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Day: December 5, 1999 (Page 1 of 2)

Saqqara Introduces Commerce Suite with XML Support

SAQQARA Systems, Inc. announced the SAQQARA Commerce Suite that enables a “Content for Commerce” solution featuring product information management, publishing and XML exchange applications. Extending SAQQARA’s catalog management software, the new SAQQARA Commerce Suite represents a offering that combines search and guided buying functionality for industrial manufacturers and suppliers to easily establish an e-business strategy and capitalize on the tremendous e-commerce sales opportunities. By deploying the new SAQQARA Commerce Suite, businesses have a front-end application to launch customized commerce strategies that include integration with existing enterprise systems and interoperability with supply chain partners. Specifically, the suite provides Global 2000 manufacturers with a set of complementary Web server applications that enable them to manage and publish detailed product information with advanced product selection capabilities, exchange product information with supply chain partners via emerging XML standards, analyze customers’ online selection processes and fully participate in business-to-business electronic commerce opportunities. The SAQQARA Commerce Suite is an evolution of the company’s Step Search catalog management software. The new SAQQARA Commerce Suite leverages that technology into a complete suite of applications that enables product information management for e-commerce. ProductServer and the ProductServer Author will be available January 2000 and together are priced starting at $60,000. For those companies seeking an outsourced services model, pricing for application hosting starts at $3,000 per month. SolutionServer and the SolutionServer Author will be available January 2000 as an outsourced services model. Pricing for application hosting starts at $5,000 per month. PIXServer is scheduled for release in April 2000. AnalysisServer will be available January 2000 and is priced starting at $7,500. www.saqqara.com

Informatica Unveils Powercenter.e

Informatica Corporation announced PowerCenter.e, an expanded version of its PowerCenter data-integration software with new features added to enable e-business analysis. PowerCenter.e will help companies leverage their data across multiple sales, supplier and customer-interaction channels for business intelligence by integrating huge volumes of Web-transactionand clickstream data with information from more traditional enterprise sources such as ERP systems, relational databases, mainframe systems and external demographic databases. Informatica PowerCenter.e offers a set of unique capabilities that effectively extend PowerCenter’s reach to address the e-business market. By adding support for IBM’s MQSeries PowerCenter.e will provide near real-time support for extraction and loading of data from a company’s message queue infrastructure. PowerCenter.e’s support for message queuing will provide the vital framework for asynchronous, event-based, real-time e-business analytics. With PowerCenter.e, e-businesses will be able to import their XML data into a relational format while importing the metadata about that XML file into the data warehouse repository. As XML begins to gain widespread adoption, companies’ ability to source XML data will be vital to enabling e-business analysis. PowerCenter.e will ease the process of retrieving data from Web logs by providing tools to import and consolidate Web logs, and transform proprietary Web-log formats into standard, readable structures. PowerCenter.e will support sourcing and parsing of data from today’s three leading Web server products from Microsoft, Netscape and Apache. PowerCenter.e will be generally available in Q1 ’00. Pricing will start at $100,000, with upgrades for current PowerCenter customers starting at $50,000. www.informatica.com

Scriptics Delivers XML-Based B2B Integration Platform & Support for Linux & Netscape

Scriptics Corporation announced the release of a full-production version of Scriptics Connect, the company’s business-to-business integration server. Scriptics also unveiled a beta release of Scriptics Connect v1.1, which provides support for the Red Hat Linux operating system and Netscape Enterprise Web servers. Scriptics Connect is an XML infrastructure for developing business-to-business applications. Scriptics Connectfeatures a number of innovative new technologies that significantly reduce the programming skill level required to capture business logic and create business integration applications. It provides a simple point-and-click mechanism for mapping between differing data structures. Scriptics Connect Author enables business and data analysts to create applications by dragging and dropping elements in a schematic view of an XML document. Much like pasting “Post-It” notes on a paper form to indicate how it should be processed, Scriptics Connect Author makes it easy for the analyst to attach actions to XML elements indicating how to process the corresponding elements. Many actions are pre-defined with action wizards, and because Scriptics Connect is built on the popular Tcl scripting language, developers can write simple scripts or develop custom wizards for custom actions. Unlike lower-level approaches that restrict programming to just one language, Scriptics Connect allows programming in a variety of languages, so users can use the language that is most appropriate to the task or that they’re most familiar with. Scriptics Connect 1.0 includes the Apache Web server on UNIX and contains an interface to Microsoft IIS Web server on Windows NT. Scriptics Connect 1.1 also provides support for the Red Hat Linux operating system and Netscape Web servers. With XML translation functionality. Scriptics Connect 1.0 is immediately available. Prices start at $62,500 for a complete development and deployment environment. Scriptics Connect 1.1 is currently available as a beta release and will be available for general release before the end of 1999. www.scriptics.com

Arbortext Adds Support for XSL, XSLT, DOM & COM

Arbortext, Inc., announced that Epic 3.0 and Adept 9.0, now support key Web standards aimed at easing customer and third-party developer efforts and maintaining interoperability with other key software platforms. In addition to extended Java support, Epic and Adept now support XSL, XSLT, DOM and COM standards. Combined with support for Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and additional scripting languages, these new standards offer Epic and Adept users a wide new range of interoperability options for developing XML-based e-Content. In addition, Arbortext software can now run as COM servers to provide Windows applications access to the DOM. This allows Windows programmers to write document-processing applications in Visual Basic, C, C++ and Java. With these new releases, developers on Windows can now write programs in Java that call, or are called by, Arbortext Command Language (ACL) scripts. Arbortext supports XSLT for those customers who have complex electronic publishing requirements that require the transformation of multiple types of tag sets. For customers who want to continue to use their existing stylesheets for their electronic publishing needs, Arbortext will continue to support them in both Epic and Adept. Arbortext uses CSS in the published output for the Web. CSS allows users to customize the display of HTML in a Web browser without having to edit transformation stylesheets. Arbortext also announced that in upcoming releases, it plans to support additional scripting languages such as Perl, TCL, Python and Microsoft scripting languages. Support for these scripting languages will provide another option to programmers who write document-processing functions. Pricing for Epic 3.0 and Adept 9.0 varies, depending on number of seats purchased, type of licensing, and number of modules. Epic 3.0 and Adept 9.0 will be available Dec. 15. www.arbortext.com

GCA Announces IDEAlliance

The Graphic Communications Association announced the creation of the not-for-profit International Digital Enterprise Alliance (IDEAlliance). IDEAlliance will provide comprehensive support to working groups engaged in developing industry- specific applications of both vertical and cross-industry open information standards. Current member groups of the IDEAlliance include: the Information and Content Exchange (ICE), which establishes standards for the syndication and aggregation of information across industries; the Publishing Requirements for Industry Standard Metadata (PRISM), which is developing a standard XML metadata vocabulary for the publishing industry; the Customer Profile Exchange Network, a vendor-neutral open standard for the privacy-enabled exchange of customer profile information across disparate systems and applications; and the Independent Consultants Cooperative (ICC), an organization of XML/SGML consultants. Like its predecessor, the Graphic Communications Association Research Institute, IDEAlliance will serve as a host for meetings of the committees and other working groups of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), OASIS, ANSI, and W3C – groups responsible for the development and maintenance of structured information standards, XML, SGML, and their derivatives. www.IDEAlliance.org

Personic Standardizes Recruiting & Hiring Software on XML

Personic Inc. announced its participation in the HR-XML Consortium. The HR-XML Consortium is a newly formed, independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of standardized, human-resources-related XML vocabularies for enabling e-commerce and the automation of inter-company exchanges of human resources data.Using industry-standard XML vocabularies, one company is able to transact with countless other companies without needing to design, engineer, and install a multitude of separate interchange mechanisms. As a member of the HR-XML Consortium, Personic is developing technology to enable its core recruiting and hiring software to use XML. Personic is incorporating this communications technology into its core applications. Personic also partners with other organizations within the HR-XML Consortium to derive HR-XML (Human Resources Extensible Markup Language) standards. The HR-XML language provides standard definitions of data elements needed for an application to perform standardized Human Resources transactions and communicate with other applications using HR-XML. Through the HR-XML Consortium, more than 20 software and services suppliers have already endorsed three XML schemas designed to enable a new generation of Web-based workforce management and recruiting services that are based on open, e-commerce models and deliver employers greater ROI for their staffing expenditures. This will give HR and staffing vendors new opportunities for growth and profit. With a common medium of exchange, customers need not expend extra energy maintaining and updating proprietary interfaces. They save on costs and can dramatically reduce integration/maintenance efforts. HR-XML standardization shortens time for everyone involved in the recruiting and hiring process. www.personic.com

XyEnterprise Announces Parlance Content Manager V3.0

Xyvision Enterprise Solutions Inc. announced the latest version of its content and document management software, Parlance Content Manager. This new version builds upon Parlance’s proven component management functionality by extending its application development environment with COM and JAVA APIs and enhanced support for XML. Additionally, its redesigned user interface offers greater ease of use of the content repository and integrated tools. Parlance 3.0 includes support for dynamic XML import, use, and delivery. Users can automatically load XML encoded data from an editor, legacy data system, or other source and, based on content, document type definition or schema, derive a configuration from the data source. Parlance Content Manager comes with a new API)based on Microsoft COM for the Windows NT version of the product. A subsequent UNIX release will offer the same API functionality in JAVA. Parlance Content Manager 3.0 is scheduled to ship in March 2000. The Parlance server runs on Windows NT, Sun Solaris, and IBM AIX with clients on Windows 98, NT, and Unix. Parlance Content Manager uses Oracle and other databases and integrates with Arbortext Adept Editor, Adobe FrameMaker+SGML, and other application tools. A basic Parlance system, including server, API, dynamic XML import, and a 10 user license starts at about $50,000. www.xyenterprise.com

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