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Volume 19, Issue 3 March 2002
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i4I, IXIASOFT Partner on XML Content Solution

i4I, Inc., a provider of XML-powered collaborative content software, and IXIASOFT, a native XML database software company, have announced that they have entered into a partnership that will offer integration compatibility between i4I's Tagless Editor, an end-user-focused solution for creating valid XML content via a Microsoft Word interface, and IXIASOFT's TEXTML Server, a database whose purpose is to store, index, and retrieve XML content.

According to the announcement, the partnership will meet the market demand for XML management solutions that can be easily deployed across an entire organization's community of nontechnical business users. The terms of the relationship include technology compatibility as well as agreements for joint sales and marketing efforts.

"Executing an enterprisewide XML-based solution has been, for many companies, a daunting proposition," said Shard McKee, i4I's vice president of business development. "This partnership with IXIASOFT was developed to reduce the financial barriers that prevent some companies from entering the world of structured content. With our joint value-priced software and implementation, customers can easily reap the benefits of XML authoring and content management without the significant up-front investment that many other solutions require."

"Over and above the obvious complementary technologies, what makes this partnership strategic is that it was driven by common customers' and integration partners' interest," said Philippe Gelinas, IXIASOFT's CEO. "We expect to capitalize on opportunities in the very near future."

i4I provides XML-powered authoring and metadata content management solutions. The company's flagship product, Tagless Editor, enables organizations to create valid XML content on an enterprise scale within native, familiar applications such as Microsoft Word and e-mail without the need for any XML expertise or inherent training investments. The company's clients include Academic Press, The Financial Post, Wolters Kluwer, Compaq, the U.S. Patent Office, and The Getty Trust.

IXIASOFT entered the XML arena in 1998 as a start-up with 10 years of research-and-development experience from its parent company, CEDROM-SNi, an online Canadian-news-content provider. IXIASOFT develops and distributes TEXTML Server, claimed to be the first embeddable XML database for original equipment manufacturers and XML application developers.

Source: i4I, Inc., Toronto, 416/504-0141; http://www.i4i.com and IXIASOFT, Outremont, PQ, 514/279-4942; http://www.ixiasoft.com.

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