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Day: November 29, 1999 (Page 1 of 2)

ACORD & IFX Forum Announce Cooperative XML Standards Development

ACORD announced a reciprocal membership agreement with IFX Forum. Both organizations set information technology standards for message transmissions in financial services industries. They will cooperate in the development of XML standards for the electronic exchange of data in the insurance and banking industries. The collaboration is typical of recent announcements of alliances between standards bodies to consolidate development. The arrangement will combine the insurance expertise of ACORD and the banking expertise of IFX Forum. The organizations will focus on the base IFX specification and the proposed ACORD Insurance XML specifications to produce a framework supporting XML-based transaction services. Joint participation is underway. ACORD and IFX Forum have exchanged memberships and committed to participation in each other’s working groups. ACORD participants are assessing the base IFX specification and supplying IFX Forum with recommendations. In turn, IFX Forum will route insurance-related issues through the ACORD standards process. The IFX specification defines a messaging standard for secured IP-based banking business messages over the public Internet or private networks. The significance of XML and IP for the insurance industry is the progression from batch store-and-forward EDI transmissions to real-time messaging. Insurance business benefits include fast, reliable rates, quotes, applications, policies, claims and other transactions among a variety of trading partners-carriers, producers, rating bureaus, third-party administrators and service providers. As members increasingly look to supporting electronic commerce across all lines of business, ACORD is pursuing multiple open partnerships and alliances with U.S. and international standards-setting organizations. The goal is worldwide e-commerce connectivity throughout the insurance industry.,

OneSoft Launches OneCommerce V 3.0

OneSoft Corporation launched version 3.0 of its OneCommerce software. OneCommerce Enterprise Edition 3.0 is an XML-based solution, providing businesses with extensibility to optimize revenue. OneCommerce provides a patent-pending architecture that includes distinctive capabilities to attract and retain customers, such as Dynamic Personalization, for targeted and personalized marketing and merchandising to increase customer conversion rate; comprehensive content management to target customers with the right product and information; and remote site administration and control for non-technical business managers to make informed decisions.

Interwoven Teams with IBM’s WebSphere

Interwoven, Inc. announced its second major initiative with IBM which integrates the IBM WebSphere product line with Interwoven’s product, TeamSite. The integrated solution allows customers to accelerate both time-to-Web and the evolution of eBusiness Web sites. This complements Interwoven’s first collaborative effort, the successful integration of TeamSite with IBM Net.Commerce, IBM’s leading eCommerce solution. The IBM WebSphere family, including the WebSphere Application Server and the WebSphere Studio Web application development environment, is a comprehensive system designed to help customers with high-performance Web sites to ease the transition from simple Web publishing to advanced eBusiness applications. WebSphere products leverage existing enterprise systems and extend them to the Web, while running on multiple IBM and non-IBM platforms. With TeamSite, customers have an enterprise-scale content management solution, including versioning, workflow control and efficient deployment of content for IBM WebSphere applications. TeamSite supports the IBM WebSphere Studio development environment and set of Web development tools for designing and building interactive Web sites for the IBM WebSphere Application Server. TeamSite is also compatible with IBM’s DB2 Universal Database. TeamSite allows the integration of IBM WebSphere application code, including JavaServer Pages and Java servlets, with all other Web content such as HTML and multi-media assets. The entire Web application is then quality assured within the TeamSite environment before being deployed to production.

Microsoft & Neon Form Strategic Relationship

Microsoft Corp. and New Era of Networks Inc. announced a strategic relationship to jointly enhance and market e-commerce integration solutions based on Microsoft platforms and NEON’s e-commerce Integration products. NEON is endorsing the Microsoft BizTalk Framework and BizTalk products and tools. In addition, NEON is joining the BizTalk steering committee as a leading e-commerce integration vendor. Others, including American Petroleum Institute, Ariba Inc., The Baan Co., The Boeing Co., Clarus Corp., Commerce One Inc., Concur Technologies Inc., Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA), J.D. Edwards & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., Microsoft, Open Applications Group (OAG), PeopleSoft Inc., Pivotal Software Inc., RosettaNet and SAP AG serve as members of the committee.,

webMethods & EDS Team for Global Supply Chain Initiatives

webMethods, Inc. announced it will team with EDS to better serve clients implementing B2B e-commerce initiatives. Through this new relationship, EDS electronic business expertise and webMethods B2B software capabilities combine to provide comprehensive solutions for business-to-business e-commerce. webMethods B2B provides a business-to-business integration platform that makes it possible for companies to pursue direct integration with trading partners, while also participating in emerging B2B Marketplaces such as, the Ariba Network and Clarus SupplierUniverse. Through this partnership, EDS will incorporate webMethods B2B as part of the solution set it offers to EDS supply chain clients. webMethods B2B utilizes XML and open B2B standards, such as RosettaNet, OAG, OBI and ACORD, to build integrated business communities and enable companies to conduct business over the Internet with minimal stress to corporate resources and existing IT infrastructure.,

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