|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.