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Day: April 26, 1999

Poet Software to Ship Version 2.0

POET Software announced the introduction of Content Management Suite (CMS) 2.0, their second-generation XML content server. Building on POET’s heritage in object-enabled XML technology and the technical documentation market, CMS 2.0 simplifies XML publishing for e-business exchange. CMS 2.0 is powered by POET’s Object Server technology. CMS 2.0 stores XML as objects, adds component-level content management functionality, and takes advantage of the POET Object Server for high-performance, scalable XML storage, querying, and retrieval. New features in CMS 2.0 include: Component Sharing:

PeopleSoft Announces Open Integration Framework

PeopleSoft announced its Open Integration Framework (OIF) initiative enabling flexible and cost effective integration of PeopleSoft applications with software, including e-business solutions and legacy systems. The Open Integration Framework will deliver Internet-enabled APIs fully embracing XML. The new integration technology will be available in controlled release in the fourth quarter of 1999, and will be generally available with PeopleSoft 8 in the first half of 2000. As part of the initiative, PeopleSoft is partnering with leading Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) vendors to deliver certified, packaged integrations to customers. Expanding on PeopleSoft’s robust set of existing integration tools and APIs, the company is introducing Internet-enabled APIs such as Application Messaging, Business Components, and Business Interlink. Application Messaging is an Internet-based messaging architecture allowing PeopleSoft applications and third party systems to publish data based on business events via XML and HTTP. Subscribing applications can receive transactions over the Internet, enabling distributed processing across private and public networks with maximum security. The Business Component and Business Interlink APIs will enable application developers to easily plug into PeopleSoft business processes without requiring detailed knowledge of the underlying data structures or embedded business logic.

Bluestone Ships XML-Based Application for Palm OS

Bluestone Software, Inc, began shipping Bluestone XML-Contact for the Palm Computing platform, an XML application for 3Com Corporation’s Palm Computing devices. Bluestone XML-Contact lets Palm Computing device users exchange contact information with any corporate database, turning personal productivity tools into corporate information resources. Available today, Bluestone XML-Contact for the Palm Computing platform is provided free-of-charge by Bluestone and can be downloaded at

Seagull Developing Host Wrappering Products

Seagull announced that it is building tools to wrapper mainframe and AS/400 programs into reusable XML and Enterprise JavaBean components, and specialized server software to connect those components to host applications. Code-named “Williamsburg,” Seagull’s development project is the first to be announced as a result of the company’s recent acquisition of ObjectShare’s Java division. The Williamsburg project is underway in the company’s new Irvine, Calif., development lab. Through CORBA, IIOP, XML, and EJB support, Williamsburg provides component-based access to host applications. Williamsburg business components can be connected to other objects at the emerging middle-tier layer of Web- based business computing. The Williamsburg project will result in wizard-like tools for wrappering CICS, MQSeries, 3270 and 5250 programs, and extensions to Seagull’s current presentation server that will handle connections to host applications.

SoftQuad Software Announces New Equity Partners & Board

SoftQuad Software Inc. announced that Pinetree Capital Corp., in conjunction with its merchant banking affiliate KBL Capital Partners and James Clark, has lead the funding of a first round of private equity for the company. It was also announced that Sheldon Inwentash, Chairman and CEO of Pinetree, has joined Clark and Roberto Drassinower on the SoftQuad Software Inc. board of directors. SoftQuad Software was incorporated in November 1998 through a management buyout of the assets of the Web publishing division of SoftQuad International with a mandate to create high-quality XML and HTML authoring tools. SoftQuad Software released the latest version of its award-winning HoTMetaL PRO 5.0 in September 1998 and then focused its efforts on the rapidly expanding XML marketplace with its newest product offering XMetaL, to be released in May.

Xerox Announces Knowledge Initiative

Xerox Corporation revealed a strategy to mobilize its global direct- sales force behind an initiative that, over a 10-year horizon, will grow to represent as much as 50 percent of Xerox’ business and act as a catalyst for the company’s sustained digital growth. Xerox unveiled the first 17 offerings in the Xerox “Global Industry Solutions Portfolio.” These solutions, many of which are Internet enabled, link people-based services, hardware, software, and network services in a package that solves a customer problem, improves a work process or creates a market or competitive advantage. They address industry-specific needs for Xerox customers in the document-dependent environments of financial services; manufacturing; graphic arts; and the public sector. The company also introduced a suite of tools for Knowledge-Sharing designed to help customers leverage their intellectual assets. The end-to-end solutions announced today bundle replicable packages of software, hardware and services — each custom-tailored by Xerox industry specialists to meet individual customer requirements. Many build on the advantages of the Internet. The company is initially concentrating on the graphic arts industry, where publications are the product, and on financial services, manufacturing and the public sector, where documents — either digital or hard copy — are critical to their business processes but are outside the organization’s core competency. Xerox also announced a suite of tools that will enable customers to share and leverage knowledge throughout an enterprise and realize a greater “Return on Knowledge.” The suite ranges from tools to improve individual productivity to solutions. Among the new introductions: AskOnce, an interface to web search engines, data information retrieval facilities and knowledge databases. It provides unified user access to external and internal knowledge sources to simplify search, retrieval and use of information; MobilDoc, a tool that combines software and services to provide mobile professionals with remote access to their documents from anywhere, at any time via thin clients such as smart phones, two-way pagers and personal digital assistants; EcoWorx, a solution that can cut the cost of compliance with environmental health and safety and ISO regulations, improving productivity by automating document workflow processes; and High Impact Custom Catalogs, a start-to-finish marketing solution developed in partnership with RTMS (Milwaukee, Wis.). It will enable customer-centric businesses – from department stores to telephone companies – to create and produce completely individualized marketing campaigns, even when communicating to millions of customers.

John O’Connell Elected Chair of AIIM

The Board of Directors of the Association of Information and Imaging Management – AIIM – International have voted John O’Connell Chair during the annual AIIM Show and Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This means that John will be the first non-American to hold this prestigious post for the world’s leading not-for-profit association, representing Users and Providers of Document Management and Workflow technologies. John commented “AIIM’s position reflects the challenges and opportunities of our industry in the new web world and I am very honoured to help AIIM International this coming year to address these and grow into an international organization, consequent on the merger with IMC.” John, CEO of Staffware, is also a Fellow of the Association of the Chartered and Certified Accountants (FCCA) and a recently elected Master of Information Technology (MITA), has been a key player in the workflow market since the 1980s. He founded FCMC in 1980 – since renamed Staffware. By the mid 1980s he was one of a small team that developed ‘Procedure Processing’ software – the forerunner of Workflow Automation.

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