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Day: September 26, 1999

Poet eCatalog Suite Enables Suppliers to Extract & Manage Catalog Data

POET eCatalog Suite, an out-of-the-box solution for extracting, managing and distributing supplier catalog data over the Internet for B2B eCommerce, is now available from POET Software. With POET eCatalog Suite (eCS), suppliers can now automate the traditionally labor-intensive process of assembling catalog information to send to buyers and content aggregation websites. POET eCatalog Suite is the essential supplier link to the Internet market. POET’s eCS solution addresses the growing demand for electronic catalog data and permits suppliers to automate the interaction with buy-side procurement software from companies like Ariba, and eMarkets like Ariba Network. Furthermore, even though buyers and eMarkets may require data in different formats-based on dialects of XML specific to a vertical market or procurement application-POET eCatalog Suite insulates the supplier from mastering these various dialects by transforming the data on the fly into the appropriate delivery format. As a result, POET eCatalog Suite enables any supplier to deploy an eCatalog solution that works with the growing ranks of Internet buyers and marketplaces — today and as B2B eCommerce evolves — without having to become experts in XML. By extracting the catalog data from an existing IT system and storing it in a separate master catalog, users can edit their data to make it useful to buyers-a process called data normalization. After the data is normalized, custom catalogs can be generated for each buyer or marketplace according to a unique profile. The catalog is then transmitted via the Internet where it can be loaded into a customer’s procurement software or to an eMarket of aggregated content using the appropriate dialect of XML. POET eCatalog Suite is written in 100% Java. And costs $30,000. www.poet.com

Interface Systems Adds XML Support To L2i

Interface Systems, Inc. announced adoption of XML as part of its new L2i (Legacy-to-Internet) technology platform. Interface will include XML support across its product line with the first implementation being its newly enhanced version of its eBill Manager product for electronic bill presentment and payment and MyCopy, designed for L2i electronic statement delivery for Web based environments. Interface’s L2i technology is the bridging technology between the mainframe, where information resides, and the desktop, where the information is needed. L2i allows companies to deliver information across the Internet or Intranets, fax machines, CD-ROMs, voice response systems or to remote and/or local printers. Interface’s L2i technology allows any Internet application to make full use of legacy application output without changing the legacy application in any way. Interface’s L2i products are based on the company’s Document Server software. These products include eBill Manager for Internet billing and MyCopy for Internet statement delivery. www.intface.com

Integral Launches B2B E-Commerce Portal for Capital Markets

Signaling a new era in institutional financial management, Integral today launched CFOWeb.com a business-to-business e-commerce portal for capital markets. CFOWeb.com will give CFOs, treasurers and fund managers free, direct access to sophisticated, powerful analytics and the ability to create, manage and maintain investment portfolios that are tailored to their specific needs. CFOWeb.com also gives investment banks and financial services providers an immediate online presence, dramatically increased deal flow and expanded geographic reach. CFOWeb.com helps financial services providers leverage the increasing opportunity presented by Internet delivery of products that is impacting nearly every vertical market. Participating in CFOWeb.com enables providers to either augment their own existing e-commerce site or to leverage CFOWeb.com as a rapid time-to-market e-commerce alternative. The innovative portal dramatically increases financial services providers’ deal flow and allows them to offer their products to a wider range of prospective customers, regardless of company size or location, in a dynamic online environment. CFOWeb.com will become an international network of banks, consultants, dealers, and independent service providers. CFOWeb.com is not a company, but an array of products and services delivered by industry providers to provide maximum value to end-users. The technology underlying CFOWeb.com is based on the Integral’s enterprise Java technology and XML. The core of the Integral platform is the Integral Internet Financial Server (IFS), an intelligent financial server capable of modeling financial instruments and events including front to back office trading and risk management processes provided by the financial institutions. Users and providers can register for CFOWeb.com at www.cfoweb.com. www.integral.com

Asymetrix Ships Toolbook II Instructor 7.1 with XML

Asymetrix Learning Systems, Inc. announced the availability of ToolBook II Instructor 7.1. Version 7.1 represents the next generation release of the online learning authoring product used by professional developers, programmers, instructional designers and trainers to create compelling, web-delivered courseware. Instructor 7.1 offers a host of new features including a DHTML runtime engine that allows authors to convert their applications to DHTML for delivery to 4.x and higher browsers; an Actions Editor, a visual programming tool that allows developers to create action sequences to add functionality that can be exported to DHTML; and AICC compliance, allowing courses created with the product to support connectivity to AICC compliant learning management systems and servers. Additionally, Instructor 7.1 now includes XML support by exporting to an intermediate XML file in the process of translating applications for delivery on the Web. Another new addition to the product, the Universal Media Player, allows a single object to have built-in support for most modern media types. This new Catalog object provides support for all of the standard media formats (AVI, WAV, MIDI) and the media formats supported by the new Windows Media Player (Windows streaming media, MPEG video, QuickTime video, MP3 audio, and others). The RealNetworks RealPlayer G2 (all RealMedia formats, SMIL), the Macromedia Flash Player, and other media file formats are also supported in this new release. ToolBook II Instructor 7.1 is immediately available and is priced at $2,495 for first-time purchases or at an upgrade price for Instructor 6.5 customers of $695 if purchased before October 31, 1999 ($895 after this date). Owners of versions prior to 6.5 may upgrade for $895 as well. www.asymetrix.com

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