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XML is changing the business world by making integration easier. You can't pick up a computer industry or business magazine without seeing an article about the impact of XML on large software infrastructure companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. The stories are similar: a company representative describes a proprietary form of XML messaging that makes integration with other products easier, followed by a pledge to support a new global standard. The key points of the article are usually: their product is the center of your IT universe; they recognize your need for functionality they don't currently sell; and this functionality is in their next version. Improving enterprise applications and easing integration is a huge step in the right direction, but I still need a pundit from one of these major software firms or a consulting and system integration firm, such a... (more)

Mission Impossible XML (MI-XML)

Since agreeing to chronicle the thought process behind CROSSMARK's Knowledge Management System (KMS) and the use of NeoCore's XML Information Server, I've been involved in two incidents that convinced me that CROSSMARK needs both of these to be successful. The first incident involved Markatec, a start-up business that provides a best-of-breed marketing approach to comarketing, brand development, and promotional services. Markatec and another company hosted an educational/sales seminar. The seminar was intended to target only C-level executives such as CEOs and CFOs; Markatec's o... (more)

Mission Impossible XML(MI-XML)

In previous articles in XML-J (Vol. 2, issues 3, 4) we documented the thought processes involved in Crossmark's development of a knowledge management system using NeoCore's XML Information Server. Although the first version of the application isn't yet complete, we'd like to share some of the insights we've gained during the development period. The goal of the KMS is to provide a framework for gathering information from diverse sources and constructing relationships between the pieces of information. We believe that revealing the relationships between information will provide in... (more)