FRAMINGHAM (03/17/2000) - Information technology professionals had a chance to soak in the spotlight last week when Inc., an Edina, Minn.-based online career resource, unveiled a national advertising campaign featuring IT workers who use the service. More than 200 people responded to the casting call, from which chose six to feature in the TV, radio and Web advertisements.

TranScape, a Bloomington, Minn.-based subsidiary of Stamford, Conn.-based Pitney Bowes Inc., last week released order-fulfillment and shipment-processing software for use by manufacturers. The new Conquest application provides shipment scheduling and tracking capabilities and can also be used to shop for the best deal from national and local freight carriers, TranScape said. Pricing wasn't disclosed on the software, which was delivered to almost 90 users during a phased rollout that started last spring.

Best Software Inc. in Reston, Va., last week announced plans to offer application hosting services to users of its Windows-based human resources and payroll software starting in May. Hosted installations will run at data centers operated by Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc., and end users will be able to access the applications via the Internet. Officials from Best Software, which was acquired in January by The Sage Group PLC in the U.K. for $445 million, said users will pay monthly fees for the hosting service. Best Software didn't discuss pricing.

SAP AG and IBM's technology leasing units last week said they are working together to develop a set of equipment leasing and asset management applications. The software, due from SAP early next year, is supposed to help users streamline tasks such as selling leases, monitoring the status of contracts and analyzing whether a lease is profitable. Internet-based collaboration capabilities will also be included, the two companies announced.

Pricing wasn't disclosed.

IT Factory Inc. in Cambridge, Mass., plans to unveil a new e-commerce site for selling Notes/Domino appli- cation objects at this week. The site allows end users to download and purchase components from IT Factory and other Lotus Development Corp. independent software vendors such as Casahl Technology Inc. in San Ramon, Calif., and Seagate Software Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif.

The market for public-key infrastructure (PKI) will be worth $3.5 billion by 2003, according to U.K.-based market research company Datamonitor PLC. PKI lets users privately exchange data on the Internet. Current PKI revenue is $641 million.

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