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Day: January 17, 2006

PTC & IHS Partner to Deliver Environmental Regulatory Compliance Solution

PTC (Nasdaq: PMTC), the Product Development Company announced a partnership with IHS, Inc (NYSE: IHS) to deliver electronic components content to users of PTC Windchill. Windchill is a content and process management solution that helps companies optimize their product development process. Electronics companies today face a difficult challenge to comply with new environmental regulations from the European Union (RoHS and WEEE), as well as emerging regulations from across the globe. The partnership between PTC and IHS will provide the foundation by which a comprehensive environmental regulatory compliance management solution will be offered to address these challenges. This solution provides tools that help companies to manage component compliance data, determine the compliance of a product structure or BOM against a selected regulation (e.g., RoHS), and manage the change process to bring a non-compliant product structure into compliance.

FAST Announces Availability of ProPublish 4.1

Fast Search & Transfer (FAST) announced the availability of the newest version of FAST ProPublish, a solution for gathering, processing and delivering professional reference material to online and offline users. Based on the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), ProPublish 4.1 is designed specifically for premium content providers whose research-oriented users demand complex search and navigation capabilities. FAST ProPublish 4.1 provides publishers with both graphical and automated tools so they can quickly pull data from multiple sources, apply rules for enhancing that data, and deliver it via a Web-based interface. FAST ProPublish is designed to meet the needs of both commercial publishers offering subscription-based data access and information-intensive corporations tasked with delivery of internal premium or reference content to their users.

Alfresco Partners with Inovox for Open Source Email Archiving

Alfresco Software Inc. announced that it has partnered with Inovox to deliver open source email archiving to address business requirements driven by numerous federal and state regulations including Sarbanes Oxley, SEC 17a 3-4, HIPPA, Basel II and NASD to name but a few. The solution, developed by Inovox, supports Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, Postfix, Sendmail and Kolab allowing email to be archived into Alfresco. The email monitoring operates as a SMTP proxy and uses Alfresco’s Web Service interface to store the emails and all of their attachments. Alfresco is able to manage these emails with full auditability and the option of transforming them into a different format for easy access or long-term readability. The emails and attachments can be automatically categorized, full text indexed with meta-data extracted to enable easy, rapid searching and access. This allows customers to reduce cost through open source and manage compliance, litigation discovery and productivity.

Mary Laplante Elected to the Content Management Professionals Board

For Immediate Release:

The Gilbane Report’s Mary Laplante Elected to the Content Management Professionals Association Board of Directors

Mary Laplante
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Cambridge, MA, January 17, 2006. Content Management Professionals (CM Pros), the international content management community of practice, announced that Mary Laplante and Scott Abel have been elected to the 2006-2007 CM Pros Board of Directors and that Janus Boye and Mollye Barrett have been elected to serve on the organization’s Management Committee as director of member relations and director of communications, respectively.

A member-driven organization, the CM Pros Board of Directors and Management Committee are nominated and elected in an open process by the members of the organization. Scott Abel and Mary Laplante were elected to replace two outgoing Board members – Frank Gilbane and Ann Rockley – whose terms expire this month. Directors Seth Gottlieb, Erik Hartman, and Samantha Starmer remain on the Board until January 2007.

As Vice President of Consulting Services with Bluebill Advisors and senior editor of The Gilbane Report, Mary Laplante offers more than 20 years in business and marketing in the content management arena. As the first executive director of the organization now known as OASIS, she offers CM Pros first-hand knowledge of the challenges facing an early-stage not-for-profit professional association.

A technical writing specialist and content management strategist, Scott Abel helps organizations improve the way they author, maintain, publish, and archive their information assets. Scott is actively involved in the content management arena and a frequent contributor to a wide variety of magazines, newsletters and industry conferences. His blog, is a popular web destination for those interested in content management. A director of content management with more than two decades experience in writing, Director of Content Management at Ken Cook Co., Mollye Barrett has been a professional writer for more than 25 years including eight years as a content management consultant. Janus Boye is managing director and founder of Denmark-based Boye IT, a vendor-neutral consultancy focused on content management. In addition to his consulting activities, Janus is also a contributing author to the CMS Report from CMS Watch and principal author of the forthcoming Enterprise Portals Report. He is also the conference chair of cmf2006, an international content management event bringing together users, consultants and vendors.

Established in October 2004 with founding support from more than 100 content management professionals, this is CM Pros second annual election. Over the past 15 months, the organization has grown to more than 600 members and continues to expand rapidly. The newly elected directors will be seated officially at their first Board meeting on Friday, January 20.

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).


DITA Webinar Recording Now Available

The recording of the DITA Webinar is now available online. Follow this link and then click on the link, “View All Recorded Events.” You can access the full set of Webinar slides here (PDF).

One of the themes of the Webinar was the use of DITA in applications beyond technical documentation and product support content. Paul Wlodarczyk of Blast Radius discussed applications of other, customer-facing content that could be structured in DITA. These include product descriptions on the e-Commerce site, including user-authored product reviews, bulletins and best practices on the customer support site, and sources like fault trees in a contact center knowledge base. DITA makes sense in these applications because of the value of such content–and the likely need to localize it.

Are people seeing other applications of DITA beyond technical documentation per se? Feel free to comment here and let us know.

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