Reef unveiled Reef QuickStart 2.0, the newest version of its QuickStart suite of e-business solutions for small and medium-sized business, based on Reef’s InternetWare enterprise software. The Reef QuickStart product line, comprised of QuickStart Website, QuickStart Intranet and QuickStart Extranet. QuickStart 2.0 has been entirely redesigned so that even non-technical users can design and launch their own dynamic websites, extranets and intranets in record time. The entire site structure, navigation, user rights management, and workflow are pre-configured for each QuickStart module, with users required only to add their own content and graphical elements. Reef QuickStart 2.0 starts at $13,000 and is available immediately. The list price is based on a shared hosted environment, with a dedicated hosted environment also available. All Reef QuickStart modules will be sold exclusively through Reef’s value-added resellers and distributors. www.Reef.com
Saba announced Saba Content, a new learning content management system (LCMS) and component of Saba3 Release4. Saba Content is a system that manages the
processes of creating, capturing, assembling, publishing, delivering, and
storing content and learning objects. Saba Content manages all forms of content including real time and unstructured content such as text, images, audio and video clips, modules, chapters, and test questions. Saba Content is differentiated through its support of learning standards such as AICC, ADL SCORM, and IMS, which simplify the integration process to ensure that customers are not locked in to one particular type of content or vendor. Saba Content is available in November. www.saba.com
ESPS, Inc. (d/b/a. Liquent) announced the release of Liquent Encore, a content access, transportation and distribution engine that provides software companies, integrators, and consultants with access to critical business content. Encore enables bi-directional communication with most major document and content management repositories, including Documentum, OpenText, FileNet,
Hummingbird (Docs Fusion), Lotus Notes, Domino.doc and standard file systems.
It enables information reuse by providing access to and transportation of
documents or content regardless of whether they are in proprietary
repositories or buried deep within multiple repositories across multiple
locations. Encore can be used to automatically migrate high volumes of content between multiple repositories and secure distribution of content between Encore servers using the Internet. Encore supports advanced content/document management system features, including check-in/check-out, renditions, compound/virtual documents, repository searches and workflow queue monitoring. www.esps.com
Documentum, Inc. announced that it will partner with Hitachi Software Engineering Co., Ltd. to jointly distribute content management solutions for the public sector market in Japan. The focus of the solutions will be moving government applications and procurements online, making all publicly available information accessible via the Web and building an electronic infrastructure for Japanese government operations. The partnership will target the estimated $15 billion electronic document and content management market represented by the prefectural and local government agencies now moving to the Web. This government sector is set to follow the lead of the central Tokyo government, which has been actively spearheading the eJapan Project launched by the Koizumi Cabinet earlier this year. www.documentum.com
CNet Sweden launched Visual Net Server 4.0, an application server and integrated development environment for XML publishing and syndication applications. With Visual Net Server 4.0 developers can deliver large-scale, highly interactive and content-rich, cross-media publishing applications at a low cost. Visual Net Server 4.0 includes ready-to-go software for on-the-fly conversion of a large number of different data sources into XML – this includes SQL, Word, HTML documents, web pages, and delimited files. A built-in text parser also makes it possible to translate virtually any text file format into XML. The built-in cross-media engine makes it easy to publish and deliver content to different output format such as web pages, XML documents, Flash, Word, Quark XPress and text files. Visual Net Server fully supports XSL-T for rendering XML but also offers its own easy-to-use template language. Visual Net Server 4.0 is available for immediate delivery. www.cnet.se/indexeng.vns
Antarcti.ca Systems Inc. (ASI) announced the release of Visual Net 2.0 (VN2.0) and the development of a new personal visualization tool. Where standard database navigation relies on old-fashioned text search technology, Visual Net provides a Graphical User Interface, allowing users to browse and navigate information more easily using visual maps. With a cleaner more organized user interface, Visual Net 2.0 adds two new key features: Advanced Filter is a visual translation of traditional text search. After applying the Filter, the Visual Net maps will only display data and categories that match the search parameters entered by the user. The results are organized into topic neighborhoods on the map, with no long lists of text to sort through; and Target Landmarks that function as visual bookmarks. They allow users to highlight specific pieces of data by placing graphical icons on the map so users can easily return to them. Landmarks are automatically organized by location and can be personalized with user notes. PVN is a new architecture of VN 2.0 that is a standalone desktop client that allows users to create their own visually rich maps of personal data sets such as computer files or Web sites or as a tool for sharing and collaboration of enterprise information. Visual Net 2.0 is available now. Personal Visual Net is scheduled for release in early 2002.
Asera, Inc. announced the release of the Asera eBusiness Operating System 5.0, based on XML and J2EE 2. The latest release provides a unified framework that enables customers to model both process logic and user interactions in large, collaborative environments. Additionally, with 5.0, enterprises can now leverage Asera to compose and publish Web services from any legacy or packaged software, including SAP and Oracle. The latest release is also compliant with Web services standards including SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI. Actuate Corporation announced a strategic OEM agreement with Asera, provider of the Asera eBusiness Operating System. Asera will embed the Actuate e.Reporting Suite 5.0 solution within the Asera eBusiness Operating System 5.0 to give customers the ability to create enterprise reports and access them over the Web. Using the Asera Reporting solution, customers will have the ability to organize reports into categories and publish-subscribe to select report groups. Roles can be used to define access to reports within categories. Asera provides multi-lingual, out-of-the-box reports for frequently used data, and in addition, customers can create new reports using Actuate’s report development tools. www.asera.com, www.actuate.com
Vignette Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced that Vignette will port its software applications to the iPlanet Application Server. The iPlanet port is part of an expanded sales, engineering and marketing agreement to provide combined enterprise hardware and software solutions to customers. Sun intends to integrate Vignette’s content management suite into the Sun ONE architecture, leveraging iPlanet Directory, iPlanet Application Server, iPlanet Web Server and the iPlanet Portal Server., www.vignette.com, www.sun.com