Lighthouse Seminars and Bluebill Advisors announced that the Gilbane Boston Conference taking place this week has added a special live interview on Massachusetts OpenDocument format controversy. David Berlind, Executive Editor of ZDNet, will interview Morgan Reed, Vice President of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) live on the stage in the exhibit area of the Gilbane Conference at the Essex ballroom at Westin Copley in Boston. Thursday, December 1, 1:00 p.m. The State of Massachusetts is currently embroiled in a controversy about its decision to standardize on the OASIS OpenDocument Format (ODF). ODF competes with the Microsoft Office format, and the decision is strongly opposed by Microsoft. The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a lobbying organization focused on the “…interests of small and mid-size entrepreneurial technology companies…” also opposes the State’s decision. David will quiz Morgan why ACT is supporting Microsoft’s position. The Massachusetts decision is being watched very closely by other state and national governments as well as private industry, and if it stands, it will have dramatic effects on both the technology governments buy, and on the way they manage and store all their documents. This interview is a chance to hear what is really at stake, and why a lobbying organization for small technology companies would support Microsoft’s position. The interview is free for all expo visitors. The contact for Press/Media Sponsors is Evan Weisel, (703) 628-5754, email@example.com.
Mediasurface announced the arrival of the Morello Web Client, its web-based content management interface and the company’s most recent product. Following on from its Morello Smart Client, launched last year. The Morello Web Client is almost indistinguishable from its Morello Smart Client desktop equivalent. It allows web-based content contribution through both Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, delivering the features of Morello to everyone within the organisation, regardless of browser and operating system.
Information Mapping, Inc. (IMI), provider of Information Life Cycle Solutions to the Global 1000, announced it has released a Topic-Based Document Suite for Content Mapper, including XML document Schemas in support of DITA, Mapping Object Model (MOM) and other standard document structures. Content Mapper is a Microsoft Word-based authoring tool that generates XML and integrates with content management systems (CMS). Combined with the Content Mapper Standard Schema, the Content Mapper Topic-Based Document Suite allows organizations to adopt the level of document structure that they find most practical for their business needs. Included in the document suite are tailored DTDs and Schemas for use by companies who have adopted DITA and MOM standards for content creation. DITA and MOM are complementary and can be customized to easily support additional document structures related to specific business needs or technologies. DITA is an open-source standard for topic-based authoring and information publishing. It allows authoring and effective metadata tagging for truly integrated authoring and content management. The DITA standard is being adopted by international companies including IBM, Intel, Nokia, Adobe, Autodesk and Texas Instruments. The Mapping Object Model standard (“MOM”) supports Information Mapping’s information architecture from Formatting Solutions(TM) which is used by more than 250,000 people around the globe. It supports 6 information types, hierarchical data structures, and the most common Information Mapping templates. This Schema allows users to easily import previously created Formatting Solutions documents into Content Mapper. IMI will demonstrate Content Mapper with the Topic-based Document Suite to customers, analysts and the press at the Gilbane Conference On Content Management Technologies in Boston, November 29-December 1. http://www.infomap.com
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
Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced that FAST now supports the Sun Solaris 10 Operating System (OS). FAST also joined the Sun Partner Advantage Program for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Sun’s Ten Moves Ahead partner initiative to speed market adoption of the Solaris 10 OS. The Sun Partner Advantage Program for ISVs will enable FAST to build, market, and sell enterprise search-based applications designed to leverage Solaris 10 OS. A critical component of FAST’s OEM enterprise search strategy involves FAST InStream, an OEM-specific enterprise search solution developed specifically to meet the complex application-based search requirements of ISVs. FAST InStream runs on a wide variety of operating systems, including the Solaris 10 OS powered by UltraSPARC processors, HP-UX, Windows, Linux, and AIX software platforms. http://www.fastsearch.com
Endeca announced the availability of new Information Access Solutions for Media & Publishing. Built on Endeca’s search and Guided Navigation platform, the solutions help online publishers, content providers and other information suppliers deploy retrieval capabilities for websites, customer and employee-facing content services and online directory applications. The solutions, directory solutions, online publishing solutions, and multimedia content solutions, are designed to simplify and speed access to desirable information. Each of the new information access solutions combine search and navigation functionality with “Content Spotlighting” capabilities, providing users and customers with multiple, integrated ways to explore, find and access content through a single interface. http://www.endeca.com
Xyleme Inc. announced the release of Xyleme Application Developer Kit (ADK) 3.4 at the 2005 Gilbane Conference, being held in Boston, MA from November 29th through December 1st. The release includes a new version of Xyleme Views and the first release of Xyleme Application Builder. The new version of Xyleme Views provides a drag-and-drop mapping interface so that developers can manage diverse content structures, build complex XML queries and generate web applications, without writing any code. The new ADK also includes Xyleme Application Builder, an extension of Xyleme Views. Xyleme Application Builder uses a simple web-based form and drop-down menus to allow technical and non-technical users to generate XML-based queries and applications. In the financial services industry, for example, traders and brokers on a Xyleme platform can now immediately query across multiple systems as if all the data were in a single XML schema, even if trades are stored in myriad data structures. For organizations managing a multitude of diverse legacy systems resulting from mergers and acquisitions, Xyleme Views and Xyleme Application Builder can assimilate diverse content into a single unified view to deliver real-time, global reporting across customers and lines of business. Xyleme will demonstrate Xyleme Views and Xyleme Application Builder in Pavilion Station G. In addition, Xyleme will also demonstrate its new generation Assemble-on-Demand Publishing Solution and its Single-Source Publishing Solution for Technical Documentation and Training. http://www.xyleme.com
The Gilbane Report and Lighthouse Seminars 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 (E-DRM) Conference, chaired by noted authority Bill Rosenblatt, Editor of DRMWatch.com. 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, including a: Content Management Track, Content Technology Track, Enterprise Search Track, Automated Publishing for Marketing Track, Blog & Wiki Track, and a Content Technology Works Case Studies Track. 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.