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New and Notesworthy, August 2004

In this month's roundup, Stampede Technologies refreshes its Notes optimization software, DYS updates its performance management offering and Phoenix Systems offers a way to link Notes and Documentum.

Stampede Technologies releases new e-mail compression software

Stampede Technologies, a Dayton, Ohio-based company, just released TurboGold AutoZip for Lotus Notes. TurboGold AutoZip is e-mail optimization software that, according to the company, improves Lotus Notes e-mail productivity by reducing the size of e-mail attachments and cutting user costs. Stampede said in its press announcement that the new product can reduce storage issues and ease bandwidth and traffic consumption burdens by 60% or more. Single client licenses for TurboGold AutoZip start around $20.

Stampede Technologies

DYS Analytics offers major upgrade to CONTROL! collaboration suite

Wellesley, Mass.– based DYS Analytics, Inc., recently shipped a major upgrade to CONTROL!, a family of performance management applications for messaging and collaboration products like Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes/Domino. CONTROL! 4.2 is designed to lower network costs by better coping with spam and managing expanded records-retention requirements. The new version includes instant messaging chat-logging and alerts, broader e-mail trending analysis, automated end-user alerts and an optimized Web interface.

DYS Analytics

Phoenix Systems Integration brings Notes and Documentum together

Phoenix Systems Integration, based in Trumbull, Conn., has released Phoenix Notes Connector, a product that ties together the messaging, calendaring and scheduling capabilities of IBM's Lotus Notes with the content management and storage features of Documentum, a division of EMC.

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Phoenix Notes Connector can archive from Lotus Notes folders, configure document types available for archive, retain header, footer, formatting and color information for archived messages, and store e-mail and attachments in the same or separate Docbase locations. It also allows users to view version documents with newer attachments, send and archive with a single command, perform searches using Documentum's "find" tool (including full-text search ability), and attach multiple documents at the same time. The connector works with Documentum version 5.0 and above and Lotus Notes version 6.0 and above.

Phoenix Systems Integration

Open-Xchange Server goes open source

Under the GNU General Public License (GPL), German SMB vendor Netline Internet Service will allow free downloads of the code to its Open-Xchange Server, a modular, standards-based communications tool that is the engine behind Novell's SUSE Linux Openexchange Server (NOVL). Open-Xchange Servers is a Linux-based collaboration platform that integrates open source and proprietary servers and clients. Accessible through most Web browsers, it allows users to share e-mail, calendar, tasks, threaded discussions and documents originating from both proprietary and open source systems.

The free open source version of Open-Xchange will be available for download at and by the end of August. It will feature most of the attributes of the commercial product -- running on the major Linux operating systems (Novell's SUSE LINUX, Red Hat, Red Flag, Debian) -- but without support and maintenance, third-party applications and connectors.


Sprint to offer BlackBerry over wireless network

Overland Park, Kan.-based Sprint Corp. has reached an agreement with Research In Motion to offer the Waterloo, Ontario-based wireless company's BlackBerry technology on its PCS wireless network. The agreement means that later this year, Sprint's wireless business customers will be able to use RIM's mobile e-mail software on select handheld devices.

BlackBerry devices work in tandem with RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, which integrates with IBM Lotus Domino and other corporate messaging platforms to enable secure, push-based, wireless access to e-mail and other enterprise data. Once the service is available, all six major U.S. wireless phone carriers will offer BlackBerry services.

Sprint PCS

Research In Motion

Interoperability woes inhibit large-scale IM adoption

According to the research firm Yankee Group, despite recent interoperability overtures made by Microsoft, Yahoo and other enterprise instant messaging network providers, the overall lack of interoperability among business-class services is inhibiting enterprise adoption of IM technology. In fact, Yankee suggested that business application vendors like IBM are moving toward content management, and will need to partner with leading IM vendors to enable integration.

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The Boston-based research firm's latest report, Lack of Secure Interoperable Protocols Hinder Enterprise IM and Online Collaboration, claims the biggest inhibitor to wide-scale IM adoption is not the security threats touted by vendors, but the lack of interoperability on IM networks and the absence of unified collaboration solutions.

"Incompatible networks and disparate systems makes the technology impossible to manage, control and see solid ROI," said analyst Phebe Waterfield, in a statement. "Long sales cycles are proof that enterprises are struggling to select and implement this technology. Vendors are sympathetic but have to take decisive actions to accelerate standards efforts and remove this barrier to adoption." Yankee Group

Vignette announces collaboration wins

Collaboration and content management software maker Vignette Corp. has landed several new customers for its Vignette collaboration portal. The new clients include the county of Santa Clara and the state of Michigan. Vignette's software is designed to provider 24-hour a day access to information to automate business processes while cutting costs.

Austin, Texas-based Vignette's content management, enterprise document and records management, and collaboration and portal offerings can be deployed in a modular fashion to assemble customer applications within the heterogeneous environments common in today's enterprises, and -- according to the company -- reducing costs associated with Web development and management of business processes.


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