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SAN MATEO (07/07/2000) - PeopleSoft to unveil 'pure Internet' ERPPeopleSoft Inc.'s upgrade of its ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite, set to be unveiled Tuesday in New York, has been rearchitected to make it a "pure Internet" offering, a PeopleSoft spokesman confirmed. The new suite, due to ship in September or October, will have Web browser-based front ends to its back-office modules for human resources, financials, and supplier management.

The upgrade is a successor to the PeopleSoft 7.5 suite.

European Parliament rejects U.S. data planBecause the United States has yet to come up with privacy policies strong enough to satisfy the European Parliament, that group this week said it might prevent personal data housed in databases maintained by the European Union from flowing into the United States. The Parliament wants the U.S. government to come up with "safe harbor principles" that require a company to get an explicit agreement from an individual before transferring personal data about that person to another company. The Parliament's position must be adopted by the European Commission to take effect.

Nhancement, Cisco team on portal

Nhancement Technologies Inc. is working on a Personalized Communications Hub (PCH), a portal that integrates users' communication technologies, information, and services and allows multidevice and voice-recognition access to e-mail and voice mail. The portal also can link to legacy data sources, telephony engines, and data retrieval/delivery engines. The PCH will be built on Cisco Systems Inc.'s Unified Open Network Exchange (uOne) platform. Pieces of PCH technology will be rolled out between August 2000 and March 2001.

Office Depot to offer Agillion's servicesOffice Depot Inc. will offer its customers specialized ASP (application service provider) hosting services from Agillion.com Inc. via a joint marketing agreement to be officially unveiled this week, said Steve Guengerich, vice president for strategic partnerships at Agillion. With the agreement, customers of Office Depot will be able to use Agillion's collaborative CRM (customer relationship management) database of information chronicling the interactions between businesses and their customers, Guengerich said. This IBS (Internet business service) variation of the ASP model is accessed via browsers, he said.

An IBS acts like a utility in that it focuses on providing a specific function in a manner similar to an electrical or phone service, Guengerich said.

Cisco buys Web content delivery vendor

Cisco Systems this week announced plans to buy Netiverse Inc., which makes technology to speed the delivery of Web content, in a stock deal worth approximately $210 million. Netiverse said it has developed content-aware technology that accelerates content server functionality, firewalling, intrusion detection, routing, and server load balancing. Netiverse's technology was designed for use across multiple product lines and will be integrated into Cisco's existing content networking products, Cisco said. The acquisition has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to be completed in the first quarter of Cisco's fiscal year 2001.

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