6/26/06 issue

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Alliances

Cisco

HP

IBM

Intermec

Leasing

Products

Storage

 

Meet the new members

Intermec attains Gold Certified Partner status in Microsoft Partner Program

HP positioned in ''Leaders'' quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis

Microsoft debuts pay-per-hour computer financing

 

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Members in the news

We welcome the following new members:

  • Genisys Corporation – Redmond WA – Danny Richardson
  • IMN Nord GmbH – Germany – Jurgen Misfeldt and Thomas Ruge
  • Siemens Financial Services GmbH – Germany – Dr. Herbert Lohneib
  • Fortune Sky Enterprise Development Ltd – China – Dennis Song

 

Meet the new members

Fortune Sky Enterprise Development Ltd.

Fortune Sky was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Beijing, with additional branch offices in Shenzhen and the USA. The company's business mainly focuses on the international trading of IT products such as servers, comsumables, UPS, options, etc.; and brands including HP, IBM, Sun, APC, Nortel, Samsung, Oki, Epson, Canon and Maxell. Fortune Sky buys and sells surplus inventories, used and refurbished products. The company’s solid reputation and high efficiency ensures both customer loyalty and great influence in the world IT industry.

Visit www.sky-fortune.com.

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Alliances

Q4bis partners with Key Information Sys-tems to provide Business Intelligence Suite

Q4bis, an innovative and feature-packed business intelligence (BI) software solution provider, has been selected by Key Information Systems Inc., a leading IT systems integrator with status as an IBM Premier Business Partner and Microsoft Certified Partner, as their solutions provider for business intelligence (BI) software. This new relationship with Key will extend the reach of the Q4bis BI Suite into the large base of robust enterprise organiza-tions looking for superior tools to build powerful information databases and manipulate them to discover important relationships leading to improved management of company resources and profitability.

Visit www.q4bis.com or www.keyinfo.com.

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Cisco

LiteScape applications now available on Cisco’s hottest new phone

LiteScape Technologies, Inc. announced that its collaboration applications are now available on the new, video-enabled Cisco 7985G series IP phones. The 7985G is a personal desktop video phone offering executives and managers a productivity-enhancing tool that makes instant, face-to-face communication possible directly from their offices. LiteScape collaboration solutions deliver enhanced functionality to the 7985, giving callers the capability to search all corporate directories and with the push of a single button join or initiate a conference call, send multi-media files for discussion, or access inventory information. The optional LiteScape Secure Personal Authen-tication Reader (SPAR) can be attached to any Cisco IP-device to provide identity management for personalization and security via RFID, magnetic card, smartcard, and bio-metric authentication.

Visit www.litescape.com or www.cisco.com.

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HP

HP positioned in ''Leaders'' quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis

HP announced that its HP OpenView management software has been listed in the "Leaders" quadrant of industry analyst firm Gartner Inc.'s evaluation of the IT Event Correlation and Analysis market. According to Gartner, "leaders" are vendors that are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market. Leaders in the IT Event Correlation and Analysis market are vendors that possess a large and satisfied installed base and have a high degree of visibility within the market. They offer highly scalable, robust applications and have the strategic vision to address evolving enterprise requirements in the areas of mapping and prioritizing events to business impact and optimizing the event-to-incident/problem resolution processes, including integration with service desk tools. HP OpenView Operations anchors HP's solution for consolidated event and performance management of heterogeneous enterprise IT environments. The solution offers a service-driven operations approach to support customers' key business processes, and it includes capabilities to pinpoint problems in complex infrastructures so IT can resolve problems faster.

Visit www.hp.com/openview.

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IBM

IBM’s jStart program jump-starts software development

LastMile Communications Limited, an innovative provider of secure, edge-of-network wireless content delivery solutions, has joined IBM's jStart program, designed to drive customer adoption of emerging technologies. LastMile's collaboration with IBM through the jStart program will enable the company to fast track the development of its suite of software for both its WDirect 1000 Information Node and its Harvester software for mobile devices. IBM's jStart developer group working with LastMile Communications spans the globe and includes presence in both Exeter-Devon in the United Kingdom and Raleigh, North Carolina. This proximity both enhances the synergy between the two companies while making sure the development process addresses regional concerns such as usage and the popularity of handheld devices by geography. LastMile's unique node-based hardware system helps create wireless networks within fixed geographical locations, resulting in a low-cost, high-performance wireless content delivery for service providers, municipalities and users across many industries, including healthcare, universities, corporate enterprises, public security and transportation.
Visit www.lastmilecoms.com.

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Intermec

Intermec attains Gold Certified Partner status in Microsoft Partner Program
Intermec Inc. announced it has attained Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program, recognizing Intermec's expertise and impact in the technology marketplace. As a Gold Certified Partner, Intermec has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and a proven ability to meet customers' requirements. Microsoft Gold Certified Partners receive a rich set of benefits, including access, training and support, giving them a competitive advantage in the channel. Intermec develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets.

Visit www.intermec.com.

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Leasing

Microsoft debuts pay-per-hour computer financing
Microsoft has developed technology for people to pay by the hour to use a computer in their own homes, similar to the way many people use prepaid cards for cell phones. The technology, called FlexGo, will be used as part of efforts to sell computers to lower-income consumers in developing countries, where Microsoft is eager to find new money-making opportunities but is battling software piracy and other barriers. The program will generally work like this: a user will pay for about half the cost of the computer upfront, and then will purchase prepaid cards to get hourly access to the computer at home. If the prepaid card runs out and the user doesn't buy more hours, the computer stops working until the user buys another card. The prepaid hours will go toward paying off the computer, said Will Poole, a senior vice president in charge of Microsoft's market expansion group. The financing models and interest rates will vary depending on the market, so he couldn't say how much more than the retail price the user will end up paying. The users will need at least occasional dial-up Internet access to participate in the program. It will initially feature mid-range PCs running the consumer version of Microsoft's Windows operating system.

Visit www.microsoft.com.

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Products

Proginet announces enterprise solution for iSeries file transfer integration

Proginet Corporation announced the availability of CyberFusion Integration Suite (CFI) for iSeries. Proginet's flagship solution for advanced managed file transfer, CFI now provides full support for IBM iSeries (also referred to as i5), and brings the solution's renowned file transfer security, control and efficiency to this key platform. "More and more Proginet customers are choosing CFI because of its Web-based Internet Server and its support for secure B2B partner integration," stated Jack Gazzola, Proginet's Vice President of Sales. "Companies deploying CFI can now easily integrate external B2B activity with their existing iSeries systems while ensuring auditability and regulatory compliance. That's a powerful proposition for most companies." An integrated solution to secure and control file-transfer activity across large and extended enterprises, CFI supports all major computing platforms including iSeries, IBM Mainframe, UNIX, and Windows.

Visit www.proginet.com.

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Storage

IDC plots out worldwide storage market trends
The $2.4 billion (U.S.) storage software market is up 10.2 percent in the first quarter of 2006, reported IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker. This marks the tenth consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth for this product category, stated Rhoda Phillips, research manager for IDC storage software. IDC noted the strength of the storage replication market, which is up 15.2 percent in the first quarter of 2006. In addition the smaller but fast-growing archive and HSM market posted a 30.2 percent year-over-year growth. EMC is in first place in storage software this quarter with 25.4 percent revenue; followed by Symantec in second place with 20.1 percent revenue share and IBM in third place with 12.6 percent revenue share. Network Appliance finished in the fourth position with 7.6 percent revenue share; while CA and Hewlett-Packard rounded out the top five in a statistical tie with 5.5 percent and 5.4 percent revenue share, respectively.

Visit www.idc.com.

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