By: Karen Blenker
Abstract: Daily news summary for 26 October 1999. Edited by Karen Blenkner.
In an effort to promote innovation in development, Sun
Microsystems Inc. announced last week a $200 million investment fund that
will benefit companies that develop products, markets, and services based on Sun
technology and platforms. Sun says it plans to partner with leading venture
capital firms and banks to identify investment opportunities in companies
promoting the next generation of the Internet.
The Sun Equity Investment Portfolio looks to help companies capitalize on the
ever-increasing opportunities that exist in Internet business. As a provider of
products, technologies, and services for the Internet, Sun will use its market
access and industry knowledge to help promote the success of its portfolio
companies. "Tying a financial commitment from Sun with our knowledge of the
marketplace allows us to fuel a family of tomorrow's Internet businesses, with
Sun technology at the foundation," said Michael E. Lehman, Sun's vice
president of corporate resources and chief financial officer.
More information on the Sun investment fund will be available in the next 30
days at the company's Web site.
The forecast...high chance of e-commerce and outsourcing in the federal
government, according to a new INPUT
study, "Federal Information Systems and Services Market Forecast,
1999-2004." INPUT -- an IT market research and marketing services firm --
predicts that increasing demand for outsourcing and e-commerce-related
activities will be the driving force behind growth in the federal IT market over
the next five years.
The study forecasts that federal spending on electronic commerce will rise 10
percent and spending on outsourcing will increase six percent by 2004. The
federal market overall for IT products and services will reach US$34 billion in
that time, the study says.
Congress used to pressure agencies to limit the use of contractors for
functions it considered governmental management, according to INPUT. After much
downsizing in recent years, however, Congress is now urging federal workers to
focus on mission-related activities and outsource technology implementation and
management to the vendor community, the report says. There is also a push from
the administration for government to conduct its business electronically by
2003, according to the study, which has led to an outcropping of e-commerce
initiatives within federal government.
Copies of the market forecast are available at the INPUT Web
Lumina Decision Systems hopes application developers and corporate IT groups
will decide in favor of their new tool, Analytical Decision Engine 2.0. ADE 2.0
allows developers to incorporate Lumina's Analytica 2.0 Decision Support
software into custom applications and Web sites.
"In today's competitive and fast-paced world, we often have to
assimilate mountains of data and make crucial decisions on the fly. With ADE
2.0, companies can offer their employees or customers the ability to use a
familiar application... to create thousands of 'what if' scenarios
and use this information to make complex decisions," said Thomas
Tomasetti, CEO of Lumina.
This new tool can aid analytic and computational capacity in application
areas such as e-commerce, financial and sales forecasting, corporate strategy,
and artificial intelligence, Lumina says. ADE was the core technology used by Ask
Jeeves to provide the natural-language answering services in its Shopping
Advisor, for example.
ADE 2.0 is available as an ActiveX automaton server and it runs on Window NT 4.0 or later. You can download
product now at a special
introductory price of US$1,995, which includes a copy of Analytica
Enterprise Edition 2.0.
You spend hours looking at a computer screen, so it's important to make sure
your eyes -- and your monitor -- are in good shape. Mitsubishi
Display Product's new "Monitor" Your Eyes campaign offers free
software programs to test your eyes at your monitor and to test the monitor
itself, the company says.
Mitsubishi has worked with Dr. Ray Soneria (of DisplayMate
fame) and optometrist Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, from Corporate Vision Consulting, to
develop the two pieces of testing software. Soneria helped to tailor a novice
version of DisplayMate -- a professional testing software for display products
-- for the Mitsubishi program. It offers test patterns that check the basics of
computer monitor performance.
Dr. Anshel's Eye-CEE eye testing software program helps test for any symptoms
of Computer Vision Syndrome. CVS results from extended viewing of a video
display terminal, according to healthcare professionals.
The free software is available in limited quantity on disks from Mitsubishi
and is also available for download from a "Monitor"
Your Eyes Web site. Each disk contains a simple set of instructions and
testing patterns, says Mitsubishi. The Web site also includes tips on
how to best set up your workstation for maximum performance and health. The site
will be regularly updated throughout the campaign with additional tips for
eye and monitor well-being.
Looking to speed up and simplify the process of configuring and deploying
PCs? Check out Epsilon
Squared Inc.'s DeployRite 2.0, a tool that works in conjunction with disk
imaging tools by separating application images from the operating system disk
image. Separating the images saves both time and disk space, Epsilon Squared
says, because the application images can then be used with a number of different
hardware and operating system images.
DeployRite monitors changes made to a PC during installation of one or more
applications. The tool then creates an application image -- called the
InstallKit -- which contains all the files, folders, and other information
necessary to clone those installation processes to other PCs. Users have the
option of selecting multiple application images to be applied in a single
DeployRite allows customers to fully customize and configure installed
applications before the creation of the InstallKit. It also includes an
easy-to-use control panel and wizard to assist with the installation of
applications and creation of InstallKits, says Epsilon Squared.
DeployRite is expected to be available in November 1999 for Windows NT, 95,
98, and 2000.
The latest sword unsheathed by Palm: CodeWarrior for the Palm Computing
platform, Release 6. The latest version of the development tools package
features kits for developing wireless, Web-enabled, Palm VII-connected organizer
applications, as well as tools for Japanese language applications and UIs.
According to Palm, the newest version of CodeWarrior features updates to the
Constructor user interface tool for creating Japanese application UIs; new
printing libraries from Symbol
Technologies; and two toolkits. One toolkit is used for developing
applications to directly access Internet data through Web clipping technology on
the Palm VII organizer. The other provides application programming interfaces
for Japanese application development.
Release 6 of CodeWarrior is now available through Palm Computing at www.palm.com/prodsoft.html
and is priced at US$369. Special pricing is available for qualified students.
Palm will be mailing free upgrades to registered users of Release 5.
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