• Briefs Hindsight And Foresight: January 26, 2004

    Legra Systems this week plans to unveil an aggressive partner program that includes guaranteed margins of between 10 percent and 20 percent over the next year and cash bonuses for partners delivering the largest deals.

  • Lexmark Posts Better-Than-Expected 4Q Results

    Printer maker Lexmark turned in fourth-quarter earnings of $1.05 per share, topping the 90 cents per share it reported for the same quarter a year earlier and easily beating the Wall Street average estimate of 92 cents.

  • Ariba Plans To Acquire FreeMarkets

    Ariba has agreed to acquire FreeMarkets for $493 million in stock and cash, saying the merger will dramatically extend the capabilities of its software for helping companies negotiate better prices for supplies and services.

  • Migrating Toward 802.11i

    Corporate enthusiasm for wireless LANs has been tempered by well-publicized -- and well-founded -- concerns about security. Those concerns are evaporating as a quartet of new wireless security protocols are falling into place, but migrating to those standards takes some planning, experts agree.

  • SAP Bolstering Midmarket Channel

    Software behemoth SAP AG is thinking "small" these days, as in small-to-midsize businesses. The Germany-based company on Thursday announced a new ISV initiative targeting SMB customers and revealed progress in recruiting channel partners to sell its SMB application suite.

  • Lotus On-Demand Workplace In View

    IBM plans to use its annual Lotusphere gathering this week to showcase a new "mega server" featuring its J2EE-based application server, portal server, and content management and collaboration capabilities.