CSC tailors offering for life sciences
Underscoring the rising importance of life sciences companies as users of IT, Computer Sciences Corp (CSC) has announced enhancements to its IT offerings tailored for the industry. The software and services bundle is designed to provide life sciences companies — with content management, workflow and collaboration functions to give them control over internal procedures and documents. Available now, the offering is called CSC LifeWorks for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Controlled Documents. It includes review and approval of documents using electronic workflow and Web annotation, a management of standard operating procedures binder, document relationship management and controlled document viewing and printing.
Messaging worlds on course to merge
Talks are under way to bridge the gap between rival Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) instant messaging (IM) protocols, paving the way for development of new collaboration technologies. Representatives from the Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) and Session Initiation Protocol for IM and Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE) standards camps said preliminary talks had begun. Instant messaging standards development is “a big-time issue” due to the significant development and market opportunities in enterprise IM and presence technology, according to Relevance president, Rob Batchelder. Although the initial talks between camps stayed safely within the bounds of interoperability, the possibility of merging the efforts into a single standard would yield the most benefit to the industry, Batchelder said.