DB Updates Ease Web Services
Tools help manage enterprise XML data.Best-of-breed XML database developers Ipedo Inc., Sonic Software Corp. and Sleepycat Software Inc. are enhancing their respective native XML database software to make it easier for enterprises to use and manage XML data in Web services environments. Ipedo, for example, late this month will release Version 3.3 of its XML Information Hub, which boasts three new components. The first, called content conversion, automatically converts PDF, Microsoft Corp. Word and other non-XML documents into XML. The auto-organization component organizes, merges and transforms inbound content according to business rules, said Ipedo officials, in Redwood City, Calif. The third new piece, a universal XML Query engine, provides local and remote content and data source searching and updating using the XQuery standard.
Some of the Ipedo upgrades new features are compelling for user Thor Anderson, who is manager of program development at Collegis Inc. Anderson is working with The Texas A&M University System to take online digital library resources and put them into a repository with additional, educationally specific metadata. "The more that [XQuery] engine is improved and sped up and usable, thats important," said Anderson, in Salt Lake City. "Ill be using that extensively to search these metadata records."