ArborText Gets Boost from Oracle iFS

ArborText is taking advantage of Oracle Corp.'s new iFS database by giving customers direct access to the repository from its Epic Editor and Epic Editor LE products, which allow documents to be constructed from chunks of separate XML content.

Previously, ArborText customers that wanted to use an Oracle database as their primary data store had to purchase a separate tool that could act as a go-between, such as Documentum's document management system. Oracle Internet File System (iFS) allows users to browse the database like they would files on a hard drive. ArborText uses this technique to provide direct access to Oracle, saving users the cost of a new Documentum system.

"Now we can use the object power of Oracle 8i, the library services of iFS and the document support that we provide from the same interface," says P.G.

Bartlett, vice president of marketing at Ann Arbor, Michigan, ArborText. "For someone just getting started with managing content, this combination will be enough."

Because ArborText's software deals in XML, more advanced users can add a Documentum system to the mix at a later date without having to convert any content, Bartlett says.

ArborText allows publishers to create complex documents from multiple XML sources. For instance, a copyright tag that appears on every document is written once, stored in the repository then dropped on whichever page requires the text. Users only need update the copyright information once to have it reflected in every document that it appears.

The new versions of Epic Editor that support iFS will be available in July 2000. The adapter for connecting both products to the new file system starts at $400 per user. The new Oracle iFS is available as a free addition to Oracle 8i.

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