Services Briefs: Howstworks, XML,Lynx

Services Briefs: Howstworks, XML,Lynx

Hostworks, Accenture team on AFL deal

Internet hosting specialist Hostworks has won a joint pitch with Accenture for a five-year deal with the Australian Football League (AFL). The deal is for the development and hosting of an e-commerce system that will facilitate online transactions between Aussie Rules clubs and their supporters. Accenture will build an e-commerce engine based on Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 and SQL Server 2000 to enable online merchandise and membership sales. Hostworks will manage the software applications from its Adelaide data centre. The engine Accenture plans to build for the deal is expected to process over 1.2 million page impressions and 250,000 electronic-commerce transactions a month.

XML security standard

Looking to advance the security around XML, the W3C (Worldwide Web Consortium) has officially recommended the XML Signature specification as an industry standard. The specification was created jointly by the W3C and the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to provide the ability to sign documents as well as to ensure that documents were signed by the person who claims to have signed them and that documents have not been altered. XML Signature also serves as the foundation for security architecture and individual specifications.

Lynx rolls bank again

Lynx Financial Systems, the wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based financial services company Lynx Group, has won a contract to install a new retail banking system at the Queensland Country Credit Union (QCCU). The QCCU previously used a system developed by locally based IT services firm Domino Online. This company has since been acquired by the Lynx Group to form Lynx Financial Systems. Lynx Financial Systems will supply the credit union with its "SUMMIT" banking system, which includes software and systems components for back-office, front-office and teller processing.

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