Vasont Systems announced the release of Vasont 10, the latest version of its single-source content management system. Vasont 10 will be unveiled at the Gilbane Conference on Content Management in Boston, MA, on November 29 – December 1, 2005. Vasont transactions can now be processed up to six times faster on corporate networks due to Vasont 10’s enhanced server-side processing on the Oracle server. Vasont utilizes the most current version of Oracle, 10g. Digital asset management capabilities have been added to Vasont 10. Users can simply drag-and-drop multimedia components, in a wide variety of file formats, from their desktop into Vasont. They can be viewed in the Vasont File Explorer several different ways, including thumbnail, detail, or list views. Vasont 10 provides users with the ability to capture, organize, and search unstructured documents and structured component-level content together in the same database. Users can now drag-and-drop entire unstructured documents from their desktop directly into the Vasont repository. The new Pointer Log in Vasont 10 manages modular reuse in a similar way that Vasont’s Global Change Log manages component reuse, giving users control over the implementation of changes to reused content. The Pointer Log tracks and time-stamps all changes made to referenced content and tells the user exactly what changes need to be approved for a particular pointer/reference. http://www.vasont.com
Inxight and Kapow Technologies have entered into an agreement to integrate and jointly sell the Kapow Web Integration platform with Inxight SmartDiscovery Analysis Server. The combined solution enables clients to reach and analyze any structured or unstructured information available on the Web. The Kapow Web Integration platform integrates any application or information through the Web front-end, and integrates these into portals, content/knowledge management systems, databases or solution frameworks like Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) as Web services. Inxight will resell Kapow’s products to customers seeking additional functionality to collect information from Web resources for processing within the Inxight SmartDiscovery Analysis Server platform. Using the Kapow Web Integration Platform, users are able to collect Web data, and extract relevant content and information in conjunction with their enterprise content. Customers can keep their content collection fresh through automated or scheduled synchronization of content. In addition, if information is not found in the customer’s current collection, an ad-hoc query system that is part of the solution can collect and normalize the content in real-time and insert it into Inxight SmartDiscovery. http://www.kapowtech.com,
Microsoft Corp. and Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX)(TSX:OTC) announced a strategic relationship to optimize Open Text’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions for the Microsoft platform. As part of the announcement, Open Text, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, becomes a worldwide ECM partner with Microsoft. By deepening the relationship between Open Text and Microsoft, the companies will work to enhance Open Text solutions in ways that combine the Microsoft platform and Open Text’s understanding of the ECM needs of large enterprises. The resulting solutions from Open Text will include vertical-market offerings in financial services and government.Open Text is also introducing two new solutions that use Open Text’s Livelink ECM suite and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. The new solutions include an Open Text records management solution for Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Open Text is also introducing Web Parts that expose Livelink ECM content and functionality in SharePoint Portal Server 2003. This new level of integration will allow SharePoint Portal Server 2003 users to utilize specific Livelink ECM capabilities and access content stored anywhere in Livelink ECM. Future versions of Open Text solutions will be built on Microsoft Office “12,” the code name of the next major release of Microsoft Office products. Livelink ECM will connect directly with Microsoft’s ECM capabilities and extend the content created in Office “12” into business processes. Open Text has also agreed to support the latest version of Visual Studio 2005, for the development of new Livelink ECM solutions that integrate with SharePoint Portal Server 2003. http://www.opentext.com, http://www.microsoft.com
Pound Hill Software announced MetaGrove, an integrated suite of software tools for Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP). The toolkit consists of MetaGrove Developer, MetaGrove Plug-ins for Adobe’s Creative Suite, and MetaGrove XTension for QuarkXPress. Available for Windows and Mac, MetaGrove provides for standardized cross-platform and cross-application metadata consistency, server-based support for controlled vocabularies, and the ability to automatically enforce corporate and departmental standards. MetaGrove Developer provides a drag-and-drop environment for initial setup by the organization’s data expert. It defines the metadata to be embedded in digital assets and the look and feel of the user dialogs used to collect the data. Features such as auto-complete, tool tips, validation, thumbnail support, and dynamic server support ensure complete and accurate metadata tagging. The MetaGrove suite will be available for delivery by the end of January 2006. Enterprise pricing is based on quantity, with typical pricing of $65 to $85 per Plug-in or XTension.
The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars announced that the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies Boston will host over 60 vendors exhibiting a broad range of content technologies available for enterprise applications. Taking place November 29-December 1 at the Westin Copley Place, attendees can learn more about widely deployed technologies like content management and enterprise search as well as newer technologies for corporate content applications, such as blogs, wikis, RSS, and “rich internet” applications. Highlights of some of the exciting and innovative content management technologies and solutions that will be on display are available in the full press release at: To view the entire list of exhibitors visit: To register for the Gilbane Conference on Content Management Technologies Boston visit:
CrownPeak announced 360 Degree Site Management, which allows marketers to integrate solutions with Web Content Management. Through several recent partner integrations, 360 Degree Site Management integrates all the technology, including Web hosting, CRM, Web analytics, Web content management and site search, necessary to manage and deliver quality Web sites. CrownPeak’s integration partners include IBM and RackSpace for Web hosting, Salesforce.com and Convio for CRM and WebTrends for Web analytics. By using 360 Degree Site Management, both current and prospective customers can rely on one vendor to implement, integrate, manage and support all of their core online marketing functions. http://www.crownpeak.com
In our informal survey of enterprise use of blogs and wikis, the most popular application that organizations are using blogs and wikis for was “knowledge management”. While our survey is a far cry from what a rigorous market research effort would be, the results are in sync with what we and others are hearing from companies. I recently heard from Rod Boothby, who is leading an effort with Ernst & Young to build an internal enterprise blogging system to support knowledge sharing, and has written an essay based on his findings while building the business case for the project. I have just read the 37 page essay, Turning Knowledge Workers into Innovation Creators, and it is a great tool for describing the benefits of enterprise blogging to senior management. Rod is publishing sections of the essay on his blog at www.innovationcreators.com.