|Weekly News Digest
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Alacra Adds Analyses from Oxford Analytica
Oxford Analytica will make its daily analysis of global political and economic developments available, beginning Oct. 1, through Alacra, an aggregator of business intelligence. Oxford Analytica (http://www.oxan.com) is an international consulting firm that draws its expertise from more than 1,000 senior faculty members at major academic and research institutes around the world. Its flagship product, the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief, provides timely and authoritative analyses for corporations and governments across the world.
Alacra is a global provider of business and financial information. A privately-held company founded in 1996, Alacra is based in New York. The company provides a diverse portfolio of online tools and technology. Alacra's customers include more than 750 financial institutions, management consulting, law and accounting firms, and other corporations throughout the world. Several Alacra customers had requested the addition of Oxford's commentary to the service.
Source: Alacra, Inc.
R.R. Bowker Acquires Simba Information
R.R. Bowker, a provider of bibliographic information in North America, announced that it has acquired Simba Information, Inc., the market intelligence and forecasting unit of PRIMEDIA, Inc. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Bowker, based in New Providence, N.J., is a unit of privately-owned Cambridge Information Group. Simba Information produces newsletters and analytical reports for educational, business/professional, and directory publishers. Based in Stamford, Conn., Simba Information has been publishing for nearly 30 years. Simba is also known for its industry conferences and other educational forums.
According to Bowker president Michael Cairns, Bowker has been acquiring and developing a range of new offerings for publishers, including the transaction services companies, Pubnet and Pubeasy, as well as ONIX file formatting services. Bowker is also introducing a series of new business intelligence tools to assist publishers and other industry professionals with the task of analyzing their businesses and their business environments. The purchase of Simba is the first acquisition Bowker has made to enhance its business intelligence offerings.
Source: R.R. Bowker
LexisNexis Adopts XyEnterprise Publishing Solutions
XyEnterprise, a developer of XML content management and enterprise publishing solutions, announced that LexisNexis has adopted its Content@ content management and work-flow technology for its set of legal titles, including Matthew Bender, Michie, Shepards, and Butterworths. The Content@ solution has been implemented in the U.S., U.K., and Pacific Rim. Additional deployments are also planned for Latin America and Europe.
The Content@ system is used to create and manage versions of content components and to assemble these components into complete documents or products. According to the announcement, Content@'s open API enabled LexisNexis to integrate the application into its worldwide technology platform and leverage the content management, versioning, user access, and reuse capabilities almost immediately. Content@ has enabled LexisNexis to reduce the time required to publish updates to its vast product set. It has also enabled the publishing of several new revenue-generating titles from the re-use of content managed in the Content@ application.
LexisNexis has also standardized its print and PDF publishing operations on XML Professional Publisher (XPP) from XyEnterprise. Integrated with Content@, XPP provides highly automated pagination and rendering of LexisNexis XML content for delivery in print, loose-leaf, and PDF formats.
Source: XyEnterprise (Xyvision Enterprise Solutions, Inc.)
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