TRADOS Inc. announced the launch of TeamWorks 2. TeamWorks manages and optimizes the global information lifecycle defined as the aggregate of all processes required to create, localize, and publish information that meets the needs of global markets. TeamWorks 2 delivers capabilities in four areas to effectively reach global markets: accelerated localization and publishing; improved global information quality; reduced costs; and increased visibility and control over the global information lifecycle for executives and managers. The new release also extends the product’s globalization workflow and its standards-based connectivity. TeamWorks 2 includes: expanded collaborative workflow services that create workflow templates for process automation, and that can work with companies’ existing workflow software; project templating to speed project setup and simplify automation of the localization process; integrated vendor management to automate cost estimation and simplify vendor selection; personalized web-based portals where internal and external customers can initiate and track localization requests and projects; extended capabilities for active content monitoring that detects changes in repositories throughout an organization, and automatically takes action, triggers alerts and updates; and enhanced reporting. www.trados.com
Adobe Systems Incorporated and HP announced they are expanding their relationship to help technical professionals – including architects, engineers and construction (AEC) professionals – improve collaboration inside and outside their organizations and more effectively drive document-based work to completion. The first outcome of this expanded relationship will be a new offering for customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that bundles Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional software with HP Designjet large-format printers. The combination helps improve efficiency and reduce costs by allowing technical professionals to reliably share all the components of a design project, both electronically in PDF and by printing the files in large format. The Acrobat 7.0 Professional and HP Designjet large-format printer bundle is immediately available in EMEA in English, French and German language versions. Spanish, Italian and Portuguese language versions are expected to be available by the end of March 2005. www.hp.com, www.adobe.com
Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced the availability of FAST ProPublish, an enterprise search-based publication production management and delivery solution. FAST ProPublish, the latest Search Derivative Application (SDA) to leverage the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), gives professional and business publishers a solution for gathering and processing data. With FAST ProPublish, publishers can provide a Web-based interface designed specifically for researchers. This interface, combined with the products contextual navigation and relevancy tuning, allows business users to rapidly find the right information. The out-of-the-box application framework, templates, and user interface components delivered in FAST ProPublish facilitate the construction of researcher-centric user interfaces. Capabilities specifically designed for the business and production managers within publishing groups include the FAST Production Manager, a graphical tool that allows publishers to perform live updates on their online and offline published content, protect it from unauthorized use, and manage content processing, subscriptions and site structure. The products modular Content Processing Pipeline offers stages for automated entity extraction, linguistic analysis, and content classification. FAST ProPublish includes support for both controlling access and administering content licenses. The publications can be restricted to a given user for a given period of time and even be timed-out at the end of the subscription. www.fastsearch.com
The Apache Lenya development community announced the 1.2.2 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 such as Revision Control, Scheduling, a built-in Search Engine, separate Staging Areas, and Workflow. Apache Lenya 1.2.2 is based on Cocoon 2.1.6. You can use Cocoon features such as robust Caching, multi-channel output, it’s many connectivity options to quickly build customized solutions to meet specific needs that are not already covered by Apache Lenya today. http://lenya.apache.org
Arbortext, Inc. announced it has entered into a reseller partnership with Selens, a Brazilian integrated IT services and solution provider. Selens will work with Arbortext to provide sales, professional services and technical support for Arbortext publishing applications targeted at Brazil’s businesses in the manufacturing, aerospace, life science and financial industries. www.selens.com.br, www.arbortext.com
EMC Corporation announced software that allows customers to more effectively search, retrieve and utilize active enterprise archives created with EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS). The new EMC Centera Seek and EMC Centera Chargeback Reporter software enable the advanced search and retrieval of fixed content across multiple terabytes, making utilization-based reporting and billing possible. EMC Centera Seek provides a new, advanced search capability using metadata. EMC Centera Chargeback Reporter is a new reporting tool that provides detailed archive data reports for corporate chargeback systems. Centera Chargeback Reporter also leverages stored metadata to provide sophisticated and customizable capacity utilization reporting. Centera Seek’s advanced searching capabilities can be leveraged by more than 170 applications from independent software vendor (ISV) applications that have been integrated with the Centera API. Centera Seek improves any type of discovery request through a more accurate and efficient search method. This new software is based on technology from FAST Search and Transfer (FAST) and its InStream enterprise search engine product through an OEM agreement with EMC. EMC also announced a rebranding of its EMC Centera Compliance Edition, EMC’s CAS solution for regulated organizations, to EMC Centera Governance Edition. EMC Centera will continue to market its Compliance Edition Plus solution targeting the most stringently regulated environments. www.emc.com
There’s been at least one very public war story from the field in terms of enterprise blogging sans corporate policy – and this one has a fatality. Seems that Mark Jen’s foray into blogging on his experiences as a Google employee went awry pretty quickly. Despite a single-day record of 60,000 unique visitors, Google was not amused by the inclusion of “sensitive information about finances and products.” Here’s the full story.
Jen is no longer a Google employee, fired on Jan 28th after 11 days of work. He maintains that Google gave him no reason for the termination. He continues to blog at 99zeros with a subhead of “Life After Google.”
Although many may remain skeptical about blogging’s potential impact on enterprise collaboration and productivity, the evolution of use should spur enterprises to take a look at P&P development sooner, rather than later.