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ABN AMRO Reports Now Exclusive to Thomson Financial
Thomson Financial (http://www.thomson.com/financial), an operating unit of The Thomson Corporation, announced that ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (http://www.abnamro.com), one of the largest banks in the world, will distribute its embargoed investment research through Thomson Financial on an exclusive basis. ABN AMRO, which has been contributing research reports to Thomson Financial's investment research collections since 1983, becomes the 29th firm to sign an exclusive distribution agreement with Thomson. Other exclusive contributors include Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, Sanford C. Bernstein, Grupo Santander, and Citigroup in Europe.
Research reports from ABN AMRO are available on Thomson Financial's Investext database, which provides access to more than 7 million in-depth research reports on companies and industries. The reports are written by research analysts from more than 1,000 firms worldwide. ABN AMRO, headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is consistently ranked among the top research firms globally.
Source: Thomson Financial
Verity Releases New K2E
Verity, Inc. (http://www.verity.com) announced the availability of the newest release of its search application development platform, Verity K2 Enterprise (K2E). Version 6.0 includes a new Business Console and a new User Interface Building Blocks feature that lets users easily browse and search on attributes and text. The company said that Verity K2E 6.0 can now be deployed, administered, and maintained at measurably lower costs with these new features.
K2E’s new User Interface Building Blocks deliver a set of out-of-the-box widgets for basic and advanced search, as well as attribute and category browsing, which are designed to reduce the amount of application development required. Furthermore, through the new Business Console, IT administrators can configure the User Interface Building Blocks without additional programming to faster and better meet business search requirements. The redesigned K2 Dashboard streamlines administration by providing IT administrators with a single system view of their entire K2 deployment, including multiple servers. In addition, with the new User Interface Building Blocks, IT administrators can now deploy Faceted Navigation user interfaces that are designed to provide an intuitive and relevant end-user search experience that combine taxonomy browsing, attribute browsing, and text search.
Verity K2E 6.0 includes other new search features, such as new XML query capabilities, support for Microsoft applications (such as searching Outlook e-mail and attachments), and a new Web crawling feature, Ultra Spider.Source: Verity, Inc.
Ingenta Launches New byDesign Service
Ingenta (http://www.ingenta.com) has announced byDesign, a relaunched service through which publishers can offer the functionality of IngentaConnect through their own Web sites. The company made its announcement at the recent Frankfurt Book Fair. Brill Academic Publishers (http://www.brill.nl) has already opted to add byDesign to the services currently supplied to them by Ingenta.
byDesign complements IngentaConnect's production, hosting, and delivery services by providing an entirely publisher-branded view onto IngentaConnect-hosted content, thus presenting clients with a publications Web site that precisely replicates their own brands and enables seamless full-text access and searching within their own environments. The new service further develops Ingenta's existing Web Integrated Solution product to include additional end-user features such as RSS feeds, branded e-mail alerting, various e-commerce options, and marked lists.
Speaking of the new package, Charlie Rapple, senior product manager at Ingenta, said, "Our Web Integrated Solution was a hugely popular product for publishers, and over the last year we have reviewed the existing service and identified areas where we could make it do more for both publishers and users. The core value of byDesign is in offering a fully-branded route to IngentaConnect content, so that the publisher is effectively getting their own publications Web site rather than a semi-branded halfway houseóbut at a fraction of the cost."
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