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Month: May 2009 (Page 2 of 4)

K4 Publishing System Now Also for Rent

Vjoon announced that media companies, publishing houses, and corporate publishers now have the option to rent vjoon‘s K4 Publishing System. According to their individual situation, publishers can hire as many K4 workstations, K4 Web Editor licenses, and other system components such as K4 Overview or K4 XML Exporter as their projects, order position, and workload demand.This new rental offering benefits both new and existing customers. New customers can test the system, existing customers can add additional K4 seats to their current system as needed. The costs for Adobe InDesign CS4 Server and the database are included in the rental fee. This enables Adobe InDesign and InCopy users to test the system and experience the time and cost savings brought on by K4 under actual production conditions. http://www.vjoon.com/

Inventive Designers Introduces IntelliStamp

Inventive Designers is introducing a new security solution for verifying digitally signed and printed documents. The software is called IntelliStamp and is available now. IntelliStamp has been developed to fill the gaps in the digital chain. Many people print out digital documents for their own records at home and then delete them from their PCs, without realising that by doing so they are losing the authenticity of those documents. Official organisations (companies, banks and government bodies) are also still printing and sending a large number of documents by post, although previously this was merely a way of remaining fully compliant with the legal framework. Here, IntelliStamp can function as an extension of the digital signature. IntelliStamp allows end users to print out the document themselves, without losing its legality. This saves companies money on printing and postage. IntelliStamp creates a bridge between digital and paper documents. The application ‘reads’ a digital document and creates an encrypted visual stamp, based on the content of the document and a digital certificate. The visual key is visible in printed form as one or several 2-D barcodes and can be easily scanned in order to verify the authenticity and origin of the document. http://www.inventivedesigners.com

JustSystems and Mark Logic Partner to Help with XBRL

JustSystems and Mark Logic Corporation announced a technology partnership that will enable enterprise organizations to streamline data aggregation, content creation and publishing of financial reports using XBRL. Driven by XBRL compliance requirements set forth by the SEC and by the need to eliminate accounting errors and fraud, JustSystems and Mark Logic will offer customers a technology integration that combines JustSystems xfy XBRL Report and MarkLogic Server. This integration option allows enterprise organizations to push complex financial XBRL content from MarkLogic Server to content applications built on the JustSystems xfy platform at any stage of a business workflow. Using this functionality, organizations can also analyze and create detailed financial reports from XBRL content and add XBRL-aware document management functionality to their existing MarkLogic Server deployments. JustSystems xfy XBRL Report lets users review and analyze XBRL data and share their results with others. To that end, xfy consumes XBRL, creating content that uses the XBRL data and publishes it in a web-ready HTML or PDF. Other users can view the published reports without any special software, just a standard web browser. http://www.justsystems.com/, http://www.marklogic.com

Across Announces Language Server v5

Across Systems announced version 5 of its Language Server. Under the heading “Enterprise Language Intelligence,” Across is deploying the concepts of Business Intelligence for usage in multi-language documents and content. With Across v5, companies operating at an international level gain greater control of their language resources and of the management of complex translation processes despite widespread outsourcing of translation projects. The new Across Language Server v5 offers several options for process automation as well as for workflow management and analysis: crossAnalytics is a new component that identifies key data and reveals previously untapped process optimization potential; Web-based project management is an option for managing complex translation processes without any client installation; crossMining introduces principles of data and text mining into language technology; crossAuthor Linguistic expands authoring support using rule-based quality assurance methods, and; crossAutomate, another new module, allows for free configuration and automation of processes. With the new product generation v5, the platform architecture of Across, the number of available connections for interacting systems has expanded to approximately 50, including interfaces to SAP ERP, BPM tool Plunet, Web CMS Typo 3 and the ECM solution of Optimal Systems, among others. http://www.across.net

DocPoint Solutions and Atalasoft Team Up on SharePoint Solutions

DocPoint Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of Quality Associates, Inc., focused on providing Microsoft SharePoint to organizations that are looking to expand employee collaboration and increase the exchange of information, announced a new reseller relationship with Easthampton, Mass.-based Atalasoft, Inc. This new partnership authorizes DocPoint to distribute, customize, and install Atalasoft’s Vizit SP software. Vizit SP is a solution for viewing, cleaning up, indexing, and annotating documents within the Microsoft SharePoint Server (MOSS). The product is a zero-footprint document viewing system, which means end users can access documents without installing any software or downloading the files to their desktops. To all clients evaluating the Vizit SP software, DocPoint is also authorized to grant unlimited and free use of the Vizit Previewer. This program provides the user with fast on-screen preview images of any document stored within the SharePoint system. http://www.docpointsolutions.com

Announcements Spring Forth as Search Conferences Begin

Here is a monthly summary of some interesting and important announcements for April, but first a couple of comments on the Infonortics Search Engines conference in Boston the last week of April. Ever searching for ways to embrace and make social tools more useful, I decided to tweet the entire Infonortics meeting. Except for a lapse late on Monday because I left a little early and some wireless issues Tuesday PM, I was able to pass on quite a few interesting or relevant comments by speakers. See what you get out of some very terse tweets by searching in Twitter infonorticssearchengine (that takes up entirely too much space I learned). The talks were excellent and many of the speakers emphasized how hard it is to do search well; it was also clear that there are many, many ways to try to do it well, none of them for the faint of heart. If you want to get under the search hood, this is the conference for technologists and those who want to hear what the development community is pondering.

Here is the April news:

Marketwire. Bell Mobility and Coveo Partner to create Enterprise Search from Bell, an Exclusive Enterprise-Grade Mobile Search Solution, March 31, 2009.

My diminished manual dexterity and old eyes have discouraged me from embracing smart mobile devices but this announcement demonstrates that Coveo does understand the future of search. Coveo is releasing many enhanced functions and new options but the emphasis on search on a handheld is compelling for all road warriors. From what I understand, setup is pretty quick and productivity is immediate. This is a smart move to support Coveo’s current customer base and a draw for new ones.

Velten, Carlo. Official Qitera Blog: Qitera Enterprise – Search as a Service, April 2, 2009

There is a 15-day free trial being offered for this new software as a service for aggregating and sharing Internet search results with colleagues within the enterprise. As a consultant in knowledge management, helping people with collaboration and sharing technologies for KM processes, I find this an intriguing option. If any readers have checked it out, please let us know your impressions. http://www.qitera.com/corp/products/overview

Knovel Enhances Engineering Reference Offering, Adding Works from Five New Publishers, 04/06/2009

As a former technical librarian in a Fortune 500 chemical company, I contributed to a massive manually built index to technical information to support our research scientists. We ensured that all property data for any materials we developed, or developed by our competitors was indexed for rapid retrieval (e.g. what is the thermal conductivity of ABC grade of graphite). The overhead for scanning journals, government documents, patents and conference papers to harvest and categorize that information was enormous. Since I learned about Knovel in 2002, I have been a huge fan of the value of the content they codify and make accessible through their proprietary retrieval tools. This content is re-purposed through licenses with publishers who understand the increased value of being able to manipulate tables, charts and graphs as well has being able to compare data from various sources of reference books. Engineers and scientists need to be able to find data expressed in the most relevant form for their purpose. Knovel provides an aggregating and retrieval engine, and researchers can then normalize search results dynamically themselves through simple re-sorting operations. If you want to be kept abreast of the wealth of content that continues to come on-line from Knovel, be sure to visit their site and sign up for announcements. I recommend a subscription to their services to every scientific and engineering library in my client organizations.

Endeca Technologies, Inc. … today announced a formalized partnership to deliver Endeca’s Digital Asset Navigator solution on Open Text Digital Media Group’s Enterprise Media Management Solution.

April 16, 2009. Endeca’s Digital Asset Navigator offers an unprecedented access and discovery experience, combining Endeca’s market leading search, Guided Navigation and Content Spotlighting capabilities. It integrates related data from Open Text’s enterprise Digital Asset Management solution, as well as databases, file servers, enterprise applications and other source systems… The joint solution also takes advantage of Endeca’s advanced security capabilities to ensure that users only have access to data they are approved to see and use…

This is an interesting alliance, to be sure. Digital asset management is an arena ripe for growth and it has not gotten the wide-spread traction I believe it deserves. For publishers and R & D operations the productivity gains can be huge and this combined offering may intensify focus on an under-leveraged technology by ensuing high security and excellent retrieval. Looking at the headline, I would just advise that they pare down the labeling to something pithy and memorable.

X1 Technologies Releases Updates to the X1 Professional Client and the X1 Content Connector for Symantec Enterprise Vault 4/27/2009

X1 is gaining some serious traction and I know it appeals to engineers who like to maintain good order with their piles of data, particularly the flow of large quantities that show up in email and feeds. I spent a few hours four years ago with an engineer, an X1 devotee, who had tagged his email in text files scrupulously and then used X1 to index them every night. He swore by its value and reliability. This looks like they recognize the service they provide to customers who live in email and need to master their desktop domain. Theirs is a niche with a large audience to capture.

ISYS Search Software Announces Release of ISYS:sdk 9. April 28, 2009. Newest Version of Company’s Integration Kit Offers Dramatic Performance and Scalability Enhancements, Intelligent Content Analysis and Parametric Search.

ISYS made some significant management changes over the past few months and they are clearly moving along with their marketing efforts as they recognize the value of expanding the re-seller partnership options. Customer comments that come my way continue to be favorable and they have a good story to tell.

Data Search Technology Used by FBI Makes its Way to Enterprises. eWeek New York, NY, April 29, 2009

Add Chiliad to the list of platform search engines, now that they are being highlighted for their value at the FBI. With deep (20+ years) roots in government programs (including early DARPA research and later the SBIR) and a burst of interest and investment by the government after 9/11, Chiliad is taking its venture into more commercial opportunities. We will see how they stack up against the big players in the marketplace. They must have learned something as they worked to “connect the dots” for the FBI.

There have been a lot more stories this past month, but these notices are the ones that kept me engaged in contemplating the enterprise search marketplace that just keeps putting up more options.

Conference update

There are only 4 more weeks until our annual San Francisco conference. If you haven’t already made plans to attend, you should check it out. We have more content than we have ever had in San Francisco, so whatever kind of enterprise web or content application project or responsibility you have, you’ll find learning and networking opportunities.

Our marketing group has been posting updates on our announcements blog and on Twitter. But for those of you who only read this stream, here is a quick update:

  • The early discount rates have been extended to May 8th.
  • Gilbane conference room rate of $220 at the San Francisco Westin includes complimentary daily guest room internet use, valued at $14.95 per day.
  • There are 46 conference sessions, workshops or product labs, 90 expert speakers, 36 sponsors/exhibitors.
  • Keynotes from Microsoft & Adobe on the future of web platforms and customer engagement
  • Keynote analyst panel with Forrester, IDC, Gilbane, and WelchmanPierpoint.
  • We’ll be using #gilbanesf as the hash tag.

See you there.

Open Text to Acquire Vignette

Open Text Corporation (NASDAQ:OTEX) (TSX:OTC) and Vignette Corporation (NASDAQ:VIGN) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which Vignette will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Open Text. Vignette shareholders will receive US $8.00 in cash plus 0.1447 of an Open Text common share for every Vignette common share which equates to approximately US $12.70 at close of market on May 5, 2009. This represents a premium of approximately 74% above the 30 trading day average closing price of Vignette‘s shares and approximately 41% above the most recent closing price. This values the transaction at approximately US $310 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of calendar 2009 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Vignette‘s shareholders, Hart-Scott-Rodino anti-trust clearance, Securities and Exchange Commission clearance and stock exchange approvals. http://www.vignette.com, http://www.opentext.com/

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