Ektron announced it will add RSS syndication as a new addition to Ektron CMS300 and CMS200. With Ektron’s RSS capabilities, organizations can syndicate content from a CMS200- or CMS300-empowered Web site to any RSS-aware Web site, program or content aggregator. The site owner simply gives individuals the opportunity to opt in to their RSS feed. Individuals are alerted when new content is posted. Within Ektron CMS200 or 300, the site owner identifies the specific content to be syndicated. The system dynamically creates RSS documents as end-users publish specified content. www.ektron.com
Ask Jeeves, Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement under which Kanisa, Inc. will acquire Jeeves Solutions, the enterprise software division of Ask Jeeves. Jeeves Solutions’ search technology and analytics will enable Kanisa to offer a larger, more robust suite of customer service solutions. With the sale, Ask Jeeves will focus solely on its growing Web-wide search business. Under the terms of the agreement, Kanisa will acquire substantially all assets of Jeeves Solutions including the JeevesOne technology and its approximately 40 corporate customer accounts. Kanisa will pay a purchase price of $4.25 million, of which $3.5 million will be paid in cash on closing and the remaining in a one-year promissory note for $750,000, which is subject to certain conditions. The sale is expected to close in July 2003.
Inxight Software, Inc. announced the general availability of adaptors to multiple enterprise information management systems, including Documentum, Lotus Notes, Microsoft SQL Server and Plumtree. These adaptors enable Inxight SmartDiscovery customers to access data stored in these disparate systems for processing and delivery through SmartDiscovery. SmartDiscovery Enterprise Adaptors offer Inxight customers a means of integrating content inside existing information management systems into a single point-of-access solution. SmartDiscovery Enterprise Adaptors allow users to schedule updates and retrieve documents and emails from these systems. This information is then analyzed and relevant metadata is extracted to enable search, classification, entity extraction, summarization and visualization of the data. The resulting metadata can be populated back into the original system for display in existing portals or other interfaces, or can be stored in a dedicated repository and accessed by Inxight’s user environment. SmartDiscovery includes Web and file crawlers that enable users to access information stored on hard drives, internal networks, and Web sites. www.inxight.com
Software AG, Inc. unveiled its XML Enablement capability for federal government agencies, a group of services, products and best practices that uses XML and Web Services to build “views” of information from disparate enterprise sources. These views are placed as XML documents into an Enterprise Metadata Repository (EMR) where users can request views using HTTP. Users can then retrieve the information itself from various sources as HTML or XML documents for secure publishing to internal and external systems. Software AG’s XML Enablement capability supports four core processes that help agencies manage information better: Enterprise Metadata Repository, Data Services, Composition and Publishing. At the core of Software AG’s XML Enablement capability is the EMR, which includes a cross-platform data dictionary and enables users to store, query and annotate information from disparate systems. Compliant with both Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM) and UDDI, the EMR uses commercial off-the-shelf authoring and developing tools and supports enterprise capabilities such as versioning, check-in/check-out and impact analysis. The EMR allows users to define processes for creating new documents, and then composes the documents automatically in XML or HTML by drawing data and content from various sources. Completed documents are stored in WebDAV compliant folders. www.softwareagusa.com
Adobe Systems announced the immediate availability of the Adobe Acrobat 6.0 product line. Adobe also announced the immediate availability of Adobe Reader 6.0 software, an upgraded and re-named version of the widely distributed, free Acrobat Reader. Acrobat 6.0 Professional and Acrobat 6.0 Standard for Windows 98 Second Edition (Acrobat 6.0 Standard only), Windows NT Workstation 4.0 (with service pack 6), Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 2), Windows XP Home, Professional and Tablet PC Editions, and Mac OS X v10.2.2, are immediately available in English. French and German language versions are expected to ship the first week of June and Japanese language versions are expected to ship in early July. Acrobat 6.0 Professional has an estimated street price of US$449. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0 and Acrobat 5.0 can upgrade to Acrobat 6.0 Professional for an estimated street price of US$149. Acrobat 6.0 Standard has an estimated street price of US$299. Registered users of Acrobat 4.0 and Acrobat 5.0 can upgrade to Acrobat 6.0 Standard for an estimated street price of US$99. The products also are available through Adobe’s licensing programs. Acrobat Elements is immediately available for Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows NT Workstation 4.0 (with service pack 6), Windows 2000 Professional (with service pack 2), and Windows XP Home, Professional and Tablet PC Editions. The product, available exclusively through Adobe’s licensing programs, begins at US$28 per seat for a 1,000 seat license. www.adobe.com/products/acrobat
PixelMEDIA, Inc. announced it has signed a partnership with Refresh Software Corporation to sell, integrate, and support Refresh Software’s SiteRefresh Content Management software. Customers can now purchase either the Hosted Service or a self-hosted SiteRefresh server license, along with turnkey integration and training services, directly from PixelMEDIA. Refresh Software’s SiteRefresh provides essential content management features such as browser-based WYSIWYG web content authoring, integrated workflow, content versioning and rollback, and template-based publishing from a secure enterprise-class relational database. www.pixelmedia.com, www.refreshsoftware.com
The Apache Lenya development community announced the first stable release of Apache Lenya. Apache Lenya is a Java Open-Source Content Management System based on XML and XSLT and the Apache Software Stack. Its XML-centric architecture allows for content delivery targeted to the capabilities of the devices of today and tomorrow, and avoids data lock-in. Apache Lenya is built around off-the-shelf components from the Apache Software Foundation, which are familiar to thousands of technologists, and are documented extensively in dozens of books. Apache Lenya comes with Revision Control, Scheduling, a built-in Search Engine, seperate Staging Areas, and Workflow. Apache Lenya uses XML throughout. Features include a browser-based WYSIWYG Editors that validate input against a W3C XML Schema, and a publication concept that allows reuse of the information architecture of a site and brings modularity to the content level. This release of Apache Lenya is a refactored version of the codebase that has been in production for nearly three years. Wyona Ltd donated the Apache Lenya codebase (formerly known as Wyona CMS) to the Apache Software Foundation in March 2003.
Fair Isaac Corporation and Software AG, Inc. announced a marketing partnership in the area of XML data integration and processing. The new partnership allows customers to use EntireX XML Mediator and Tamino XML Server from Software AG to send non-XML data from various sources to the ACORD SPX-compliant policy application and claims processing supported by Fair Isaac Blaze Advisor and XML Manager For Insurance. EntireX XML Mediator lets companies convert a wide range of data formats to XML and route XML data and message streams between applications and systems. It manages requests for XML data streams, converts legacy data into standardized XML formats, and sends notifications to sending and receiving parties to track the progress and success of data transfer operations. Tamino XML Server adds the native XML storage of critical transaction information and XML components necessary for advanced queries, processing, and exception reporting. www.fairisaac.com, www.softeareagusa.com