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This article appears in the issue March 2000 [Volume 9, Issue 2]

Info portal and KM software companies team up

A new FileNet business unit and a U.K. provider of knowledge management products have formed a partnership to provide advanced personalization for corporate portal applications.

FileNet's newly formed Panagon ESolutions unit will add Autonomy's advanced categorization and personalization technology to its portal products. Through the agreement, FileNet customers will be able to fine-tune searches for corporate information through their portal interface.

"Autonomy's technology can analyze and rank the ideas within any piece of Web content, regardless of its origin," said Mark Chealander, VP and general manager of Panagon ESolutions. "We can now automate some of the most time-consuming tasks associated with building and maintaining a portal."

Those tasks include categorizing, tagging, linking and personalizing volumes of internal and external information from news feeds, e-mails and Web sites to Lotus Notes and other documents.

The added technology also allows Panagon ESolutions to address portal applications for tracking how content is used by constituents--to determine its value and establish best practices for leveraging key content.

Panagon ESolutions was formed in February to develop and deliver business-to-business information portals and e-business applications to the financial services and insurance industries.

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Top Image Systems (TIS) and its integration partner, Politec, have been awarded Brazil's national population census project, which is valued at $3.3 million.

The Fundacao Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica (IBGE) has chosen TIS' software to automatically capture information on the census forms. Politec will be responsible for integrating the software, the hardware systems, communications and operational procedures and training IBGE staff. The project represents $1.5 million in sales for TIS' product.

Heleno Mansoldo, IT manager at IBGE, said, "TIS provides us with fast setup, excellent recognition and the high-volume processing that we require."

TIS has also been awarded the first stage trial of Argentina's population and agriculture census project. The company will work with local partners Impresora Internacional de Valores and Xerox Argentina.

In management news, TIS has announced the appointment of Ofer Kedar as president, replacing Izhak Nakar as of Jan. 1. Nakar will continue to serve as TIS' chairman, concentrating on strategic business opportunities such as the recently announced E-Mobilis subsidiary, e-business and relations with the investment community.

Kedar comes to Top Image Systems from the corporate business division of Pelephone Communications, where he served as VP.

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A work force development tool from CBM Technologies will be implemented by Nissan North America. The auto manufacturer will use the system called TEDS in its human resource development program to customize training to support the needs of its employees and dealerships nationwide. The system encompasses such elements as learning services, job vision, performance management and competency/certification management, which will help Nissan with the challenges of its restructuring program.

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Brauch Database Systems has entered an agreement with New Sys Solutions to act as an IT services partner for Brauch's customer relationship management software, Affinity. The pact allows Brauch to draw on Newsys' 170 IT professionals to implement Affinity installations. Based on the Oracle platform, the Affinity client-server application combines business intelligence and database marketing into a Web-enabled solution.

Rolf Brauch, president and CEO, said that his company welcomes the association with NewSys because of its expertise and experience in business intelligence applications.

"This agreement will enable Brauch to efficiently take on more large-scale Affinity integration projects," Brauch said.


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