SMS finds Method too mad
ASX-listed IT services company SMS Management and Technology has decided to re-brand its application development and systems integration arm once again. In mid-2001, its two Web development and systems integration businesses, Method and Madness and Sausage Interactive, were rolled into a new business unit called Method, while the wider group changed its name from the Sausage Group to SMS Management and Technology. The Method branding was chosen in an effort to maintain an air of dot-com excitement in an industry that had begun a sharp decline. Eighteen months down the track, SMS has decided to once again change the name of the division to SMS Technology.
IT&e renews CommBank deal
ASX-listed financial solutions provider IT&e has secured a renewal of its services contract with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. The contract has now been extended to cover the whole of the bank's wealth management division, Premium Financial Services (PFS), and will see IT&e provide software and IT systems development and support services. "This is a major portion of our business and the contract is not only a boost to our income, but also an endorsement of specialised skills and service levels," said Bob Johnson, chairman and CEO of IT&e.
Microsoft tweaks .Net Server
Microsoft shipped the second release candidate of its forthcoming Windows .Net Server 2003 operating system last week. It has also announced changes to its enterprise licensing plans as of its general release in April. Microsoft is implementing an option for customers to purchase CALs, or Client Access Licences, on a per-user basis. A second change comes with the introduction of a licensing option called External Connector, which will allow companies to let its customers and partners access its servers via the Internet or an extranet without purchasing CALs for those users.