Stibo Catalog announced the commercial availability of STEP 4.7, the next generation of its product content management and publishing solution for product and catalog-centric businesses. STEP 4.7 includes support for Adobe InDesign CS2 for both Macintosh and PC. Marketing professionals can now publish promotions directly from STEP’s product information management (PIM) module, which means they have greater creative design control. The plug-in allows InDesign users access to STEP via a native palette. STEP takes advantage of some of InDesign’s advanced features including layers for version publishing and multi-lingual publishing. STEP now supports WebDAV, which allows users with access privileges to browse the product hierarchy. With WebDAV, non-standard users can access STEP without the requirement of a full-user license. The new optional STEPtrade module enables users to create and deliver high volume and high frequency e-catalogs to any e-procurement applications. The tool is designed to allow users to respond rapidly to changing demand and deliver updated product information and pricing within hours. STEP 4.7 is based on J2EE technology using the IBM Websphere application server.
Xyleme Inc. and Offline Digital (Pty) Ltd. announced a new partnership to deliver a publishing solution developed specifically for the travel industry. The solution integrates Xyleme’s product, Xyleme Server, with Offline Digital’s personalized brochure fulfillment application. The combined solution provides web applications designed for use directly by tourists, travel agents, and travel call centers. Tourists can search the content to build personalized itineraries and travel brochures for their own use or forward an e-brochure to friends and relatives. Travel agents and travel call centers can offer incremental value and services by rapidly building personalized selections for an individual customer to print, fax, or email. In the past, Offline Digital used a relational database for storage but found that the heterogeneous travel content could not be easily and rapidly loaded, nor could users perform contextual search queries, severely limiting the level of customization provided to their customers. Xyleme Server is a XML content management solution which lets publishers store, organize, classify, and add intelligence to high-value content in order to rapidly query, assemble and publish specialized products in any format and through any channel. http://www.xyleme.com,
Well, Mary and I just finished the Content Management Live! show and I can honestly describe it as “fun!” Great hosts, great email questions, and overall, a excellent opportunity to educate others on content technologies. Thanks to Scott Draughon and Scott Abel for inviting us to participate.
The audio feed is available from the Past Programs link on MyTechnologyLawyer.com for those of you who could not join us. We covered the gamut of topics across CM systems, issues, and deployments including functionality categories, market choices, gathering consensus, developing RFI/RFPs and more. An hour goes by quickly however, so feel free to email myself, Mary, or mytechnologylawyer.com if you have more questions or issues you’d like to discuss. We’ll do our best to get to all of them!
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Mary and I are the guest speakers on the technology radio show “Content Management Live!” today at 1:00 pm EDT. Hosted by mytechnologylawyer.com, our topics include the current market landscape for solutions, buyer considerations when choosing technology, and “the cost of doing nothing.”
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It is good to see that MS is plugging away at this and now providing a way to really take a look at it. I am not qualified to comment on its technical merits, but the idea is important (to content management but more to computing in general) and something we have been watching for a long time. Dan Farber’s entry on this release has some useful links, and Wikipedia has an accessible intro to WinFS