Software Briefs: PA, VeriSign

Software Briefs: PA, VeriSign

PA wins Systems Union deal

Local software provider, Professional Advantage, has signed an international original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partnership agreement with UK-based software house, Systems Union. The deal will take Professional Advantage’s Australian-developed electronic procurement product, internet Purchase Order System (iPOS), to SunSystems customers globally. Systems Union is hoping that iPOS will enhance its SunSystems functionality. “We took a comprehensive look at the five best international developers of e-procurement products for our SunSystem software,” A/NZ managing director of Systems Union, Bill Bryce, said. “Professional Advantage’s iPOS won hands down.” The agreement is expected to increase Professional Advantage’s export earnings by at least 25 per cent. This is the second OEM agreement that Professional Advantage has with Systems Union. In addition to this, Professional Advantage also has longstanding OEM agreements with the Microsoft Business Solutions group. “Our export strategy has provided access to markets previously beyond our reach,” Professional Advantage joint managing director, Steve Howcroft, said.

VeriSign links with MS

VeriSign has announced a partnership with Microsoft to deliver authentication services for Windows Server 2003 that it claims will be cheaper and easier to install than current offerings. The partnership builds on an existing relationship between the companies announced last June when Microsoft and VeriSign said they were teaming up to provide public key infrastructure (PKI) security services for Windows Server 2003. The authentication services would use and extend Microsoft protocols that VeriSign licensed last year. Users would be able to distribute desktop PKI credentials and include support for a variety of strong, multifactor authentication options such as smart cards and security tokens, VeriSign said. Furthermore, these user authentication products would also work with several Microsoft applications, including secure virtual private network (VPN), wireless LAN access and secured email, VeriSign said. Systems administrators would be able to use Microsoft tools to manage users and provision credentials, the company said.

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