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Open Text Corporation, an enterprise content management (ECM) software vendor, has announced that a total of 19,135,455 shares of IXOS Software AG, representing approximately 88% of the ordinary share capital and voting rights of IXOS, have been tendered under the tender offer to its wholly-owned subsidiary, 2016091 Ontario Inc. Of these IXOS shares, 17,792,529 shares (approximately 93% of the tendered shares) have been tendered for the Alternative Consideration of Open Text shares and warrants, with the balance tendered for cash. Together with shares acquired in the open market, 2016091 Ontario owns a total of 19,157,428 IXOS shares or approximately 88% of the ordinary share capital and voting rights of IXOS. With the Offer now completed, 2016091 Ontario Inc. will proceed with further steps to acquire the remaining IXOS shares not owned by it, in accordance with German law. Based on the 88% interest in IXOS acquired to date, Open Text will begin to consolidate IXOS results with its results on March 1, 2004. Open Text is also updating to its guidance for the combined operations reflecting a 12% minority interest in the shares of IXOS.

(http://www.opentext.com/livelink)

Hummingbird Ltd., a provider of integrated enterprise content management (ECM) solutions, and Venetica, a provider of enterprise content integration (ECI) software, have announced a strategic technology partnership, under which Hummingbird will leverage Venetica technology to enable their business solutions to incorporate content from external systems. As part of the announcement, Venetica will create a Content Bridge to Hummingbird Enterprise 2004 DM, so customers can incorporate Hummingbird-stored content into applications built upon the VeniceBridge platform.

The integration with Venetica is expected to allow Hummingbird users to integrate Hummingbird business solutions with third-party content management systems, enabling a real-time virtual view of content from within their business applications. Venetica's VeniceBridge enables users to work with content managed by multiple, disparate sources. Users can access multiple repositories from a single interface, offering the ability to have a simultaneous interactive session with multiple content repositories. With VeniceBridge, Hummingbird plans to provide its customers with an integration platform that connects Hummingbird solutions with their existing content management systems, providing the capability to either access content in place or move selected information to a specific Hummingbird business-focused repository.

(http://www.hummingbird.com), (http://www.venetica.com)

Atomz, a provider of on-demand enterprise Web site search applications, and WebSideStory, a provider of on-demand Web analytics, have announced an integration that combines hosted site search and Web analytics in an effort to provide marketers with a holistic view of online behavior. Through the integration of search and analytics, searching and browsing information is correlated and available in one Web-browser interface for reference.

HBX's Internal Search capability delivers reporting on internal searches, including search terms across categories, related searches, failed searches, and search term conversions. The HBX Internal Search functionality captures search actions such as search terms entered in the search box, search results clicked on by visitors, and up to four "attribute" information strings. The capability also drills down to usable reports, such as: Top Keywords Report--provides Web marketers the ability to drill down into each search phrase to see what search results were clicked on. Further reports show related searches, as well as searches that led to no results. Integration of search term reporting with HBX's conversion events--marketers can view search terms that lead to conversions. For example, HBX can show that a visitor arrived on the site due to an advertising purchase, and then performed a search with a particular keyword, which then led to a purchase or a signup. Search attributes tied to conversions--ties visitor behavior with site conversion events. For example, an ecommerce director will be able to see which searches resulted in sales in a particular department or category.

(http://www.atomz.com/hbx), (http://www.hbxondemand.com), (http://www.websidestory.com)

Recommind, a provider of text management systems, has announced a partnership with Hummingbird Ltd., a developer of enterprise information management systems.  Hummingbird customers will be able to add the advanced search and categorization capabilities of Recommind's MindSever into their own suite of information management solutions, enabling automated metadata enhancement and broad search across a range of information sources and locations. Recommind will integrate with Hummingbird Enterprise, an integrated suite of applications that includes enterprise portal, document management, records management, knowledge management, collaboration, business intelligence, and data integration technologies. Recommind's text management systems are designed to automatically organize, manage, and distribute large volumes of text from multiple sources. With faster access to the right information, organizations in law, media/publishing, life sciences, and government can save time, enhance the quality of work product, and increase the value of information assets.

(http://www.hummingbird.com), (http://www.recommind.com)

Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has announced the launch of DialogPRO NewsEdge, its latest service designed for small business owners and managers worldwide. DialogPRO ("predictable research online") NewsEdge is a news alerting tool, available for subscription at fixed monthly fees, that delivers real-time news provided by news and research sources, and also offers access to archives of previously reported news stories and research. Subscribers set up customized "information profiles" to receive only those news reports focused on their industries, competitors, and related topics relevant to their businesses. As new content is added to Dialog's information warehouse, news reports are processed through the profiles. Matching news reports and research may then be delivered via email during the business day or can be accessed and viewed online at any time.

Specific features available through DialogPRO NewsEdge include: base content of more than 2,000 sources, including real-time reports from newswires such as The Associated Press and PR Newswire, among others; options for access to a larger content pool from 8,000 sources; the ability to schedule email delivery of flagged reports during the business day; access to that day's-as well as previous days-Editors' Picks and Editors' Updates; "Enterprise Redistribution," the ability to relay flagged news reports and research to others within a subscribing company, and "Publishing Module," the ability to select news reports for user-created folders that may be shared with others; "Company Watchlist," a financial markets tracking service based on stock symbols that offers access to research, current market data, and real-time news on monitored companies from around the world; weather information, with the user able to customize data for specific cities and retrieve five-day forecasts.

(http://www.dialog.com), (http://www.thomson.com)

Google has released the Froogle wireless service, a new Google Labs experiment that is designed to enable users to instantly search the Web for products using Froogle product search from their WML-enabled cell phone. Users may find this service helpful when they are out shopping at a retail store and are interested in searching Froogle to compare prices online. Froogle, Google's product search service, directs users to Web sites that sell the products they are searching for. The Froogle wireless service is currently available on Google Labs at http://labs.google.com. To use the Froogle wireless service: from a WML-enabled phone, point the browser to http://wml.froogle.com; enter search terms in the box and select the 'Search' button; and use the phone's keypad arrows to scroll through the results.

(http://www.google.com), (http://labs.google.com), (http://wml.froogle.com)

OverDrive, Inc. has announced plans to allow digital audio books to be made available for download by patrons in Windows Media format as part of its Digital Library Reserve service. OverDrive already supplies technology and content for thousands of eBook titles for online lending services at Cleveland Public Library, King County Library System (WA), San Jose Public Library, suburban Detroit libraries, and in dozens of other communities in the US and abroad. For the past year OverDrive has been encoding digital audio book materials as part of Microsoft's Sync & Go feature in its Plus! Digital Media Edition. Audio excerpts from the OverDrive Digital Book Channel as part of the Sync & Go feature can be sampled online. OverDrive is a strategic partner to Microsoft Corporation, Adobe Systems, Inc., and Mobipocket S.A, based in France and is a Gold Sponsor of the Open eBook Forum.

(http://www.overdrive.com)

Abacus e-Media has announced enhancements to its flagship content management software product, Webvision, that are designed to demonstrate the benefits of a single editorial workflow for print and electronic products. In an effort to facilitate the integrated system for Wilmington and Metal Bulletin's print and electronic products, Abacus has redeveloped Webvision's text editor to include functions such as interaction-support with Word and spell check.

Enhancing Webvision's searching, queue definition, workflow, and its range of story management functions has resulted in improved subbing, editing, and publishing processes. Webvision also now allows editors to select and export stories, sections or issues without any prior experience of the system. Furthermore, Abacus has integrated Roundtrip, an XML product developed by Easypress. This addition to Webvision now enables an XML-to-Quark and a Quark-to-XML function.

Wilmington and Metal Bulletin both had previously implemented Webvision's content management software to drive their electronic publishing, but have now adopted the new enhancements. Wilmington has chosen to use the new system to support its five 'Power' titles, but it remains to be seen whether, after this first implementation, Wilmington will extend the system to cover its healthcare, cranes, laundry, or dairy titles. Metal Bulletin has also chosen a limited implementation; although all its Metals and Minerals titles will henceforth be produced using the enhanced Webvision, the implementation has currently been limited to the export to XML element only. Full implementation will depend on whether a single editorial workflow for both their print and their electronic products generates efficiency in print production.

(http://www.abacusemedia.com)

Mirror Image Internet, an adaptive network for online content, application, and transaction delivery, has announced the latest version of CustomerCenter, its Web-based content management console for monitoring, reporting, and administration. The complete set of new CustomerCenter features includes daily traffic report emails as well as a Managed Content Targeting user interface for creating and controlling personalized content, Content Refresh tools for content updating in-a-click, and Real-time Performance Monitor with metrics.

Designed for the non-technical user, the Managed Content Targeting user interface is a Web-based tool for content targeting definition, management, and deployment. By using the interface to create and deploy a set of rules across Mirror Image's global Content Access Point (CAP) network, online content is delivered to site visitors based on specific logic (e.g., time of day, location or language). This user interface can also be used to deploy custom rules for execution across Mirror Image's adaptive network The CustomerCenter Content Refresh tools are designed to allow users to purge old content and graphics to ensure up-to-date and reliable Web sites. By selecting specific URLs, the system automatically refreshes all associated objects and displays a message when the action is complete. The CustomerCenter also allows authorized Web managers to create, modify and delete Content Refresh events based on selected times. Mirror Image also provides objective, real-time Performance Monitor statistics that help marketers ensure customers receive continuous network uptime and optimized Web performance. This monitor displays average response times, in real-time, for global requests made to the Mirror Image network, broken down by geographical region.  

(http://www.mirror-image.com)

OneSource Information Services, Inc., a provider of business information solutions, has announced new Synergy Solution offerings tailored for sales and marketing organizations and industry sectors such as commercial banking, insurance, legal, and accounting. These professional services offerings are designed to offer core functionality for specific business processes, enabled by the new version of the OneSource AppLink Pro Software Development Toolkit (SDK) and business information from the OneSource Enhanced Information Warehouse, and can be customized according to specific client needs.

Providing the information platform for the Synergy Solutions offerings, the OneSource Enhanced Information Warehouse has been redeployed on a single, unified database structure. This platform, based on Oracle technology, enables users to build queries across all types of content, including structured data such as financial information, and unstructured data such as news and analyst reports. The new Enhanced Information Warehouse platform is also expected to enable more rapid deployment of new product functionality for OneSource product users, and faster integration of new content.  

Professional services for the new Synergy Solutions offerings are provided by OneSource's Application Integration Service (AIS) team. Using the AppLink Pro SDK, AIS consultants are able to deploy these solutions by embedding business information within existing infrastructure such as portal applications, CRM systems, and frequently-used productivity tools such as Microsoft Excel 2003 and Microsoft Word 2003. The new Synergy Solutions offerings include: Synergy Solutions for Sales and Marketing, Synergy Solutions for Anti-Money Laundering, and Synergy Solutions for Underwriter Risk Assessment.

Synergy Solutions for Sales and Marketing target applications and productivity tools that support customer-facing processes. Features include: Company Profiling to prepare for client engagements and personalize marketing campaigns with detailed company and industry reports; Opportunity Alerts to maintain awareness of new opportunities at a specific account or at any company within a corporate family structure through company, industry, and competitor news; Competitor Monitoring to view competitors' business summaries, financial snapshots, and event updates, and to create competitive comparison analyses; and Account Prospecting to screen and search for specific companies based on precise criteria, including size, geography, industry, and other metrics.

Synergy Solutions for Anti-Money Laundering enable companies within the legal and financial sectors to identify the risk level of a potential client with functionality to: Review the corporate family structure of organizations; Create an audit trail that provides evidence of anti-money laundering; Check the backgrounds of a company's directors and shareholders; Review financial filings and exchange listing details; Choose pass/fail criteria for anti-money laundering tracking; and Receive risk level classifications and direction on further analysis required.

Customized to meet an individual underwriter's needs, the Synergy Solutions offering for Underwriter Risk Assessment is designed to enable insurance underwriters to consistently and accurately manage the process of assessing the business risk of new and existing accounts. The solution incorporates financial, executive, competitive, and industry information into two applications: An underwriter's packet for initial review and collection of information about a customer, and An underwriter's worksheet for collection of more detailed information, including unstructured text sources, translation of data into quantifiable metrics, and decision support for underwriting analysis.  

The AppLink Pro SDK is priced at an annual fee of $25,000. Synergy Solutions are available from OneSource's AIS team, and are priced based on level of customization and scope of project. A license for the AppLink Pro SDK is bundled into the cost of a Synergy Solutions offering. Access to content in the OneSource Enhanced Information Warehouse is priced separately on a per-user annual subscription basis. The AppLink Pro SDK is available immediately.

(http://www.onesource.com)

CISTI has announced that its entire journal collection is now available for document delivery through Secure Desktop Delivery (SDD). The SDD delivery method, first launched in December 2003, makes it possible for CISTI to deliver copyright-cleared documents to its customers in electronic format. SDD uses a customized Acrobat Reader plug-in to enable the customer to view and print their documents using a simple Web interface. The plug-in is downloaded only once by each user and works for all subsequent deliveries. Copyright charges vary from $0 and up, as negotiated with publishers.

(http://cisti.nrc.gc.ca), (http://cisti-icist.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/docdel/about_sdd_e.shtml)

VitalStream, Inc., a provider of integrated content delivery services, and RouteScience, a provider of adaptive networking software (ANS), has announced that VitalStream selected RouteScience ANS in an effort to optimize the performance of the VitalStream content delivery network. RouteScience ANS monitors, assesses, and adjusts the network delivery infrastructure to assure applications availability and performance. The software monitors and assesses end-to-end performance using application-specific models, including one designed especially for multimedia applications. RouteScience ANS then optimizes performance by adjusting traffic paths in real time.

(http://www.routescience.com), (http://www.vitalstream.com)

ISYS Search Software, a supplier of enterprise search solutions for business and government, has announced that the City of Muskego, Wisconsin, has selected ISYS:web to enable search capabilities on the City's  internal intranet and on its public Web site at www.ci.muskego.wi.us. By implementing ISYS, the City of Muskego hopes to offer its citizens and visitors a powerful tool for searching and browsing a variety of public documents, from minutes and resolutions to information about Municipal Codes and Parks and Recreation. Likewise, City employees will leverage ISYS' information retrieval technology to search documents within its intranet. ISYS:web allows users to search everything from standard HTML, PDF files, Office documents, emails, databases and more. In addition to using ISYS to sort results by date, relevance, or hit count, users can also leverage ISYS' Hit Highlighting and Hit-To-Hit Navigation features to locate the information that is most relevant to them.

(http://www.ci.muskego.wi.us), (http://www.isysusa.com)

Stellent, Inc., a provider of content management solutions, has announced that Edina Realty is using Stellent Universal Content Management to support HomeDocs, an extranet that provides Edina Realty agents and their customers access to home buying and selling documents in a secure, Web-based environment.

The Edina Realty Home Services family of companies--which includes Edina Realty, Edina Realty Title and Edina Realty Mortgage--expects to reap significant business benefits from its Stellent implementation including reduced printing and courier costs, as well as decreasing the time it takes to complete the title-closing process.

Moving forward, Edina Realty intends to expand its use of the Stellent system to its human resources and legal departments. The company also plans to enhance interaction with customers by using HomeDocs as a homeowners' tool, through which customers can upload other home-related documents and enter and store repairs or improvements to their home for future reference.

(http://www.edinarealty.com), (http://www.stellent.com)

Arbortext, a provider of automated publishing software, has announced that Calvert School Education Services has selected its software to create and deliver customized lessons, workbooks, and other materials to students, educators, parents, and administrators. As a result, Calvert expects to expand course and service offerings. Using Arbortext software as the foundation, Calvert School is planning to create a Student Information System (SIS). Expected to be operational later this year, the SIS will provide online access to complement Calvert's curriculum. Calvert School is a not-for-profit organization located in Baltimore City, Maryland that serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

(http://www.arbortext.com)

Information Today, Inc. announced the program for its WebSearch University conference and for the new Enterprise Search Summit scheduled for May 11-12, 2004 at the Hilton New York. Now in its fifth year, WebSearch University offers interactive sessions led by the following faculty: Mary Ellen Bates, Tara Calishain, Greg Notess, Marydee Ojala, Gary Price, and Genie Tyburski. For those attendees who want to enhance their skills in a specific area, a separate day of pre-conference workshops led by select members of the faculty is also scheduled. Some of the topics that will be covered include: trends in Web searching; why SEO matters; adding value with post-processing; and when not to use Google. Register for the New York conference by April 16, 2004, and save $100 off the conference registration. In coming months, there will also be more details on the Washington, D.C., conference in September with the same faculty and similar courses.

ITI designed Enterprise Search Summit specifically for IT managers, information and knowledge architects, content managers, and Web publishers and developers tasked with implementing site search functions within their organizations. Instructors include: Stephen Arnold, Tony Byrne, Joseph Busch, Susan Feldman, Peter Morville, Avi Rappoport, Martin White, and Eric Woods. EnterpriseSearch Summit is intended to give attendees a solid foundation in how to master the complexities of when and how to apply classification schema, solutions for searching structured and unstructured content, and how to determine which features are essential and which search software is right for their needs. Other topics that will be covered include: the why and how of metadata; how to design a taxonomy; why search fails and how to fix it; and making the business case for search. Enterprise Search Summit is produced by ITI in conjunction with the following companies as Premium Sponsors: Inxight Software, Convera, Fast Search & Transfer, Endeca, Northern Light, OpenText, Google, and Verity, Inc. The Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture is an Association Sponsor.

(http://www.enterprisesearchsummit.com), (http://www.infotoday.com), (http://www.websearchu.com)