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Day: April 3, 2001

SoftQuad Software Releases XMetaL 2.1 With Support for Unicode

SoftQuad Software, Ltd. announced the availability of SoftQuad XMetaL 2.1, which adds transparent Unicode-conformant editing and display capabilities to their XML content creation solution. With Unicode support, companies can now develop XMetaL authoring applications that allow users to easily create XML content in any left-to-right language. In addition, those with multilingual content requirements can now share XML documents internationally, ensuring the accuracy of the information exchanged between systems using different languages, such as German, Russian and Japanese. XMetaL 2.1 provides the following Unicode support and features: Transparent Unicode-conformant display and editing behaviors, UTF-8 and UTF-16 encoding in conformance with Unicode 3.0 for all left-to-right languages, Unicode support in both the main document window and in the customizable interface elements – menu items, toolbar names, etc. – as well as the macro script editing interface. XMetaL 2.1 with Unicode support requires Windows NT 4.0 (with Service Pack 6) or Windows 2000. XMetaL 2.1 is also available for Windows 95/98/ME, but does not include Unicode support. XMetaL 2.1 is available now for $495.00 (U.S.) per single user license. Registered owners of XMetaL 2.0 can upgrade to XMetaL 2.1 free of charge via Web download. The product is sold directly and through VARs and OEMs. Volume discounts, site licenses, partner programs and on-site training are all available. www.softquad.com

SAP Forms SAP Portals Subsidiary

SAP AG announced its intention to create SAP Portals, Inc., a new company dedicated to developing and marketing comprehensive, open-enterprise portal and business intelligence products. SAP Portals will initially employ 700 people in the development and marketing of people-centric solutions, including the corresponding professional services. SAP Portals combines the assets of three units of the SAP group: TopTier Software (being acquired by SAP); the current SAP general business unit dedicated to the mySAP Workplace enterprise portal and mySAP Business Intelligence solutions; and eSAP GmbH, an SAP professional services subsidiary focusing on enterprise portal and e-business projects. SAP Portals will be a global company with headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and development centers in Walldorf, Germany, and Raanana, Israel. In addition to providing products to the parent company, SAP Portals will license its technology outside the SAP Group of companies and expects a significant portion of its revenues to accrue from outside the SAP installed base. The enterprise portal and information solutions will provide all users with one entry point to the wide variety of structured and unstructured information, Web content management, collaboration tools, CRM, SCM and ERP systems, as well as legacy systems already in use in the business. SAP Portals solutions will be available to customers directly as part of the mySAP.com e-business platform from SAP. www.sap.com

Nokia & Interwoven Join Forces To Deliver Enterprise Content Management

Interwoven, Inc. and Nokia announced that they are working closely together to integrate the Nokia WAP Toolkit and Nokia Activ Server with Interwoven’s content management products. The integrated solutions will enable enterprises to create, preview and deploy Web content and applications to wireless devices more easily and accurately. Content contributors throughout the enterprise will be able to leverage TeamSite Templating’s XML-based architecture to create wireless content in any markup language including WML, CHTML, and XHTML. Through the tight integration with the Nokia WAP Toolkit and the Nokia Activ Server, Interwoven TeamSite software users developing wireless content will have access to a real-life simulation environment that works with WAP-certified gateways to ensure that content and applications are previewed exactly as they will appear on the mobile devices. According to the latest figures presented by the WAP Forum in February 2001, there are now 7.8 million WAP-readable Web pages on the Internet and over 50 million WAP enable handsets in circulation. www.nokia.com/corporate/wap, www.wapforum.org, www.interwoven.com

FatWire Announces Partnership With GlobalSight

FatWire Corporation announced a partnership with GlobalSight. The primary benefit to joint customers is to allow them to automate both their web processes as well as their globalization processes. GlobalSight’s globalization management system (GMS), GlobalSight System3, integrates with FatWire’s UpdateEngine5 to create a complete solution for managing global e-business content. GlobalSight System3 will acquire content from FatWire’s UpdateEngine to be sent through a workflow process for complete localization and translation. www.fatwire.com, www.globalsight.com

Mobius & Esker Partner for Enterprise Content Management Delivery

Mobius Management Systems, Inc. and Esker Inc. have entered a worldwide marketing alliance to help enterprises manage and deliver content more effectively by applying the multi-channel delivery capabilities of Esker’s Pulse to information managed by Mobius’s ViewDirect software. ViewDirect captures output from multiple applications and sources, creating an integrated repository of documents, reports and images for delivery over the Internet and corporate networks. Pulse automatically routes information from multiple data sources, in multiple formats, through multiple messaging infrastructures, to recipients throughout the enterprise. The alliance allows customers of both companies to benefit from the integration of the two products, providing a comprehensive solution for capturing, indexing and storing massive numbers of documents, reports and images in multiple formats and delivering them to any number of users via multiple channels, including Web, e-mail, fax and wireless technologies. www.esker.com, www.mobius.com

Data Junction Corporation Announces XML Junction 7.51

Data Junction Corporation announced the release XML Junction version 7.51. XML Junction is a subset of DJ Corp’s Integration Suite. XML Junction’s enhancements include performance improvements, and extends DJ Corp’s XML support by developing bi-directional adaptors for gXML (Guideline XML), ebXML and Microsoft’s BizTalk XDR (XML Data Reduced). XML Junction leverages gXML simplifying the design of EDI translation maps. gXML allows EDI specifications to be published on the Web as XML for the integration and exchange of business documents among trading partners. With the addition of compliant adaptors for each of these XML specifications, XML Junction users can create, parse and map XML data formats to and from nearly any other data format faster and easier than before. XML Junction incorporates SAX (Simple API for XML) technology for high performance loading and parsing of large XML documents containing greater than 100 record types. It delivers 15X speed improvements in writing XML messages via rich EOM keyword support for MQ Series and MSMQ adapters. DTD validations against XML schema and rules files are now in XML Junction. www.datajunction.com

GE Global eXchange Services Acquires TPN Register

GE Global eXchange Services (GE) announced that it has acquired TPN Register, LLC (TPN), an interactive content management service based in Rockville, Md. TPN’s interactive catalog- management (ICM) services enable buyers and suppliers to customize catalog content for individual user’s needs. The acquisition of TPN allows GE Global eXchange Services (GXS) to provide a complete Web-based e- procurement solution including catalog content, purchasing workflow, B2B integration and transaction capabilities across multiple industries. TPN’s primary solution, TPN Marketplace, provides purchasing professionals access to a searchable catalog of goods and services, in a standardized format, from an approved supplier base. The catalog content includes private pricing and contract terms for more than 2 million line items from a list of more than 1,300 suppliers. www.tpn.com, www.gegxs.com

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