Adacel wins $40m deal
ASX-listed Adacel Technologies has signed a $40 million contract to supply aviation giant Lockheed Martin with oceanic tracking software. The software will form an integral part of the US Federal Aviation Administration's new air traffic control system over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. Oceanic tracking differs from domestic tracking because there is no radar tracking of aircraft and radio can be unreliable. Until now, oceanic air traffic controllers had to update their tracking of aircraft based on voice reports from pilots. Under the new system, aircraft will be tracked directly using satellite and computer-based communications and global positioning information.
SPI lands in Oz
US-based Sales Performance International (SPI) will enter the Australian market through a partnership with local IT business consultancy Pilot Software. SPI provide sales consulting services and develops sales management products and tools. Pilot has offices in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne, and a US operation in Colorado. With SPI providing the products and tools, Pilot is hoped to deliver the customer base in new markets. SPI claims it improves a company's sales performance by 5 per cent within 120 days, and 17 to 25 per cent over three years.
Oracle woos defectors
Oracle claims to have the upper hand in the longstanding battle between database rivals IBM and Oracle, which was re-ignited by Big Blue's acquisition of Informix earlier this year. Oracle has released a statement claiming that over 1000 downloads of its Informix-to-Oracle migration kits have been recorded on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Of the 1000 downloads, Oracle says more than 20 per cent of the companies are in the process of migrating to Oracle. The vendor offers IBM Informix customers migration tools to move their applications onto Oracle's 9i database platform without having to rewrite or manually convert the data.