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.
Elite Technologies, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of CONCAP, Inc., announced that it has signed an agreement with Eastman Software to provide solutions for Eastman Software’s dynamic work management solutions. Eastman Software. Elite Technologies strategic alliance with Eastman Software will provide Elite Technologies with new growth opportunities within their Outsource division. Elite Technologies, Inc. specializes in project based software development, technical staffing augmentation services, consulting and commercial product development. www.eastmansoftware.com
Mediasurface announced the Mediasurface 2.0 Enterprise Content. New features include a Content Gateway that allows integration with delivery and web design features from leading software vendors including, BroadVision, Vignette, Macromedia. Among the new features of Mediasurface 2.0 are the Content Gateway, XML support and integration of email with workflow functions. Mediasurface 2.0’s multi-server synchronization functionality now also enables full support for content sharing amongst sites and vendors’ systems. Mediasurface users can now deliver their content using the one-to-one marketing product of their choice. By utilizing the Content Gateway Module, real time content can be shared between Mediasurface 2.0 and existing proprietary delivery engines and custom built flat file sites. This allows users to work with existing tools from vendors including: BroadVision, Vignette, ATG, Engage and Point 4, thus preserving their existing site investment. Mediasurface implementations are licensed by servers with entry-level single- server sites at $25,000. Typical enterprise implementations then scale to multi- server configurations of $200,000 and above. www.mediasurface.com
Open Text and Adobe announced Open Text’s Livelink Forms, using Adobe’s Acrobat. The Livelink Forms/Adobe Module will support common business transactions that require structured data. Livelink’s knowledge management services support the new forms integration, providing version histories of forms and audit trails, forms security, workflow routing and searchable form data. By combining the new forms functionality with existing PDF viewing, document management and byte serving, Livelink now offers companies electronic forms functionality for collaborative knowledge management. The Livelink Forms–Adobe Module will be offered as an optional module to Livelink. The Module is shipping now and priced at $25,000. www.opentext.com
Inso Corporation and Basis Technology Corporation announced a technology and service partnership at Inso’s International User Group Conference in New York City. Under the agreement, Basis has developed Korean and Chinese (traditional and simplified) “pluggable” language system modules that drop into DynaText, Inso’s Extensible Markup Language (XML)-based professional publishing system. In addition, Basis will provide support for the “language modules and will receive a royalty on future sales of DynaText that incorporate this new functionality. The pluggable language system modules developed by Basis Technology will allow DynaText to correctly process, index, and render text in Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Korean. www.inso.com, www.basistech.com