New Lotus beta
Reflecting a shift in its product development philosophy, IBM's Lotus Development is inviting early developer participation in the beta-testing process for the next release of Lotus Notes, Domino and Domino Designer, all code-named Rnext.
Lotus plans to incorporate this feedback into the development of Rnext to shake down bugs and build a quality offering, company officials said.
"In previous betas, a lot of the features were already locked in at this point. This [time] we are bringing user feedback in early to the game to give us the ability to modify the features based on that response," said Amy Reuse Caton, Notes brand manager at Lotus.
Expected features of Rnext include selective replication, improved administration for roaming users and a multi-tasking function that allows users to work within Notes during replication.
It pays to live on the edge
Sydney-based financial Web developer Parkers' Edge has scored $5.4 million in venture capital funding from Newport Technology Fund and EFinancial Capital, a private equity fund managed by a subsidiary of Challenger International.
Parkers' Edge has implemented data aggregation solutions in a large percentage of Australian banks and financial institutions, including the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Suncorp Metway, Macquarie Bank and BankWest.
The two venture capital companies' investments were made in return for shares and options in Parkers' Edge. The company is also in discussions with Compaq Australia, a stakeholder in Newport Technology Fund, to become a Parkers' Edge shareholder. Compaq has already signed a reseller agreement to sell and implement Parkers' Edge solutions in the Asian region (including Australia/NZ).
Mainframes hit the Web
IBM has announced the local availability of a suite of J2EE (Java Enterprise Edition) compliant application server software for its z Series of mainframes (S/390).
As well as its WebSphere application server product, the vendor has set up a variety of additional software products for use on the mainframes, including its CICS Transaction Server, VisualAge Enterprise Suite MQSeries Link for SAP R/3 and MQSeries Workflow.
Using WebSphere on the mainframe means developers can bridge the gap between legacy data and its potential on the Internet.
"These new products allow customers to push connectivity to the outer limits while reaping the benefits of the mainframe," said Jack Verdins, Middleware manager at IBM Software, Australia/NZ.