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Day: January 31, 2000

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. www.vignette.com

GroupServe Launches GroupDX

GroupServe, Inc. introduced its forum to establish a groupware standard. The forum, known as Groupware Data Exchange (GroupDX – www.groupdx.org), 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. GroupDX.org classifies these languages as “Final Rendition XML”, the XML that is rendered in a user’s device. GroupDX.org 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 www.groupvine.com. Both versions of GroupVine are offered at no charge. www.groupserve.com

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