Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Business Layers, IBM, Sharp, EDS

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Business Layers, IBM, Sharp, EDS

Business Layers advances online provisioning specBusiness Layers, in conjunction with third-party software vendors and consulting groups, will unveil a new eProvisioning specification this week designed to simplify the deployment and allocation of IT assets, applications and services to users.

The Active Digital Profile specification will provide a vendor- and platform-independent exchange of provisioning information to software applications, according to officials of Business Layers, based in the US.

The news comes just as the company has closed a $US12.5 million round of financing. The financing was led by Ascent Venture Partners and backers including Novell, Gemini Capital and a former co-founder of Check Point Software, Shlomo Kramer.

IBM, Sharp to create ERP, CRM solutions companyIBM and Japanese electronics company Sharp have announced they intend to form a company specialising in the development of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions.

The pair are yet to name the company which will be headquartered in the Japanese city of Osaka and will open for business in April next year, according to an IBM statement. The vendors didn't reveal the amount of money they're investing in the new venture.

Sharp also plans to outsource its IT requirements to IBM, Big Blue said. The US company didn't provide a figure for the outsourcing deal, but recent published reports put it in the order of $US850 million over a 10-year period.

The Japanese electronics maker has been a strong advocate for adopting both ERP and SCM technology internally as a way to improve the company's operational efficiency, IBM said.

EDS integrates site design, IT support

At Comdex/Fall 2000, consulting giant EDS announced the formation of a subsidiary that combines its teams of Web site designers with a staff of technical consultants responsible for working with users on back-end IT support issues.

The new unit was unveiled as part of a series of announcements by EDS, including several management changes affecting senior executives at the US-based company. Called Bluesphere, the subsidiary has more than 2500 employees and is taking over responsibility for the 750 customers that have had their Web sites designed by EDS.

The subsidiary will try to sell users on its ability to make sure that their Web pages can do real-time data exchanges with the back-office systems running their corporate applications. That could prevent companies that are looking to do business via the Web from having to bring in multiple vendors and systems integrators to work on projects, EDS officials said.

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