Akiva Corporation, a provider of enterprise-wide open collaboration solutions, has announced the first commercial release of Silk. This software, which has been available in beta release since late 2004, is a comprehensive open source collaboration solution built to enterprise J2EE software standards. This open source software can lower the total cost of ownership when compared with other major proprietary collaboration frameworks.
Silk is designed to provide integration of collaborative applications such as email clients, IM programs and meeting applications while providing a centralized Web portal into an enterprise's content and the collaboration surrounding it. Documents and applications are presented along with the related collaboration such as participants, discussions, surveys, meeting notes and emails. This gives team members a complete picture of the status of projects and provides the context for smart collaboration. Within this context, team members have access to the information and collaboration tools they need rather than searching through "islands" of various collaboration applications.
Silk is built on industry standard technology and is being distributed under the GNU Public License--an open source software license. As of today, the same software is also available under a commercial license, along with support, from Akiva for enterprise customers.
Silk's basic features include: Web and/or Email based threaded discussions; WebLog publishing (Blogging); collaborative content publishing (Wiki); file sharing (via Web and/or WebDAV); document versioning; polling, voting, and message ratings; user rankings and profiles; user home pages and subscription; collaboration viewed in context of documents & applications; user presence/location and message routing; XMPP Based IM and Text chat support; RSS support; JavaBeans and Web Services (WSDL/SOAP/XML) API access; integrated Help and online documentation; major J2EE application servers and databases supported; and LDAP support.
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