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CambridgeDocs Develops XML Content Backbone

CambridgeDocs Addresses Need for XML Content Integration with New Backbone Strategy and Future Products

Multi-billion dollar markets including Content Management, Document Management, Enterprise Information Portals, and Web Services intersect content integration using XML technology

Boston, MA, USA. September 17, 2002.

As an initial step to its entry into the fast-growing market for XML content integration software, CambridgeDocs ( today disclosed details on the company's long-term product and architectural strategy, the XML Content Backbone. The company will focus on unstructured content such as that contained in Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, plain text and HTML documents, accounting for a significant percentage of the legacy content found in large organizations.

"Since only a small fraction of the content produced by a given company is structured data, we strongly feel that we can successfully execute upon a strategy for semi-structured or unstructured content," commented Irfan Virk, CEO of CambridgeDocs. "As we begin to carve out an identity in this virtually untapped market we will keep a laser beam focus on unstructured and semi-structured documents with the goal of becoming the world wide leader in the migration to, and management of, XML document technologies."

CambridgeDocs will be developing products towards a long-term strategy that it calls the XML Content Backbone. Conceptually speaking, the XML Content Backbone is a software product platform that will serve to integrate the unstructured content from disparate systems across the enterprise and from the extended enterprise. The XML Content Backbone will be able to migrate, integrate, route, and assemble content from document management systems, content management systems, groupware systems, desktop applications, and publishing systems using any industry XML standard such as DocBook, RIXML, HR-XML, NewsML, LegalXML or any custom application XML schema.

The XML Content Backbone will achieve this integration by first converting all types of unstructured content to 'meaningful' XML to get on the backbone. These "packets of content" can then be routed and delivered to repositories for migration, for syndication, for publication, and for Web Services.

"Enterprise interoperability is the name of the game these days as budget-challenged customers seek ways to do more with less," said Steve Weissman, president of research firm Kinetic Information LLC. "Any solution that can get their existing systems to work better together therefore is a solution well worth looking at."

"One of the few areas that continues to grow throughout this prolonged industry slump," stated Rizwan Virk, Chairman and CTO of CambridgeDocs, "is the idea that enterprise applications need to be able to work together seamlessly. XML is a critical technology that allows interoperability of disparate systems and is being adopted by almost every industry. Our tools will work with any industry-specific XML standard and will provide a critical step in preparing enterprises for Web Services."

Over the next three years, CambridgeDocs will develop and ship a series of products that are geared for the XML Backbone. "Each product that we develop for our XML Backbone strategy has to provide standalone value to our customers, while simultaneously providing substantial leveraged benefits for those customers who adopt more than one part of our strategy," said Kedron Wolcott, Vice President Engineering of CambridgeDocs. "Since many of the customers we have talked to need to get their unstructured legacy content into meaningful XML, we decided to focus on that piece of our strategy first."

The first CambridgeDocs product will address the need to convert Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, and HTML documents into "meaningful" XML and where the meaning of XML is defined by the particular needs of the user.

About CambridgeDocs

The CambridgeDocs mission is to develop a coherent XML Content Backbone for bringing order to the "content chaos" that exists in most organizations. CambridgeDocs products allow for interoperability of content that was created in different formats by utilizing newly emerging XML standards. Founded in January 2002 as XYZ Technologies Inc., the company is lead by a team of experienced entrepreneurs with extensive backgrounds in managing documents and unstructured corporate data in government, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, aerospace and defense and education/e-learning. CambridgeDocs is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. For more information visit our web site at

Editorial Contacts

Terri A. Slater
Slater Public Relations Inc.
Tel: +1 561-487-7037

Irfan Virk
CambridgeDocs, Inc.
Tel: +1 617-388-7007


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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