NCompass Labs Inc. announced the opening of its U.S. center of operations in Silicon Valley. The company’s newly appointed vice president of sales, Chris Sterbenc, will be responsible for all operations at NCompass Labs USA, which is headquartered at 2155 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 210, Campbell, Calif. Also new to NCompass Labs USA is Stan Shull, the company’s vice president of business development. Previously, Sterbenc was the vice president of sales for Rainmaker Systems, a business process outsource company for large software publishers. Prior to Rainmaker Systems, Sterbenc managed the reseller channel at Edify Corporation, a provider of intelligent software agents for the Web. Prior to joining NCompass Labs, Shull was the director of business development at Boeing Enterprises, the investment arm of The Boeing Company. www.ncompasslabs.com
Microsoft Corp. announced the immediate worldwide availability of Microsoft Vizact 2000, which allows users to add the dynamic and engaging features of the Web to their HTML documents. The Vizact 2000 technology allows users to add multimedia functionality such as timing, animation and interactivity to their Web documents, turning them into “active documents.” With Vizact 2000, document authors can control multimedia functionality (e.g., text, images and sound) in their documents to increase attention to key messages, enhancing readers’ understanding and retention of ideas. Via the Vizact Timeline, users can control when elements appear and disappear, the movement of elements, and the reaction of the elements to a user’s mouse. Since Vizact looks and works like the Office family of applications, new users can get up and running quickly and easily. Vizact includes professionally designed wizards and templates, giving users impressive, professional results without requiring them to master new technology. Part of Microsoft’s overall knowledge management strategy, Vizact is an example of providing knowledge workers with the right information at the right time. Vizact 2000 is available now in stores for the suggested retail price of $149. www.microsoft.com
Sequoia Software Corporation announced a reseller agreement with The Windward Group. The Sequoia XML Portal is a platform upon which Windward’s technical staff will deliver customized enterprise information portals.This agreement will extend Sequoia Software’s presence throughout the western United States via Windward’s headquarters near San Jose and its affiliate offices near Seattle, San Diego and Salt Lake City. Sequoia’s XML Portal delivers personalized information snapshots assembled from any of the XML data elements managed by the portal’s patent-pending XML index. www.sequoiasoftware.com, www.wwg.com
Nimble.com, announced that it has received a first round of equity financing from Madrona Investment Group and ARCH Venture Partners. The company will use the funding to ramp operations and plans to release its first product early next year for advanced XML database technology for enterprise and e-commerce products. In addition to VC funding, the company has received financial backing from David Pool, CEO of DataChannel. headquartered in Bellevue, Wash. Nimble.com was founded in June, 1999. www.nimble.com
Manage.Com and DataChannel, Inc., announced an alliance aimed at helping the emerging generation of on-line businesses make effective use of XML in managing the disparate systems and applications on their networks. The alliance calls for DataChannel to develop XML-based product extensions that will assist Manage.Com’s partners and customers in adapting its FrontLine e.M management software product, which is used to discover, monitor, analyze and diagnose problems across the extended electronic community, or extranet. The development effort will result in an XML “wizard” that gives users an automated way to create documents in manageXML, Manage.Com’s extension of XML specifically for e-management; the documents will specify XML data access, content and display rules for specific, commonly-used network devices, NT systems, web servers and applications. The wizard will be available by the end of 1999 from Manage.Com. www.datachannel.com, www.manage.com.
Bowstreet Software Inc. has appointed Robert D. Crowley to the post of president and chief executive officer. Crowley comes to Bowstreet from Arbortext where he was president and CEO. Bowstreet’s current CEO and co-founder, Jack Serfass, will assume the role of co-chairman of Bowstreet, along with co-founder Frank Moss. Bowstreet, was founded in January 1998 and last week announced a $20M second round financing. The company’s Web Services Architecture, which combines XML and directory services technology, is technology for dynamic, frictionless B2B e-commerce. While President and CEO at Arbortext, Crowley positioned the company as a leader in Web-based e-content for e-business, tripling the company value in twelve months. Prior to Arbortext, Crowley was vice president of business development at Kenan Systems Corporation, an enterprise customer care, billing and analysis products firm. Prior to Kenan, Crowley was a senior vice president at USCS International. During his 11 years with California-based USCS. He earned his BS in finance from Villanova University. www.bowstreet.com
The Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. (DMTF) announced the completion of the specification for Common Information Model (CIM) Operations over HTTP v1.0. This specification, which is available on the DMTF Web site at www.dmtf.org/wbem/index.html joins CIM and XML in providing the base of technologies for the DMTF’s WBEM initiative. The CIM Operations over HTTP specification defines a mapping of CIM operations onto HTTP that allows implementations of CIM to interoperate in an open, standardized manner and completes the technologies that support WBEM. With all three of the component pieces of WBEM now in place, CIM, xmlCIM, and CIM Operations over HTTP, vendors can now build WBEM based management solutions. CIM is an object-oriented information model standardized within the DMTF for the purposes of providing a conceptual framework within which any management data may be modeled. Allowing CIM information to be represented in the form of XML brings all of the benefits of XML and its related technologies to distributed management. WBEM is a set of management and Internet standard technologies developed to unify the management of enterprise computing environments. It provides the ability for the industry to deliver a well-integrated set of standards-based management tools, leveraging ubiquitous technologies such as CIM, XML and HTTP. www.dmtf.org
Verity, Inc. announced that the new version of its Verity K2 Toolkit (v2.1) is shipping and provides enhanced performance and application development options for online stores and online publishers. The product is designed to turn online browsers into buyers by arming Web-based businesses with more advanced text retrieval precision, scalability and application integration features needed to customize product catalog navigation and search on extremely large volumes of content. Newly added support for Active Server Pages and Java technology is included.The Verity K2 Toolkit is available for the Microsoft NT, IBM AIX, HP/UX, Digital Unix, and Sun Solaris operating systems and uses hardware vendors’ latest SMP architectures. Customers can run the Verity K2 applications using any combination of servers running one or more of these operating systems. Verity also offers a full range of consulting services for Verity K2 projects. Pricing is based on specific application requirements. www.verity.com