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Day: November 23, 1999

Content Technologies Addresses Content Growth

Content Technologies revealed its strategic vision to address the future of this rapidly changing market. Content Technologies’ vision is to move beyond just protecting network and business content integrity, to managing content within host-based services, in Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) environments and in e-commerce transactions. A key part of Content Technologies’ vision includes the creation of a global alliance that brings together vendors, integrators, security specialists and applications providers. This alliance will provide a forum for the development and deployment of a range of solutions addressing the breadth and depth of e-content evolution. Additionally, it will offer businesses and channel partners standards-based solutions in the areas of content security, management and routing, and will promote awareness of the full scope of content-related business issues in everything from e-mail, to e-commerce transactions. In a market estimated by IDC to be worth $4 billion by 2003, this strategy will offer a means for a select group of e-content specialists to develop solutions built around MIMEsweeper, deployed by users world-wide.

Hummingbird Launches Fulcrum Portal Builder Kit

Hummingbird Communications launched the Fulcrum Portal Builder Kit, a toolset that provides enterprises with the ability to construct compelling knowledge portals. The Fulcrum Portal Builder Kit is a complete solution designed so that it can also easily plug into Hummingbird’s Enterprise Information Portal (EIP), scheduled for beta release next month. Priced as one bundle, the Fulcrum Portal Builder Kit consists of DOCSFulcrum 3.0, Hummingbird’s Web-accessible enterprise knowledge management offering; Fulcrum SearchServer 4.0, the latest version of the company’s information retrieval software; and the new Knowledge Manager Workstation 1.0 (KMW), which uses neural network technology to automatically create a business taxonomy. KMW adds the power of document mining to the DOCSFulcrum product family, making it easier to offer users a portal into the unstructured information stored in corporate repositories. The Fulcrum Portal Builder Kit will be released on November 26, 1999.

STEP UK Announces XML XLink Engine

STEP UK Ltd. announced the beta programme of X2X the XML XLink engine. X2X allows for the creation, management and manipulation of links. X2X allows linking between documents and information resources without needing to change either of the source or target documents that are being linked. X2X removes the requirement to insert link information inside document content. The Links are NOT in the document. X2X has an extensible architecture to allow resources to reside in any data repository. X2X stores links independently of any documents and provides facilities to dynamically insert external link structures into documents on-demand. X2X stores all the link information within an ODBC/JDBC enabled database, e.g. Oracle or SQL Server. X2X is initially developed in Java for cross platform operation. X2X is implemented using fundamental linking concepts and understands links defined using the latest draft of the W3C XLink proposal. This scalable technology delivers the ability to associate different data resources regardless of their location. X2X allows for the retrieval of resources and can dynamically add the external link information without altering the original document/ information. The power of linking has been harnessed to allow structured information objects such as XML to be associated with information lacking structure. The architecture enables organizations to store data in the repository of their choice; while XLink adherence means that link information can be authored using a variety of applications. X2X works independently of the storage, authoring and delivery applications. X2X exposes its powerful functionality allowing it to be integrated into any static or dynamic application or service. With X2X it is possible to deliver richer information streams to users with little or no impact on existing data management procedures. The X2X technology preview is available for download at

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