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Month: November 2005 (Page 1 of 10)

RealObjects Launches XHTML/XML Editor edit-on Pro 4.3

RealObjects released version 4.3 of its WYSIWYG XHTML/XML editor edit-on Pro. The editor complements web-based Content Management, Knowledge Management, and e-Learning systems and streamlines the process of in-browser Web authoring across platforms without installation of client-side software. It empowers non-technical users to become content contributors without knowing HTML, XML or other markup languages. The RealObjects XHTML/XML editor technology is available both as a browser-based Java applet or as a JavaBean rich client control. The editor guarantees XHTML compliance of the contents created or pasted from other applications by validation. The focus for improvements in the new release was on the filtered copy and paste of Microsoft Word contents, increased performance as well as extended table and WebDAV functionality. Other important new features include the possibility to insert accessible tables and enhanced dialogs for lists, page properties and headings. Additionally it is now possible to include background images, insert comments or use further JavaScript-API functionality. The new version adds official support for the just-released Firefox 1.5 browser. Having a valid software maintenance subscription, RealObjects edit-on Pro customers can upgrade to version 4.3 free of charge. A free evaluation version is available at http://www.realobjects.com

Inmedius Releases S1000Dtransition Technical Publishing Software

Inmedius, Inc. released S1000Dtransition, a publishing program that produces or transforms structured ASD S1000D Data Modules into common types of print output, including traditional, paper-based manuals. Maintaining one source repository, S1000Dtransition simplifies and expedites the process. Users can produce S1000D, and other commercial or military specification-based documentation, from a single data source, including; ATA iSpec 2200 (Air Transport Association of America, Inc.), AESP (Army Equipment Support Publication), and AvP70 (Aviation Publication). The software also provides publishing support functions, including; PDF Creation, LooseLeaf Production to create printed manuals, Change Page Management to address subsequent updated versions or editions of documentation, Dual Language Support, and a set of Batch File Processing tools to perform tasks on source files. Transition converts a batch of S1000D SGML/XML Data Modules (DM) to an Adobe PDF file. The software will convert either a single PDF file for each DM or merge a series of DMs into one linear PDF. Transition also converts the element into PDF links, enhancing navigation. Technical documentation publishers produce, manage and update paper-based manuals through the system’s LooseLeaf Production and Change Page Management functions. This reduces paper and printing expenses, as only those single sheets (or series of pages with changes) need reproduced, rather than publishing entirely new manuals. Transition’s Dual Language support allows for two languages to appear side-by-side on screen and in print. http://www.inmedius.com

Contextware Releases Contextware RMS at Gilbane Boston

Contextware, Inc. announced at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies the availability of Contextware’s Records Management Support Module (Contextware RMS) a new software module that will allow enterprises to drive additional value out of their existing records management software investments. Contextware RMS will connect seamlessly with most web-based records management applications. The support module will allow users to activate Contextware RMS from any point in the records management taxonomy, so that users can review the business processes and instructions that relate to the records, providing a precise context for the records stored within the system. Contextware RMS allows the users to build a business process framework that pulls everything instructions, records, laws, policies, and people into a single common interface for reference and learning. When launched from within a records management system, Contextware RMS acts as a ‘super help’ function.

The Glue People

The Gilbane Conference in Boston is well underway and already a raging success in my mind. Besides facilitating the “Enterprise Content Management: Myth or Reality” roundtable at the CMPros Summit, I have also moderated a session in the CM track titled “Avoiding the Big Mistakes in a CMS Project.” Both experiences were exactly the kind I hoped for — interactive, participant-driven, and enlightening. Summarizing my thoughts will likely take several blog entries — this one focuses on “the glue people” as related to the concept and in turn, the organizational reality of an enterprise content management strategy. Not software, not tools, not “which capabilities are applicable,” — just the strategy.

The glue people may very well be the answer to whether ECM strategy makes it to reality in an organization. What and who are they? The folks who manage to bridge the gap between the isolated goals and pressures of IT, business units with key content owners, and the C-level tier. As a former Business Analyst in the IT organization of a global insurance company, I know the pain of the glue people. Part psychotherapist, part geek, and part business person, glue people are often a rare breed. They must educate, facilitate, coordinate, smooth egos, see the bigger picture — the greater good, and make it home by 7PM if at all possible. They are often un-named, under-appreciated, and caught in the gaps themselves — resulting in the need to find their own psychotherapist.

BUT — the glue people can make an incredible amount of progress toward the organizational design, implementation, and evolution of an enterprise content management strategy. And — for those caught in the chaos of outsourcing, downsizing, re-organization, and downright unemployment — there’s likely never been a better time to become a glue person. (Read: technical writer, taxonomist, business analyst, etc.) If you peruse the professional services and consulting market for ECM and all its acronym children, what will you find? A lot of glue people.

Are you a glue person? What’s your title? What have your experiences been? How have you been able to gill the gaps with glue? Please step up and respond with comments! The opportunity to turn glue people into a formal, empowered, and acknowledged profession is now.

Day to Present Communique 4 at Gilbane Conference on Content Management

Day Software (SWX:DAYN)(OTC:DYIHY) announced that the company will offer special previews of its latest offering, Communique 4. Day’s newest product launched for general availability just two weeks ago. Communique 4, a JCR (JSR 170) standard compliant enterprise content management solution decouples the content management application from the underlying repository. Applications developed that leverage the API can run on any JSR 170-compliant repository. Communique 4 ships with and runs natively on Day’s Java content repository, Content Repository Extreme (CRX).

FatWire Software Announces Content Server 6.3 & FatWire Analytics

FatWire Software announced FatWire Content Server 6.3, the latest version of its content management platform, and FatWire Analytics, the newest module in the Content Server product family. Combined, these releases provide a platform for Web applications by adding analytics and design tools that enable marketers and other business users to monitor the success of online content and quickly change its delivery. These features build accountability into persuasive content initiatives and help to ensure their success. Content Server 6.3 and FatWire Analytics build on existing product family capabilities for business users to create and edit content, segment customers, and target content delivery. With FatWire Analytics, marketers and other non-technical users can now also view data on site visitor demographics and usage patterns, content usage, and campaign success. New features in Content Server 6.3 enable non-technical users to change the layout and design of content. FatWire will be available at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies in Boston this week, November 29th thru December 1st. http://www.fatwire.com

Gilbane San Francisco to take place at the Palace Hotel

For Immediate Release:

Gilbane San Francisco Set to Take Place at the Palace Hotel April 24-26, 2006; New Enterprise Digital Rights Management Conference Added; New Tracks Focus on Enterprise Search, Automated Publishing, Blog and Wiki Technologies
11/29/05

Contacts:
Evan Weisel
Welz & Weisel Communications
703-323-6006
evan@w2comm.com
Jeffrey Arcuri
Lighthouse Seminars
781-821-6634
jarcuri@lighthouseseminars.com

Cambridge, MA, November 29, 2005.  The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars today announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies San Francisco will take place April 24-26, 2006 at the Palace Hotel. Returning to San Francisco, the event is expanding its educational and conference programs to include in-depth discussions on enterprise search, automated publishing technologies for design-critical content, and how blogs and wikis fit into the enterprise. In addition, the event includes the new co-located Enterprise Digital Rights Management (DRM) Conference to cover content security issues.

This industry-analyst driven event brings together thought leaders and practitioners to provide attendees with actionable advice, techniques, best practices, and case studies to help successfully implement content technologies critical to their businesses. Proposals for papers are due on January 9th, but should be submitted as soon as possible. To apply visit: https://gilbane.com/speaker_guidelines.html

The Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies San Francisco will offer attendees with six tracks to choose from, including:

— Content Management Track (CM). This track is for attendees authoring, managing, or delivering content of any type, for everything from small websites, to knowledge management intranets, to large enterprise content initiatives.

— Content Technology Track (CT). These sessions are for IT or technically-oriented content or business managers. The material is a little more technical and looks at a select set of content-related technologies, some of which will be new to content managers.

— Enterprise Search Track (ES). Enterprise, desktop, and Internet search all have an important role to play in organizations as technologies integrated with content management systems, or other enterprise systems and as applications in their own right. This track will help attendees understand where search technology fits in projects and IT strategies.

— Automated Publishing for Marketing Track (AP). This track is designed for content managers who need to manage marketing content. This expanded track will focus on design-critical documents used in marketing and publishing that require an entirely new level of sophistication to meet the needs of design and branding professionals.

— Blog & Wiki Track (BW). Blog and wiki technology are rapidly finding their way into enterprises for collaboration, authoring, knowledge management, and in some cases, even light content management applications. This new track will look at how they are, and how they can be, used in organizations.

— Case Studies Track (CS). This track presents and examines case studies for all kinds of content-oriented applications and is supported by the Gilbane Report Content Technology Works Program. The emphasis is on all aspects of successful content-oriented implementations.

In addition to the educational and conference sessions is the Demonstration Pavilion, a forum that hosts 70+ content technology suppliers to demonstrate their latest products and features.

“We are constantly working to develop an event that will educate attendees on both universally adopted and new enterprise content technologies that ultimately help support organizations’ businesses,” said Frank Gilbane, Conference Chair. “This year we have greatly expanded our conference sessions based upon input from the end-user community. As more and more companies are recognizing, Enterprise DRM is complementary to enterprise content management and critical to corporate content strategies. We are very pleased to have Bill Rosenblatt, the pre-eminent expert in this field, join us to organize and chair our new Enterprise DRM conference.”

“DRM has taken hold in the entertainment industry, but the technology turns out to be really useful in corporate and other enterprise settings for protecting sensitive documents and enforcing information usage policies,” said Bill Rosenblatt, the Enterprise DRM Conference Chair. “I am thrilled to be working with Frank Gilbane to produce the first ever Enterprise DRM Conference in conjunction with the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies. Attendees will get a real feel for this strategic technology, its business benefits, and how it fits into today’s enterprise content infrastructure.”

Conference sessions include:

— Enterprise DRM and Content Management: Technology Integration and Case Studies

— Mobile Devices and Content Security

— Content Security and Inter-Enterprise Collaboration

— Financial Services Applications for Enterprise DRM

— Enterprise DRM and IT Security Architectures

— Document Security for Small Businesses

For more information about attending or exhibiting contact: info@lighthouseseminars.com

— The Gilbane SF landing page is at: http://www.lighthouseseminars.com/gilbane_sf_06/sf_06.html

— The CM conference landing page is at: http://www.lighthouseseminars.com/gilbane_sf_06/sf_cm.html

— The E-DRM landing page is at: http://www.lighthouseseminars.com/gilbane_sf_06/sf_edrm.html

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 Digital Media, a Division of Open Text, Astoria Software, ClearStory Systems (OTCBB:INSS), Context Media (Oracle, NASDAQ: ORCL), Convera (NASDAQ:CNVR), IBM (NYSE:IBM), Idiom, Mark Logic, Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX), SDL International (London Stock Exchange:SDL), Vasont Systems, Vignette (NASDAQ:VGN), and WebSideStory (NASDAQ:WSSI). https://gilbane.com

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. http://www.lighthouseseminars.co

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Hot Banana Signs Duo Consulting as Channel Partner

Hot Banana Software, provider of Web Content Management (WCM) and Active Marketing solutions, announced that it has signed a Channel Partner agreement with a content management consulting specialist, Duo Consulting of Chicago, Illinois. Duo Consulting will be reselling, implementing and supporting Hot Banana’s Active Marketing Web Content Management Suite. The announcement was made from the Hot Banana booth (# 106), at the Gilbane Content Management Conference, November 29 – December 01, 2005 in Boston. , http://www.duoconsulting.com

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