JavaOne talks Web service
Last week's annual JavaOne conference focused a lot of attention on so-called "Web services" and formal releases of code for a raft of new Java application programming interfaces (APIs).
Sun Microsystems spent the past year beating the drums about Web services and in February launched the Sun Open Network Environment (ONE), a counter to Microsoft's .Net Web services scheme. Sun ONE includes a set of server software from Sun partner iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, and relies on standards such as XML and the simple object access protocol (SOAP) to build and run Web-based applications that can be activated by other software components.
Conference attendees could choose from among 40 formal and informal sessions dealing with building software that can be accessed by clients using key Web services protocols. These included sessions comparing Sun ONE vs .Net.
Oracle to offer hosted e-procurement solutionOracle will begin offering an e-procurement hosted solution designed to be rolled out in 30 days to encompass the full range of a company's purchasing.
The second "fast track" service initiative rolled out by the company, the "Procure-to-Pay in 30 Days" plan, also includes pre-sourced catalogues, requisitioning, purchasing, invoicing, receiving, payments, electronic banking, automatic cash reconciliation and reporting. Oracle also offers CRM (customer relationship management) installations in 90 days.
Available as an online service, the solution is pre-connected to payment service providers so buyers can make online payments to suppliers.
The Procure-To-Pay solution, which will be available July 15, will cost $US235,000 up-front and will ramp up according to purchasing volume.
Operators dump ICANN
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) suffered a public defection at its meeting in Stockholm recently, when operators of Internet domain names for individual countries voted to withdraw from the ICANN supporting organisation, Domain Name Supporting Organisation (DNSO).
ICANN is the nonprofit group that oversees basic technical matters related to the Internet, including the system for managing and allocating domain names.
The vote taken by a working group of the operators of the country-code top level domains (ccTLDs) - such as .uk for the UK and .fr for France - came during the first day of ICANN's quarterly meeting and was reportedly unanimous.