.2 version of DataChannel RIO, the company’s flagship product. DataChannel RIO is an XML-enabled solution designed to build a dynamic two-way corporate portal with input (i.e. publishing) and output (i.e. retrieval) capabilities that make Intranets and Extranets easier to use, integrate, manage, and support. With this release, new features and functionality have been added to ensure smoother deployment in a secure environment, help better manage documents and integrate data. This newest release also represents the first implementation of the XML Java parser co-developed by Microsoft and DataChannel in a commercial product. The 45-day trial can be downloaded at: www.datachannel.com/download