Liberty gets Novell nod
Novell plans to throw its weight behind the Liberty Alliance Project, an initiative aimed at creating an open identity standard for authenticating users on the Internet. Novell joins other industry leaders including Sun Microsystems, General Motors, Nokia, and United Airlines in hammering out the business rules and technology components needed for an alternative to Microsoft's Passport network identity model. Passport has drawn concern from critics who fear the prospect of network identity falling under the control of a single vendor. Novell will bring its experience in identity management and single sign-on to the Liberty Alliance.
Another Essential system
Sydney-based software developer Essential Software has won a tender to maintain and enhance a Compliance and Information Management System (CIMS) for the Department of Industrial Relations. The CIMS system is used by the department to record, track and manage data on all alleged breaches of NSW industrial relations legislation. A government-endorsed supplier for most of its 17 years, Essential has also completed projects for the NSW Office of State Revenue and the Department of Fair Trading as well as corporate customers.
Sun tests Web services
Sun Microsystems has made available a test version of another toolkit designed to allow Java developers to build applications that make use of Web services technology. Through its early developer program, Sun released the Java Web Services Pack, a set of development tools and instructions for building applications based on standards such as XML. A key ingredient of Web services, XML allows applications of different types and from different vendors to communicate with each other automatically over the Internet. The new tools are intended to allow developers to begin building Web services that will run on server software that conforms to Sun's J2EE standard.