Startup scores $100K
Sydney-based software startup Identity Software has attracted a $100,000 cash and services injection from Australian Distributor Incubator (ADI) to provide consulting, mentoring, research resources and online support.
ADI's first-time investment in the startup will allow Identity to commercialise its customer data integration software technology over the next few months.
ADI investment manager Randal Leeb du-Tiot said ADI backed the startup because it had the makings of a "star-performing" investment - a company addressing a large growth market and an entrepreneurial team with vision.
Identity Software, located at the National Innovation Centre at Sydney's Australian Technology Park, produces software that enables organisations that have a large-volume customer information with a single view of the customer at all contact points, regardless of data formats.
SA buzz baits BEA
The South Australian Government's continuing efforts to turn the state into an IT powerhouse is not just springing local developers into action. It has also attracted the attention of Web application server vendor BEA Systems, which has opened a new office in Adelaide.
The vendor has now opened 93 offices worldwide and touts its Australasian operation is growing at around 75 per cent a year.
The vendor has appointed Gordon McAlister to run the new South Australian office. "South Australia's Information Economy 2002 strategy highlights the commitment by government and business to developing the State as an information economy," he said. "BEA Systems' office in Adelaide provides a full-time base through which we can offer South Australian organisations the benefits of our global expertise and bullet-proof e-business infrastructure."
McAfee in a hailstorm
Microsoft has convinced McAfee to incorporate some of Microsoft's .Net technologies into its offerings.
The security vendor will also support Microsoft's suite of Hailstorm Web services, which are tied to .Net. McAfee will launch a security service using Microsoft's Passport, which allows single log-on and registration across multiple Web sites. Additionally, by using Hailstorm services, McAfee will be able to automatically notify its customers about virus warnings and software updates, and display those notifications on multiple devices.
Hailstorm is the code name for the initial set of .Net-related Web services based on XML that will store user data and deliver it to multiple platforms, including desktop and wireless devices.