Stories by Lee Copeland

Cisco to Provide Tech for Ford Supplier Net

Last week's addition of San Jose-based Cisco Systems Inc. to Ford's Auto-xchange purchasing network will help tackle the technology challenges of getting suppliers and dealers to participate, analysts said.

Win 2000 Gets Terminal Access

Described by one analyst as a "big-time" boost to integration for Windows applications, NetManage Inc. has announced plans to incorporate Microsoft Corp.'s terminal-connectivity software into its application-integration tool set.

Vendors Boost Web Doc Support

To better support online commerce and customer service initiatives, document management vendors are offering beefed-up Web content-management tools.

One-Stop Knowledge Shop

You want to create a companywide public relations campaign that will include information about your firm's products, people and history. But where do you find that information?

Finding Room on The Bandwagon

Every software vendor in the online knowledge management space defines its enterprise portal server differently. But a few components tie all of them together: online document collaboration, centralized access and searching of far-flung data resources, and document publishing. Pricing on Plumtree Software Inc.'s Corporate Portal Server starts at $150,000, and Sequoia Software Inc.'s Interchange 2000 starts at $50,000 per server. Gyphica Inc.'s PortalWare costs $225,000, and Viador Inc.'s E-Portal Suite starts at $125,000.

Ford Drives Employees to Web

In a bid to get its workforce thinking and surfing like Web-savvy consumers, Ford Motor Co. today launched a broad initiative to provide home computers and Internet access to eligible employees.

IT Industry Lags Behind Nation in Hiring Blacks

African-American information technology professionals lauded IBM's appointment of fellow African-American Al Zollar to the top spot at Lotus Development Corp. But they also said there's still work to be done before there is adequate representation of African-Americans in IT's ranks.

Lotus to pull plug on cc:Mail

Lotus Development plans to pull the plug on its elder messaging product, cc:Mail, later this year, officials said late last week.

Domino to Support Microsoft Outlook

At Lotusphere 2000 last week, Lotus pledged it would support Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook client, enhance its Web tools and offer tighter integration between Domino Server and IBM's WebSphere application server.

Users Go Slow on Domino R5

While analysts and users lauded Lotus Development Corp.'s knowledge management initiative, laid out at its annual user conference here last week, many users said they were too busy migrating to Notes/ Domino Release 5.0 to embrace it.

E.piphany Adds E-Mail Tools

E.piphany Inc. this week will update its E.4 System data analysis application with e-mail marketing tools, a welcome utility for corporations looking to use e-mail to market their products and services.

Lotusphere: Staying the Course

One thing IT users won't see at Lotusphere 2000 this week is a new upgrade to Lotus' flagship Notes client or Domino server. The Cambridge, Mass.-based groupware vendor instead focused on positioning its new knowledge management tool, jump-starting stalled migrations to Notes/Domino 5.0 and staying on course.