Stories by Lee Copeland

  • Sun won't support Intel chips in Solaris 9

    Citing the need for cost-cutting measures, Sun Microsystems confirmed last week that it's dropping support for servers based on Intel's microprocessors in its upcoming Solaris 9 operating system.

  • User doubts rise over HP, Compaq

    The melodrama surrounding the proposed merger of Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computer is leading some users to re-examine their relationships with the two vendors.

  • Sun unveils J2EE 1.3

    Aiming to provide simplified connectivity and easier to manage Enterprise JavaBeans, Sun Microsystems today unveiled the long-awaited next version of its Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) specification, the basic building block for Java-based application servers.

  • Security shoves auctions in-house

    During the past 15 months, Volkswagen AG has spent $US5.2 billion buying parts, PCs and raw materials by means of an online auction service that has helped it slash procurement costs by 40 per cent to 50 per cent and cut contract negotiations from as long as three months to one day. But because of nagging security concerns, the German automaker plans to run eBreviate's auction software on its own servers behind its corporate firewall, said Meike-Uta Hansen, director of business-to-business online negotiations at Volkswagen.

  • Customers optimistic after Macromedia/Allaire merger

    In a $US360 million cash-and-stock swap, Macromedia last week acquired Allaire, making a legal union of what many developers called a common-law marriage of the firms' Web site design and back-end application development tools.

  • IBM assures users it's a Java regular

    In a bid to calm fears that it might not adhere to rival Sun Microsystems' branded Java platform, IBM last week publicly claimed it indeed licenses the platform and plans to adhere to it. Sun, however, continued to insist that IBM isn't a licensee.

  • Microsoft to unveil programming language

    Microsoft plans to unveil a new programming language called C# that's intended to make it easier for Windows operating systems to interoperate with other platforms such as rival Sun Microsystems' Solaris.

  • Nortel unveils software for ASPs

    With an eye on expanding its presence in the services market, US giant Nortel Networks announced plans last week to offer a new set of software aimed at helping application service providers (ASP) remotely manage PCs and applications over the Web.

  • Nortel unveils management software for ASPs

    With an eye on expanding its presence in the services market, US giant Nortel Networks announced plans yesterday to offer a new set of software aimed at helping application service providers (ASP) remotely manage PCs and applications over the Web.

  • 91 per cent of software auctioned online is pirated

    More than nine out of 10 software applications being sold through major online auctions sites such as eBay and Yahoo are counterfeit, according to a new report issued yesterday by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

  • Vendors wrestle for AI market

    With the appli-cation integration market expected to grow year over year, it's no surprise that IBM plans to beef up the rules engine in its MQSeries Integrator business integration tool and lessen its dependence on components from New Era of Networks (NEON).

  • Lotus to pull plug on cc:Mail

    Lotus Development plans to pull the plug on its elder messaging product, cc:Mail, later this year, officials confirmed here on Thursday.

  • Big Blue debuts app dev model

    BM last week introduced a new testing package designed to give S/390 users a cheaper system to develop e-commerce applications. The S/390 Application Development Solutions (ADS) model, due out on November 26, offers a preconfigured mainframe with application development workstation software. IBM will license the system as a test environment for new applications.

  • IBM to focus on selling PCs direct

    IBM's troubled PC unit recently announced plans to cut costs through layoffs. But the computer giant also plans to trim some reseller sales from its business model and put greater emphasis on direct, Web-based sales.