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  • E-sourcing market evolves rapidly

    The e-sourcing market is rapidly evolving and promises a robust opportunity for both software and service vendors, according to IDC, which has forecast that combined e-sourcing/supplier management/e-procurement service revenues will increase to 20 per cent of the total supply chain service market in 2004 -- up from four per cent in 1999

  • Shareholders sigh in relief at ERG's good news week

    West Australian smart card specialist ERG has settled its shareholders' nerves after setting them on edge last week with the announcement that it had bought out Motorola's share of the ERG Motorola Alliance for a cool $A46 million in cash, followed by Motorola's announcement that it would sell all 82.6 million shares it owned in ERG

  • B2B projections remain high despite obstacles

    Electronic business-to-business (B2B) sales will reach more than $US5200 billion in 2004 through several different channels, including Internet marketplaces, electronic data interchange (EDI), hybrid EDI/Internet electronic trading networks (ETNs), Internet company-to-company links, extranets and private e-markets, according to Giga Information Group.

  • Call to arms for Asian companies

    The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) warns Asian companies not to put e-commerce on the back burner just because the dot-com craze has subsided. BCG says e-commerce is changing the basis of business competition around the world, and that if Asian companies continue to lag their Western counterparts in adopting it, they put their fundamental competitive advantage at risk.

  • Sapient takes its bat and ball and runs home

    The icy fingers of international recession dug into the flesh of the Australian IT industry last week when US business and technology consultancy Sapient, finding that its shift to e-commerce consulting has not been as happy as it would like, closed its Sydney office and retrenched the 70 staff it had employed in Australia

  • IT just keeps getting gloomier in the US

    There was almost no light at all on the US IT scene last week as corporations kept adding gloomy story to gloomy story. We knew the rot had really set in when Oracle chipped in with a warning that third-quarter profit would fall short of expectations on revenue that is now expected to rise just nine per cent instead of the anticipated 17 per cent. Stock-holders reacted viciously

  • Ansett/Air NZ sign million dollar IBM outsource deal

    The Ansett Australia/Air New Zealand group has signed a massive contract to outsource management of its mainframe and midrange systems to IBM.

  • Sun enhances Java connectivity

    Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced the release of the first public beta version of Connector Architecture for its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform.

  • Check Point 12 VPNs

    If the expansion and increased complexity of VPN remote activity is giving blurry-eyed network administrators a headache, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. has a possible cure.

  • Content management grabs attention of b-to-b players

    As suppliers and distributors wake up to the important role content plays in fueling online marketplaces, vendors of content management systems for product distribution are ramping up functionality aimed at easing the process of getting product content online.

  • Caw Networks tests Web apps

    With ever more complex Web applications, businesses now need to stress test an application in a way that realistically reflects the unpredictable nature and the varied access modes of the Internet.

  • Telstra and IBM in $100m plus server deal

    Telstra expects significant savings from a four-year $109.5 million deal with IBM for the sale and leaseback of computer servers.

  • Giant aerostats developed for rural cell phone service

    Platforms Wireless International Corp. has tapped one of the world's oldest aeronautical technologies to create a high-tech unmanned blimp, also known as an aerostat, that it claims can quickly and cheaply provide wireless communications services to rural areas around the world.

  • Aerospace execs seek to avoid marketplace collision

    Sitting in front of a group of IT leaders from the world's largest aerospace companies, Inc. CEO Duncan Alexander warned that a glut of online exchanges is cannibalizing the industry's potential profits from the e-commerce revolution.

  • Some users slow to adopt EJB

    Web services, which allow applications to swap functionality across the Web, received a boost from BEA Systems Inc. here this week at eWorld 2001, the vendor's sixth annual user conference.

  • Verizon combines phone, PDA

    Verizon Wireless Inc. on Friday debuted a device that packs functionality of both a wireless phone and PDA.

  • Users to IBM: Beef up wares

    Big Blue's largest users have spoken: They want IBM Corp. to improve its e-commerce wares and security features.

  • Linux going mainstream in Asia: IBM

    Linux will play a greater role as a platform for workload consolidation as it moves into mainstream enterprises this year, according to IBM Corp.

  • Nortel adds to IMAS line to expand DSL coverage

    Nortel Networks Corp. this week announced two additions to its broadband-access product line designed to enable service providers to address new and underserved DSL markets.

  • Bishops order mobile phone masts down

    Church towers should be reserved for communications between God and the faithful and cannot be used to host mobile-telephone masts, according to a ruling by the Italian Bishops' Conference published Friday.