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Channel.com Briefs: Inktomi, ETC, ACCC

Channel.com Briefs: Inktomi, ETC, ACCC

Inktomi looks to channel

Internet infrastructure provider Inktomi is seeking resellers and systems integrators to broaden its sales in Australia.

Mark Dowling, country manager for Inktomi Australia, told ARN he is currently on some blind dates with several potential channel partners, but at this stage is unsure of who he will tie the knot with.

"We're after systems integrators (SI) who have a propensity to value-adding an engineering and configuration service, as well as a support capability to the product," he said. "They would need the ability to understand our technology as a component of a larger solution."

Inktomi's current SI partner is Frontline Systems. However, Dowling said he would be interested in making contact with broad based SIs that have hardware alliances with the likes of Sun or HP, Linux development skills and good contacts in the Internet service provider and telecommunications industries.

ETC scoops transport deal

Electronic Trading Concepts (ETC), a consultancy group owned by IT security vendor SecureNet, has won a tender to assist the Federal Government's Department of Transport and Regional Services in implementing its online services initiative.

ETC will provide project management and systems integration and, in conjunction with the Department's staff, will work toward meeting the Commonwealth Government's commitment to have all appropriate government services online by 2001.

The Department plans to enable a range of its administrative and information services, database functions, electronic transaction facilities and inter-departmental links to be accessed online.

Domain scam closed

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is taking .COM.AU REGISTER, a directory of business names with details of Internet addresses, to Federal Court, accusing the firm of deceptive conduct.

The ACCC received complaints about Stephen Wayt, the proprietor of COM. AU. REGISTER, after he sent numerous small businesses a fax stating their registration was due at a cost of $330. The ACCC alleges the fax misled and deceived recipients into thinking COM. AU. REGISTER was an Internet domain address registrar that had previous dealings with the company, when its only capability was to list company details with Internet addresses.

The accused party's Web site (www.reg.com.au) stated that COM. AU. REGISTER had 750,000 listings, when less than 200 businesses had agreed to be listed. The accused company has closed down its Web site and claims to have re-paid all funds to customers.


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