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Day: February 5, 2001

NCompass Announces Content Management Solution for Commerce Server 2000

NCompass Labs announced that they have passed the technical integration requirements for Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 with its integrated solution, Resolution Content Connector for Commerce Server 2000. Content Connector provides business users with a full complement of content management capabilities for e-commerce applications. Content Connector enables enterprises to use the full functionality of NCompass Resolution to build dynamic, content-driven e-commerce Web sites using Microsoft Commerce Server 2000. Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 customers can build rich, targeted and personalized experience for site users Personalized content pages composed of both unstructured editorial content and structured catalog content can be created within the Commerce Server 2000 Business Desk application or directly within the Web site itself through Resolution’s Web Browser Client. Sites can be quickly deployed because of the tight integration of Resolution’s automated content publishing, workflow and content sharing capabilities with Commerce Server 2000’s product catalog, profiling engine, transactional processing, shopping card and Business Desk application. Resolution’s open, COM-based API and built-in integration with the full range of Microsoft technologies simplify integration with other e-business applications and speed deployment. Businesses that purchase Resolution with the Content Connector will have a complete enterprise content-management solution, with full access to Resolution’s rich feature set, including the COM API, template-based authoring, approval workflow, rich Web content authoring, wireless device support and multi-language support.

A2i Announces System for Aggregating Product Content

A2i Inc. announced the availability of a new tool for aggregating electronic product content. The xCat Import Manager features A2i’s Parametric Import technology and supports the import of product information from any electronic source in any tabular or XML format. xCat is a database-driven, cross-media catalog publishing system that centralizes and structures the management of electronic product content, simplifies the catalog production process and completely automates project workflow. xCat supports both electronic and printed output from a single data source for Web-based electronic commerce, CD-ROM-based electronic catalogs and custom paper catalogs. The major impediment to creating large catalogs has been the complexity of aggregating — and normalizing — rich electronic product content. Such content aggregation has required that source data be meticulously pre-processed into a format that can be imported, a labor-intensive and manual process that is very slow and very, very expensive. The xCat Import Manager is a GUI tool that eliminates much of this pre-processing and provides a WYSIWYG interface for cleansing, normalizing and restructuring content as part of the import process itself. Two key components of this solution are: 1) Partitioning to create or reconstitute hierarchy, to merge field values, and to establish one-to-one mappings between source and destination values and value combinations. Partitions can be nested (which creates hierarchy) or combined (which merges value combinations), and 2) Field-at-a-time rather than record-at-a-time handling of data values. This makes value mapping and exception handling much more efficient since the number of distinct values for each field is usually dramatically smaller than the total number of records to be imported, and the maximum number of exceptions is the sum, rather than the product, of the number of distinct values in each mapped field.

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