Information Today
Volume 19, Issue 8 September 2002
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Endymion Systems, Inc. Acquires ZNOW, Inc.

Endymion Systems, Inc., an information technology consulting company with regional offices throughout the U.S., has announced that it has expanded its Web-based enterprise content management service offerings by acquiring ZNOW, Inc., a developer of knowledge management software for e-business applications.

ZKN 1.0 (ZNOW Knowledge Navigator) is a search engine and taxonomy software for use in enterprise information portals, customer service, training, knowledge mining, and technical support applications. A third-generation knowledge management product, ZKN imports and classifies over 200 standard office documents automatically, without the need for extensive human effort and the generation of taxonomies. According to the announcement, the ZNOW Content Search tool provides an intuitive, easy means for navigating and locating information in large text databases and is ideal for desktop use by individuals.

The first customer shipments of ZKN commenced in October 2001.

"ZNOW has an innovative and rewarding approach to helping people find information electronically," said Avi Rappoport, analyst and consultant at SearchTools.com. "From displaying search results in context, through integration with existing taxonomies to extracting relevant sections of very large documents, ZNOW is always focused on the end-user needs. It reminds me of Google in its single-minded attention to providing relevant information."

"ZNOW is a critical component technology in our planned architecture for a complete business-process-integration solution for the enterprise," said Steve King, Endymion's president and CEO. "Combined with leading content management solutions from our business partners and our extensive experience in integrating structured data from back-office ERP systems, we believe we have an enterprise application integration advantage for the mid-market customer struggling to find actionable information in a format suitable for delivery to its knowledge workers."

Founded in 1991, Endymion is a single-source supplier for strategic, Web-enabled, end-to-end business solutions.

Source: Endymion Systems, Inc., Oakland, CA, 510/563-4100; http://www.esicom.com

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