MessageMedia Inc. announced it has signed an exclusive agreement with R.R. Donnelley Online Services, the Internet solutions group of R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. Under the agreement, MessageMedia will offer e-mail-based newsletters to customers of R.R. Donnelley Online’s ePublish, a program designed to allow magazine publishers to quickly develop a quality web site and online presence. ePublish (www.rrd-epublish.com) will design, build and run web sites for magazine companies, incorporating tools and technology that are centered on content management, community building and commerce. The program brings technology and functionality to its product platform to meet the demanding needs of magazine publishers and online users. www.messagemedia.com
Binary Evolution, Inc. announced the release of VelociGen 2.0, an upgrade to their application server, which improves web server performance. The 2.0 release also includes extensions for parsing and manipulating XML documents. The most common cause of slow web site performance is the web server’s inability to respond quickly, due to the bottleneck of CGIs accessing information from the database. VelociGen solves this problem by enabling the web server to respond at speeds that are 25 times faster than CGI scripts. This results in web customers receiving faster replies to their requests. VelociGen gains its speed advantages by maintaining persistent Perl and Tcl processing engines, pooling database connections, and byte-compiling and caching scripts. As a web site’s traffic increases, VelociGen’s scalable, load-balancing architecture allows easy expansion of capacity to meet the demand. Applications based on VelociGen can be developed once on a single platform then deployed onto nearly any platform, any operating system and any database. VelociGen installs on UNIX and Microsoft NT Servers and interacts with database engines via industry-standard protocols such as ODBC and SQL. Perl and Tcl extensions exist for many commercial and freely available database servers including Oracle, Informix, Sybase, DB2, Mysql and Msql, or any other ODBC compliant database. Extensions also exist for manipulating GIF images and generating graphs and charts. VelociGen runs on Sun-Netscape iPlanet Web Server, Netscape Fasttrack/Enterprise Server, Apache, Microsoft IIS/PWS, O’Reilly WebSite Pro, or any other ISAPI compatible web server. Platforms supported are Windows NT Intel, Solaris SPARC, SGI IRIX, HP-UX, AIX and Linux Intel. www.binevolve.com
MERANT unveiled DataDirect Connect for XML. DataDirect Connect for XML reduces the amount of work required to implement XML for data integration, helping customers rapidly implement business-to-business systems. MERANT’s new XML technology will be key to helping companies rapidly adopt XML, providing a way to exchange and integrate data across standard tools and applications like Microsoft Visual Basic, Seagate Info and Allaire ColdFusion. DataDirect Connect for XML provides SQL capabilities to applications accessing XML data, increasing customer flexibility, speeding deployment of new applications and leveraging existing skills and tools. DataDirect Connect for XML is one of the technologies fundamental to helping companies implement MERANT’s Egility Data Integration solution for e-business. The MERANT Egility Data Integration solution combines products and services that help extend the effectiveness of data in the enterprise value chain, enabling rapid and dynamic access to integrated information for an organization’s customers, partners, suppliers and employees. MERANT Egility Data Integration empowers businesses for change by equipping them with a data integration strategy to respond to rapidly changing market dynamics. www.merant.com
Bidcom, Inc. announced that the company has been elected to lead the Construction/Project Management working group, one of six such groups that make up the aecXML Project. Larry Chen, chief technology officer at Bidcom, will chair the group on Bidcom’s behalf. The aecXML Project www.aecxml.org is a building industry consortium founded by Bentley Systems in August 1999 to standardize the definition and exchange of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) data. Based on XML, aecXML will use an XML schema to describe the information that is routinely exchanged between building industry professionals. Using this schema, industry companies will be able to share project information and conduct e-commerce across all software applications. More than 450 organizations worldwide are participating in the aecXML project. In addition to Construction/Project Management, aecXML working groups address the following areas: Design/Estimating/Scheduling/Cost Management, Product Catalogs, Procurement, Operations/Maintenance/Facility, Management, and Plant. aecXML is a framework for using XML in the architectural, engineering and construction industries. It includes an XML schema to describe information specific to the information exchanges between participants involved in designing, constructing and operating buildings, plants, infrastructure and facilities. The various software applications used by these participants can transfer messages formatted according to the aecXML schema to coordinate and synchronize related project information. In addition, a standard aecXML specification will facilitate e-commerce between suppliers and purchasers of equipment, materials, supplies, parts and services based on that same technical information. www.aecxml.org, www.bidcom.com
UniCapital Corporation announced it has published an XML schema on Microsoft’s BizTalk Web site that will enable commercial equipment leasing companies to exchange invoices with customers over the Internet. UniCapital expects that this schema will facilitate e-commerce in the $220 billion equipment leasing industry by providing companies with a universally compatible program for filing invoices electronically. By developing a standard e-commerce language for invoicing, UniCapital expects its schema to result in cost savings and increased operating efficiencies for equipment leasing companies and their customers. www.unicapitalcorp.com
A forum of Internet-focused companies announced a major initiative aimed at delivering value added services that leverage the Internet’s infrastructure, increasing the intelligence and flexibility of networks. The goal of the forum is the cooperative review and consideration of ideas and concepts to create an open standards-based protocol – Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) that is expected to be presented to the IETF early in 2000. The proposed standard will allow enterprises, content providers and ISPs to seamlessly conduct e-services such as targeted Web advertising, virus scanning, content filtering, data compression and language translation on any Internet access device. The ICAP Forum is hosted by Akamai Technologies and Network Appliance, and is joined by Internet companies including content delivery service providers, application and content developers, and Internet infrastructure companies. Forum members who have endorsed the drafting of the open protocol include: Allaire Corporation, Appliant, Inc., BroadVision, Cobalt Networks, Direct Hit, DoubleClick, eBuilt, eColor, Engage, Entera, Exodus, Finjan Software, Frictionless Commerce, Globix, Google, Inc., Idiom, Inc., InfoLibria, Ingeniux, iWeb.com, Inc., Lionbridge Technologies, Network Associates, Novell, N2H2, Open Market, Optibase, Oracle Corp., Pandesic, Predictive Networks, Rulespace, Secure Computing, SightPath, Trend Micro, Inc., Vignette Corporation, Websense, and WWWhoosh. Additional partners are welcome and can join by sending email to email@example.com. The development of ICAP is only an example of the specific work under way by participants in the forum, with an objective to have a draft for review (prior to submitting to the IETF) at the group’s first meeting on February 14 in San Francisco. The first value added services solutions are expected to reach the marketplace in Q1 2000. www.i-cap.org.
IONA Technologies announced that it plans to include support in IONA iPortal Suite for the WAP Forum’s Wireless Application Protocol (WAP). Support for WAP will be built into IONA iPortal Server, a component of IONA iPortal Suite. IONA iPortal Server is a portal access and central control point that provides integration between front-end Internet applications and back-end systems, manages customized views of all internal applications, and provides reliable, secure and scalable access to internal and external applications. IONA iPortal Server provides the view into back-end enterprise applications by interoperating with IONA iPortal Integration Server, and new component-based application logic by interoperating with IONA iPortal Application Server. WAP support will be provided in the form of an Adaptive Runtime Technology (ART) plug-in. ART is a flexible, transport-independent architecture, which underlies all of the components of iPortal Suite. ART’s flexibility alleviates iPortal Suite developers from having to maintain a separate set of WAP-formatted pages. iPortal Suite will check the end-user’s protocol on login, and will automatically supply wireless device users with WAP-formatted content. www.iona.com
Bridges for Islands, Inc. announced the availability of its XML-based BRAHMS B2BEngine. The new product connects previously disparate trading partners, enabling the automation of their business processes. Since BRAHMS B2BEngine is based on XML, its integration solution can meet the needs of any business integration scenario. Bridges’ technology is based on a distributed communities architecture, which produces a highly robust and stable infrastructure. The BRAHMS B2BEngine solution bridges the different information sources, operating systems and platforms and allows for rapid integration. As a result, BRAHMS B2BEngine provides the means for trading partners to achieve real-time integration across their entire supply chain, and enter the e-Business age with minimal changes to their core IT infrastructure. www.b4i.com