Smith-Gardner & Associates, Inc., provider of enterprise-wide software solutions to the global direct marketing industry, announces that it is adopting XML for its WebOrder system. WebOrder is an Internet commerce system designed to automate the operations of retailers, direct marketers and manufacturers that are selling through non-store channels. XML provides WebOrder with a powerful facility to share back-end enterprise data with other applications in real-time. In addition, WebOrder’s XML DTDs will facilitate ease of integration into heterogeneous web environments. Intelligent information is formatted in multi-dimensional documents that will simplify the exchange and make it available in a user-friendly format. XML will interpret and standardize data from WebOrder, such as real-time inventory status, customer records, customer order history, customer preferences, demographics and further enterprise information. The addition of XML broadens WebOrder’s open technologies: common objects, an open API, an SDK and traditional CGI executables. This will allow WebOrder users to exchange data easily with in-house developed applications and other complementary front-end packages by BroadVision, Interworld, IBM, and others. www.smith-gardner.com
UWI.Com, and Commerce One, announced a partnership that will integrate Commerce One’s MarketSite and UWI.Com’s InternetForms System, to streamline the supply chain and bring, XML-based e-commerce to all sizes of trading organizations. The integration allows a trading community’s suppliers to interact with MarketSite using InternetForms, which provides simplified supplier integration into the MarketSite marketplace. Typically, suppliers are small and medium-sized organizations (SMEs) who still use costly channels such as paper, email, and fax to perform transactions with a MarketSite trading community. For example, historically a supplier has used email or fax to exchange catalog content updates, status updates, invoices, and purchase orders with its trading community, which were then manually entered into MarketSite. Soon, suppliers will be able to connect to a MarketSite trading community with a web browser, open an InternetForm (for example, a catalog content update), fill it out, sign it and submit it, facilitating e-commerce trading with the community and removing manual entry from the process. www.uwi.com, www.commerceone.com
Dataware Technologies, Inc. today announced the Dataware II Knowledge Query Server 2.0, a comprehensive information retrieval solution that seamlessly integrates with corporate intranets — allowing users to simultaneously query multiple information repositories, including internal and external web-based resources such as Lotus Domino databases, document management systems and intranets. Each query returns results in a single, merged and formatted list that is easy for users to understand and act upon. Users need not perform numerous individual searches of knowledge sources inside and outside their organizations — a single search provides a portal to all available information. Knowledge Query Server 2.0 takes advantage of the combined power of leading web search engines — including AltaVista, Northern Light, HotBot, Excite, Fulcrum, Infoseek, Verity, Lycos, Magellan, WebCrawler, DejaNews and other internet or intranet HTTP-compatible search services — and then processes the returns to provide users with unified, intelligently sorted information. Searches can be created to comb multiple intranet-based corporate resources exclusive of the Internet or examine internal and external web-based sources at the same time.
NetMarquee Inc. announced that it has added new features to improve the capabilities and user-friendliness of its InstantEdit content management system. NetMarquee specializes in integrating Internet content, technology and marketing to improve clients’ online direct marketing results. The company’s InstantEdit application is used by clients to review, edit, approve and update Internet content of all types for Web and/or e-mail distribution. The content can include product descriptive information, resource center articles, feature material and corporate overview information. InstantEdit is available for licensing as either a stand-alone product or as part of a package of online direct marketing products and services. www.netmarquee.com
Altro Solutions, Inc announced it has joined Hewlett-Packard Company’s Covision Internet solution program. This program is designed to allow HP partners to leverage HP products and services to deliver differentiated Internet electronic services solutions to their mutual customers. Altro will focus on delivering end-to-end document- and knowledge-management, cross-enterprise, and electronic services solutions for industry, education and government customers of HP systems using the Windows NT and HP-UX operating systems. In addition to its business consulting, process reengineering, software development and systems-integration services, Altro now offers dc solution — an easy-to-configure and use document control toolkit based on HP systems and the Documentum EDMS 98 software platform and its SmartSpace Intranet client. The dc solution toolkit is intended to shorten the time required to develop and lower the cost of implementing document control systems.www.altro.com
Eastman Software, Inc. has appointed Gentil Noens as vice president and general manager of Eastman Software’s operations in European, African, and Middle Eastern region. Eastman Software’s document management, imaging, workflow and Enterprise Report Management/COLD solutions have experienced solid growth in the EAMER markets and Noens will continue to focus on the continued success of the company and its solutions in these promising markets. Noens, an 11-year veteran of Eastman Software’s European sales team, brings a solid knowledge of the EAMER markets and the work management industry. Noens’ expertise comes from his experience as regional director of Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Switzerland for Eastman Software and as Software Business Unit Manager at Wang Belgium. Prior to his joining Wang and Eastman Software, Noens worked at ETAP, EDAN, and Trust International. Noens’ appointment fills a previously vacant position. www.eastmansoftware.com