IT News Review - Week ending 21.07.2000

IT News Review - Week ending 21.07.2000

Gartner: Get over the e-biz hype

The hype over e-business is leading organisations astray from forming crucial integrated teams of IT and business specialists, a Gartner analyst has warned. According to Geoff Johnson, research director with Gartner, integrated IT and business teams are an essential combination for getting an e-business plan off the ground. "E-business success is more to do with whiteboards and smart people in the industry than the technology," Johnson said.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocument HP expands portal offeringsHewlett-Packard's E-services division this week announced that it is private labelling Corporate Yahoo to offer its customers single windows access to internal and external data. Hewlett-Packard will call its version of Yahoo's corporate offering the HP E-services Portal, says Doug McGowan, general manager of the E-services dot solutions organisation at HP. The portal is designed to bring data from intranets and company applications together with external information from Yahoo's vast directory of services and news.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentUPDATE: CNET to buy ZDNet for $1.6 bln in stockOnline information provider CNET Networks. said Wednesday it would buy rival Ziff-Davis. and its online business ZDNet for $1.6 billion in stock, in a bid to rapidly expand global operations in technology information and services. ZDNet and Ziff-Davis investors applauded the deal, with ZDNet shares climbing 3-5/8 to 16-1/2 and Ziff-Davis shares gaining 2 to 13-3/8. CNET shares fell 2-15/16 to 29-1/4.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentMega portal selects PwCPricewaterhouseCoopers has been selected as the partner of choice for CorProcure, the new cross-industry business-to-business portal. Under the agreement, PwC becomes CorProcure's partner for sourcing and procurement. PwC will assist CorProcure with the development of sourcing and procurement business plans up until the signing of the shareholders agreement in August. Following that, PwC will supply ongoing services as the portal moves towards full roll-out.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentNon-strategic functions should be outsourcedCompanies should adopt a 70 per cent outsourced business model to generate "agility" and wider access to external business knowledge, an industry executive has claimed. "(Outsourcing) anything outside client consulting, business strategy, marketing and customer relationship functions allows the company to focus 100 per cent on (its) business strengths," said Zia Quereshi, managing director of Business Catalyst International.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocument$20 million to incubate 250 startupsAn incubator jointly set up by the federal government and the private sector is committing $20 million to assisting 250 IT startups over five years. Of the $20 million, $7 million will be funded by the government as part of its BITS (Building on IT Strengths) Incubator Centre program. The remaining investment will come from the private sector.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentMelbourne IT cagey as domain expands furtherDomain name registrar Melbourne IT plans to expand its portfolio of domain name offerings early next year, but is reluctant to specify the domain name endings it will be seeking the rights for. According to a company spokesperson, the registrar will place a submission with the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), seeking to add several "internationally relevant" domain name endings to its existing catalogue of .au domains.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentSybase IT incubator opens Asian marketsA Sybase-led Asian Solutions Centre is assisting Australian companies to overcome cultural barriers when forming strategic partnerships in the Asian region. Launched earlier this year, the Hong Kong-based ASC incubator showcases IT solutions developed by Sybase and local strategic partners. It pitches innovations from the finance, telecommunications, healthcare, insurance, transportation and government sectors to Asia's IT investors.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentICANN green-lights new top-level domainsAt the end of the a four-day meeting in Yokohama, Japan, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted unanimously Sunday to create new top-level domains for the Internet. Under the resolution, ICANN will appoint an unspecified number of registry operators by the end of 2000 to operate new top-level domains as alternatives to the current .com, .net and .org domains.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentOracle readying ASP announcements for end of monthOracle is gearing up to make a number of announcements related to deals with ASPs to host its ERP and CRM applications by the end of this month, a senior company executive confirmed yesterday. "We'll have ASP (Application Service Provider) announcements at the end of July and how Business OnLine is playing a role," said Mark Jarvis, Oracle's senior vice president of marketing, during an interview at Oracle's iDevelop 2000 developer conference here. Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentEDS launches hosted CRM solutionsEDS is offering customer relationship management (CRM) solutions via its EDS Business Solutions Provision (E.BSP) service, launched at the Customer Contact World show in Melbourne. E.BSP functions in the same way as an application service provider (ASP); it hosts CRM solutions which customers can download via the Internet or a virtual private network service. The service also includes strategic consulting and support services from EDS.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentMicrosoft rolls out plans to embrace ASPsAfter a year of quietly experimenting with its software pricing models, Microsoft has finally outlined its plans to address the application service provider (ASP) market. As expected, Microsoft introduced special pricing for ASPs and a number of related initiatives at its Fusion 2000 event in Atlanta. As part of the announcement, Microsoft said ASPs will be able to pay for some of its key software packages by the month instead of having to buy upfront licenses - a move that many ASPs had been requesting. ASPs will be able to license SQL Server 2000, Windows 2000 Server, Exchange 2000 and Office 2000 on a monthly basis, with the fees to be determined either by the number of named users or the number of processors on the system running the software.

Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentAustralian online advertising spend $22m in Q2Australian online advertising revenues rose to $22 million in the June quarter from $15 million in the March quarter, according to Internet economy research group www.consult. Media analyst at www.consult, Anthony Tan, said the increase in advertising revenue demonstrated there was more confidence in the benefits of advertising on Web sites. Click on the link below for the full story!OpenDocumentAnalysts mixed about IBM's futureOK, let's admit it: The news hasn't exactly been good for companies involved in the mainframe business. Electronic Data Systems, Computer Sciences ., Unisys, BMC Software and Computer Associates International have all warned investors that their companies' performances for this quarter are way off projections.

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