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Sun Appoints Sueltz President for Software

Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced that Patricia C. Sueltz, formerly general manager of IBM Corp.'s Java Software division, has been appointed president of Sun's Software Products and Platforms Division.

Intuit CEO resigns

Intuit's chief executive officer Bill Harris has resigned after only 13 months in the position. Bill Campbell, Intuit's chairman will take on Harris' role in addition to his own until a new CEO can be found, the US personal finance software vendor has announced.

IBM makes $30 million biz intelligence push

IBM yesterday announced a $US30 million marketing campaign aimed to get business intelligence systems at the top of customers' IT agendas in 2000. It also launched new versions of business intelligence products along with a special program targeted at small and midsize businesses.

Nortel buys Periphonics for $US436 million

Nortel Networks yesterday announced the acquisition of Periphonics Corp, a provider of interactive voice systems, in a deal valued at around $US436 million.
Nortel, based in Brampton, Ontario, is buying Periphonics as part of its strategy to deliver networks that unify voice, data and the internet, according to company officials.

Lucent buys Switchmaker, Cisco buys Net Technology

Rival networking giants Lucent Technologies and Cisco Systems both continued on their growth-through-acquisition paths yesterday, with Lucent announcing that it has agreed to pick up Excel Switching, and Cisco disclosing plans to buy Internet technology developer MaxComm Technologies.

Bang & Olufsen complains of SAP implementation

German software vendor SAP got a slap in the face yesterday when Danish electronics maker Bang & Olufsen Holding put some of the blame for its lower-than-expected financial results on problems relating to SAP's R/3 ERP (enterprise resource planning) system.

Novell Boosts AOL Messaging for Business

America Online Inc. has managed to attract another powerful ally for its AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service -- Novell Inc., whose network operating system helps network administrators manage 80 million users' access to corporate systems.
The agreement, announced today, aims to accomplish two things -- getting AOL's messaging software into the corporate market, and getting Novell's customer base in contact with everyone using AIM. Among the corporate users of AIM are users of Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes groupware, today amounting to 40 million. Lotus has announced that it will deliver a suite containing AIM and other AOL services to Notes installations.

IDC: Competition Boosts Unified Messaging

The number of electronic in-boxes that can handle all types of messages, whether voice, e-mail or fax, will grow drastically in the coming years from 35,000 last year to 25.4 million by 2003, according to market research published today by International Data Corp.
The boost in so-called unified messaging is currently driven more by competition among service providers than by demand, according to Jeannette Noyes, research manager at IDC, based in Framingham, Massachusetts.
However, demand is rising, with "road warriors" performing their jobs away from the office, as well as those working at home, among the early adopters, Noyes said.

UPDATE: Compaq Offers Free Messaging

A free unified messaging service targeted at small and medium-sized businesses was announced today by Compaq Computer Corp. in partnership with TelePost Inc.
The free service, Message Center Lite, allows a customer to store all voice-messages, e-mails and faxes in a central location and check the messages via a Web browser. Messages can also be answered and forwarded via the browser.

MS offers consumers free Web hosting

Microsoft this week made yet another foray into the territory of the largest online consumer-service provider, America Online, by announcing the availability of a beta site that provides free hosting of Web communities.
The offer is open to any users, whether for a private family site, a public hobbyists site or a business site, and the only limitation is a site size of a maximum of 30Mbytes, said a Microsoft spokesman.

UPDATE: Compaq, NEC Offer Free Messaging

A free unified messaging service targeted at small and medium-sized businesses was announced today by Compaq Computer Corp. in partnership with TelePost Inc.
The free service, Message Center Lite, allows a customer to store all voice-messages, e-mails and faxes in a central location and check the messages via a Web browser. Messages can also be answered and forwarded via the browser.

FCC Wants No Regulation of Cable Access for 'Net

While local governments have asked the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to force cable operators to open up their cable networks to competing Internet access providers, the FCC is now saying it prefers a hands off approach and that regulation by local governments will deter competition.
In a speech at a Federal Communications Bar Association meeting in San Francisco yesterday FCC Chairman William Kennard said the agency wants to ensure a "deregulatory approach" for its national broadband policy.