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Month: August 2003 (Page 1 of 3)

Hummingbird to Resell RedDot CMS

Hummingbird Ltd. announced that it is extending its strategic technology alliance with RedDot Solutions. Hummingbird will resell and distribute the RedDot Content Management Server (CMS), providing customers with integrated Web Content Management (WCM) capabilities to complement the Hummingbird Enterprise document management and portal technologies. In early 2003, RedDot released CMS 5.0 featuring enhanced integration of the Hummingbird document management technologies. As a result, many organizations have become mutual customers of RedDot and Hummingbird to leverage the synchronization between the two products, shared repositories and bi-directional mapping of metadata. www.reddot.com, www.hummingbird.com

Open Text Acquiring Gauss

Open Text Corporation and Gauss Interprise announced that a wholly owned subsidiary of Open Text will acquire the common shares of Gauss for cash by way of agreement with certain of the shareholders, who will hold 73 percent of the shares at closing after conversion of indebtedness and a tender offer for the balance of the shares. Total cash consideration for the shares is expected to be approximately US $11 million. Open Text expects that the transaction will close, subject to certain conditions, in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 04 (the quarter ending December, 2003). Together, the companies will present a combination in the market for enterprise content management (ECM) software, with Gauss adding its Web content management, and business process management solutions to Open Text’s Livelink suite and its integrated collaboration and content management capabilities. Gauss’ IDOM product line extends Open Text’s IDOM offerings, which are designed to apply business processes to the unstructured content companies maintain in Livelink to improve collaboration. Gauss also extends Open Text’s ERP connectors by adding J.D. Edwards and a variety of ERP applications on IBM AS/400 systems to existing connectors for PeopleSoft. www.gaussvip.com, www.opentext.com

Endeca Teams with Basis on Multilingual Search Solutions

Basis Technology and Endeca announced that Endeca will incorporate Basis Technology’s Rosette Language Analyzers into their software for commerce and enterprise search, Endeca InFront and Endeca ProFind. The combination of the two companies’ products and expertise will give Endeca’s multinational customers new multilingual features, and it opens new government and commercial markets for the company’s products. Endeca’s enterprise search offering, Endeca ProFind, features advanced search and Guided Navigation and is able to handle both structured and unstructured information for access to all types of enterprise data and documents residing across a wide variety of repositories. The Rosette Language Analyzers are part of the Rosette Globalization Platform, Basis Technology’s suite of interoperable products designed for applications that analyze and process all the world’s languages. www.basistech.com, www.endeca.com

Vignette Enhances Portal Functionality

Vignette Corp. announced enhancements to its flagship portal product, Vignette Application Portal, including enhanced team collaboration functionality that enables customers to participate in information-sharing and persistent collaboration environments within their organizations. Part of the Vignette V7 family of products, the Vignette Application Portal now includes out-of-the-box functionality that allows organizations to take advantage of interactive work spaces in portal environments for use within and between organizations. Enhanced features include Collaborative portal sites, Document-sharing capabilities, Productivity portlets, Enhanced searching, and Unified management of multiple portals and collaborative work spaces. Vignette Application Portal 4.5 is available and shipping to customers. Pricing for Vignette Application Portal begins at $50,000. www.vignette.com

Macromedia Announces Dreamweaver MX 2004

Macromedia announced Dreamweaver MX 2004. Dreamweaver MX 2004 delivers deep CSS support in a visual development environment. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also includes SecureFTP, dynamic cross-browser validation functionality, built-in graphics editing, integration with Microsoft Word and Excel, and updated support for ASP.NET, PHP, and ColdFusion server technologies. The entire design environment is built around CSS. Dynamic multi-browser validation automatically checks tags and CSS rules for design compatibility across browsers. A built-in graphics editor using Macromedia Fireworks technology enables users to crop, resize, and edit graphics without leaving the Dreamweaver environment. Dreamweaver MX 2004 also includes advanced integration with Macromedia Contribute 2. Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004, available for Windows and Mac OS X v10.2.6, is expected to ship in September. Pricing is $399 for new users, $199 for upgrades from Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver 4, and $99 for education customers. The product is expected to be available in English in September, with Simplified and Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish expected to ship shortly thereafter. www.macromedia.com

Context Media Releases Interchange PortalPlus

Context Media, Inc. announced the availability of Interchange PortalPLUS, which enables organizations to make portals their primary interface for accessing and managing digital content stored anywhere in the enterprise. Interchange PortalPLUS provides out-of-the box integration between Context Media’s content integration software, Interchange Suite, and portal platforms, including Sun Microsystems’ Sun ONE Portal Server, BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere. This allows organizations using portals in conjunction with Interchange Suite to access enterprise content stored in disparate content management, document management and digital asset management systems directly through their portal interface. Interchange PortalPLUS leverages Web services technology to provide access to and management of all forms of digital content and content management systems through a portal framework. Interchange PortalPLUS is available immediately for the Sun ONE Portal Server 6. Interchange Portal Plus for BEA WebLogic and IBM WebSphere will be available early in the fourth quarter of 2003. Pricing for Interchange PortalPLUS begins at $25K. www.contextmedia.com

Smartwebs Introduces Smartwebs IRT

Smartwebs announced the availability of Smartwebs IRT, the company’s content management solution (CMS), to empower content providers and Web professionals to maintain their Web sites or Intranet content. Smartwebs IRT is built around a workflow philosophy that avoids information bottlenecks by spreading updating responsibility across designated content authors throughout the organization. With no programming knowledge, these content authors and Web professionals can take control of their content management needs by updating or adding critical content to a company Web site or intranet on a regular basis. Smartwebs IRT offers an expandable and flexible set of tools that range from basic updating capabilities for existing pages to more complex site-building and workflow. www.smartwebs.com

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