XMLSolutions announced a strategic partnership with blue Point Distribution Channel and the formation of XMLSolutions Europe. Frank van der Plas, Senior Partner at HCM Investment and Services B.V., parent company of blue Point Distribution Channel, is responsible for XMLSolutions Europe exposure to the European community. www.xmls.com
OAO Corporation and JetForm Corporation announced a strategic business relationship to integrate OAO’s electronic commerce (EC)/Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology and JetForm’s XML-based e-process framework. This effort enables companies to provide completely automated, open standards based EDI-to-XML interoperability for e-business processes such as request for proposals, electronic purchase orders, electronic invoicing and support. The strategic teaming and development effort will create a transparent EDI bridge between OAO’s EC/EDI technology, specifically Easy Mix based on the Implementation Definition (IMPDEF) message, and JetForm’s e-process framework and XML Forms Architecture (XFA). This will provide an interface between EDI codified standards and XML structures offering an enhanced user interface, elimination of redundant inputs and errors and a faster processing time. www.oao.com. www.jetform.com
Enigma Inc. announced its INSIGHT into Documentum Module. The Module automates the process of assembling and e-publishing content directly from Documentum’s content management platform, Documentum 4i, ensuring integrity and speeding the process of producing high-value content that can be accessed via the Web, a corporate portal, or offline. INSIGHT is used when information needs to be utilized by customers or field personnel for product support or maintenance. INSIGHT e-publications can also be integrated at the customer site into procurement or ERP systems, further expediting the smooth operation of that product. INSIGHT creates unified e-publications from a wide variety of source document formats, including Adobe FrameMaker, PDF, RTF, structured text in XML, HTML or SGML, as well as virtually any graphics file format. A single INSIGHT e-publication can be delivered on the Web or offline via CD-ROM, and dynamic updates can be provided via the Web. www.enigma.com
TRADEX Technologies announced the availability of TRADEX Content Library and TRADEX Content Services. The new, advanced content management functionality and services enhances TRADEX’s commitment to providing comprehensive solutions that deliver fast and cost effective time to market in vertical marketplaces and ebusiness portals. TRADEX has chosen ec-Content as a partner in developing these new offerings. TRADEX Content Solutions offer a Content Library and customized Content Services. The TRADEX Content Library, a portfolio of predefined content databases in eight industry categories, contains data on more than 5 million items from 6,000 manufacturers. These databases are created using a supplier neutral approach comprised of a predefined base of manufacturers’ data along with the capability to quickly add a marketplace specific layer, consisting of supplier/buyer content, i.e. contracted pricing. TRADEX Content Services offer Consulting Services — advice on the design and implementation of the content management process; Content Creation Services — providing the resources and tools required to develop and maintain new content databases; and Content Hosting — including hosting and maintenance of databases. www.tradex.com.
Object Design, Inc. announced it has acquired Transformis L.L.C., makers of XSL Stylus, an XSL tool for building eBusiness applications. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. ODI will immediately integrate XSL Stylus with eXcelon, ODI
RNCi announced the launch of its browser-based content entry tool, WriteNOW. With WriteNOW, non-techies can publish content to the Net from any location in the world. There is no software to download, two simple steps to submit information and it takes only minutes to publish. At the same time, users have the ability to syndicate the content to multiple web locations, intranet applications, and/or digital technologies, such as PDA’s. The latest release of WriteNOW is a browser-based content entry tool that combines both the simplicity and ease-of-use for aggregating, publishing and syndicating content to the Net. By simply clicking through the browser-based wizard, a user types in their password information and uploads the file. The information is automatically converted into HTML and syndicates to the Net within minutes. Upon completion, the user immediately receives an email indicating that the article successfully published. The only requirement for WriteNOW is an Internet connection and a 4.0 or higher browser. To access the content publishing tool, first-time users must register as an affiliate of RNCi’s network. www.RNCi.com.
FRx Software Corporation announced that its upcoming product release, code-named “Vulcan,” will embrace the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) XFRML initiative to create standardized digital financial statement formats using XML FRx’s first XML output option will create a single, standard XML output file that can be viewed using FRx’s DrillDown Viewer or any other browser that supports XML. This output option allows reports generated by either of FRx’s applications to be shared with any other XML-aware application. The second option will create an XML output file exclusive to FRx’s applications that is geared towards high performance and advanced viewing and drilling capabilities within the DrillDown Viewer. With the second option, users will be able to drill through corporate hierarchies as well as summary information to transaction detail. Both options will provide users with the ability to export the XML data to OLAP cubes, Lotus, Excel or ASCII file formats. The XML output functionality will be included in FRx’s “Vulcan” product, scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 1999. www.frxsoftware.com.
Open Text Corporation announced the release of the BASIS Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and BASIS Perl DBI Drivers, enhancing the accessibility and openness of BASIS Web applications and advancing BASIS integration with Open Text’s collaborative portal solution, MyLivelink. The BASIS JDBC Driver enables Web developers to build applications that take advantage of such BASIS features as searching against hybrid databases of relational, bibliographic, and textual information. The BASIS Perl DBI Driver exposes BASIS server functionality through Perl, thereby extending the ability to customize Open Text’s BASIS WEBserver product. The BASIS Perl DBI Driver is an Open Source Initiative – this means that binary and source code is licensed at no charge, encouraging BASIS customers around the world to contribute their own functional extensions to the product. The BASIS JDBC Driver is available now and is priced at $15,000 US per BASIS server. The BASIS Perl DBI Driver will be available by November 1 and is licensed under the terms required by the Open Source Initiative. www.opentext.com.