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Hayes pays up, looks forward to bright futureModem manufacturer Hayes has exited Chapter 11, "paying all creditors in full, plus interest", according to a company source. With Chapter 11 proceedings (the US term for liquidation) behind the company, Hayes says it plans to launch a public offering within two years.

"This is great news for Hayes' customers and distributors in Australia," said Andrew Phillips, who runs Hayes in Australia. In order to fund its reorganisation, US-based Hayes garnered a $70 million line of credit and repelled unfriendly takeover attempts from competitors Diamond Multimedia and US Robotics.

Significantly, Hayes founder Dennis Hayes is stepping aside as president and CEO in favour of an unnamed successor. Hayes will continue with the company as chairman.

Java's time is now

SYDNEY - The take-up of Java is about to explode, says Dr James Gosling, Java's lead engineer and key architect. In Sydney to address the press and key customers, Gosling said applications built in Java are already starting to appear. Examples: a US company called Applix has developed a spreadsheet program that allows users to work together in real time on a collaborative spreadsheet. Gosling says another company has developed project management software that similarly lets users collaborate in real time. In addition to commercial applications, internal applications are popping up everywhere, he said.

Gosling says Java is best suited to applications that require fairly extensive networking and have heterogeneous clients. Java is perfect, he said, for building large distributed applications that are secure. However, the language is also general-purpose, Gosling said. He says it was an improved version of C++ that enabled programmers to write smaller programs more quickly.

Novell equips resellers with CD-ROM librarySYDNEY - Novell is offering, free of charge, what it calls the "first comprehensive CD library that provides one-stop, instant access to current versions of Novell's most popular products for demonstration purposes". The CD-ROM library, Software Connection, is available immediately at no charge to Novell NetExperts, distributors, consulting groups and OEM partners. Novell NetProviders can purchase the library for $804.

It is intended to supply resellers with current product releases they can demonstrate to customers, and for internal training purposes.

Borland continues 16-bit support

SYDNEY - While developers continue to rush headlong into the sea of Windows 95 32-bit software compatibility, Borland has released a new 16-bit version of Paradox for Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups.

"Unlike some of our competitors, we have not overlooked the needs of our 16-bit Windows users and developers," said Ray Bradbery, Borland Australia's managing director. "For the foreseeable future, we know that organisations of all sizes are going to be using a mixture of Windows 3.1, Windows 95 and Windows NT."

Michelle Stowe Connor, Borland's sales and marketing director, told ARN: "Resellers should realise that the uptake of Windows 95 has not been as rapid as the market first anticipated. It's therefore important that they continue providing product and service support to those users - who are still in the majority - retaining their 16-bit operating systems and tools."

Borland's profile has received another boost following Netscape's announcement that it plans to include Borland AppAccellerator "just-in-time" dynamic compiler for Java applications in future versions of Netscape Navigator.

Borland

Tel: (02) 240 1000

Fax: (02) 240 1011

NetWare market still growing

SYDNEY - With NetWare server licence sales in Australia of more than 3,000, network integrator Clear Technology accounts for almost 10 per cent of all NetWare licences installed in Australia, according to Novell sources.

After eight years of selling NetWare, Steve Stuart, managing director of Clear Technology, says the NetWare market is still growing strongly and shows no sign of levelling off. "We're installing new networks in a surprising number of 'green field' sites around Australia," he said. "These first-time NetWare installations are often migrating from ageing legacy systems with limited networking functionality.

"Organisations that once used their LAN for simple word processing and printer sharing now use the same network for maintaining customer databases, e-mail and financial accounting. In other words, a simple business tool has evolved into a mission-critical system." Stuart says Clear has also teamed up with Digital's PC business unit and Microsoft to offer cost-effective network integration strategies for government organisations.

As part of this collective partnership, Clear has developed a range of services to help government organisations contain internal LAN costs. These services include LAN audits, help desk support and network optimisation. by Keir Wells Clear TechnologyTel: (02) 310 3077 Fax: (02) 310 3088Progress for VLM64SYDNEY - Progress has announced Progress 7.3 for Unix which, according to the manufacturer, lets Progress users work for the first time with Digital's Very Large Memory (VLM64) technology.

According to Progress: "VLM64 technology takes advantage of the 64-bit architecture of Digital's AlphaServers and dramatically improves database and application performance by increasing the amount of data that can be stored in main memory."

V7.3 for Digital Unix also supports the Progress Oracle DataServer running on Digital Unix. Progress sources say this extended capability gives Progress developers the flexibility of integrating data from multiple sources, including Oracle databases.

The Progress Workgroup Server is priced at $470 per seat; Enterprise Server is priced at $1,080 per seat. Progress also informed ARN that volume discounts are available.

Progress

Tel: (02) 498 7555 Fax: (02) 498 7498


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