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Day: July 20, 1999 (Page 1 of 2)

Bell Atlantic to Deploy Wireless Application Protocol

BellAtlantic Mobile operation will use Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) to give its customers access to electronic mail and information from their cellphones and to simplify phone upgrades. Bell Atlantic will deploy, Inc.’s microbrowser and associated server software with Motorola phones. The service should be commercially available early next year. Customers will need to buy the new Motorola phones in order to use it. Using’s UP.Browser, phone subscribers will be able to view specially tailored Internet and intranet content on the display screens of their phones. The micro-browser works with’s UP.Link server software, which delivers content using wireless markup language (WML) rather than the hypertext markup language (HTML) used for most World Wide Web content. Bell Atlantic is at least the fourth US wireless carrier to announce plans to use’s micro-browser. Sprint PCS and Nextel have announced plans for trials in the fourth quarter. SouthernLink, a regional carrier, has also announced plans for the technology, the spokesman told Newsbytes.

Kofax Introduces Support for Documentum 4i

Kofax Image Products has shipped a new release script that integrates Ascent Capture 3, the company’s document capture application, with Documentum 4i, Documentum Inc.’s content management platform for corporate and e-business portals. The release script also integrates Ascent Capture with Documentum’s prior product release, Enterprise Document Management System (EDMS 98). Ascent Capture 3’s DDI architecture combines document capture, data capture and Internet-based distributed capture in a single application. It’s the only tool required to digitize paper documents at remote locations, extract data from them and insert that information into workflow, document management and Web publishing applications. Documentum 4i is a content management platform that dynamically manages all facets of content creation and delivery for corporate and e-business portals. Kofax has partnered with Documentum for several years to develop solutions that integrate paper and electronic sources of corporate knowledge. The new 32-bit Ascent Capture 3 release script for Documentum provides full functionality for both the 4i content management platform and the EDMS 98 client/server-based document management platform. The Ascent Capture 3 release script for Documentum 4i and EDMS 98 is free and may be downloaded now at

XMLSolutions Announces Partnership with Lisle Technology Partners

XMLSolutions Corporation (XMLS) announced today that they have signed Lisle Technology Partners (LTP) as a strategic development partner. As a strategic partner, LTP will be involved in assisting XMLSolutions in technical product direction, as well as a resource partner for implementing the product strategy. The first project LTP will work on for XMLSolutions is the Exeter family of XML-based e-commerce products, a suite of products specifically designed to fulfill the objective of business-to-business e-commerce. The Exeter product set includes the Exeter XML Server, Exeter E-commerce Engine and Exeter EDI Parser. This application suite eliminates the manual processes of trade by enabling computer applications and humans to exchange business documents written in XML.,

OAGI & Microsoft Announce Pilot Project

The Open Applications Group Inc. (OAGI), a nonprofit industry consortium composed of business software component interoperability stakeholders, and Microsoft Corp announced a pilot project to review migration of the Open Applications Group Integration Specification (OAGIS) XML Definitions to the BizTalk Framework specifications. The XML working group within the OAGI, which includes Candle Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., HK Systems Inc., IBM Manufacturing Systems, Microsoft, NEC Corp., PeopleSoft Inc. and PricewaterhouseCoopers, plans to update the current OAGI XML documents, which were developed under the W3C XML 1.0 specification, by prototyping them under XML-schema and BizTalk Framework specifications. The goal is to produce a compatible set of XML-schema documents and publish them in the BizTalk.Org library. The OAGI plans to be in a position to have the prototyping and architecture issues completed as soon as possible after the W3C finalizes the XML-schema recommendation currently in review before that group. Once the XML-schema specification, which the BizTalk Framework will support, is completed and formally recommended by the W3C, the OAGI plans to very quickly publish its work under the XML-schema format and, subsequently, the BizTalk Framework.,,

Vignette & Viant Form Strategic Alliance

Vignette Corporation and Viant Corporation announced a strategic alliance to help companies build effective Internet businesses. Together, they will address the broad-ranging and complex needs of global companies seeking to transform their businesses through the Internet. By combining Vignette’s StoryServer technology platform with Viant’s ability to tailor technology to meet business goals, the combined team will help businesses compete online. The companies plan to offer full solutions that serve the needs of Fortune 1000 companies, new spin-off companies, and startup companies that are building a presence on the Web. Viant will maintain a core set of consultants trained and experienced in Vignette products and technologies. The partnership will allow Vignette and Viant to build the right solution for customers more quickly, while providing these customers with confidence in the underlying technology and services.,

Allaire Spectra Unites Content Management, E-Commerce & Personalization

Allaire Corporation introduced Allaire Spectra, a packaged system for content management, e-commerce and personalization that enables corporations to embrace the Web as a strategic center of their businesses. In beta testing today at over 170 sites, Allaire Spectra is designed to use best-practices established by successful Internet businesses, uniting content, commerce and customer interaction capabilities into a common model for enterprise-wide Web systems. Incorporating best practices in building and running large-scale Web businesses, Allaire Spectra is based on the concept of “transactive content” — systems that combine a tight relationship between the management of Web content assets, services that extend a company’s business models into e-commerce, and the ability to deliver this package to the customer in a rich, personalized manner. Allaire Spectra is designed around a model and methodology for building large scale content and commerce systems that embrace the idea that every participant in an enterprise has a unique set of requirements to be productive in their use of the Web. This spectrum of participants spans system administrators, developers, designers, business managers and users, as well as customers, partners, and site affiliates. With Allaire Spectra implemented across an enterprise, each member of the spectrum can use the Web in a logical way. For example, it gives business managers and users a rich set of Web-based tools for managing workflows and security roles, conducting analysis and reporting on the business, and self-managing content and commerce assets without any IT intervention. The six core services of Allaire Spectra include: Content Management, Workflow and Process Automation, Roles-based Security, Personalization, Business Intelligence, and Syndication. Allaire Spectra, which runs on Windows NT and Solaris, is currently in beta. The product is expected to ship in Q4 1999. A bundled offering that includes servers, tools, training, consulting and support will be priced at approximately $100,000. Standard pricing for Allaire Spectra will be $7,495 per server and requires ColdFusion Enterprise Application Server.

Lotus & Novell Announce Notes & Domino Support for Single Sign-on Directories

Lotus Development Corp. and Novell Inc. announced that they have created a single log-on solution using Novell Directory Services (NDS) for the Lotus Domino servers and the Lotus Notes client. With Novell Single Sign-on, a user need only log onto a computer network once with a single NDS password to access all enterprise applications, regardless of the network platforms on which those applications reside. Novell Single Sign-on simplifies the end-user computing experience by eliminating the need for users to remember and input multiple passwords. It also can help companies save money by simplifying password management processes and reducing the number of password-related help desk calls. In addition to Notes R4.6 and Notes R5 users, the Lotus Domino R5 servers also can authenticate Web browser-based users of NDS, using LDAP as the authentication protocol. Novell Single Sign-on is available from Novell to customers of Novell NetWare 5.,

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