Blackboard Inc. has launched a new website–Scholar.com. It is an excellent web application that helps communities of people share bookmarks on topics of common interest. It is particularly helpful for high school and college students and their teachers and professors to use when doing projects or research. This is a great example of communities adding value to long established processes.
Are you interested in the future of publishing? Stay tuned to this Blog for a major announcement within the next few weeks… This will be a major theme of the Publishing Track at this spring’s Gilbane Conference in San Francisco April 10-12.
BroadVision, Inc. (Pink Sheets:BVSN) announced a product roadmap for the next 12 months. The roadmap includes new products including an e-business framework with modular web services, agile development toolsets, a companion implementation methodology, a vertical application, an on-demand strategy, and the general availability of QuickSilver 3.0, the newest version of BroadVision’s e-publishing solution. BroadVision Kona Application Services is a library of modular web services including: e-Commerce solutions for transacting business online through B2B and B2C channels; Portal solutions; Content Management solutions to give business users control over the quality of information as they create, manage and publish content to e-business applications; and Process Management, a solution to develop and deploy user-centric self-service processes as well as task-centric workflow processes. Kukini is a new toolset incorporating XML, Web 2.0-based user experiences and packaged as an extension module to the Eclipse interactive development environment, Kukini leverages Kona’s core capabilities such as the BroadVision Process technology and yet is independent of the Kona engine. BroadVision Kukini is scheduled for general availability in the second quarter of 2007. BroadVision QuickSilver provides features for creation and publishing of lengthy, complex documents supporting multiple output formats (including HTML, PDF, and Postscript) and automatic publishing of personalized content to BroadVision Portal solutions. QuickSilver 3.0, available immediately, delivers a number of new features including Unicode support and improved support for XML authoring. http://www.broadvision.com
Hot Banana Software, Inc. announced that it has launched Version 5.5, which integrates Web site optimization and marketing automation features. The company also made significant changes to its SaaS and licensed pricing, focusing on small-to-midsized marketers. The company’s new release, Hot Banana Version 5.5, focuses on three areas: (1) Web content management, empowering marketers to build Web sites and take control of their content; (2) Web site optimization, giving marketers the tools they need to fine-tune the marketing performance of their sites; and (3) marketing automation tools for capturing Web site visitors, turning them into qualified leads and transferring the leads to CRM systems. The Web CMS integrates third-party Web analytics, email marketing and CRM solutions. It also consolidates all the capabilities from Hot Banana’s formerly optional Active Marketing Suite into one core product. The company has made its pricing structure more affordable, creating a three-tier model based on usage: one to five users, six to 25 users and unlimited users. Hot Banana SaaS, the company’s hosted offering, starts at only $329 per month, while Hot Banana Licensed Software starts at $4,999. The most expensive package is a licensed-software offering that handles an unlimited number of users and URLs for only $27,999. As part of its re-positioning strategy, Hot Banana has re-launched its own corporate Web site using Version 5.5, at http://www.hotbanana.com.