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Microsoft puts DNA 2000 bits together

During its Tech Ed conference in Florida last week, Microsoft demonstrated how the components of DNA 2000 will come together, introduced a new BackOffice component and refined its Digital Dashboard enterprise portal design.

At Tech Ed 2000, a key training event for Microsoft developers, the company showed how various upcoming Microsoft products will work together to create integrated e-business sites.

Microsoft demonstrated a Web site based on Commerce Server (the successor to Site Server), with BizTalk Server for order fulfilment. The demo site also used the SQL Server 2000 database, Application Center 2000 and other Microsoft server products due to ship later this year.

Together, the server products are referred to as DNA 2000. As Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates explained earlier, they will constitute the platform for creating Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS).

Marconi TransACTs new public network

Advanced networking solutions provider, Marconi, has been selected by TransACT Communications to supply high performance communications solutions for their broadband network concept.

TransACT is in the process of rolling out a VDSL network in Australia and the alliance will see Marconi installing the broadband component using it own VDSL products.

While he wouldn't put a specific dollar value on the contract, Tim Geerarts, marketing director for Marconi Australia, says that the deal is worth tens of millions for Marconi.

SAP reorganises into three business groupsGerman ERP software vendor SAP is reorganising its software division into three separate units, the company announced last week.

According to a spokesman, the software division will be divided into three business units: new development, maintenance and product enhancement, and will not affect any jobs.

The spokesman denied that the restructuring had anything to do with comments made by SAP's chief executive officer, Hasso Plattner, at the company's customer conference in Berlin last month. At the conference, Plattner acknowledged that SAP would be working with partner companies to add depth to its suite.

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