Sun unveils J2EE 1.3
Aiming to provide simplified connectivity and easier-to-manage Enterprise JavaBeans, Sun Microsystems last week unveiled the long-awaited next version of its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification, the basic building block for Java-based application servers. "Simplified integration" was the top goal in developing J2EE 1.3, said Sun product manager Ralph Galantine. The J2EE connector architecture makes it easier to pull data from back-end systems, such as an enterprise resource system or CRM systems, by providing a resource adopter for those particular applications, he said.
New channel software
US developer Velosel has rolled out the latest version of its eChannel Manager software, which enables manufacturers and distributors to manage their electronic sales channels. Velosel was formed when sell-side software makers HubStorm and Martquest merged earlier this year. EChannel Manager was originally developed by Martquest and allows suppliers to maintain their sales channels. Functions include exporting of catalogue content and processing orders. EChannel Manager 4.0 allows suppliers to automate the entire sell-side order process, from placement to fulfilment, as well as generating reports, perform analysis and send alerts for actions such as delays in fulfilment or decreasing order volume.
Ask Jeeves in a box
Search engine developer Ask Jeeves has delivered its first packaged search application, JeevesOne.
First known as a Web search site for consumers, Ask Jeeves expanded its repertoire three years ago to attract enterprise customers. The company took its natural language search technology and made it available as a hosted service so enterprise users could add self-help features to corporate Web sites, intranets and portals.
Now Ask Jeeves lets companies deploy the same functionality onsite with JeevesOne.