By: Lisa A. Sandford
Abstract: Daily news summary for 6 October 1999. Edited by Lisa A. Sandford.
Closed network managers will soon be able to raise system security to a new
level with Intershop
Communications software. Using a server-based biometric scanner, Intershop's e-commerce solution will authorize system access
with a plug-in
fingerprint reader. The locally installed reader will send an image of a
user's fingerprint to a central server where it is matched with those in its
database. Once authenticity is established, the user is set to work. The
scanner, dubbed Goldfinger,
is intended to eliminate the need for passwords.
Partnering with the developer of Goldfinger, Berlin-based Brain Trust
Marketing, Intershop looks to incorporate this new security feature in the
merchant and hosting editions of Intershop Release 4.
Intershop announced Intershop efinity,
an e-commerce offering,
at Internet World this week. According to Intershop marketing VP Ed Callan, "Intershop efinity offers Global 2000 customers the
best of both worlds -- the ability to rapidly deploy a profitable e-business
initiative today with the flexibility to grow with future e-business
needs. With efinity's unique, component-based pipeline architecture and
unprecedented support for industry standards such as XML and Java, it's the only
e-business application on the market to enable companies to sell anywhere,
integrate everything, today and tomorrow."
Intershop efinity comprises four major pieces: a transactivity server, an
application server, a catalog server, and a management center. APIs allow integrators to extend the
integrating third-party software and services. Initially SAP, CyberCash
and CyberSource interfaces will be available. Other APIs under development
include integration with ERP, content management and personalization, payment
and fulfillment, and customer relationship management.
"Intershop efinity is one of the most comprehensive enterprise
applications on the market today, and Intershop shares Sun's commitment to open
Internet software standards -- such as the Java platform and XML,"
commented Sun Microsystems VP
George Paolini. In his keynote speech at Intershop's Open E-Commerce
Summit, Paolini continued, "Both XML and Java technology have the
same goal -- hardware and software independence. There is great synergy
between XML and the Java platform: XML provides portable, maintainable and
reusable code. In combination, Java technology and XML create a powerful
platform for building enterprise applications and we're pleased to see such a
great implementation in Intershop efinity."
Companies frustrated by the time and cost of creating and maintaining Web
sites found an answer last week. Ektron's
eContentManager v. 1.1 is a Web content and documentation management tool designed for
nontechnical staff. With eContentManager, nontechnical employees companywide
can contribute to Web updating in their areas of expertise.
"With eContentManager, the entire organization shares the responsibility
and satisfaction of creating a site that supports business goals and responds to
changing business strategy," says Ektron CEO Bill Rogers. "This
product requires no knowledge of programming and gives anyone, anywhere, the
hands-on ability to do real-time Web updating -- while still providing
much-needed security and administrative control."
Version 1.1's features include content creation/editing using standard
Microsoft Word functions; cutting-and-pasting from Word, PowerPoint and Excel without losing
formatting; image uploading; hyperlinking; spell checking; table creation and
editing; and more. It is currently designed for use with ColdFusion
sites, with Microsoft Active Server Page (ASP) compliance planned for November
Seven-day-a-week, 24-hour-a-day performance monitoring is one of the premier features of Precise/Pulse
2.0 from Precise Software Solutions Inc. Precise/Pulse 2.0 gives system managers the freedom
to focus on mission-critical business without the worry of undetected system
performance problems. Precise/Pulse 2.0 detects potential system stresses before they have serious
impact. System managers receive user-defined warnings (e-mails, sounds,
pages) that indicate something seems amiss. This gives the user time to research
and remedy a potential problem, possibly reducing costly down time.
Precise/Pulse 2.0's PulseCenter management console provides at-a-glance status
monitoring, historical trend information, an overview of current system
events, and monitoring of standard database and application metrics, including
Oracle Applications. Precise/Pulse performance data can also be viewed by other
vendor management consoles, including Computer Associates' Unicenter TNG and
Hewlett Packard's OpenView. Users of Tivoli's NetView can enlist Precise/Pulse
2.0 via SNMP to secure a complete view of their Oracle database application
Precise/Pulse 2.0 helps ensure optimal system performance, including ERP,
e-commerce, data warehousing, and Web-based applications.
Also announced this week was Precise Enterprise 3.0, a comprehensive suite of
business tools to manage the performance of Oracle-based business environments.
In addition to Precise/Pulse 2.0, the suite includes Precise/SQL 3.0 and
Precise/SQL 3.0 identifies the exact cause of performance problems, such as
poorly written SQL statements or system resource constraints. New to version 3.0
are improved reporting capabilities and graphics, along with a GUI for quick
data overview. Within Precise/SQL 3.0 is the Precise Performance
Warehouse, an archive of historical system performance data.
Precise/Interpoint 3.0 tracks and
identifies SQL errors by monitoring the Oracle database and the ERP
application. Precise/Interpoint 3.0 manages system overloads, regardless of
cause -- be it database parameters, the core ERP application, or user customizations
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