Stellent, Inc. announced it has acquired select assets of privately held Ancept, Inc. In addition, Ancept is a Strategic Alliance Partner of IBM’s. Stellent will continue this partnership and continue to market Ancept Media Server in conjunction with IBM. Ancept Media Server, in combination with the Stellent Content Server, will enable Stellent customers to connect video content editing, management and reuse processes while allowing them to manage their digital assets in the same repository structure as the rest of their enterprise content. The initial product integration is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of Stellent’s fiscal year 2004. As part of the acquisition, Stellent hired 18 Ancept employees, primarily in the product development and consulting services areas. Jeff Stromberg, Ancept’s founder and president, has joined Stellent as vice president of business development. Stellent acquired select assets of Ancept for $2.0 million in cash, 100,000 shares of Stellent common stock and a potential cash earn-out over a two-year period based upon revenue performance. www.stellent.com
Open Text Corporation introduced a new product, called Livelink UNITE Anywhere, that makes all the capabilities of Livelink accessible within any commercially available portal. Customers can create tailored window views in a portal that offer access to Livelink’s collaborative tools, workspaces and content. Livelink UNITE Anywhere is an extension of Livelink UNITE, which Open Text introduced last year. Livelink UNITE provides virtual workspaces with tailored views of Livelink content for project teams and individuals working in Livelink. UNITE Anywhere takes the same capabilities and extends them into any portal. UNITE Anywhere also allows customers to deliver Livelink content in the same way to Websites or extranets not built on a portal framework. Livelink UNITE Anywhere works with any portal, including Oracle Portal, mySAP Enterprise Portal, Plumtree Corporate Portal, Vignette Application Portal, Netscape iPlanet Portal, Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server, as well as Open Text’s own portal, Coreport. www.opentext.com/livelink/contentmanagement
Venetica announced the general availability of VeniceBridge 5.0. The release increases the types of content repositories that can be integrated with enterprise applications and extends the cross-system services available through VeniceBridge. VeniceBridge 5.0 expands its universal view to include a common inbox to disparate workflow engines such as Documentum and FileNET, and independent BPM engines such as IBM MQSeries Workflow. Target engines also include Microsoft BizTalk, Open Text, Staffware and others. In addition to documents, scanned images and media assets, VeniceBridge 5.0 makes statements, invoices and other information stored in enterprise report management (ERM) systems available. Current ERM systems include FileNet Report Manager and IBM OnDemand. The release also includes an event subscription model that can provide notification when a document or workflow change has been made. Other enhancements have been included such as support for Linux and new features for handling of geographically dispersed content sources and extremely large content such as audio, video and high-resolution images. Venetica also announced support for JSR (Java Specification Request) 170. Their implementation of the Java Content Repository (JCR) API is written against the 0.7 draft of the standard.www.venetica.com
Interwoven, Inc. and iManage, Inc. announced they have entered into a agreement to merge in a stock and cash transaction valued at $171 million. The two companies have a combined customer base of over 2500 companies. iManage’s strength in professional services and financial services complements Interwoven’s base in manufacturing and consumer goods. iManage will benefit from Interwoven’s presence in Europe and Asia Pacific, while Interwoven gains access to a network of over 150 partners, VARs, and systems integrators in North and Latin America. Both products have been developed with Java and J2EE. The combined companies plan to integrate iManage’s collaborative technology with Interwoven MetaTagger content intelligence server software, to improve the ability to personalize and find relevant content, and link iManage’s content repository with Interwoven OpenDeploy content distribution software, to distribute collaboratively developed documents and corporate knowledge. The new company will be named Interwoven and will be headquartered in Sunnyvale. iManage shareholders will receive $1.20 per share in cash and 2.0943 shares of Interwoven stock for each share of iManage stock. Following the expected closing in Q4 Interwoven shareholders are expected to own approximately 67% and iManage shareholders 33% of the combined company. The iManage product line is available today from Interwoven and can be purchased for an entry price of $75K. www.interwoven.com, www.imanage.com
Tridion has launched a new version of its enterprise content management solution, Tridion R5 version 5.1. New features include the creation of ‘Virtual Folders’, which allow users to save and store the results of their searches in personalised compartments. The solutions document management capabilities have also been enhanced. All document types can now be stored in a single, central source, allowing content to be repurposed for use in Intranets, extranets and websites. In addition, users can now search within unstructured (such as presentations and PDF files) as well as structured content. Upgrades to security and platform compatibility (R5 v5.1 now supports Oracle 9i) mean that the new version is more secure, reliable and scalable. Tridion is also launching two new products modules. Tridion Content Porter allows organisations to extract and re-purpose content residing in legacy systems. Tridion Word Connector 3.0 allows end-users to work directly in Word, rather than using the interface of the content management system. Documents are saved as XML components. www.tridion.com/uk
W3C announced the advancement of “XForms 1.0” to Proposed Recommendation. Comments are welcome through 29 August. More flexible than previous HTML and XHTML form technologies, the new generation of Web forms separates purpose, presentation, and data. The XForms specification is written for authors and implementers alike. Visit the XForms home page. www.w3.org/MarkUp/Forms
JDA Software Group Inc. announced that it has acquired substantially all of the remaining assets of Engage Inc. for $3.0 million in cash. Using Engage’s digital asset management and ad layout capabilities, JDA clients will be able to produce localized customer communications in less time and at reduced costs. As the successful bidder in a Chapter 11 auction, JDA gained all intellectual property for Engage’s four current product lines that target retailers, agencies, newspapers and corporations as well as all equipment. JDA expects to spend up to an additional $800,000 for assumed liabilities, which will bring the total cost of the Engage acquisition to approximately $3.8 million. JDA has extended employment offers to approximately 30 former Engage sales, development, services and support associates. JDA will close Engage’s headquarters in Andover, Mass., and establish a more appropriately configured office in the nearby area. For the nine months ended April 30, 2003, Engage’s total unaudited revenues were $8.2 million, which included $2.3 million in software licenses, $3.1 million in maintenance revenue and $2.8 million in services revenue. www.jda.com
BEA Systems, Inc. announced the general availability of BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1, which is designed to provide a single point of access to enterprise information for portals, web applications and business processes. BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1 supports the new versions of the BEA WebLogic products, including BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1. Using BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1, the common development environment of BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1, data architects and administrators can turn enterprise views of data into BEA WebLogic Workshop controls. BEA also has improved the distributed query engine of BEA Liquid Data 8.1 in order to deliver scalable, complex join processing transactions. Lastly, BEA has expanded the data source support in the product, and new feature support for BEA WebLogic Portal 8.1 and BEA WebLogic Integration 8.1 has been added. BEA Liquid Data for WebLogic 8.1 is available as an add-on to BEA WebLogic Platform, BEA WebLogic Server 8.1, BEA WebLogic Integration and BEA WebLogic Portal. BEA products can be downloaded, or customers can receive development versions of the products at no charge as part of the BEA dev2dev subscription program.