NewsGator adds AJAX interface and SharePoint 2007 support to enterprise RSS server

Server used by companies to update users about content changes in blogs, wikis, other Web 2.0 tools

NewsGator Technologies Inc. today released a new version of its enterprise server for aggregating and syndicating data that includes a new AJAX-based Web interface and enhanced support for Microsoft Corp.'s SharePoint 2007 and IBM's Lotus Notes collaboration tools.

NewsGator Enterprise Server 2.0 uses the new features to ease the process of aggregating and reading content produced in Web 2.0 tools like wikis and blogs, said Dave Keller, general manager of the Denver-based company's business products.

The enterprise Real Simple Syndication (RSS) product can provide companies with a consistent tool to normalize and present content from wikis and blogs, he said. The tool can eliminate the corporate use of incompatible instant messaging technologies that are virtually uncontrollable by IT managers, he added.

The RSS technology can also help companies improve processes for gathering and distributing news and information from internal and external sources while providing enterprise-class security, manageability and scalability, the company said.

More than 75 companies, including The Procter & Gamble Co., Rohm and Haas Co. and Biogen Idec Inc., use the NewsGator enterprise server, Keller added.

Some companies are now using the server to alert users when content has been updated on myriad corporate wikis and blogs that are quickly being added to corporate networks. One bank, Keller said, uses the tool to publish new fraud alerts in a blog post within a SharePoint portal. That alert can be sent to the desktop of a teller via an RSS feed, he added.

The updated offering marks the latest move in a continuing effort by NewsGator to attract large corporate customers. In March the company announced an agreement to resell /n Software Inc.'s RSS feed-generation engine, which allows business users to access content from databases, business applications and spreadsheets.

The new version of the enterprise server also includes a new Web reader for aggregating important information by using the AJAX technology to quickly filter feeds and articles by relevance, tag or keyword. It allows users to share information by tagging or clipping articles and to access lists of what their company peers are reading by feed-level relevance scoring of content.

To guarantee that there will be updated content in the portal, the new version brings targeted RSS feeds into Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services portals, and uses their publishing abilities to take RSS feeds out to other locations in a company's network.

"We're able to bring content into SharePoint and help leverage it as a publishing platform," Keller said. "It helps to get around the idea that people won't come to a portal if there is not new content."

Users also can access feeds within Lotus Notes 6.5 or 7.0 and receive high-level usage information through a new RSS reporting dashboard to drill down into new feed, subscriber and activity reports and find out what their peers are reading.

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