DataPower Technology, Inc. announced a joint marketing and development agreement with Contivo, Inc., to integrate the Contivo Enterprise Integration Modeling (EIM) solution with the DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator. The joint solution provides enterprise customers with an XML integration solution providing data modeling and XML data transformation technology to reduce time and money spent on integration services. Contivo’s platform-independent model-based semantic server automates the design and management of data integration. DataPower’s XA35 – based on its XG3 XML processing technology – provides a fast XML data transformation engine. In a jointly conducted test, the “XA35 was able to execute Contivo transaction mappings over 15 times faster than transactions attempted in general-purpose software.” DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator and Contivo EIM Solution 3.0 are available immediately. www.datapower.com, www.contivo.com
The Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) announced the release of the Workflow Standard – XML Process Definition Language – XPDL 1.0. Together with other WfMC standards, XPDL provides a framework for implementing business process management and workflow engines, and for designing, analyzing, and exchanging business processes. XPDL is the culmination of a 15-month effort by multiple vendors and users to provide a standard that satisfies the needs of diverse organizations. One of the key elements of the XPDL is its extensibility to handle information used by a variety of different tools. Based upon a limited number of entities that describe a workflow process definition (the “Minimum Meta Model”), XPDL supports a number of differing approaches. A process defined in XPDL (a set of XML statements) can be imported into any workflow engine that supports XPDL. The related objects and attributes (data associated with the process) are now also included in the XPDL process definition. The XPDL process definition can be generated by workflow modeling and simulation tools, or can be manually coded, or can be exported from another XPDL-compliant workflow engine. Described as Document WfMC-TC-1025, it may be downloaded at www.wfmc.org/standards/docs.htm
eMotion, Inc. announced the launch of CreativePartner Project, a service that allows customers to engage eMotion’s digital media management software solution and hosting services on a project-by-project basis. The new offering enables eMotion to target a much broader range of customers seeking a digital media management and collaboration solution for creative projects, but not necessarily on a continuous basis. The CreativePartner Project service includes set-up, hosting, operation and administration of a web-based digital media management solution for as little as two weeks to as long as six months or more. Clients can establish a project workspace for their assets (graphics, photos, video and audio files). In addition to CreativePartner Project, eMotion offers licensed software solutions MediaPartner Enterprise, CreativePartner and ArchivePartner. www.emotion.com
Microsoft Corp. announced a new set of technologies designed to enable developers to build business solutions based on the next version of Microsoft Office, code-named “Office 11.” A new set of tools, code-named “Visual Studio Tools for Office,” enables Visual Studio .NET developers to use Microsoft’s application development tool to build solutions based on Word and Excel documents, as well as several new XML development experiences. Microsoft will continue to support Visual Basic for Applications. Using “Visual Studio Tools for Office,” developers can create applications written in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET that run in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. “Visual Studio Tools for Office” will be available in conjunction with “Office 11” in mid-2003. “Office 11,” features enhanced support for XML, including improved object model programmability, the ability to use XML schemas, built-in support for XML Web services and a new smart document solution model. Word and Excel templates can be designed with an underlying customer-defined XML structure. Integrated support for XML Web services in “Office 11,” along with support for XSL and XPath, leverages existing Office and Web development skills. www.microsoft.com/office/developer/preview
Kontiki announced that it has added new Grid Delivery Server software to its enterprise software suite, the Kontiki Delivery Management System (DMS). The DMS enables enterprises to upgrade their existing networks to securely and automatically deliver corporate video and documents. Kontikis DMS is based on the companys grid delivery technology. Like grid computing, which taps underutilized CPU processing power, Kontikis grid delivery software pulls together existing networks and storage space on both PCs and servers to create a network capable of delivering rich media with greater efficiency and lower costs than traditional delivery methods. Kontiki claims the DMS has resulted in reductions in the cost of rich media delivery by a factor of 10 to 25 times, compared with traditional methods of delivering similar content. This improvement is driven by the hardware, bandwidth, and operations savings of Kontikis grid delivery technology. The new Grid Delivery Server runs on standard PC hardware and improves network efficiencies by time shifting deliveries to smooth demand, eliminating failed deliveries with pause/resume, and adaptively multi-serving the content from the delivery grid. www.kontiki.com
HP and TeraText Solutions, a division of Science Applications International Corporation, announced that the TeraText Database System (DBS) has been ported to HP servers running Linux using Intel Itanium processors. TeraText DBS is a combination high-performance text database and search engine that provides the necessary functionality for storing, indexing, retrieving and delivering documents or XML-based records across an organization. With the ability to support multi-terabyte document collections, TeraText DBS is useful for managing large text-based collections. The product simultaneously can collect and make information available to the enterprise in real time while scaling to support thousands of concurrent users. The HP Itanium-based servers that run Linux are the HP rx2600 and rx5670. www.saic.com, www.teratext.com, www.hp.com
eTrack Solutions announced the availability of eTrack Web Portal. The new portal establishes a single technology platform that can enable a worldwide web site, an employee intranet, and multiple company extranets. The eTrack Web Portal includes features for creation and modification of web pages, customization of the look and feel, news posting, document management, application integration, database integration, user access control and management and file uploading. A portal administrator can customize navigation, modify content, publish content, maintain a document library, post news, manage user access and security, upload files to a web page and define multiple page templates. Portal administrators do not require a software programming background. The eTrack Web Portal was developed using Microsoft.NET technology. www.etracksolutions.com
IMS announced the launch of IMS SiteManager, a content management product for the Web, aimed at small to medium-sized businesses and organizations. IMS SiteManager features easy-to-use content management tools that allow customers to manage and update their Web site from any browser. Customers can choose modules to expand on functionality, adding an online store, events calendar, site search, and many other options. IMS SiteManager offers a diverse portfolio of quality designs. Customers can choose a stock design appropriate for their needs, or work with IMS designers to create a custom look for their site. Other features include hosting, training and ongoing support for the content management tools, free version updates, and the ability to expand capabilities with additional modules. IMS SiteManager has an annual license fee starting at $2495.