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Month: July 2000 (Page 3 of 5)

Provenance & Intranet Solutions to Provide Web-Content Records Management

Provenance Systems, Inc. and IntraNet Solutions, Inc. announced a partnership to deliver an integrated solution for managing Web content and records. With this agreement, Provenance Systems and IntraNet Solutions provide a combined solution to government and commercial sectors that effectively manages Web content and the lifecycle of each associated record. Provenance’s latest product, ForeMost Enterprise Enterprise makes it possible, easy, and affordable to provide a scalable records management infrastructure. Once deployed, it captures official business records from a variety of sources, such as e-mail, electronic document management systems, and Web sites. E-Businesses create records at a staggering rate, and though regulated industries, for example, have strict legal and business requirements for managing records, previously they could neither categorize nor manage such documents over the Internet. With Provenance’s experience in records management and IntraNet Solutions’ Web- content management capabilities, the two companies together solve the problem of preserving Web content as official records. Additionally, Provenance and IntraNet Solutions are pursuing certification of ForeMost Enterprise and Xpedio to meet the Department of Defense Design Criteria Standard for Electronic Records Management Software Applications (DoD 5015.2-STD). This standard outlines mandatory ERS software requirements for all DoD agencies. www.intranetsolutions.com, www.provsys.com

Trados Announces Enhancements to Translation Solution

TRADOS Incorporated announced a service release for Translation Solution Edition 3. The TRADOS product suite now offers a variety of new, mainly Web-driven, features. Translator’s Workbench, TagEditor and WinAlign now support Active Server Pages as well as Java Server Pages. XSL stylesheets are used to transform XML information into various layouts and are a necessary prerequisite for developing Web-driven electronic documentation. The Translation Solution now provides support for Adobe FrameMaker 6.0 and Adobe FrameMaker+ SGML 6.0 documents through the S-Tagger component. Other features include support for QuarkXPress 4.1 in Filter Pack. To provide further enhanced support for Asian languages, IME level 3 has been implemented in TagEditor. This means that users can type Asian characters and words with the same ease of use as in, say, Microsoft Word. New API functions and further enhanced support for Word 2000 offer more seamless integration and flexibility than before. www.trados.com

Worldweb.net Supports Oracle8i for Content Management

Worldweb.net, Inc. announced that it now supports Oracle8i and its predecessor, Oracle8. Through Expressroom I/O, users will be able to manage, deploy, and disseminate e- business assets residing in Oracle databases, and deliver information to a wide variety of devices including traditional web browsers, Net appliances, cell phones, pagers, Palm and BlackBerry wireless handheld devices. In addition, Worldweb.net announced that it is now a member of the Oracle Partner Program. This will allow Worldweb.net to better leverage the breadth of technical resources necessary to offer Oracle customers with a well-integrated XML/WML content management solution. www.worldweb.net

Factiva Introduces Solution to Integrate Global Content into Intranets

Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters company unveiled Factiva Publisher. Part of a suite of content integration tools, Factiva Publisher integrates Factiva’s global content into an organization’s intranet. Factiva Publisher offers nearly 5,000 external information sources including The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires as well as other content published in 12 different languages and stock quotes from 10 exchanges around the world. Factiva Publisher uses more than 1,300 XML-based Factiva Intelligent Indexing codes to tailor information from hundreds of sources across the globe. With the Editorial Interface, an organization has complete control of what is being posted to the corporate intranet. Articles can be tagged as “hot” and annotated with relevant commentary. The Administration Interface quickly and easily allows a content manager to monitor and measure usage. Factiva Publisher will be rolled out globally this month. Corporate Communication Managers, Information Professionals and CIOs — those responsible for managing and disseminating corporate intelligence throughout an organization — are the primary targets for this service. www.factiva.com

News Industry Announces Beta of NewsML V1.0

The news industry’s technical standards body has launched v1.0 (beta) of NewsML and has called for trial implementations. At its Annual General Meeting in Geneva, over 50 participating members of the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC, approved the public release of the first version of NewsML, an XML-based standard for the management of multimedia news. The news industry is now encouraged to start development implementations while final support documentation is prepared ahead of a planned ratification of the DTD at the IPTC’s October meeting in Amsterdam. NewsML is the result of an IPTC initiative which started in October 1999, when the membership established a new work program designated IPTC2000. The goal of IPTC2000 was to deliver an XML-based standard to represent and manage news through its life cycle, including production, interchange and consumer use. Basing their discussions on original working papers from both Reuters and Agence France Presse, and earlier research studies from dpa Deutsche Presse Agentur, the details of NewsML have been developed over the last nine months at a series of intense working group meetings held in Europe and America. NewsML is an XML-based standard for all aspects of multimedia news creation, storage and delivery. At the heart of NewsML is the concept of the NewsItem which can contain various media – text, photos, graphics, video, – together with all the meta-information that enables the recipient to understand the relationship between components and understand the roles of each component. Everything the recipient might need to know about the content of the news provided can be included in NewsML’s structure. For example, NewsML enables publishers to provide the same text in different languages; a video clip in different formats; or different resolutions of the same photograph. NewsML’s rich metadata concept can help with things like revision levels that make it easy to track the evolution of a NewsItem over time, status details (publishable, embargoed, etc.) and administrative details, such as acknowledgements or copyright details. NewsML has default metadata vocabularies to ease implementations but it does not dictate which metadata vocabulary is used (IPTC subject codes, ISO country codes etc.) – providers just have to indicate which vocabulary they are using. Multiple vocabularies can be utilized within the same NewsItem. For text objects in a NewsItem, the IPTC’s News Industry Text Format (NITF) can be utilized. The DTD for NewsML v1.0 (beta), together with a functional specification, supporting documents and background papers can be found at www.iptc.org/NewsML. The DTD is available as a rights-free standard but it remains the intellectual property of the IPTC. www.iptc.org

SilverStream xCommerce Now Shipping

SilverStream Software, Inc. announced the general availability of xCommerce, a family of B2B integration server products that leverages XML, enabling companies to quickly build, integrate and deploy powerful eCommerce applications. xCommerce is a unified, complete product line that allows business analysts and developers to use XML to combine online business applications with legacy systems and data – and extend these applications across organizations and their external trading communities. xCommerce solutions help companies streamline B2B processes by managing enterprise applications and transactions across extended supply chains. xCommerce provides a number of advanced capabilities that make it easier for organizations to develop and rapidly implement e-commerce applications. Its visual integration features allow non-programming users to quickly and effectively manage highly customized trading partner relationships. xCommerce offers application connectivity so organizations can easily integrate e-commerce solutions with any XML-enabled application, as well as proprietary, host-based systems. xCommerce deploys B2B solutions into J2EE application servers, delivering enterprise-level security, scalability and reliability. xCommerce consists of: xCommerce Designer, a highly visual XML development and integration environment; xCommerce Server, a Java framework for XML integration deployment and management; and xCommerce Enterprise Enablers, a suite of adapters that provide XML-based enablement of business systems running on a variety of platforms, including IBM mainframes, AS/400 systems, relational databases, and Java-based business logic. xCommerce Server is can be deployed with J2EE application servers running on Windows NT and Unix. In addition to supporting the SilverStream Application Server, xCommerce will also support IBM’s WebSphere and other commercial application servers. These deployments exploit all native server capabilities, including thread management, connection pooling, transactions, load balancing and failover. Additionally, xCommerce supports all emerging XML vocabulary standards such as RosettaNet, OAG, ebXML and cXML. xCommerce is priced at $35,000 per server CPU. Each server CPU includes a 5-user license of xCommerce Designer, a runtime license to the SilverStream Application Server and the xCommerce Enterprise Enabler for JDBC. xCommerce is available immediately. Other Enterprise Enablers will be released during the remainder of 2000 and will be priced separately. www.silverstream.com

FileNet & ATG to Partner

FileNET Corporation announced a joint sales and marketing relationship with Art Technology Group, Inc. (ATG). By working together, FileNET and ATG will be able to help joint eBusiness customers leverage real-time Web content for sophisticated online e-business solutions. This partnership brings together FileNET’s Web Content Management and eProcess technologies to organize and access massive amounts of enterprise content and data, and integrate this information into eBusiness strategies using ATG Dynamo. By combining FileNET’s Web Content Management with ATG’s e-commerce and personalization applications, eBusiness customers will be able to leverage the vast amount of data that is continually being updated by FileNET-managed applications, and incorporate that data into dynamic Web sites powered by ATG Dynamo. In addition, using ATG’s sophisticated business rules-based personalization-engine, eBusiness customers will be able to design targeted Web-based marketing applications that match profile and preference information with FileNET-managed information for advanced content targeting. www.FileNET.com

IBM Announces Web Site Publishing Software for Linux & Windows

IBM announced the availability of software for the Linux operating system that helps people create and publish professional-quality Web sites. The announcement is IBM’s latest initiative to support Linux throughout its portfolio of e-business software, servers and services. WebSphere Homepage Builder includes the necessary templates, tools and multimedia tutorials for creating and publishing Internet and intranet Web sites and pages in minutes. The software’s easy-to-use features are designed to appeal to the ever-growing community using Linux as both a development platform and a Web server environment. WebSphere Homepage Builder for Linux will be available in North America and supports major commercial distributions of Linux. In addition, IBM announced the availability of WebSphere Homepage Builder for Windows, which was previously only available in parts of Asia. WebSphere Homepage Builder is the newest addition to IBM’s WebSphere software platform — Web infrastructure software that helps companies at each stage of e-business development, from startup to handling high volume Web transactions typical of B2B e-marketplaces. Key features of WebSphere Homepage Builder for Linux and Windows include: A complete package for creating and publishing Web pages and sites; Over 100 pre-built, drag-and-drop templates; Over 2,000 ready-to-use images and sounds; Multimedia tutorial; WebArt Designer, a graphic design tool; and Web Animator, a graphic animation tool. WebSphere Homepage Builder Version 4 will be available in North America on July 31 for distributions of Linux including Caldera OpenLinux, Red Hat Linux, TurboLinux and SuSE Linux. IBM list price will be $69.95, or $59.95 without hardcopy documentation. WebSphere Homepage Builder Version 5, which includes new site design capabilities, will be available in North America on July 31 for Windows 95, 98, NT and 2000. IBM list price will be $69.95, or $59.95 without hardcopy documentation. IBM list upgrade price for competitive offerings like Microsoft’s Frontpage, will be $29.95, or $19.95 without hardcopy documentation. www.ibm.com/websphere

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