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Consortium gets On Line for new recruit

Internet business solutions provider Asia On Line has joined the international ASP Industry Consortium, which aims to promote greater understanding of and develop guidelines for the fast-growing ASP market. This includes sponsoring research, and educating the marketplace about the evolving ASP delivery model.

Asia On Line believes that Australia's SME sector is well suited to ASP from an economic and network efficiency point of view.eGain hosts e-bizeGain Communications is extending its range of hosted customer applications, with the launch of eGain Hosted Advantage. The new offering provides a suite of integrated customer communications applications delivered over a highly reliable, available and secure infrastructure, as well as a whole new layer of Web-based tools and services.

Now or never for WAP: Ovum

Research company Ovum has warned the WAP industry its window of opportunity is rapidly closing, arguing that WAP isn't the only technology available and there is a significant danger of disappointment and backlash against the technology.

Potential problems include the risk of being squeezed out of the market by next-generation XML technology and the incompatibility with the coming "2G+" mobile network upgrades.

The report from Ovum warns that mobile Internet players need to act now to utilise the strengths of WAP rather than wait for better technology.

Alliance is SpotOn

Australian investors are now able to keep an even closer eye on their investments with the strategic alliance between Australian developers of a Web navigation service, SpotOn, and leading investment information site InvestorWeb.com.au. Under the terms of the alliance, SpotOn will supply its Web management software via a free downloadable link on InvestorWeb site, consistently ranked in the top five most visited investor sites in Australia.

Don't throw baby out with bathwater: QSPEnterprise ASP company QSP Group has warned businesses not to eliminate existing technology in the drive to e-commerce. This was the message from Malachy Smith, visiting CEO of QSP Group's global headquarters in the UK, who also warned that companies would have difficulty competing and eventually surviving if they failed to adopt Web-enabled strategies by 2002.


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