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The corProcure online marketplace set up by some of Australia's biggest companies - including AMP, ANZ, BHP, Coles Myer, Qantas and Telstra - has selected TIBCO to provide three product suites that will allow it to establish an open marketplace.

"The ability to integrate marketplace customers quickly and seamlessly is crucial in the fast-moving, highly competitive B2B market," explained Len Ward, CEO of corProcure. corProcure has also obtained distribution rights to TIBCO's integration software for market participants, which will allow customers to connect their ERP applications to the corProcure marketplace. corProcure expects to begin full trading early this year.

Listed software developer Technology One is to supply its Finance One financial management software to the Whitireia Community Polytechnic in New Zealand. The sale came just four months after Technology One opened a subsidiary in Auckland, although there are already 15 Kiwi users of Finance One, explained Adrian Di Marco, CEO of Technology One. "We're seeing a high demand for integrated products like ours that provide Internet and e-business solutions that support their organisation's growth into the future," Di Marco noted.

IT services provider Data#3 has won a tender to provide outsourcing and other services worth more than $A4 million over three years to Queensland Alumina (QAL). Under the terms of the deal Data#3 will provide recommendations for strategic initiatives, outsourcing of QAL's technical support and helpdesk functions, management of the company's LAN infrastructure and 800 desktop devices, and asset management and procurement. Data#3 will also provide contracted staff for QAL's application development and maintenance group.

Don't mess with us, Microsoft warned a US court this week. The company's lawyers told the Court of Appeals that plans to split Microsoft into two would fail, but if it didn't the court-ordered breakup would be