Web Development Briefs: ASTA Solutions, IT&e, Compaq, Linux

Web Development Briefs: ASTA Solutions, IT&e, Compaq, Linux

Riding the cash comet

ASTA solutions, a company formed in the research and development park of Victoria's La Trobe University, has won a Federal Government grant with its subsidiary company, ezySurvey.

The grant was received under the Government's Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program, for the development of a Web-based customer relationship management (CRM) application.

ASTA's founders, both former La Trobe University students, plan on having the product on the market within 12 months. They will have the assistance of fellow La Trobe University R&D Park resident, Web designer AETAS. They are seeking alliance partners to aid them with sales and marketing agreements.

IT&e in with the spooks

Listed channel company IT&e has announced its e-commerce division has won tenders for application developments at the Attorney General's Department and Westpac.

IT&e's Adelaide office won the Attorney General's Department tender to develop a new Australia/NZ Crime Prevention Unit site, used by ministers and senior officials to share information on crime prevention.

IT&e's Sydney office also added Westpac to its list of financial customers (which now includes all four big banks) and has announced the development of a currency derivatives trading application for Westpac's financial markets division.

Compaq 4 Linux?

Compaq Computer has unveiled a range of programs designed to attract developers to the Linux operating system and create more Linux applications for everything from servers to handheld devices.

Compaq executives claimed their initiatives will be more than sufficient to help the company compete with IBM, another Linux advocate. IBM recently committed $US1 ($A1.9) billion to its Linux business.

Compaq will also contribute to efforts on the Linux kernel, joining Oracle's Linux Lab project to imporove the operating system.

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