Interleaf, Inc. and Object Design. announced a strategic partnership intended to leverage both companies’ core competencies in XML-based solutions and improve their ability to deliver solutions specifically tailored for their customers’ business needs. Interleaf and Object Design will cross license their technologies for use in Interleaf’s BladeRunner and in Object Design’s eXcelon. Interleaf’s XML-based e-content solution, BladeRunner, will employ Object Design’s object-oriented database, ObjectStore, and Interleaf’s Styler&Composer will be integrated into Object Design’s eXcelon, an XML data server. For BladeRunner customers, ObjectStore’s Cache-Forward architecture will provide a high-speed, object-oriented repository with scalability. ObjectStore’s integration with relational database management systems will further enable BladeRunner customers to leverage their current investments in legacy relational databases. Integrating Interleaf’s W3C-compliant Styler&Composer into Object Design’s eXcelon will provide the ability to create dynamic, personalized documents with multi-channel publishing capabilities including Web, CD-ROM and print. www.interleaf.com, www.objectdesign.com
GE Information Services has introduced GE InterLinx, a multipurpose message brokering system. GE InterLinx enables businesses to centralize, expand and manage their Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) initiatives, as well as address Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) gateway requirements. This engine, which operates on the Windows NT platform simplifies the complex integration of information between business applications. GE InterLinx’s XML capability identifies XML objects, parses, and routes them to applications that support XML. www.geis.com
Inxight Software, a Xerox (XRX) New Enterprise Company, announced the appointment of Robert P. Lee as president and chief executive officer. Inxight Software develops information visualization and knowledge extraction software components critical for online publishing, knowledge management, and business intelligence. As CEO, Lee will direct the company’s core OEM business for independent software vendors. He will also develop new business strategies to capitalize on the use of Inxight products by other corporations in their internal applications. In addition, Lee will oversee the development and marketing of new OEM components and end user applications based on Xerox Corporation research in visualization and natural language processing. Prior to Inxight, Lee was CEO of Formulab Neuronetics, a public Australian computer company, and chairman, CEO, and president of Insignia Solutions, a software company he took public in 1995. Previous management background includes executive vice president at Symantec, senior vice president at Shared Medical Systems, and eleven years with IBM. www.inxight.com
Open Text Corporation announced the release of Livelink Activator for BASIS. Livelink Activator for BASIS extends Livelink to the BASIS community. BASIS databases, records, documents and pre-defined queries are integrated with Livelink knowledge management features such as folders, project workflows, discussions, task lists, enterprise-wide file distribution, and workspaces. BASIS is used to manage large collections of catalogued information in special libraries and corporate information centers. BASIS was originally developed by Information Dimensions, which was acquired by Open Text Corporation in June 1998 and is now an integrated division of Open Text. Activator for BASIS is available immediately. It is priced at US$25,000 per Livelink server.