Briefs: Powerlan, Tibco, AOL

Briefs: Powerlan, Tibco, AOL

Powerlan launches new managed services

ASX-listed services group Powerlan has launched a range of managed services targeted at the small business market. Dubbed EasyIT, the package is a combination of hardware, software and services delivered via a tax-deductible monthly payment, starting from as little as $190 per month. The service comes in three varieties to meet different business requirements, but generally provides businesses with hardware, software, broadband Internet connections, tape backup, customer support and remote access. The ambitious strategy is targeting more than 200,000 Australian businesses with five to 200 workstations that currently employ IT staff to support their infrastructure.

Tibco, WebMethods up Web services ante

Tibco Software and WebMethods have detailed new integration products that will be available this month and have a bent toward Web services. Tibco's BusinessWorks is designed to provide back-end integration of legacy systems so that customers' infrastructure can be Web services-enabled. WebMethods will ship version 4.6 of its integration platform for linking business processes, enterprise and legacy systems, and workflows within and across applications later this month. Vendors such as Vitria and SeeBeyond are also working to make their platforms Web services-savvy.

Liberty for AOL

America Online has agreed to join the Liberty Alliance Project, giving a boost to the initiative which hopes to build a user-authentication system for the Internet and provide an option to Microsoft's competing Passport authentication technology. Launched in September by Sun Microsystems and companies such as Nokia and General Motors, the Liberty Alliance is working to build a common technology so that Web users only once have to enter personal information to access password-protected Web sites and perform other online transactions.

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