E-Business Briefs

SAN MATEO (06/01/2000) - QSP buys e-business services companiesQSP Inc., a provider of financial management solutions, has acquired two companies in order to boost its e-business services portfolio. The two companies are Information, based in Chester, England, and Inform Software Systems, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Information is a provider of consultant and professional services for e-businesses, while Inform Software Systems specializes in e-business solutions, including planning, design, development, and implementation. The acquisitions are designed to help QSP enhance its range of business intelligence solutions. They will also help QSP to exploit new overseas markets in the global economy, QSP officials said.

Nitorum allies with eWork Exchange

Nitorum Corp., developer of the Intelli-Gage platform for recruiting business professionals, has formed an alliance with eWork Exchange. A business-to-business application provider, eWork Exchange helps companies locate IT personnel by providing applications that link hiring managers and independent professionals via the Internet. As a member of Nitorum's Select Supply Partner Program, eWork Exchange will provide Intelli-Gage clients with access to eWork's staff procurement resources.

Ensim launches AppConnect

Ensim Corp. has announced a new partner program, dubbed AppConnect, that Ensim says will help independent software vendors build ASP (application service provider) channels with greater ease and speed. The program is designed to remove the complexities of hosting applications and make it simpler for application vendors to become ASPs without building and managing a large hosting infrastructure, according to Ensim officials. AppConnect uses Hewlett-Packard Co.'s OpenMail e-mail platform to create a complete messaging system without the complexity and time necessary to set up and manage a large number of messaging services.

Calico forms alliance with CyberSource

To increase its presence in the ebusiness market, Calico Commerce Inc. has announced an alliance with CyberSource Corp., a provider of e-commerce transaction services. Under the terms of the alliance, Calico will integrate the CyberSource Commerce Component into its Calico Market Maker solution. The relationship is designed to provide Internet marketplaces with transaction services that require minimal system integration and allow faster time to market, according to Calico officials.

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