March 23, 2006 09:00 ET

ATI Technologies Selects IXIASOFT's DITA-Based Content Management Platform to Manage Technical Documentation

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2006) -

ATI Technologies to manage technical documentation with a sophisticated solution based on the IXIASOFT DITA CMS Framework

IXIASOFT, the XML database and search engine market leader, announced today that ATI Technologies, an innovator and market leader in the graphics industry, has chosen IXIASOFT's DITA CMS Framework to manage their multilingual technical documentation. ATI Technologies selected IXIASOFT on the basis of its technical excellence, standards compliancy and for being able to meet ATI's exacting technical requirements.

The IXIASOFT DITA CMS Framework is based on TEXTML Server, IXIASOFT's flagship XML content management product, and allows organizations to fully leverage the DITA standard, an XML-based architecture for authoring, producing and publishing technical information. After a thorough evaluation process and an extensive technological assessment, ATI Technologies selected IXIASOFT out of a pool of over 40 identified CMS vendors. Designed with flexibility in mind, the IXIASOFT DITA CMS Framework provides a WYSIWIG map manipulation and full support of the documentation life cycle.

The main reason ATI Technologies decided to introduce a new content management system within their technical documentation department is because their business needs are rapidly shifting in a direction where the documentation itself is becoming increasingly critical to the success of new business endeavors. Project goals for ATI's CMS are to lower localization complexity and costs, and to increase productivity through better division of labor and automation. Once deployed, the CMS solution will help ATI achieve true single-source multi-channel publishing and substantial content re-use. ATI corporate policy required that the CMS goals be achieved by a means demonstrating immediate fiscal benefit and a clear and substantial return on investment.

"We selected IXIASOFT, not only because of their in-house DITA expertise, but we were really impressed with their ability to demonstrate advanced CMS features - they even passed our multilingual crash test!"." said Keith Schengili-Roberts, Manager of Documentation and Localization at ATI Technologies. "We took over a year to determine our requirements and wanted a solution that was flexible enough to adapt to our existing processes - this is exactly what set the IXIASOFT offering apart from other solutions."

The IXIASOFT DITA CMS Framework is an extensible XML content management platform that is highly configurable and integrates easily with various XML editors, workflow and publishing engines. Features include: DITA map builder, status management, workflow support, localization management, image manipulation and advanced searching.

"We are very excited about working with ATI Technologies on their DITA CMS project. Our extensible product offering enables us to deliver customized solutions that are specific to each organization's needs." said Eric Bergeron, President and Co-Founder of IXIASOFT. "Because of new business drivers, documentation is being put at the forefront of ATI's product development cycle. The goals are to allow ATI to produce their technical documentation much more effectively while reducing their high translation costs - since they now have over 20 languages to support."

ATI Technologies are in the process of converting their documentation into the DITA architecture. They continue to be impressed by IXIASOFT's professionalism and content management technology and have already introduced the possibility of using the solution at an enterprise level. The first phase of deployment for the CMS solution is scheduled for April 2006.

ATI Technologies will be presenting at the up-coming Information Highways Conference being held on March 29th 2006 in Toronto. The presentation "I can eat glass, it cannot hurt me: choosing a CMS system with a minimum of chaos" will provide a detailed look at the company's year-long experience in selecting an effective DITA CMS to suit their department's needs.

IXIASOFT is exhibiting at the DITA 2006 Conference taking place March 23-25th in Raleigh, NC and at the Content Management Strategies Conference in San Francisco April 2nd - 5th where it will be giving technical and case study presentations related to DITA.


IXIASOFT develops and distributes TEXTML Server, an embeddable XML database and search engine whose purpose is to store, index and retrieve XML content. TEXTML Server was designed to build document-centric applications, such as document management systems, technical documentation systems and knowledge management systems where the content consists mostly of rich semi-structured information. IXIASOFT enjoys a global customer base with various vertical markets such as aerospace, cross-media publishing, legal and government. Strategic partners include Adobe, Blast Radius and Microsoft.

About ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics, PC platform technologies and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost graphics processor unit (GPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld device markets. With fiscal 2005 revenues of US $2.22 billion, ATI has more than 3,400 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

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