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Month: December 2004 (Page 1 of 5)

Apache Lenya 1.2.1 Released

The Apache Lenya development community announced the 1.2.1 release of Apache Lenya. Apache Lenya is an Open-Source Content Management System written in Java
and based on XML and XSLT. Lenya is built on top of Apache Cocoon and other components from the Apache Software Stack. Its XML-centric architecture allows for content delivery targeted to the capabilities of various devices, and avoids data lock-in. Apache Lenya is built around Off the Shelf components from the Apache Software Foundation. Apache Lenya comes with the features you can expect of a modern Content Management System, such as Revision Control, Scheduling, a built-in Search Engine, separate Staging Areas, and Workflow. Apache Lenya 1.2.1 is based on Cocoon, but Lenya 1.2.1 is also known to work with Cocoon 2.1.6. You can use Cocoon features such as Caching, multi-channel output, it’s many connectivity options to quickly build customized solutions to meet your specific needs that are not already covered by Apache Lenya.

Idetix Software Systems Announces Version 4.3 Revize Content Management Software

Idetix Software Systems’ Revize Version 4.3 Web Content Management Software is now available. Changing or adding web page content is easier with Revize v4.3. Simply go to the page on your website and start editing. Adding content to a website with Revize v4.3 Contextual Edit Forms is also easier to do. No special tools or training is required. Every task is done through the browser by simply clicking and typing, using a Microsoft Word-like rich text editor, within the exact context of the webpage and seeing the results as you go. The Revize v4.3 template builder is a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) visual editing tool incorporated as a Macromedia Dreamweaver extension. Revize v4.3 offers the ability to publish both static HTML pages and dynamic pages and publishes dynamic pages to any corresponding web server that would include the following types of dynamic pages: .jsp, .cfm, .php, .asp, .aspx, etc.

W3C Issues XInclude 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has published XML Inclusions (XInclude) Version 1.0 as a W3C Recommendation. XInclude 1.0 provides a method for merging multiple XML documents into a single composite document. XInclude 1.0 is a generic mechanism for merging XML documents. This function is important for software applications that need to easily combine XML documents. XInclude 1.0 can be used in environments without DTD (Document Type Definition) support, more common since the adoption of XML schemas. Unlike the mechanism used in DTDs, i.e. XML external entities, XInclude gives the content author a fallback mechanism in cases where the external document cannot be retrieved, for whatever reason. XInclude allows an application to leverage the syntax in existing XML constructs – elements, attributes, and URI references. XInclude allows an author to choose how to include another XML document in new composite content – either as markup or text. In addition, no XML entity declarations, which were required in the older method when using DTDs, are required for XInclude. XInclude 1.0 can be used with any version of XML, as well as other existing XML-related specifications, such as the XML-family components XML Schema and XSLT, as well as with XML applications such as the Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) and VoiceXML 2.0. XInclude 1.0 also takes advantage of the XPointer Framework and can be used to include sub-resources, such as fragments of XML documents, that are identified by a separate xpointer attribute.

Forrester: Content Management Could be Next “killer app”

Enterprises plan to increase IT spending by 3.9 percent in 2005, according to a new survey of 1,368 IT decision-makers at North American and European enterprises from Forrester Research, Inc. It affirms the 7 percent increase in overall North American IT spending that Forrester projects for 2005, which includes spending by small and medium businesses, as well as spending outside IT departments. Fifty-four percent of the executives polled have a positive outlook for their business in 2005, compared with 44 percent last year. Business services, financial services, and insurance were the most optimistic industries. Public sector organizations are increasing IT spending by 7 percent in 2005, compared with a decrease last year. Applications are the big winner for budgets in 2005. Fifty-nine percent of decision-makers surveyed identified deployment or upgrade of major packaged applications as a priority, replacing security as the top priority from the past year. Thirty-eight percent of decision-makers consider support for governance, such as Sarbanes-Oxley, a critical priority, while 65 percent said it was a priority. Demand for business intelligence (BI) increases 9 percent. Content management could be the next “killer app.” Purchase plans for content management increased 15 percentage points from last year, as firms adopt enterprise-wide strategies for managing Web content, documents, records, and digital assets.

Verity Acquires Dralasoft

Verity Inc. announced the signing and closing of its acquisition of Dralasoft Inc. for an all cash payment of approximately $8 million. Dralasoft became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Verity as a result of the transaction. Dralasoft’s ongoing business includes its customer base and sales pipeline as well as its technology portfolio, consisting of component-based business process management solutions and business activity monitoring (BAM) software. It includes Dralasoft Workflow, an enterprise BPM suite that features an orchestration engine with a suite of graphical tools including Dralasoft Workflow Studio, a visual design tool. In addition, Dralasoft Workflow is an embedded application found in many software products used in several vertical markets. As part of the transaction Verity is offering continued employment to all Dralasoft employees, including its founder, president and chief technology officer, Suresh Ramaswamy. Verity intends to utilize Dralasoft’s BPM technology as a means to better unify the capabilities of Verity’s Intelligent Content Services and Content Capture/Process Automation offerings. Verity expects the Dralasoft acquisition to be accretive within the fourth quarter of its current fiscal year. The company will offer details on re-branding initiatives as well as service and maintenance programs shortly. Verity will immediately market the Dralasoft products through both its direct and OEM sales organizations.

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