Optika Inc. announced that the company has entered into a strategic partnership with Arthur Andersen. Optika eMedia will be included in the software solutions Arthur Andersen offers its enterprise clients. Optika’s strategic alliance with Arthur Andersen will provide Global 2000 companies with a fully-integrated solution to manage business-to-business transactions and communications over the Web. www.optika.com
Extensibility announced the beta release of XML Authority, a new class of schema development tools designed to allow XML developers to quickly model, create and manage XML schemas from a variety of sources. XML Authority can construct schemas from many sources including existing DTDs, Java classes, ODBC data structures, COM objects and XML documents — enabling users to migrate existing application schema to XML. XML Authority’s ability to output schemas in multiple formats means that developers can support new standards without compromising corporate mandates or emerging standards. Schema output formats include standard DTD syntax, Microsoft’s XML-Data, Data Definition Markup Language (DDML), Document Content Description (DCD), Schema for Object Oriented XML (SOX) and an example XML document. XML Authority fully supports the XML 1.0 schema specification, enhancing it with support for data typing and namespaces. With the introduction of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 5 and its support for XML-Data, users can easily convert existing schema formats for use with IE5.XML-based schemas identify the objects, properties and relationships for XML solutions. XML Authority allows developers to quickly create, modify and manage these elements in a visual environment, streamlining the process and thus improving productivity. XML Authority features a graphical user interface that allows users to import or create schemas, and view document elements, attributes, entities, and other objects in a hierarchical tree. With cut and paste support, modular schema development is easily achieved. Collaborative schema management within and between organizations is enhanced with audience-specific notes and change logging support. www.extensibility.com
Hynet Technologies Inc., developer of a dynamic electronic publishing solution that combines document management technology with unique electronic publishing capabilities, today announced they are now a member of OASIS. OASIS is the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, a nonprofit, international consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of product-independent formats based on public standards. www.hynet.com
Dataware Technologies, Inc. and Net Explorer, Inc. announced a VAR partnership to deliver business critical knowledge management solutions to targeted vertical industries. The Dataware VAR reselling program is intended for solutions integrators that are leaders in geographic or vertical markets. Through the partnership, unique knowledge management solutions will create value for organizations looking to maximize their effectiveness and increase profitability. Net Explorer, Inc. is a provider of on-line knowledge management solutions for information technology, business processes and visual communications. www.dataware.com, www.netexplorer.com
Interleaf, Inc. announced a comprehensive migration solution to upgrade its document management customers (RDM) to its XML-based e-content solution, BladeRunner. Designed to leverage existing customers’ investment in their document management solution, Interleaf’s upgrade solution, RDM-X, enables RDM customers to implement the benefits of content management and of the emerging XML and Extended Style Language (XSL) information standard. RDM-X will be available as a phased approach enabling a seamless upgrade path for RDM customers to move to XML-based content management. RDM customers will initially receive BladeRunner’s authoring and publishing capabilities integrated with the RDM repository, providing the ability to create XML, store the files in the RDM repository, and begin publishing XML to multiple formats using XSL. Ultimately the customers may purchase BladeRunner’s repository to implement complete XML-based content management. www.interleaf.com
Sequoia Software Corp. announced a partnering agreement with the TechSight unit of General Dynamics, based in Pittsfield, Mass., to license Sequoia’s XML-based software, Interchange2000 (i2K). The TechSight team believes that Sequoia’s Portal Development Software will enable TechSight engineers to develop enterprise information portals more quickly and more efficiently. The partnering agreement takes effect immediately. TechSight has developed and deployed systems including electronic document authoring, management and distribution; interactive electronic technical manuals (IETMs), logistics information systems; computer aided diagnostics; computer-based training and distance learning systems. Customers include Chrysler Corp., General Electric Corp., Kaplan Educational Systems, and U.S Airways. www.techsighthome.com, www.sequoiasw.com.
Blue Angel Technologies announced MetaStar Enterprise, an integrated XML solution that makes it easy for organizations to create Web based knowledge solutions using the latest technologies. Enterprise combines database, search engine and Web technologies to provide a turnkey knowledge solution that is quickly and easily implemented. MetaStar Enterprise lets users add, update and delete records in MS SQL or Oracle databases from their Web browser. The changes are reflected in the database in real time and are automatically indexed so they are also available on the Web in real time. Enterprise also includes workflow features that can be configured to automatically take specific actions when user-defined events occur. It uses XML as an underlying data interchange format. MetaStar Enterprise is available immediately. Prices range from $35,000 – $60,000. www.blueangeltech.com