2/06/06 issue

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Upfront

Cisco

Disaster recovery

Financial

Intermec

iSeries

Market

RFID

 

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Upfront

Growing market demand recognized for used AS/400 and used iSeries servers

According to Abacus Solutions, a leading provider of new and refurbished servers, the demand for used AS/400 and used iSeries servers continues to climb across key industry segments. The company attributes this growth to two key factors: the growing trend of on-demand business environ-ments and the heightened focus on technology ROI.  “We see tremendous demand for all generations of used AS/400 and used iSeries models,” said Patrick Hiller, CEO of Abacus Solutions. “The used IT equipment market, which was once considered an alternative way of trimming IT expenses, is now mainstream. Companies of all sizes across the globe are realizing the business benefit of refurbished equipment - the ability to acquire their ideal IT equipment via purchase, lease, rent, or trade, while drastically reducing costs. The end result is a significant return-on-investment.”

Visit www.abacusllc.com.

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Cisco

Linksys announces SIP-based IP PBX, desktop phones and Gateway

Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems, Inc., announced a new line of SIP-based telephony products for Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs) targeting large residential, SOHO and very small business customers. The new line of IP communication solutions includes an IP PBX/Key system, a wide range of IP desktop phones and an Analog Gateway for connection to the Public Switched Telephone Network. Used together with an ITSP voice service, they provide a complete IP telephony system for up to 16 users. According to AMI research, there are more than 35 million small businesses worldwide. 56% of these businesses have 1 to 4 users, and another 11.8% have 5 to 19 users. The new Linksys IP telephony products target this market segment. ITSPs focusing on the higher-end of the residential market or the lower end of the small business market can deploy services on this platform to help customers save money.

Visit www.linksys.com.

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Disaster recovery

Disaster Recovery Directory released

Following the most active hurricane and natural disaster season in years, many business owners and professionals have felt the frustration of not knowing where to turn to find the help they need to get their operations running normally again.  Edwards Information announces the release of the 15th edition of Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory to help businesses and organizations plan for and cope with disaster. Now in its 15th year, Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory is a 400 page business-to-business directory designed to help companies be better prepared and save time and money when every second counts by quickly locating crucial but hard-to-find recovery services throughout the United States and Canada. Available in both hard copy and on CD with hotlinks to vendor websites, Edwards Disaster Recovery Directory contains thousands of vendor listings organized into more than 400 categories such as data recovery, drying and dehumidifica-tion, disaster planning software and more.

Visit www.EdwardsInformation.com.

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Financial

Newmerix Corp. closes $5 million in Series B financing led by Siemens Venture Capital

Newmerix Corp., a provider of automated testing and change management software for packaged applications, announced that it has closed a successful $5 million follow-on Series B financing round, led by Siemens Venture Capital GmbH.  Existing investors Mobius Venture Capital and IDG Ventures also participated in the round. Newmerix will use the funds to grow its research and development team and sales staff, as well as expand the breadth and depth of its Automate! software suite. Newmerix's Automate! software is an integrated suite of program management, automated testing and change management software specifically designed for the unique architecture of packaged applications such as PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle and Siebel.

Visit www.newmerix.com or www.siemensventurecapital.com.

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Intermec

Supply chain technology leaders colla-borate to demonstrate Gen2 RFID at work
Five of the world's leading companies in the development, implementation and utilization of supply chain automation technology - Intermec Technologies, the METRO Group, Procter Gamble, DHL and IBM - jointly demonstrated RFID use in the retail supply chain at the National Retail Federation's 95th annual NRF show.  A series of on-stand demonstrations, centered around the METRO Group's use of RFID in its supply chain, brought together five RFID pioneers, each of which has played a leading role in applying RFID technology in real-world applications. Featured were forklift, portal and handheld systems that include a range of Intermec EPC Gen2-compliant RFID devices, including the Intermec IF5 intelligent reader, IP4 handheld reader, IV7 forklift reader and RFID-enabled PM4i label printer.
Visit www.intermec.com or www.metrogroup.de.

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iSeries

Kronos announces availability of Kronos iSeries Central 5.1
Kronos Incorporated announced the latest version of its Kronos iSeries Central suite of workforce management applications. Kronos iSeries Central automates key business functions, engages employees and optimizes the workforce, providing organizations with a strategic competitive advantage. The highly scalable solution is used by more than 4,000 organizations that run on the IBM eServer iSeries platform such as Aurora Health Care, Christmas Tree Shops, CompUSA, Mohawk Industries and Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Kronos iSeries Central continues to demonstrate Kronos' leadership position in employee scheduling solutions. Kronos iSeries Central customers now benefit with advanced scheduling solutions that provide managers with visibility into the workforce, ensuring efficient deployment of resources. New functionality available in the Kronos iSeries Central suite also helps organizations meet compliance regulations. The solution provides configuration tools to enable archiving and record retention.

Visit www.kronos.com.

 

Centerfield Technology's insure/MONITOR automatically tracks iSeries performance problems
With the latest release of insure/MONITOR, Centerfield Technology has added archival reporting to the iSeries performance monitoring and diagnostic tool. The new capabilities enable iSeries operations staff to archive historical statistics seen in over 80 columns viewed via insure/MONITOR.  insure/MONITOR is widely used by high capacity iSeries shops for real-time performance monitoring, often in league with other Centerfield tools which help fix the problems identified by insure/MONITOR.

Visit www.centerfieldtechnology.com.

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Market

Asia-Pacific key growth market for iSeries

The Asia-Pacific region remains a major market for computer giant IBM Corp., which sees strong growth for its products, especially the eServer iSeries systems. According to its director, eServer iSeries, system and technology group Asia-Pacific Nick Lambert, the region currently contributes 20 percent of IBM's worldwide revenue. Japan is the largest market for IBM while Asean is the fastest-growing region. As for New Zealand and Australia, both countries have recorded reasonable growth. "There are over 400,000 iSeries systems sold in over 100 countries, with 17 percent of the systems installed in the Asia- Pacific region. More than 245,000 customers have installed an iSeries system, with 17 percent of them from the Asia-Pacific region," Lambert said. IBM's customers include those from the insurance, banking, retail, manufacturing, automotive, consumer electronics and pharmaceuticals sectors.  In Malaysia, IBM is targeting similar sectors with a special focus on pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, automotive and banking.

Visit www.ibm.com.

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RFID

RFID market $2.71b in 2006 to $12.35b in 2010

IDTechEx has extensively researched the RFID industry to announce new forecasts for the years ahead. Cumulative sales of RFID tags for sixty years until the beginning of 2006 total 2.4 billion, with 600 million tags being sold in 2005 alone. In 2006, IDTechEx expects 1.3 billion tags to be sold. Of that about 500 million RFID smart labels will be used for pallet and case level tagging, but the majority will be used for a range of diverse markets from baggage and passports to contactless payment cards and drugs. In the short term large “closed loop” markets requiring high value RFID will remain very profitable and companies will seek to position themselves as the leader in hardware and integration in different vertical market segments. Challenges with tag yield versus cost, frequency acceptance, specification creep and required performance levels are some of the key issues that are being resolved to grow the RFID market exponentially over the coming years to be almost ten times the size in 2016 that it will be in 2006. IDTechEx is a knowledge based company which gives strictly independent marketing, technical and business advice and services on these subjects

Visit www.idtechex.com.

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