Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Powerlan, Commerce One

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Powerlan, Commerce One

Powerlan reshapes Web

IT services firm Powerlan has closed its Sydney Web development operations and is consolidating the division into a Canberra office.

The company blamed falling demand for Web development services for the change, suggesting its operations in Canberra should be able to handle the demand in both regions.

A spokesperson for Powerlan played down the six redundancies that came with the change, instead focusing on the success Powerlan has enjoyed as a provider of development tools rather than development services.

No more waiting

Strong short-term growth and an uncertain future will be the plague of Internet call waiting services as the threat from broadband technologies and DSL increase, according to IT research group IDC.

Widespread broadband adoption is likely to seriously limit the need for Internet call waiting services in the next few years, claims IDC. However, equipment and service providers may be able to breathe continued life into the sector by integrating the technology into their next-generation communications platforms.

Service providers view Internet call waiting as a part of their migration strategy. It pushes customers up the value chain toward DSL, said IDC. The most important reason they should continue to offer it is because it generates revenue.

Commerce One loses $2B

B2B commerce vendor Commerce One has posted revenues of $US101.3 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2001.

Although the revenue marked an increase of 61 per cent over revenues for the corresponding quarter last year, the company revealed a net operating loss of more than $2 billion, compared with a net loss of $43.1 million for the same quarter in 2000. This one-time loss included acquisition-related costs such as loss in market value of professional services and consulting company AppNet, purchased by Commerce One last year, a company spokesperson said.

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