IT NEWS REVIEW - Week beginning November 9

IT NEWS REVIEW - Week beginning November 9

Australia faces global e-business threat, Novell MD warnsE-commerceAustralian business faces the loss of significant market opportunities to international competitors if it does not rapidly adopt aggressivee-commerce strategies, Novell's managing director has warned. Cliff Smith told the country's management elite here at the AustralianCommerce Forum's Senior Management Summit on Friday that the Internet provides any global competitor with the ability to quickly "swamp" local markets.

Click on the link below for the full story battles integration hurdles, chases profitsIndustryDespite positive growth signs, senior Compaq executives admit the company faces difficult hurdles on the Australian and New Zealand roads to recover from its Digital acquisition. Responding to media questions about local order fulfilment difficulties, Compaq's managing director Ian Penman said: "Right now I would think we're not the favourite vendor [in the channel]."Click on the link below for the full story extends R/3 reach at user conferenceSoftwareSAP's Asia Pacific user conference Sapphire starts here today and was launched yesterday with a handful of product announcements.

SAP executive board member Dr Peter Zencke announced a new unit for its successful R/3 package. SAP Mill Products, a supply chain solution for the metal, forest products and textiles industries will be available in Q2 1999.

Click on the link below for the full story fears Linux influenceIndustryLinux continues to make headway on both the technical and political fronts as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and the Object Management Group (OMG) weighed in on both sides of the Linux debate this week. At the end of October, an internal memorandum from Microsoft that has been called the "Halloween Document" was leaked to Eric Raymond, a member of the Open Source Group, an advocate consortium for open-source software.

Click on the link below for the full story posts 35th consecutive growth quarterIndustryCiting strong sales of its Internet networking equipment, Cisco Systems reported first-quarter sales of $US2.59 billion.

This represents a jump of 38 per cent over the same period a year ago and Cisco's 35th consecutive quarter of revenue and earnings growth, company officials said.

Click on the link below for the full story to benefit from Cisco vs Cabletron pricing warPricingCut-throat competition in Australia's networking industry is fuelling a fierce war of words between networking heavies Cisco and Cabletron, with users billed as the ultimate victors. Ian Fewtrell, Cabletron's managing director, told ComputerWorld Cisco's aggressive pricing tactics are shaping up as one of his company's greatest advantages.

Click on the link below for the full story Convergence accelerating, GartnerGroup saysNetworkingNew technologies coming onto the market next year will accelerate the convergence of voice and data networks within enterprises, said Terry Wright, an analyst with Gartner Group's Dataquest speaking Tuesday at Gartner Group Symposium/IT Expo98.

In an effort to reduce telecommunications expense and improve the functionality of voice systems, corporations will increasingly look to converge their voice and data networks, said Wright.

Click on the link below for the full story frames big picture with OpenViewSystem managementPromoting its role in the delivery of IT services, whether by internal systems departments or external providers, Hewlett-Packard used the occasion of its OpenView channel partner event here on Tuesday to detail a raft of product updates spanning the range of network management through application management.

HP's sweeping OpenView releases included an upgrade of its Windows NT management software, new application management modules for enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, network management tools for network service providers, and other releases aimed at filling niches in the company's recently crafted "service-oriented" approach.

Click on the link below for the full story renews with IBM GSAServicesAustralian lenders' mortgage insurance specialist Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporate Australia (MGICA) has renewed its five-year outsourcing contract with IBM Global Services Australia (IBM GSA) for a further five years.

A wholly owned subsidiary of AMP, MGICA provides lenders with insurance for $25 billion of loans in Australia and New Zealand. MGICA's customers are major financial institutions.

Click on the link below for the full story Informix gears up to extend data management capabilitiesDatabasesDatabase vendor Informix is gearing up to extend its data management capabilities to a range of databases from rival vendors.

Informix' Australian and New Zealand technical director, John MacLeod said the vendor was beta-testing the extended version of a tool designed to allow relational online analytical processing (ROLAP) against a database, to include support for recent Oracle database offerings.

Click on the link below for the full story Embrace online charges: bankBankingAustralia's richest bank claims its customers should value the charges imposed on telephone and electronic transactions as a sign that service levels are on the rise.

Defending its decision to impose a 30 cent fee on all Bpay telephone-based transactions, the National Australia Bank (NAB) - one of just a few banks to issue the charge - said the value of a banking service hinges directly on the price charged for that service.

Click on the link below for the full story Notes update to introduce browser feelSoftwareLongtime Lotus Notes users and developers are in for a shock - and additional training - when they see version 5.0, which ditches the familiar desktop icons and workspace.

The good news is that the new interface is similar to a Web browser, which should make it easier for newcomers to learn Lotus Notes.

Click on the link below for the full story Electronic share trading gains new playerE-commerceElectronic share trading gathered pace with the arrival of Australian stock broking firm ETrade.

ETrade is offering New Zealanders the ability to trade on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) via the Internet. It may offer trading in New Zealand shares in future.

Click on the link below for the full story makes its e-commerce pitchE-commercePeopleSoft has discovered electronic commerce and the Internet.

At the opening of its annual user conference on Monday, PeopleSoft announced its strategy for extending its enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications outward to embrace the Internet and allow PeopleSoft users to conduct business more effectively, company officials said.

Click on the link below for the full story E-business? Who E-cares?E-commerceAnyone who has finished implementing electronic commerce on the Internet, please step forward. You can now move on to electronic business. Not so fast, please.

Click on the link below for the full story see price rise with BMC's Boole buyIndustryAnalysts praised the likely technical fruits of BMC Software's plan to buy toolmaker Boole & Babbage but said that customers would probably pay more when the companies' products are integrated.

Systems management vendor BMC Software will issue .675 shares of common stock for each share of Boole & Babbage common stock in a deal worth about $US900 million, BMC officials said.

Click on the link below for the full story Microsoft NZ adds to US Justice dept's caseMicrosoft DoJMicrosoft New Zealand has supplied information to the US Department of Justice's anti-trust lawsuit against its parent company.

Telecom New Zealand was cited by Netscape Communications' CEO Jim Barksdale as an example of Microsoft's alleged anti-competitiveness, in his written evidence presented at the second day of the trial.

Click on the link below for the full story Computer glitch brings down ASXNewsA technical glitch caused trading to stop at the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) yesterday. Problems with the computer network that supplies prices to brokers caused trading to stop at around 2pm yesterday. Trading resumed around 4.30.

Click on the link below for the full story Oracle outlines warehousing strategySoftwareOracle has outlined its strategy to target the growing data warehousing market, with new products and partnerships that it hopes will allow it to get the attention of small, medium-sized and large businesses.

The strategy calls for Oracle to provide not only the underlying technology for building and managing a data warehouse, but also many of the analytical software applications that allow customers to drill down into their data and extract meaning from it, officials said.

Click on the link below for the full story Intellectual property group hears submissions on domain name issues.


Australia's government representative on international IT issues has called for "truly global consultation" - including countries such as Australia - on issues concerning Internet trade. Paul Twomey, CEO, National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), who last week received responsibility for coordinating Australia's position on information economy issues on the international stage, emphasised the importance of truly global consultation on issues concerning Internet trade.

Click on the link below for the full story Sybase names Cole as local CEOIndustrySybase has confirmed its former marketing and sales manager Kip Cole as its new general manager for Australia.

Interestingly, Cole spurned the title of managing director although he is the country manager for the software company.

Click on the link below for the full story Bug could corrupt files in NetWareNetWareNovell has identified a potential bug that may corrupt directory files of users running a mixed NetWare 4.x and NetWare 5 environment, according to the company.

The latest version of Novell Directory Services (NDS) that shipped with NetWare 5 features new schema extensions that NetWare 4.1x servers cannot read. The result of running the servers in a mixed environment can be the corruption of existing directory files.

Click on the link below for the full story Winds of change blow at CAIndustryAlmost one month into the job, Computer Associates' (CA) new managing director is beginning to get comfortable in the chair.

John Ruthven, previously the manager of CA's southern region branch, brings a fresh perspective to the sometimes troubled software vendor.

Click on the link below for the full story Microsoft points finger at NetscapeMicrosoft DoJMicrosoft was set up by Netscape, which itself tried to illegally divide the online market in cahoots with AOL, according to the version of events Microsoft presented in court here last week.

But Microsoft's latest argument didn't hold much weight with some legal observers. Microsoft appeared ready to try any number of defences - some more plausible than others - simply to raise doubts about US Department of Justice antitrust charges, they said.

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