CRN Channel News

  • Systems integrators prepare bids for the fed’s colossal border-patrol contract

    Biometrics Crosses The Border
    It didn't take long after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York for the Bush administration to call for the use of biometric technology to screen foreigners entering the country. Soon the government will put its money where its mouth is. In what could be one of the largest government IT deals in some time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this spring will award a contract that could be valued as high as $10 billion over the next decade for a systems integrator to manage the US-VISIT project.
  • Inxight Updates Insight-Finding Software
    Inxight Software on Tuesday released an updated version of its infrastructure software, which is designed to help users glean insight from unstructured information.
  • Opera Software To Go Public
    Opera Software ASA, makers of a popular Web browser, on Monday said that it plans to sell shares publicly for the first time and list its stock next month on the Oslo stock exchange.
  • Micromuse Sales Up Amid Reporting Probe
    Amid the pain of investigating earnings reports from 2003, business assurance software vendor Micromuse on Tuesday reported revenue of $37 million for its 2004 first quarter ended Dec. 31.
  • N1 grid containers, code-named Zones, take center stage

    Sun Previews Solaris 10, Plans Late 2004 Release
    Sun Microsystems on Tuesday previewed sophisticated new features in the next-generation Solaris 10, now slated to ship by the year's end.
  • PalmSource Readies For Converged Future With New OS
    All eyes were on the smartphone on Tuesday at the PalmSource Developer Conference, where PalmSource CEO Dave Nagel touted convergence in the handheld industry,and unveiled a new operating system to usher in the future.
  • PeopleSoft Offers Integration Pack For SAP
    PeopleSoft on Tuesday released integration software specifically designed to connect the company's Enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM) Payroll module to the General Ledger application from rival SAP. Going by the unwieldy handle of PeopleSoft HCM Payroll Process Integration Pack, the new middleware software provides data transformation, routing, cross-reference maps, connectors and adapters between the two systems.
  • Sprint Goes the Distance With IBM
    While IBM scored big last week when it bagged Sprint as a customer for a multibillion-dollar IT and business-process reengineering engagement, there is more to this deal than meets the eye. If the five-year partnership succeeds, it could have broad implications for both companies on several fronts. Sprint's track record in customer service is spotty, while IBM is staking its future on helping companies transform themselves through business reengineering and IT.
  • Strix Systems contest to award free networks to partners' customers

    Calling All 'Ethernet Unfriendly Buildings'
    WLAN vendor Strix Systems Tuesday said it is ready to give away at least three of its Access/One Networks to its partners' customers in the coming months to help get the word out about its wire-free WLAN solution.
  • Cognos Updates Financial Planning Software
    Business intelligence heavyweight Cognos released Tuesday a new version of its financial planning software that more closely melds with the functions of Cognos' reporting, scorecard and analytic applications.
  • Forges Alliance with BEA, NetApps to tackle market

    FileNet Unveils Compliance Framework
    FileNet thinks it has the right offering in place for companies facing a broad range of compliance-related issues with the release of its records management module scheduled for the second quarter.
  • CRN Interview: Grady Booch, IBM Fellow, IBM Rational Software
    Grady Booch, a co-founder of Rational Software, IBM fellow and widely respected authority on software development, met with CRN Senior Editor Elizabeth Montalbano after his keynote last week at EclipseCon in Anaheim, Calif. Their conversation covered a wide variety of topics, including his liaison activities between IBM Research and Rational, his efforts with the Computer History Museum to save source code of important software, and Eclipse's long-term influence in the software development industry. Below is an excerpt of that interview.
  • Microsoft Will Offer Windows 'Light' In Thailand
    Microsoft Corp. is developing a slimmer version of its Windows operating system for the Thai government's low-cost PC program, a reflection of the impact open-source Linux is having on the desktop market in Asia.