Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Phoneware, BO, Storage market

Enterprise Solutions Briefs: Phoneware, BO, Storage market


Phoneware uBills you

Drawing on its background in telephony billing, Phoneware has announced the release of its enterprise billing application: uBill Data.uBill Data is designed to monitor and manage traffic across a data network. According to Phoneware's managing director Jenny Stilwell, the application was developed based on customer feedback.

"Our customers needed a system to monitor and collect usage data. It needed to be accurate to the IP address level, essentially individual users, and charge the data usage based on a range of factors including volume, time online, application - for example e-mail, Internet - content and time of day. It also had to allow them to cost the records and bill back to departments, cost centres or individual users," Stilwell said.

The company is targeting corporate and government users.

Phoneware: (03) 9210 4222

BO's BI ties SAP

Business Objects, a software developer of business intelligence (BI) products, has released a connectivity tool to access, create and analyse reports on information contained in SAP databases.

BO is touting the Business Objects BW Connect product as the first SAP certified tool on the market.

The BW Connect product can also be used via the Web to pull data from anywhere within the enterprise. Pricing and availability were not known at time of going to press.www.businessobjects.comStorage market heats upAnalyst firm IDC says that the storage software market is heating up and that revenue from storage software will more than double by 2004 as a result of e-business.

Worldwide storage software revenue will grow from $US5 billion in 1999 to $10.4 billion in 2004.

Steve Widen, research director for IDC's Storage Software program in the US, says that the complex nature of storage area networks and the increasing need for application uptime and data availability will drive this storage software growth.

In terms of software used to back up and archive data, IDC predicts that its revenue will grow from $2.5 billion in 1999 to more than $5.5 billion in 2004.

One of the leading types of storage software is storage resource management software, which measures the utilisation of the storage on the network. According to IDC this segment will grow by almost 22 per cent in 2004.

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