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Month: February 1999 (Page 1 of 7)

Extricity names Jim Lochry VP Sales

Extricity Software, Inc., supplier of business-to-business integration applications, added Jim Lochry as Vice President of Worldwide Sales. Lochry, formerly the Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Versant Object Technology and with five years experience as a senior sales executive at Oracle Corporation, brings over 15 years of experience in successfully driving sales efforts in the enterprise software arena. www.extricity.com

Object Design announces eXcelon shipping and partner program

Object Design, Inc., announced that it has launched the eXtreme Advantage Partner Program for solutions providers and systems integrators interested in reselling or providing services based on the company’s new eXcelon XML data server .eXcelon, which began shipping today. EXcelon supports Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 platforms. Unix support will be available soon. eXcelon is available now from Object Design’s eXtreme Advantage Partners. Pricing for development licenses start at $995 per developer. Pricing for deployment licenses start at $15,000 per CPU. www.objectdesign.com

Xyvision’s Parlance Document Manager now on NT

Xyvision Enterprise Solutions, Inc.(XyEnterprise) announced the availability of its two products, Parlance Document Manager and Xyvision Production Publisher (XPP)for the Microsoft Windows NT Platform. Both NT products will afford XyEnterprise customers the same information management and high-speed publishing capabilities experienced on UNIX platforms, while allowing them to take advantage of the cost and ease of use offered by Windows NT. www.xyvision.com

iLumin to provide secure enforceable transactions

iLumin Corporation, an Internet e-commerce company providing enforceable electronic transactions for the Internet E-conomy), announced the addition of Intel’s Pentium III processor serial number as an optional added security feature in iLumin’s newest suite of software products and services. iLumin’s products and services allow the purchase of automobiles and homes, the completion of corporate mergers and court filings, and the electronic execution of legally binding document transactions over the Internet. iLumin’s software combines documents based on XML, proprietary automated processing, and secure digital signatures to facilitate the execution and filing of documents of business, government, and commerce over the Internet. With the addition of Intel’s Pentium III processor serial number feature, iLumin’s Paranoid-by-Design suite of products will incorporate the additional security feature of identifying the machine from which the document was sent as well as the machine receiving the document. www.illumin.com

W3C issues Recommendation for RDF

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) today releases the Resource Description Framework (RDF) Model and Syntax specification as a W3C Recommendation, representing cross-industry and expert community agreement on a wide range of features for using and providing metadata on the Web. A W3C Recommendation indicates that a specification is stable, contributes to Web interoperability, and has been reviewed by the W3C Membership, who favor its adoption by the industry. Metadata is “data about data.” For example, a library catalog is metadata, since it describes publications or specifically in the context of this specification “data describing Web resources”. The distinction between “data” and “metadata” is not an absolute one; it is a distinction created primarily by a particular application, and many times the same resource will be interpreted in both ways simultaneously. Examples of metadata that will be exchanged using RDF include “Title”, “Author” (or “Creator”), “Publisher”, and “Format”. RDF provides interoperability between applications that exchange machine-understandable information on the Web. RDF emphasizes facilities to enable automated processing of Web resources. RDF can be used in a variety of application areas; for example: in resource discovery to provide better search engine capabilities, in cataloging for describing the content and content relationships available at a particular Web site, page, or digital library, by intelligent software agents to facilitate knowledge sharing and exchange, in content rating, in describing collections of pages that represent a single logical “document”, describing intellectual property rights of Web pages, and for expressing the privacy preferences of a user as well as the privacy policies of a Web site. RDF with digitally signed documents will be key to building the “Web of Trust” for electronic commerce, collaboration, and other applications. RDF uses XML to define a foundation for processing metadata and complements XML. Whereas XML can be used as a general way to transport data on the Web given prior agreement between the parties on the specific form of the data to be transported, RDF layers on top of XML a general form for a broad category of data. When the XML data is declared to be of the RDF format, applications will be able to understand much of the interpretation of the data without prior arrangement. www.w3c.org

Open Market announces agreement with Vignette

Open Market, Inc. announced a joint marketing and technology agreement with Vignette Corporation. This collaboration combines Open Market’s Internet commerce solution, Transact, with Vignette’s StoryServer 4.Under the terms of the agreement, Open Market and Vignette will jointly develop and market an extension toolkit which will primarily serve to expedite deployment and accelerate time to market of the complete Internet Relationship Management and order management solution. This combined solution will help online businesses customize their offerings to each customer’s preferences and then provide order management, transaction processing, and customer service capabilities. www.openmarket.com, www.vignette.com

Brio to acquire Sqribe

Brio Technology Inc., a supplier of Business intelligence software, said yesterday it will buy Sqribe Technologies, a provider of enterprise portal software. The price is about $270 million. The companies said they will integrate their product lines. Upon the closing of the transaction, former Brio shareholders will hold approximately 55% of the combined company, with former Sqribe shareholders holding approximately 45%. www.brio.com, www.sqribe.com

CiTEC announces SGML/XML/HTML browser

CiTEC Information, a Finnish developer of advanced information systems and document-technologies, announced component technology based on Netscape’s Mozilla Open Source. DocZilla displays XML and SGML directly, just like HTML, using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and can manipulate the entire document dynamically using the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript. The “DocZilla” components address the demanding requirements of complex documentation and electronic publishing systems: technical illustration, precision searching, efficient handling of extremely large documents, dynamically-generated navigators, powerful link capabilities, complex tables, and SGML. DocZilla is slated for release in the second quarter of 1999, but a “Preview” can be download from the DocZilla web site today at www.doczilla.com.

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