IBM Enhances EIP's Search Capabilities

SAN MATEO (06/23/2000) - IBM Corp. this week debuted a beefed-up version of its Enterprise Internet Portal (EIP) that allows users to do broader Web-based document searches across both IBM and non-IBM data sources.

Version 7.1 also contains the promised Unified Content API that allows developers to more quickly and cost-effectively deploy portal applications. For instance, the interface allows developers to write an application once that can access five different data sources instead of adapting that application five different ways. The updated version's new federated search and access capabilities allow it to integrate data across a company's transactional or business intelligence systems that are hosting a variety of e-businesses.

"With this release we can access both structured and unstructured data in traditional databases that support things like OBDC APIs and JDBC [Java Database Connectivity]," said Armando Garcia, vice president of Content Management Solutions at IBM's Software Group, in Hawthorne, N.Y.

Through the Unified Content API, IBM has added the capability of classifying and categorizing documents based on their content. Users can now scan e-mail and automatically put their messages into predefined categories based on their content. The product also includes a summarization service capable of producing views of the information based on document content from the results of a search.

The Unified Content API also allows users to work in a variety of different languages, including Java, JavaBeans, C++, Active X, and LSX.

Based on IBM's DB2 Universal Database, EIP Version 7.1 consists of a presentation layer, portal core services, and access and connectivity services, said Larry Bowden, head of the E-business Portal unit at IBM, which "allows you to connect to information a corporation or user might need -- that's where EIP's strengths are. With the power of EIP, you can have access and connections to a lot of information, and you need to filter and search across that."

Based on user feedback about their portal requirements, Bowden said IBM has identified three primary portal segments to work from: corporate, commercial, and pervasive.

EIP Version 7.1 will be available in August with National Language Support in September. Pricing will be announced when the product ships.

For more information about IBM's portal products, go to www.ibm.com/software/eip.

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