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Compaq researchers head for sunshine

Compaq has launched a multimillion-dollar research and development facility on Queensland's Gold Coast to focus on software product development, specifically e-business technologies. The $4.8 million R&D centre will employ 34 software professionals with provision for 5 per cent annual growth. Paul Brandling, Compaq Australia's managing director, said the facility will create employment opportunities and become a catalyst for attracting high-tech-related business to the Gold Coast. He said solutions developed at the centre will be exported globally. It is part of a new IT precinct being developed in the area, aiming to attract $100 million worth of investment to the Sunshine State.

Collaboration line blurs

Portals and collaboration are

predicted to become one and the same in 2002, similar to the way content management and enterprise application integration converged this year, according to Meta Group. "Although collaboration can greatly enhance the value of a portal, organisations must carefully coordinate portal and enterprise collaboration strategies," the analyst advised, citing recent announcements from the likes of iPlanet, IBM and BEA.

Adobe rolls out Transit

Adobe Systems has released PDF Transit in the US. Unlike most of its products, Adobe isn't focusing PDF Transit on the end user. In fact, PDF Transit is a software development kit to create PDF-based print submission and management services, aimed at companies that are building print workflow solutions. The kit includes a client builder tool and server components. Once created, a PDF Transit-based system enables customers to create, submit and digitally preview their print jobs. Meanwhile, print providers are able to configure the client software to generate PDF files that match the capabilities of their own output devices.

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