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Day: March 15, 2004

JALIOS Unveils JCMS 4.1

Jalios announced JCMS 4.1, an upgrade of their content management platform. The new version has been specially developed to make its architecture compatible with the operational constraints of large companies and provide new functionality to support publication and collaborative working. JCMS 4.1 integrates content management and a documentary portal that can be integrated in an infrastructure portal. Its products are based on an architecture that doesn’t require a relational database. JCMS 4.1 Enterprise Edition is a solution developed specifically for large enterprises. It can be used to create an unlimited number of websites for an unlimited number of users or contributors on a single server regardless of the number of processors. JCMS 4.1 Workgroup Edition is designed for individual departments or workgroups. JCMS 4.1 Midmarket Edition is for medium-sized enterprises. JCMS Universal 2.1 extends searches to attachments and enables universal distribution of documents in PDF format. Jalios JCMS 4.1 will be released in April 2004. JALIOS is a spin-off of Bull and INRIA and the fruit of INRIA research. The Jalios solution is based on the interactive web guide technology, developed by the Bull/INRIA joint venture Dyade.

W3C Issues VoiceXML 2.0 & Speech Recognition Grammar as Recommendations

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published VoiceXML 2.0 and Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS) as W3C Recommendations. The goal of VoiceXML 2.0 is to bring the advantages of Web-based development and content delivery to interactive voice response applications. The announcement marks the advancement to Recommendation status of the first two specifications in W3C’s Speech Interface Framework. Aimed at the world’s estimated two billion fixed line and mobile phones, W3C’s Speech Interface Framework will allow people to use any telephone to interact with appropriately designed Web-based services via key pads, spoken commands, listening to pre-recorded speech, synthetic speech and music. In the W3C Speech Interface Framework, VoiceXML controls how the application interacts with the user, while the Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) is used for spoken prompts and the Speech Recognition Grammar Specification (SRGS) for guiding the speech recognizers via grammars that describe the expected user responses. Other specifications in the Framework include Voice Browser Call Control (CCXML), and Semantic Interpretation for Speech Recognition, which defines how speech grammars bind to application semantics.

Documentum Announces Virtual Repository Solution & Acquisition of askOnce

Documentum announced a virtual repository solution that enables all aspects of cross-repository content management. With the Documentum Virtual Repository solution, customers can discover and assimilate all content types, from multiple data sources, such as repositories, file servers, Web sites and enterprise applications, and apply the full range of Documentum content services to the content — without changing business processes and without copying or moving the content to a central location. For example, content can be aggregated from different sources, and integrated with business processes using Documentum workflow services. Authorized users can then edit or approve the content, transform it into a required format, such as PDF to HTML, deliver it to a web site staging area, send it to an outside printing agency for high-resolution color production, translate it into multiple languages and distribute it as an XML content chunk for reuse on regional websites or localized packaging or collateral. Documentum also announced the acquisition of the askOnce business unit of Xerox Corporation. The askOnce technology enables the enterprise content integration component of Documentum’s Virtual Repository solution. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The Documentum Virtual Repository solution will be available in early Q2 2004.

Bowstreet Introduces Portlet Factory

Bowstreet announced the release of Bowstreet Portlet Factory version 5.8, compatible with all portal platforms that adhere to the JSR 168 standard. Bowstreet Portlet Factory version 5.8 enables the rapid creation of JSR 168 compliant portlets. In addition to launching Bowstreet Portlet Factory, the company also formed the Bowstreet JSR 168 validation program. Through this program, Bowstreet Portlet Factory will undergo validation with all program members’ portals. To date, program members include Sun, Plumtree, and IBM. Bowstreet simultaneously released version 5.8 of Portlet Factory for WebSphere, which provides direct, deep integration with IBM’s WebSphere Portal APIs, in addition to integration through JSR 168.

Entopia Announces K-Bus Software Infrastructure for Information Discovery

Entopia, Inc. announced the launch of the K-Bus software infrastructure for information discovery. Entopia K-Bus leverages the business context, concepts and social activity surrounding enterprise wide content to automatically and dynamically discover and deliver relevant content and experts into the day-to-day business process. Entopia delivers K-Bus solutions for Portals & Intranets, Enterprise Search to find relevant content and experts around the enterprise, and for Research Automation to automate the research process for research professionals of all kinds including pharmaceutical R&D, market research and analysis. Entopia K-Bus is a software infrastructure comprised of a metadata server, application services and enterprise connectors that enables the creation of business knowledge applications. Functions include enterprise search, social networking, expertise identification and connectors to enterprise repositories and industry content. Entopia also announced the integration of its K-Bus software infrastructure into Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Entopia K-Bus is available immediately.

Duden Announces Intelligent Spelling Checker as Web Service for Content Management Systems

Duden announced the launch of its intelligent spelling and grammar checker “Duden Linguistic Engine” as a web service for software integration. The solution enables software manufacturers, for example of content management or editing systems, to integrate a sophisticated German language spellchecker into their applications and to support customers in assuring the quality of texts. The spell checker offers more than usual spellcheckers: Its syntax analysis enables the software to detect grammar mistakes as in “Sie lernte ihn beim tanzen kennen” (instead of “Sie lernte ihn beim Tanzen kennen”) or mistakes as in “Er will sie kennenlernen” instead of the correct “Er will sie kennen lernen”. The web service is offered with two licensing models on customers’ servers or hosted by Duden. Detailed information on the “Duden Linguistic Engine” is available on request.

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