Information Architects announced that SmartCode will provide a development framework that quickly extends existing e-business applications to deliver tightly integrated Web Services. Web Services built by iA SmartCode are SOAP-compliant and take full advantage of XML, RDF, and J2EE. SmartCode’s SOAP-compliant framework provides an open, extensible way for applications to communicate using XML-based messages over the Web. The SOAP wire protocol specification for invoking methods on servers, services, components and objects is compatible with SmartCode’s object-based approach to identify and delivering content as independent objects. Implemented as a plug-in for NetBeans, SmartCode’s IDE provides built-in support for the Resource Description Framework (RDF) that further simplifies the creation of SOAP-compliant Web Services. Availability will be 4th Quarter 2001. www.ia.com
XML Global Technologies, Inc. and Serebra Learning Corporation announced they have partnered to offer eLearning Services to both individuals and organizations. Under the terms of the partnership XML Global will join forces with Serebra to provide online courses at affordable prices. Courses will range from basic and advanced skills in popular information technology topics to advanced business skills accessed through the partnership’s professional development library. All courses will be coded entirely in XML and are self-paced using state-of-the-art content, design and delivery. Serebra’s latest learning center partner technology, coupled with XML Global Technologies’ own data transformation frameworks, will provide XML Global clients will have a one-stop source to fulfill their development needs. , www.serebra.com
IBM announced new software products and launched an aggressive sales and marketing campaign in the enterprise content management market. By the end of this year, IBM will dedicate more than 300 content management sales specialists and 275 content management software engineers to its data management portfolio.
The new Content Manager products, based on DB2, feature enhanced capabilities including faster search and load capabilities, enhanced report distribution features and broad access to all forms of content. IBM’s federated approach enables customers to store, access and analyze critical information in any format, regardless of where it resides. The combination of IBM Content Manager and the Lotus Web Content Management offering gives customers the ability to efficiently manage online content in their intranet, extranet and Internet environments, and will reduce the need for customized programming and education commonly associated with Web content management. IBM Content Manager is currently available for IBM z/OS, IBM OS/400, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Sun Solaris, Windows NT, and Windows 2000. Supported client environments include: Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows Millennium Edition. Pricing starts at $15,000 per workstation server and $1,200 per concurrent user. www.ibm.com
Interwoven, Inc. announced the release of TeamSite Front-Office 5.0 software, the latest edition of its document and content contribution software. The software, available immediately, offers new functionality to improve document publishing capabilities and enable expanded content contribution across the extended enterprise. TeamSite Front-Office 5.0 allows business users and Web designers to submit content directly from Microsoft Office 2000 applications, Windows Explorer, Macromedia DreamWeaver and Adobe GoLive. TeamSite Front-Office 5.0 extends a set of predefined TeamSite publishing menus, including the ability to submit content to the TeamSite server. In addition, the new product automatically classifies content to a corporate taxonomy using Interwoven’s advanced metadata management software, MetaTagger, and has it automatically tagged for personalization. Key New Features in Front-Office 5.0 Include: Document Publishing, Document Lifecycle Management, and XML Publishing for Advanced Content. www.interwoven.com/products/frontoffice
ESPS, Inc. (d/b/a. Liquent) announced a partnership with Software AG, Inc. This partnership will offer U.S. companies a scalable XML content management solution designed to meet their mission critical e-business needs. The partnership is underpinned by a mutual referral agreement that will enable Software AG and Liquent to be actively involved in marketing the combined solution. The combined solution resulting from this partnership will leverage Liquent’s Xtent technology and Software AG’s Tamino product line, providing an infrastructure consisting of an XML transformation engine, XML database and other supporting tools. Companies utilizing this solution will be able to automatically retrieve both structured and unstructured content from their existing data and content repositories, and utilizing Liquent’s Xtent engine transform the content into XML that is base-lined into the Tamino XML database. Companies can then utilize this baseline to meet their ongoing requirements to search, assemble and transform critical information for consumption by employees, customers, partners and electronic systems. www.softwareagusa.com, www.liquent.com