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Day: December 7, 1999 (Page 1 of 2)

Reuters to Use XML for News

Reuters is to introduce NewsML to present its news services. NewsML is an open standards-based format for the creation, transfer and delivery of news. It is based on the XML. Reuters has taken the initiative in the creation and adoption of NewsML through the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). The IPTC recently established a programme, IPTC 2000, which will deliver a single XML-based format for managing news production. An increasing number of Reuters subscribers are establishing themselves on the Internet and requesting delivery in XML.

tSA to Resell Intraspect

Intraspect Software, Inc announced that tSA Consulting Group has agreed to a strategic alliance to resell Intraspect Knowledge Server 3.0. tSA’s major objective is to provide their customers with intelligent E-Business solutions that enable information sharing and collaboration among knowledge workers. IKS integrates with tSA’s existing infrastructure, and also enhances the Microsoft desktop, by providing collaborative knowledge management capabilities that integrate with and leverage Microsoft technology.

Versant Releases Upgrades & Announces VXML Toolkit

Versant Corporation announced enhancements to its suite of software products for Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) compliant development environments, plus an early developer release of the Versant XML (VXML) Toolkit. VEC 2.1 now supports IBM’s WebSphere 3.0, IBM’s most current family of application servers. Versant’s early developer release of the VXML toolkit allows Versant’s ODBMS product to be used in applications based on emerging Internet corporate data interchange standard, XML. The VXML toolkit allows XML content to be cached in the middle-tier as objects, thereby leveraging Versant’s ODBMS product as a platform for transactional, fault-tolerant eBusiness applications. WebSphere 3.0 Advanced Edition brings improved deployment of EJB technology, application-level security for EJBs, and the IBM SecureWay Directory, which provides LDAP availability to other LDAP-enabled directories. WebSphere 3.0 also includes advanced XML support, to enable easier, standardized exchange of data between multiple web sites. VXML toolkit includes the XML parser, XSLT for content translation, XML/object mapping tools and APIs. VXML is available from the Versant web site as an early developer release. Commercial availability is scheduled for Q1 2000.

webMethods & KPMG Introduce Solution to Streamline RosettaNet Implementations

webMethods, Inc. and KPMG LLP announced a joint software and services solution for implementing B2B e-commerce initiatives based on the RosettaNet standards. RosettaNet’s primary goal is to streamline the information technology supply chain and to improve the flow of critical information allowing information technology supply chain partners to fully leverage e-commerce applications and the Internet as a B2B e-commerce tool. This joint offering is specifically designed to address the needs of RosettaNet’s key constituents

Intuit & Microsoft Propose New Features for OFX 2.0

Intuit Inc. and Microsoft Corporation announced proposed additions to the next version of the Open Financial Exchange (OFX) specification. The new features would include 401(k) extensions, 1099 capability and transfers between brokerage accounts. In addition, the companies are proposing XML compliance in version 2.0 and intend to make the new version backward compatible with OFX 1.0.2, OFX 1.5.1 and OFX 1.6, the versions widely used by financial services companies today. Finally, Intuit and Microsoft have indicated that they will propose adding insurance data and transactions in subsequent versions of OFX. Intuit and Microsoft are actively engaged with the Interactive Financial Exchange (IFX) Working Group to support the creation and rollout of the IFX standard. At whatever point IFX becomes established and a certification process exists for high-quality implementations, Intuit and Microsoft plan to work closely with the IFX Working Group to create a migration path for existing OFX Solution Providers and to preserve the existing investment in OFX by these companies. This will be important as the number of financial institutions and technology providers that use OFX continues to grow, because OFX is here now, it works, and these companies have relied on OFX to bring their online financial services offerings to market quickly. Intuit is drafting the proposed 2.0 specification and will submit it to Microsoft and CheckFree for their review and input. Together, the three companies develop and maintain the OFX specification. Intuit is targeting release of the specification in Q1 2000.,

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