UK-based internet developer InterMedia PhD launched IQ Author, its easy to use website content management product. With one copy of IQ Author, anyone can easily update their own website content; create pages; move pages around the site; delete old pages. There’s no specialist knowledge required – content creation happens in a familiar word processor-like environment. With IQ Author you can add and delete graphics, change font sizes and colours, and alter the design of the website in just a few seconds. IQ Author includes as standard many of the “high-end” features seen in more expensive products. A single IQ Author powered website can be managed by a team of people all who have their own centrally controlled access privileges. IQ Author is available immediately and starts at just (pounds)5000. www.iqauthor.com
Obtree Technologies has announced its expansion into the United States market with the opening of its Aliso Viejo, Calif. offices and the launch of its Obtree C4 architecture and Obtree Portal Suite solutions. The company plans to work with OEM partners to market its Obtree C4 architecture and Obtree Portal Suite, combined with other enterprise technology products to medium and large enterprise organizations in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and government markets. The offerings enable IT directors and Webmasters to integrate all enterprise content and knowledge management-related applications into one system that delivers needed information in real-time. Companies can use Obtree C4 and Obtree Portal Suite to manage, edit, and access legacy customer data, dynamic Web page content, market research reports, Excel spreadsheets, marketing presentations, and customized applications – all from one browser-based system. www.obtree.com
Vignette Corp. announced it has developed a series of portlets that provide companies running IBM WebSphere Portal with access to Vignette applications and Vignette managed content. Vignette has developed these portlets to enable its recently announced Vignette V6 MultiSite Content Manager (VMCM) to integrate with the IBM WebSphere Portal. Vignette V6 MultiSite Content Manager, an extension to Vignette V6 Content Suite, enables organizations to manage content on multiple sites and portals with a single application. By using the portlets to integrate Vignette and IBM software, customers can create, produce and deploy content within the IBM WebSphere Portal infrastructure. The Vignette integration portlets for IBM WebSphere Portal will be available by March 31, 2002. www.vignette.com
Microsoft Corp. and Altova Inc. released new features to support Microsoft SQL XML and relational data by creating XML views of relational data. The new XML Spy provides enhanced tools support for Microsoft developers and database administrators. XML Spy 4.3 integrated development environment (IDE)’s schema editor now includes full development support for XML schemas, including Microsoft SQLXML extensions, for use in mapping XML schemas to relational databases. New SQLXML developer tools are included with the XML Spy 4.3 Suite, which is available for download and purchase. The XML Spy 4.3 Suite is available as a free upgrade to existing XML Spy customers.
divine, inc. and Delano Technology Corporation announced that divine has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Delano. divine will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Delano common stock for a fixed exchange rate in which divine will issue 1.1870 divine shares for each share of Delano common stock, which equates to approximately 51.55 million divine shares. The deal, which will be structured as a plan of arrangement under Canadian law, will be subject to customary regulatory and court approvals, as well as the approval of Delano’s shareholders. Shareholders holding approximately 13 percent of Delano’s outstanding shares have already agreed to vote in favor of the transaction. Combined with divine’s CIM offerings, the acquisition of Delano allows divine to provide fully integrated multi-channel e-marketing, inbound and outbound interaction management, self service and campaign management. www.divine.com
SDL International, announced a strategic partnership with Tridion. SDL International and Tridion will work together to provide solutions for content management and globalisation. Tridion DialogServer, enables enterprises to publish, manage and update their web content. It allows for the consistent, timely and cost-effective exchange of strategic content across multi-language websites and devices. SDLWebFlow extends Tridion DialogServer with corresponding capabilities for the management of multilingual content. The key benefit to customers combining the two solutions will be the ability to manage the operation of web sites and content in almost any international language. www.tridion.com, www.sdlintl.com