Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Endeca Technologies, Inc., a provider of unstructured data management, web commerce and business intelligence solutions. A privately-held company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Endeca provides products that help companies analyze unstructured data, gain better business intelligence, and deliver a better customer experience. Endeca’s core technology, the MDEX Engine, is designed to enable enterprises to correlate and analyze unstructured data. Endeca InFront is a leading customer experience management platform that enables businesses to deliver targeted and relevant customer experiences online with merchandising and content targeting tools for web commerce. Endeca Latitude is a technology platform that enables businesses to rapidly develop analytic applications bringing information from many unstructured and structured information sources together. The combination of Oracle and Endeca is expected to create a comprehensive technology platform to process, store, manage, search and analyze structured and unstructured information together. The combination of Oracle ATG Commerce and Endeca InFront is expected to enhance cross-channel commerce, merchandising, and online customer experiences. The combination of Oracle Business Intelligence and Endeca Latitude is expected to provide a comprehensive business intelligence foundation and analytic applications, bringing together information from structured and unstructured data sources. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close before the end of 2011. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently. http://www.oracle.com/ http://www.endeca.com
Box.net announced new integration with Google Docs. Box users can now create, edit and concurrently edit with Google Docs. In the announcing blog post, doubt was expressed by Box.net over Microsoft opening Office 365 to 3rd party developers like themselves, and thus implies that this integration with Google will be the focus of the Box.net platform for the foreseeable future. http://www.box.net/
SaaS content management system (CMS) Granite Horizon In The Cloud now provides enhanced mobile features as well as a new search engine (SEO) optimization tool. In The Cloud (ITC) subscribers now can easily deploy mobile apps to make use of their content in ways optimized for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Thanks to its new application programming interface (API), the information stored in the CMS can be consumed in attractive apps. A “canonical link” feature was introduced today as well. The CMS allows content to appear in multiple locations (for example, on the mobile version of the site as well as the main version). Other features deployed include an enhancement to the editorial interface and an improvement to the workflow system. http://granitehorizon.com
2011 marks the launch of iCore CMS, a new web content management system designed for managing the entire workings of an online business. The iCore CMS is the brain child of Instani, a Microsoft Certified Partner delivering web design, SEO and mobile application development services to a global client base. iCore CMS allows businesses to manage all aspects of product management and customer relations through one user interface. Users can choose from a variety of free customer facing template designs with the option of custom design and development by the Instani team. All system updates are instantaneous and free for users, and affordable monthly payment plans allow businesses to choose a package best tailored to their requirements. iCore is a fully hosted CMS, particularly ideal for web designers who require something customisable and plug and play for their clients. iCore Content Management System is fully rebrandable and compatible with Dreamweaver software. iCore challenges the current capabilities of open source CMS by providing an unrestricted, highly secure and fully supported platform. www.icorecms.com
Really Strategies announced the availability of RSuite Cloud, a web-based editorial and production system for automated multilingual publishing to print, web, and eBook formats. RSuite Cloud is a hosted end-to-end content management and publishing system for book publishers to create, manage, and distribute single-source content to multiple channels. The system also provides language translation tools to publish in 70 languages, including all major European, Asian, and bidirectional languages.
RSuite Cloud is available on a per-user license or Pay-Per-Page model. Pay-Per-Page is a payment model where the software is free of charge and the publisher only pays for final pages published from the system.
RSuite Cloud accepts Microsoft Word manuscripts into the system and automatically converts the Word files to XML for web-based copyediting and automated page composition. Production workflows can be set up to generate page proofs and eBook drafts for content review and approval. The system is configured to automatically publish print-ready PDF files, HTML output, and eBook formats. http://www.reallysi.com/