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Day: April 5, 2005

Google Adds More Capacity to Google Mini Search Appliance

Google Inc. announced that the Google Mini has twice the search capacity at a more affordable price. The Google Mini can now search up to 100,000 documents for a lower price of $2,995. The Google Mini is an integrated hardware/software search appliance that indexes all content within a company’s intranet or public website. After an installation process that takes only a matter of hours, users can search for information just as they do with The Google Mini comes with one year of support, software updates, and hardware replacement coverage. It can be purchased online. The entry-level Google Search Appliance now offers search of up to 500,000 documents (more than three times the previous search capacity), for $30,000 including hardware, software, and two years of customer support. Other versions of the Search Appliance can index 15 million documents or more in a single collection. The Search Appliance provides enterprise-wide search across corporate web sites, intranets, databases, business applications and content management systems.

Near-Time Current Available for Mac OS X

Near-Time, Inc. announced the commercial availability of Near-Time Current
for Mac OS X. Current transcends traditional text editors, bookmark managers, Web clipping software, outliners, newsreaders, and blogging software. It combines these functions, leveraging the immediacy of the Internet while offering a rich desktop environment for authoring and publishing. Current’s authoring and publishing capabilities allow you to create documents from many sources simultaneously, merge links and Web page content with your documents, and post the results to Web sites and blogs, with accompanying RSS or Atom news feeds. It works with both desktop and Internet content, and has a built-in Web browser and full text search capabilities. Application files of all types, including QuickTime, photos, html pages, and mp3 files, can be stored and launched within Current. Content from Current can be published to Weblogs via Blogger and MetaWeblog APIs, as RSS feeds and as Web pages to Apple iDisk or Web servers. This gives users one tool for authoring, gathering, organizing, and the publishing of content. Supported standards include XML, HTML, FTP, WebDav, SMTP, iDisk, RSS, and Web logs (via Atom). Near-Time Current is available for download and Near-Time Current licenses are priced at $49.95 per user.

Top Content Management Companies and Industry Experts to Gather Next Week at Gilbane Content Management Conference


Free Technology Showcase Offers Look at Latest Solutions for Managing Content; Largest Contingency of Industry Analysts Focused on Content Management to Attend Event

Evan Weisel
Welz & Weisel Communications
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars

Cambridge, MA, April 5, 2005. The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars today announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies, taking place April 11-13 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will offer a free technology showcase that will play host to many of the industry’s most innovative developers of content management solutions. In addition to the free technology showcase, the event offers a conference program backed by one of the largest gatherings of industry analysts to provide attendees with independent insight and analysis into content management trends. All keynote sessions are free.

Technology companies that will demonstrate their latest solutions at the event, include: Interwoven, Open Text Corporation, Macromedia, Blast Radius, Quark, Hummingbird, Oracle, Astoria Software, Atomz, AuthorIT, ClearStory Systems, CrownPeak Technology, Datalogics, Day Software, Ektron, Em Software, Endeca, Ephox, Etilize, Exegenix, FatWire Software, GMC Software Technology, Hot Banana, Idiom, Innodata Isogen, Kofax, Mark Logic, Mondosoft, Percussion, Quasar Technologies, RedDot Solutions, Refresh Software, SchemaLogic, Serena, SiberLogic,, Vamosa, Weborganic Systems, Xerox, Xyleme, and Xythos. There is no charge to visit the Exhibit Hall; however, a registration badge is required for admittance. On-site registration is available for exhibit-only visitors.

The following is a brief look at what some of the companies will announce and showcase next week:

— Interwoven (Nasdaq:IWOV) will showcase its new Content Provisioning solution, which is the industry’s first ECM solution designed specifically for IT Operations – enabling companies to slash provisioning costs, bring new applications to market more quickly, and meet key compliance requirements.

— Hummingbird (Nasdaq:HUMC) Enterprise(TM) provides an integrated platform for enterprise content management (ECM) and business analytics, offering global organizations solutions to manage business interaction information such as documents, records, virtual deal room discussions, e-mail or financial data.

— Xerox (NYSE:XRX) will showcase the latest version of its Web-based enterprise content management suite, DocuShare 4.0, which provides new collaboration, personalization, and publishing capabilities, and offers ECM at a competitive entry-level price.

— Percussion Software is announcing Rhythmyx 5.6 at the Gilbane conference. Rhythmyx 5.6 provides new multi-site WCM capabilities, new accessibility support for content contributors, broader support for heterogeneous IT environments as well as numerous enhancements to enable easier implementation and administration.

— Ephox is releasing EditLive! for XML 3.0 with a new desktop Visual Forms Designer at the Gilbane Conference. EditLive! for XML enables enterprise-wide authoring of complex XML forms within Web applications in an open-standards-based, multi platform, cross browser application.

— SiberLogic presents SiberSafe, a Semantic Content Management solution for Technical Publications that unlocks the value of technical content for your extended enterprise. Produce, review, reuse, translate, semantically-enable and publish technical content using an integrated state-of-the-art XML/RDF/OWL-based content development platform.

— Atomz announced that it is merging with on-demand Web analytics provider WebSideStory, Inc. (NASDAQ:WSSI). By combining technologies, the companies will create the industry’s first suite of integrated, on-demand digital marketing applications.

— Vamosa launches Vamosa On-Demand, the first real-time, rules based unstructured data standardisation and transformation engine. VOD operates within most portal architectures, allowing the enforcement of corporate publishing and authoring rules to all data stored within document and content management systems

— The Adobe(R) PDF Library(TM) is a developer’s toolkit that allows your application to create, manipulate and display Adobe-compliant PDFs. It is available through Datalogics, Inc. on a number of platforms, including Windows, Macintosh, AS/400, OS390 and eight UNIX environments.

— Macromedia will showcase a new Macromedia Web Publishing System update that includes Macromedia Contribute 3.1 and Macromedia Contribute Publishing Services 1.1. The WPS update offers users additional enterprise control and oversight features as well as expanded web services connectivity and extensibility solutions.

— At the Gilbane Conference, Hot Banana will launch its new Software as a Service – SaaS pricing model, designed to accelerate the market adoption and growth of the Hot Banana Web Content Management Suite – CMS.

— Xythos will announce the company’s WebFile Server implementation at New York Health & Hospital Corporation (HHC). Seeking a cost-effective way to store and handle classified information securely for its 9,000 personnel applications, HHC has taken a paper-based ten week process, converted it to a more secure electronic system and reduced the timeframe to as little as 24-48 hours.

— Day is a leading provider of integrated content, portal and digital asset management software. Day will showcase its technology Communique – offering a comprehensive, rapidly deployable framework to unify and manage all digital business data, systems, applications and processes through the web.

— Xyleme will be demonstrating their solutions and showcasing their customer successes in Financial Services, Media/Publishing, and the Learning Segments in addition to demonstrating their general-purpose XML Content Repository.

— Serena Software will announce that it is integrating Serena(R) Collage(R), its robust web content and change management solution with Macromedia Contribute, a rich web-page editor to help organizations more easily contribute, manage and update website content with minimal support from IT.

The Gilbane Conference is unique in the sense that the backbone of the event is driven by numerous industry analysts. For example, the opening keynote looks at the big issues affecting content management strategies, including trends in the market, technology, and best practices. Frank Gilbane will moderate a keynote panel of analysts covering content management technologies who are thought leaders debating content management vs. enterprise content management, the role of database platforms, application servers, portals, open source, information integration, Web services, and other infrastructure technologies critical to content management strategies.

Participants of this panel include:

— Kyle McNabb, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
— Tony Byrne, Editor & Publisher, CMS Watch
— Tony White, Senior Analyst, Collaboration & Content Management, The Yankee Group
— Geoffrey Bock, Senior Vice President, Patricia Seybold Group
— Mike Maziarka, Director, InfoTrends/CAP Ventures

Full event details can be found at:

About Bluebill Advisors, The Gilbane Report 
Bluebill Advisors, Inc. serves the content management community with publications, conferences and consulting services. The Gilbane Report administers the Content Technology Works(TM) program disseminating best practices with partners Software AG (TECdax:SOW), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Artesia Technologies, Atomz, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INCC), Context Media, Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Idiom Technologies, Mark Logic, Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX), Trados, Vasont, and Vignette (NASDAQ:VIGN).

About Lighthouse Seminars 
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs.


Sun & Microsoft on Open Document Formats & XML Strategy

It wasn’t too long ago that all document formats were proprietary, and vendors that sold authoring and publishing software had a really unfair advantage over their customers because it was so difficult and costly for organizations to convert their content from one proprietary system to another. It was the granddaddy of descriptive markup, SGML, that led the way to the infinitely improved situation we have today with seemingly universal support for XML, and tools like XSL, XQuery etc. So, if most major software applications support reading/writing of XML, including the 800 pound gorilla of office documents Microsoft Office, hasn’t the issue of proprietary formats gone away?

If you are in charge of protecting your organizations content/document assets, you better not be thinking your problems are over. If you are involved in sharing content with other organizations or among applications, you already know how difficult it is to share information without loss — if it is that difficult to share, how easy will it be to migrate to future applications?

Our keynote debate in San Francisco next week is all about helping you understand how to best protect and share your content. While there are some differences between the Microsoft and Sun positions represented by Jean Paoli and Tim Bray, I think they agree more than they disagree on the critical issues you need to consider. We’ll be looking at different aspects of the issue including technology, licensing, cost, and complexity vs. flexibility. For some background see Jon Udell’s posts here and here, and the Cover Pages here. Both contain links to additional info.

I almost forgot… What does this have to do with my earlier posts on the future of content management and Longhorn? Well, Office applications, like all content applications, should benefit from an operating system that can manage content elements and attributes that could be described in XML. Would this make document interchange easier? I don’t know, but it might be fun to explore this question in the session.

If you have a specific question you would like us to cover on the panel, send me an email or add a comment to this post and we’ll summarize what happens.
UPDATE: Jon says he is in Jean’s camp on custom schemas and Tim’s on XHTML. At our Boston panel I think all of us agreed – of course neither Tim nor Jean were there. Jon is tagging his posts on the conference with gilbaneSF2005.

We are using the category and (more wordy) tag Gilbane Conference San Francisco 2005 for all our SF conference postings.

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