Viador Inc. unveiled its Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) E-Portal Suite version 6. With today’s announcement, Viador delivers a business portal infrastructure capable of accessing and delivering a wide range of business information from a browser that looks and feels just like any popular consumer Internet browser. Viador, is introducing several product features. Viador’s sixth release now includes the Infoseek Ultraseek Server to provide search, content categorization and access to unstructured information that resides in a variety of data sources, including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office, Intranet sites and the World Wide Web. In addition, Viador now offers users direct access to over 500 news sources, as well as business, investment and travel services. The Viador E-Portal Suite 6 is scheduled to be generally available in the third quarter of 1999. Pricing for the Viador E-Portal Suite begins at $30,000.00. Initial availability will be on the Microsoft Windows NT platform, with Unix platforms to follow. www.viador.com
Inso Corporation launched eBusiness Technologies, a division focused on helping mid-to-large- sized organizations achieve their e-business goals. Previously known as the Content Management and Internet Publishing Division, eBusiness Technologies develops and markets solutions and services explicitly designed to enable organizations to create high value and strategic e-business applications. eBusiness Technologies offers its customers DynaBase, the XML object-based platform for automated Web content management and personalized dynamic delivery, and MediaBank, the industry-leading media asset management system. With these applications, eBusiness Technologies provides organizations with the foremost e-business solutions on the market. The mission of eBusiness Technologies is to develop and deliver products, tools, services and best practices that create a trusted environment for controlling on-line information assets, automating production and enabling personalized delivery of content via the Internet. Specifically, these solutions utilize an Internet-based framework that facilitates the on-line creation, accumulation, organization, updating, publication and archiving of all types of information affecting day-to-day operations. www.ebt.com.
Lernout & Hauspie announced it purchased all the stock of the Brussels Translation Group (BTG), a private organization that invested in the development of L&H’s iTranslator services, a family of Internet and Intranet translation solutions. L&H’s iTranslator allows fast translation over the Internet and Intranet using a combination of computer programs and human post editing in a multitude of language pairs (currently 14). The purchase, made for approximately $42 million in cash and the assumption of $17 million in debt, will enable L&H to capture all revenues and profits from the sales of L&H iTranslator. L&H expects the transaction to be dilutive for 1999 and accretive in the year 2000. L&H does not anticipate any write-off of in process research & development. L&H announced in March of this year availability of the L&H iTranslator to ISPs, portals and over corporate Intranets. The new L&H iTranslator offerings leverage the Internet’s fast, simple delivery and communications capabilities to provide more easily accessible, affordable translation to a broader range of users than those who have traditionally purchased L&H translation services. www.lhsl.com.
IMA announced it is partnering with IBM and FileNET to deliver solutions that integrate customer-focused, front-office activities with transaction-oriented back-office processes. Based on IMA’s EDGE software, this new platform combines the latest in Web and e-commerce software, computer-telephony integration (CTI) and call center/customer interaction technology, and FileNET integrated document management (IDM) software. This new platform enables comprehensive management of customer information to maximize ROI and increase revenue and profit opportunities. The end result is faster implementation of integrated solutions using proven, reliable components that work together easily and can maximize system lifetime value. www.imaedge.com
MarketSoft Corporation announced that it has submited its XML-based eLeads solution, already in use in multiple production environments, as a schema compatible with the BizTalk Framework. MarketSoft’s schema has been submitted to BizTalk.org, the central repository and developer resource site for BizTalk Framework compatible schemas. www.marketsoft.com
Infoseek Software, a division of Infoseek Corporation and developer of the Ultraseek Server enterprise search application, and Viador, Inc., a developer of Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) software, announced an agreement that will facilitate an EIP solution to help corporations provide better and easier access to critical business information from intranets, extranets and the Internet. Under this agreement, Viador can embed Ultraseek Server 3.0 into Viador’s E-Portal Suite 6, a new version of the EIP that, with Ultraseek Server’s added capabilities, will access both structured and unstructured data sources, including relational and multidimensional databases, business intelligence reports, news and event data, HTML, Microsoft Office, and Lotus Notes documents, along with other important standard corporate data formats. The relationship also extends the availability of both Ultraseek Server 3.0 and E-Portal Suite 6 through collaborative sales, marketing, support and training efforts. Viador’s E-Portal Suite 6, with Ultraseek Server 3.0, is scheduled for general availability in the third quarter of 1999. www.viador.com, www.infoseek.com
IBM and Rational Software Corporation announced a strategic alliance to jointly develop and market software that will help customers accelerate the development and deployment of e-business applications. Through joint development, IBM and Rational will provide solutions that support the entire application development process to provide business process modeling, business requirements definition, visual modeling, code generation, configuration management, defect tracking, testing, deployment and systems management with tools optimized for every role on the development team. IBM and Rational are developing a roadmap to more closely integrate Rational Suite with software from the IBM Application Framework for e-business. The first result of this partnership is a new integration between IBM’s VisualAge integrated development environment and Rational Suite. This new integration is a standards-based XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) bridge between IBM’s VisualAge for Java and Rational Rose, a key product in Rational Suite. This enables full round-trip engineering between VisualAge for Java and Rational Rose, providing generation of Java code from models and models from Java. The integration is delivered as an add-in to VisualAge for Java and will be available for download on June 30, from IBM’s VisualAge Developer resource site, VisualAge Developer Domain at www.software.ibm.com/vadd to registered users. www.rational.com
Intraspect Software announced the release of Intraspect Knowledge Server 2.5 (IKS 2.5), the newest version of its product. With IKS 2.5, Intraspect’s easy-to-use, collaborative software, customers and partners can customize their applications with a unique look and feel as they deploy Collaborative Knowledge Portal applications. IKS also provides powerful ways to extend the reach of enterprise information by including access to legacy data found in Lotus Notes. IKS also includes LDAP support, which will improve directory integration. IKS 2.5 provides new features and benefits that enhance customization and security, and increase access to existing applications, including: Enhanced Customization, Specialized Template Engines, Knowledge Spider for Lotus Notes, Improved Integration using LDAP, and Enhanced Data Exchange Using XML. Purchase Licenses range from $300-$600 per user (based on number of users). Subscriptions from 1 or 3 years range from $80-$440 per user per year (based on number of users). www.intraspect.com