Microsoft Corp. unveiled a preview of the Microsoft Office Solution Accelerator for Insurance Forms. The accelerator is designed to help insurance industry customers by tying standardized ACORD forms with XML Web services and making those forms available to participants of any of the ACORD forms programs through the use of Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 information gathering program. The accelerator comprises the ACORD forms and XML schemas designed for use with InfoPath 2003, a set of workflow transactions using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004, and prescriptive architecture and code for Web services, security and digital signatures. The full release of the accelerator will coincide with the release of the Microsoft Office 2003 Editions Service Pack 1 later this year. The service pack will include several enhancements to InfoPath 2003. www.microsoft.com
Computer Associates International, Inc. and Zope Corporation announced plans to provide customers with open source content management solutions that are compatible with relational database technology and meet enterprise demands for performance, data persistence and manageability. These collaboratively developed solutions will combine Zope’s open source content management platform with CA’s Ingres Enterprise Relational Database (Ingres). Zope implementations are currently supported by the open source, flat-file database, ZODB. Software engineers from CA and Zope will build an open source RDBMS persistence module that takes advantage of APE (Adaptable Persistence Engine). As a result of this new module, Zope implementations will be supportable by Ingres. The new module could also facilitate support of Zope implementations by relational database management systems other than Ingres. CA is prepared to commit significant development resources to Zope technology.
CA and Zope Corporation are expected to announce availability of a Zope RDBMS persistence engine by the end of the year. www.ca.com, www.zope.com
FatWire Software announced that it has expanded its integration with the BEA WebLogic Platform 8.1 through the latest release of Spark 6 pCM (portal Content Management) for the BEA WebLogic Portal 8.1 and the introduction of FatWire’s BEA Control Bridge for BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1. Spark 6 pCM supports BEA WebLogic Portal 8.1 standards, CM: SPI and JSR 168. Spark features content management and document management interfaces, and installs with four pre-built delivery portlets for job postings, corporate communications, documents and advertisements. FatWire’s BEA Control Bridge provides developers the ability to create applications in BEA WebLogic Workshop 8.1. The Control Bridge allows developers to access all content and assets, regardless of data type, stored in FatWire Content Server repositories. Spark 6 pCM is $25,000 per server, and is available now.www.fatwire.com
Authentica, Inc. announced planned support for Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services (RMS). Authentica will partner with Microsoft to extend Windows RMS capabilities beyond the user desktop level to let organizations centrally and automatically enforce document and email usage policies within and outside of corporate boundaries. Authentica will extend the Windows RMS platform with mandatory policy enforcement, e-mail content filtering integration, network folder integration, user enrollment and initialization, and heterogeneous messaging support. Authentica protects corporate IP and other sensitive data both during and after delivery with its Active Rights Management technology. Documents and email are continuously protected and secured, even while letting others revise them. Information owners can control who can access, edit, copy/paste, forward, and print documents, spreadsheets and presentations. www.authentica.com
Interwoven Inc. announced Interwoven WorkSite MP 4.0, enterprise-class collaborative document management software for multiple platforms. The new version features improved usability, better business-unit level configurations, and enhanced compliance capabilities. WorkSite MP 4.0 brings collaborative document management to front-office professionals (such as lawyers, consultants, and other domain experts). WorkSite MP is an Internet-based product suite that delivers collaboration and document management solutions capabilities to allow teams, departments, and divisions of large enterprises to collaborate, build, and share information and manage projects. The software is available in a browser-based interface, integrated with front-office applications such as Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Lotus Notes, or as portlets for the most widely used portals. Interwoven WorkSite MP 4.0 will be available in June. www.interwoven.com