Briefs: Cognos, HP, BEA

Briefs: Cognos, HP, BEA

Cognos appoints two

The direct and indirect sales cogs of Cognos keep turning, with the business intelligence software vendor employing two new staff. Cognos has acquired the services of former Compaq channel strategist David Merchant, who has been appointed national channels manager, while Tom Reich joins Cognos as senior account manager, northern region. With 20 years in IT, Merchant will be responsible for building Cognos's indirect channels program within Australia and New Zealand, with a focus on recruiting new partners as well as enhancing current ones.

HP preps data tool

Hewlett-Packard is preparing a data centre management software and services package which it claims will lower ownership costs 10 to 50 per cent and offer businesses a system for dynamically reconfiguring a data centre's infrastructure to adapt to fluctuating resource requirements. Scheduled for release during the first quarter of 2002, the HP Utility Data Centre (UDC) is targeted at enterprises that operate robust data centres, such as financial services and telecommunication firms, managed services providers and application service providers. HP UDC allows data centre infrastructures to be wired once, then provisioned virtually and managed on the fly, according to HP.

BEA to cut staff

Application server software leader BEA Systems has announced it will have layoffs and warned its profits and revenues for the fiscal third quarter, ending on October 31, would be lower than expected due to the weakening economy. BEA said it would cut 9 to 10 per cent of its 3300 employees by year's end. Meanwhile, it expects to report earnings of 5 to 6 cents per share on revenue between $US217 million and $221 million for its third quarter. For the fourth quarter, to January 31, BEA expects sequential single-digit growth on earnings of 6 to 7 cents a share. Analysts expected BEA's earnings to come in at 9 cents a share.

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