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Month: January 2000 (Page 1 of 15)

Vignette StoryServer Integrated With IBM WebSphere Commerce Suite

Vignette Corp. announced its Integration Toolkit for IBM’s WebSphere Commerce Suite, an out-of-the-box integration solution for Vignette’s StoryServer software and IBM’s WebSphere Commerce Suite, formerly Net.Commerce. The Integration Toolkit for WebSphere Commerce Suite is the first of the four Vignette e-business product integrations with IBM software announced in September and designed to help businesses attract and retain online customers and conduct transactions with them. Still to come in the first half of this year are StoryServer integrations with IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, DB2 Universal Database, and AIX operating system. The Integration Toolkit for WebSphere Commerce Suite, compatible with StoryServer versions 4 and 5 and WebSphere Commerce Suite version 3.12 or 3.2, is available at no additional charge to current StoryServer customers and available upon request directly from Vignette. To obtain the toolkit, call 888-608-9900 or 512-306-4300 and choose the option for product and sales information.

GroupServe Launches GroupDX

GroupServe, Inc. introduced its forum to establish a groupware standard. The forum, known as Groupware Data Exchange (GroupDX –, was created to facilitate data exchange among the various groupware applications, and facilitate data synchronization among groupware applications and their individual counterparts. The goal of the GroupDX forum is to provide industrial grade XML DTDs and Object Schemata for Internet groupware applications. This new standard will be known as Groupware Markup Language or GML. As more and more personal devices access the Internet (for example, via WAP-enabled phones, via PDAs, and via voice through regular phone calls), more and more XML languages are being invented where traditional HTML will not suffice. classifies these languages as “Final Rendition XML”, the XML that is rendered in a user’s device. aims to produce a single, semantically oriented “Final Transformation XML” for groupware, an intermediate XML that can be transformed into a “Final Rendition XML”. This Final Transformation XML is GML. In December, GroupServe launched the Palmtop version of GroupVine, its web discussion service. The Palmtop version runs on Palm OS devices, Nokia Communicator, and Windows CE devices. GroupServe is providing GroupVine accessibility to WAP-enabled mobile phones in beta this month. Voice access to GroupVine, developed using Motorola’s latest technologies, is also available in beta. GroupVine Desktop and GroupVine Palmtop are available at Both versions of GroupVine are offered at no charge.

IBM Submits tpaML to

OASIS announced that IBM has submitted its Trading Partner Agreement Markup Language (tpaML) for standardization within the OASIS XML.ORG initiative. Developed by IBM, the tpaML specification uses XML to define and implement electronic contracts. The foundation of tpaML is the Trading Partner Agreement (TPA), which defines how trading partners will interact at the transport, document exchange and business protocol layers. A TPA contains the general contract terms and conditions, participant roles (buyers, sellers), communication and security protocols and business processes, (valid actions, sequencing rules, etc.). XML-based TPA documents capture the essential information upon which trading partners must agree in order for their applications and business processes to communicate. tpaML is a complementary technology to ebXML, the Electronic Business XML initiative, which is a joint effort of the United Nations/CEFACT and OASIS to establish a global framework for the exchange of electronic business data. Multiple software vendors and solution providers including CommerceQuest, DataChannel, Extricity, Geac/JBA, Harbinger, JDA, Infinium, Intelisys, Mincom, PeopleSoft, Sterling Commerce and Synquest have endorsed tpaML for potential use with their customers. OASIS welcomes representatives from all industries to join the consortium and help evolve tpaML as an essential component of B-2-B e-business. The tpaML specification is posted for public access on

SoftLock.Com Announces SoftLock PagePortals, Inc. announced SoftLock PagePortals, thematic, customized bundles of highly respected content from leading publishers of business and financial information. This product automatically provides complete web storefronts for SoftLock Affiliates, enabling them to sell valued content. SoftLock PagePortals are available immediately, and can be instantly deployed by any organization seeking to enhance their Web site with premium content that will pay them whenever content is sold. SoftLock PagePortals are the latest eMerchandising initiative of The Company’s Brand Managers’ expertly craft bundles of valuable electronic documents and then place links to the SoftLock PagePortals in contextually appropriate locations throughout the Web. SoftLock Affiliates interested in more compelling content and increased revenue will benefit from the immediate ability to offer these sophisticated merchandising displays to their visitors, allowing them to browse through premium content and conduct point-of-purchase, e-commerce transactions. Visitors stay on the SoftLock Affiliate site throughout the entire process. SoftLock PagePortals are available immediately at

NetSanity Previews ‘XML Pull’ Platform

NetSanity, Inc., creators of a new category of Internet software for the delivery, notification and management of web-based information, previewed their forthcoming “XML Pull” technology and announced two additional investors. NetSanity received capital investments from – Regis McKenna and Bill Melton. The software will soon exit the beta phase of testing. The company’s first product, the NetSanity SmartBar, is a small (400k) application that retrieves XML-based web content directly from disparate sites, presenting it in one location on the desktop – without delivering advertisements.

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