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Day: September 21, 1999

Tumbleweed Ships IME Developer

Tumbleweed Communications Corp. announced IME Developer, a product that enables enterprise developers and systems integrators to create customized, integrated, secure communications applications that run on the Tumbleweed Integrated Messaging Exchange (IME) platform. In addition, the company announced the Tumbleweed Developer Program, created to certify and provide support for developers who build and deploy secure communications applications in enterprises. Developers can use IME Developer to integrate secure communications applications with legacy data and systems, to customize the look and feel of those applications, and to develop new features and functions to run on the Tumbleweed IME platform. Tumbleweed IME is a software and services solution that leverages existing e-mail systems and networks to create a new e-business communication channel. With IME Developer as a resource, developers can rapidly create online applications optimized for e-business.

Webridge Forms Alliance with Agency.Com

Webridge, Inc. announced the signing of a technology alliance agreement with AGENCY.COM. The alliance will allow Webridge’s Express applications for e-commerce, partner relationship management and knowledge portals to be offered to AGENCY.COM clients. In addition to recommending and deploying Webridge solutions for clients, AGENCY.COM has launched its corporate knowledge management portal built on Webridge’s Express Framework. The intranet site, which is the central repository for the storage and retrieval of AGENCY.COM knowledge assets, is based upon the concept of “rooms,” which are information portals centered around well-defined topics or classifications. Rooms will provide the foundation for organizing all of the Intranet content and for creating communities of people who share information, common interests, and needs with one another.,

Verity Appoints Bettencourt President

Verity, Inc. announced the promotion of Anthony J. Bettencourt III to president and his election to its Board of Directors. Bettencourt joined Verity two years ago, and has served as Verity’s senior vice president, worldwide sales and product marketing for the past eighteen months. With nineteen years of high-tech sales and marketing experience, Bettencourt will now be responsible for all of Verity’s sales, marketing, professional services and product development activities. Bettencourt will continue to report directly to Gary J. Sbona, Verity’s chairman and CEO. Verity also announced the promotion of Joseph J. Lawless to the position of vice president, North America and Rest of World Sales. Lawless joined Verity in July 1996, and most recently served as vice president, Eastern Sales Region.

InterTech Announces ASP Model

InterTech announced it is now a software and application service provider for electronic document management and workflow solutions that enable document-centric commerce over the web. InterTech offers enterprise and departmental document management solutions along with extranet trading partner solutions that can be deployed onsite or outsourced depending on individual client needs.

Akamai Unveils Protocol for Communicating with Caches

Akamai Technologies announced the development of a protocol that facilitates communications between caches and Akamai’s global network of servers. In separate announcements, the Company also released that leading cache vendors are implementing the new protocol. The added functionality will be derived by the development of a new standard for communications called the Cache Interface Protocol. The development of this protocol will enable caches to report on their performance – such as the number of hits served – to Web site owners through Akamai’s content delivery services. This development will expand the level of functionality in the caching market for the benefit of both ISPs and Web site owners. Akamai will make the protocol available to third parties at no cost. Caching and Internet content delivery are separate and complementary products. Caches are hardware and/or software systems sold to ISPs and enterprises for the purpose of reducing bandwidth expense and improving Internet performance. Akamai’s FreeFlow service is sold to major Web sites to improve speed and reliability, and is built upon a global network of servers deployed at ISPs’ points-of-presence (POPs) and data centers. Today, many ISPs which have installed caches also have Akamai’s servers located alongside them. Whenever Internet users request popular content from Akamai’s Web site customers, these ISPs’ caches transparently retrieve it from Akamai servers, even when it is marked uncacheable, ensuring that only fresh content is delivered.

XMLSolutions Releases XMLZip

XMLSolutions Corporation announced the availability of XMLZip for the Windows NT and Linux operating systems. XMLZip provides a compression tool for use with XML documents. XMLSolutions developed XMLZip to provide an efficient solution for handling large XML files. These large XML files use a disproportionate amount of transmission time over the Internet as well as large amounts of storage on both the server and client equipment. XMLZip reduces the size of XML files without adding undo-processing time to access portions of the files. XMLZip’s compression technique allows users to determine the level at which they want to compress XML files, thus allowing continued utilization of the DOM API without performance degradation. XMLZip is currently offered at no cost to the public. XMLZip supports the Windows NT and Linux platforms and will support UNIX in the near future. To download the latest release,please visit,

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