FRAMINGHAM (04/06/2000) - InfoRay Inc. announced the U.S. release of software that allows executives and other end users to do real-time monitoring of their businesses' performance. InfoRay was founded in the Netherlands but moved its headquarters to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its InfoRay 4.0 software gives users a Web-based view into corporate systems and databases. Pricing starts at $100,000 for 25 users.

Cable & Wireless PLC (C&W) in London launched a new service last week that broadcasts messages on the Internet for online businesses. SureCom Email Broadcast service, released at Internet World in Los Angeles, helps marketing companies and customer relationship management (CRM) businesses contact customers by e-mail. Pricing depends on volume and ranges up to 10 cents per message, said a C&W spokeswoman.

Schneider Logistics Inc., a subsidiary of Schneider National Inc. in Green Bay, Wisconsin, recently acquired the freight-payment services of Tranzact Technologies Inc. in Elmhurst, Illinois. Tranzact processes more than $4 billion annually. The new company will be named Tranzact Payment Services.

Terms weren't disclosed. With the purchase, Schneider becomes the first in the logistics industry to create a stand-alone business unit allowing customers to buy freight payment and audit as a separate service, the company said.

Oracle Corp. met a late March deadline for shipping an upgrade of its enterprise resource planning applications that was originally due last fall.

Oracle officials said the company also remains on track to ship a new order management module and an upgrade of its CRM software next month. The CRM package is about six months behind the original release schedule.

Eventus Logistics last week changed its name to Demantra Inc. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based demand-management software vendor will launch products next month, including support for collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment, as well as sales and operations planning for online businesses.

Nokia Corp. in Irving, Texas, last week signed a multiyear agreement worth more than $500 million with VoiceStream Wireless Corp. to bring Wireless Access Protocol-based mobile Internet services to U.S.-based customers. Nokia will provide wireless handsets as well as switching and radio networks. Bellevue, Washington-based VoiceStream is the largest Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) provider in the U.S. GSM is the most widely used digital mobile technology worldwide.

MTI Technology Corp. in Anaheim, California, said it signed up Belden Communications Division, a subsidiary of Belden Inc. in St. Louis. The division will use MTI's Vivant Fibre Channel storage-area network and network-attached storage systems for its application environment. Phoenix-based Belden Communications provides products to support outside plant, customer premises and broadband networks. Belden Inc. designs wire and cable products for electronic, electrical and telecommunications markets.

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