Enterprise tools to spice up Gartner ITxpo

Collaboration and content management will grab a share of the limelight next week at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2001 in Orlando, Fla., as vendors including Intraspect, divine, and FireSpout showcase wares designed to boost enterprise workflow and content management processes.

Intraspect Software Inc. at the show plans to unveil its Intraspect Applications 2 suite, intended to speed product development and improve the efficiency of communications in enterprises.

The suite includes three applications, Product, Customer, and Services, each containing process-specific collaboration modules, a collaborative extranet, and dashboard modules.

The applications create secure workspaces designed to streamline business process around product management, development, marketing, and support, said officials at Intraspect, in Brisbane, Calif.

Also at the show, divine will take the wraps off software that aggregates content within an enterprise portal. The dECC (divine Enterprise Content Center) integrates external information such as news feeds, streaming media, and research into intranets, extranets, and portals. In addition, the product includes integrated search and analysis tools aimed at boosting the value of portal content.

According to Ron Bienvenu, president of Enterprise Portal Solutions at the Chicago-based company, dECC takes aim at the massive amounts of data flowing in and out of enterprises.

"Large corporations are being overwhelmed by external and internal information flows. They need to get a handle on that," he said. "dECC is a way to get control of external information and applications and manage them effectively."

Toronto, Ontario-based software vendor Hummingbird Ltd. at the show will be introducing a new collaboration product called PD Accord. PD Accord is a Web-based collaborative framework designed to be integrated with the company's Hummingbird EIP (Enterprise Information Portal) to provide integrated communication and collaboration within business workflow.

Another vendor, Arbortext Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Mich., will showcase XML-based software for creating, editing, and publishing information form one content source to multiple media types. Epic Version 4.2 includes new collaboration functionality through change tracking, inline editing of document components, and simplified conversion of multiple content formats to XML.

Meanwhile Belmont, Mass.-based FireSpout Inc. will be showcasing its FireSpout ETL Engine Version 2.0 in the Emerging Technology Pavilion at the Expo. FireSpout's ETL (extract/transform/load) technology is intended to help enterprises better manage and use unstructured content by making information easier to locate and retrieve.

ETL Engine extracts unstructured content from corporate files or Web pages and transforms it into XML for loading into content distribution systems such as search engines, enterprise portals, publishing tools, and customer management applications, FireSpout officials said.

Also on hand at the show, messaging vendor Critical Path plans to announce its Business Continuity Server. BCS is designed to protect enterprises from disasters or hardware failures by continuously replicating all directory data to servers at a remote site. BCS is an extension to an existing directory that provides a completely mirrored subsystem for corporate data, officials said. Features of BCS include a separate mirrored directory environment, failure detection, data time stamping, and automatic updating to the master directory, according to Critical Path officials, in San Francisco.

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