Vignette Corp. (NASDAQ:VIGN) announced that it has signed six VARs through its relationship with value-added distributor Access Distribution, a General Electric company. Infused Solutions, Intelligent Technology Systems, Laurus Technologies, LCN Technology, Sharpe Consulting LLC and SIS Technologies have agreed to resell Vignette’s collaboration and portal products in the United States and Canada. These geographically dispersed VARs have a presence in the small and mid-market Vignette has not historically had a significant presence. The extension of the distribution channel will allow for greater focus and penetration into key growth vertical markets. http://www.vignette.com
Reactivity, Inc., announced it has entered the enterprise RSS market, announcing that its Reactivity Gateways are able to make XML-based syndication practical for use with sensitive, secure and private content. Reactivity Gateways provide the security and other features enterprises need to take RSS beyond public news, marketing and product announcements, while ensuring that RSS use complies with the privacy and data protection requirements of government and corporate regulations. Reactivity Gateways can be used to authenticate access, secure transport, encrypt single and aggregated RSS feeds and transform RSS data to and from other XML formats. Advanced tracking, alerting, reporting and XML message manipulation capabilities, made possible by Reactivity’s Advanced Messaging Architecture, simplify the compliant use of RSS while enabling enterprises to respond proactively to non-compliant RSS situations and improper identity usage. And Reactivity’s any-to-any interoperability and mediation with other XML and Web services formats, standards, transports and data allows integration of RSS with existing back-end systems. Reactivity also supports Atom 1.0. Reactivity also announced that SimpleFeed has partnered with Reactivity to deliver Secure RSS service. http://www.reactivity.com
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform. LiveCycle now delivers visual assembly of process automation applications without the need for programming. In addition, LiveCycle now includes Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) for visibility into business processes, better integration of document security and control capabilities, and the ability to integrate data from two-dimensional (2D) barcoded forms for paper-to-electronic automation. The new LiveCycle visual assembly capabilities include a new workflow designer and more than 50 Quick Process Action Components (QPACs). QPACs enable drag and drop integration of steps in a process, such as routing tasks to a user, sending an e-mail, or integrating with backend systems. Technology from Celequest Corporation is the foundation for LiveCycle’s new BAM solution that measures and manages workflow performance through customizable dashboards for monitoring business process. Customers can apply digital signatures to Adobe PDF files, publish certified documents, add controls that expressly define who can open, view, print and copy, and dynamically revoke or expire documents. Now, tighter integration allows customers to apply these capabilities at different points in the workflow providing more control over applying policy and rules of a business process. Adobe now offers tools, documentation, support, and pre-configured hosted trials to enterprise developers. Beginning September 19, for $1495 for one year, developers can receive access to Adobe LiveCycle software, support for building custom applications and regular communications from the Adobe engineering and developer teams. Adobe LiveCycle Workflow software is available now and can be purchased as stand-alone offerings, by CPU or by user. Pricing starts at US $50K. http://www.adobe.com/enterprise
Jabber, Inc. announced the immediate availability of JabberNow, a plug-and-play appliance that delivers compliant, secure, and extensible enterprise instant messaging (EIM) in 15 minutes or less. Targeted to smaller workgroups who internally and often externally collaborate on time-sensitive, mission-critical information, Jabber, Inc. expects initial traction for JabberNow within the financial services, manufacturing, legal, consulting and government information chains. Based on the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP), JabberNow federates (securely connects and authenticates) with the majority of instant messaging (IM) and presence networks used by financial institutions, manufacturers, governments and consumers. In its standard configuration, JabberNow is natively interoperable with any other Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) server, works with any XMPP client, including mobile clients and the Macromedia Flash-based Jabber, Inc. client that ships with JabberNow. Available add-ons include the AIM Gateway from Jabber, Inc., SIP/SIMPLE Gateway, Short Message Service (SMS) Gateway, software development kits (SDKs), message archiving, and LDAP integration. Sold directly through the jabber.com Web site as well as through channel partners, JabberNow can support up to 1,000 users with prices starting at $2,495 for 25 users.