Software Briefs: Infotronics, Cognos

Software Briefs: Infotronics, Cognos

Infotronics to distribute SEH

Melbourne-based systems administration software specialist, Infotronics, has signed on as the exclusive distributor for SEH Computertechnik. Under the deal the company will distribute the Germany-based manufacturer’s range of external print servers and interface cards. Infotronics technical director, Phil Lancaster, said the agreement added to the company’s print solution range in a changing market. “We started out with software but now see a lot of software becoming appliance driven,” Lancaster said. “This deal fits us into that appliance space.” he said. Infotronics had approached SEH for the job, based primarily on the company’s interoperability with the ThinPrint print-job compression product line, which Infotronics also distributes. He said Infotronics was surprised to discover the full extent of SEH’s enterprise range. “We didn’t realise the extent to which SEH is an enterprise print server solution,” Lancaster said. Infotronics was currently in discussion with another vendor to add barcode and form printing capabilities, he said.

Cognos moves to SOA

Cognos is to move its business intelligence and performance management software onto a service-oriented architecture platform (SOA). However, older software offerings such as Series 7 will be supported for a minimum of three more years. Support and development for Series 7 would continue concurrently for the foreseeable future, while the company’s latest family of business intelligence, reporting and scorecarding tools, known as ReportNet, was currently being integrated into Web services, Cognos vice-president for product innovation and technology, Don Campbell, said. “Series 7 BI has current development and will continue to do so for [at least three to five] years to come,” he said. “We are spending a lot of time integrating those tools [with Web services].” Despite this, Campbell said serious adoption from current IT platforms over to SOA was at least 18 months away.

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