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IntraNet Solutions Inc. Allies with Information Portal

With more companies gravitating toward building and running applications off of the Java 2 platform enterprise edition (J2EE), content management play IntraNet Solutions Inc. has kept in step by announcing its alliance with Web infrastructure company KnowledgeTrack, Inc.

Under the alliance, Brian Dirking, IntraNet's director of business development, said the two companies would integrate and market IntraNet Solutions' Xpedio content management system with KnowledgeTrack's information portal services using J2EE.

J2EE has quickly become the standard way for applications to communicate.

In this relationship, KnowledgeTrack would act as a portal 'asking for pieces of content' from its clients. IntraNet would sit in the shadows virtually watching the content shift hands and lending a hand whenever a Web master requested an update. There's an additional reason the company is sporting an affiliation with J2EE.

"Having J2EE means it's an industry standard that anyone can write too, and because its becoming a standard way for applications to talk to each other it's very important that we can be accessed," said Dirking.

And even though applications can communicate using different methodologies, like Jave API, Dirking said J2EE provides easy access. The J2EE kernal lives inside of the application server taking care of memory assigment and disc assignment, for example, Dirking explained.

Using a software IntraNet Solutions has dubbed Xpedio, the company said it would automatically convert source content into Web-based formats, which would then be published to a Web site on an intranet, extranet or the Internet.

And, with Java receiving increased interest from companies desperate to build new in-house applications -- and with companies looking to build-out sets of connectors that allow them to talk to major companies -- the alliance couldn't have come at a better time.

"Today's businesses demand easy and secure access to critical business information," said Dan Ryan, vice president of marketing and business development for IntraNet Solutions. "We are pleased to partner with a portal provider whose J2EE strategy aligns closely with ours to offer business users a customized, personalized interface to the content and applications they use on a daily basis."

Together, KnowledgeTrack and IntraNet Solutions intend to allow portal users to contribute business content, such as proposals, contracts and emails, to Web sites through word processing documents, spreadsheets or graphics.

META Group predicts that the content management market will reach $10 billion by 2004, and IDC, a division of IDG -- an IT media, research and exposition company -- said the application server market would rise to $11.3 billion by 2004.