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  Online News published in DM Direct Newsletter
July 1, 1999 Issue
 
  By Rachel Rasmussen

Business Intelligence LIVE to Spotlight High-Profile Industry Leaders

Marketing guru Regis McKenna will be the inaugural guest speaker when Business Intelligence LIVE debuts on Wednesday, July 21. Business Intelligence LIVE is a special Web cast series spotlighting high-profile industry leaders who can help industry professionals become the next on-line success. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard and co-sponsored by DM Review magazine, Business Intelligence LIVE is a front-row seat to experts? views of the rapidly evolving world of data warehousing and management.

Part seminar, part talk show, part QA, this next-generation program puts industry professionals face-to-face with today?s hot topics and what you need to know to meet tomorrow?s challenges. From customer relations to corporate portals, veteran technology reporter Richard Hart will be featured each month for a discussion with the biggest names in business intelligence. In addition, site participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions.

To register, or for more information, visit http://www.hp.com/go/live/

 

The Software Information Industry Association Releases Global E-Commerce White Paper

The Software Information Industry Association?s (SIIA) annual Global Form, held in Amsterdam in early June, was highlighted by the release of the association?s White Paper, "A Guide to Global E-Commerce: Issues to Consider When Selling your Product Internationally over the Internet. The white paper is a culmination of the world of SIIA?s Global and Internet Divisions and addresses issues involved in international selling via the Internet. The project was undertaken in order to assess how global business takes place over the Internet and how a company can best sell its products in the marketplace. Five core issues are addressed:

  • What are the implications of doing electronic commerce globally?
  • What do you need to consider when doing international transactions?
  • Does your business model change in an international setting? What are the business rules?
  • What are your liabilities as you increase sales worldwide?
  • What should you consider before going international?

To gain a copy of the report, or to gain access to it on SIIA?s member?s only Web site, contact Kevin Beirne, media relations specialist, at kbeirne@siia.net

 

Hummingbird Acquires 92 Percent of PC DOCS

Hummingbird Communications Ltd. and PC DOCS Group International Inc were pleased to announce that all conditions to Hummingbird?s offer to acquire for cash all of the common shares of PC DOCS Group were satisfied. Prior to the expiry of the offer at midnight on June 16, 1999, a total of 22,096,017 common shares were tendered to the offer, 19,384,728 pursuant to letters of transmittal and 2,711,289 subject to guaranteed delivery. All of this represents about 92.64 percent of the issued and outstanding common shares of PC DOCS. Hummingbird will proceed to take up and pay for the common shares as soon as practicable and, in any event, within five business days.

The acquisition of PC DOCS will put Hummingbird into a group comprising the largest software companies in the world with trailing revenues of U.S. $240 million. The combined users of Hummingbird and PC DOCS will number in excess of 2.5 million with a strong international presence and distribution capability.

For more information, contact Hummingbird at investors@hummingbird.com or investor@pcdocs.com

 

Charles Schwab and IBM to Deploy Next Generation of Support Technology for On-Line Trading

IBM and Charles Schwab Co. announced on June 16, 1999, that they will work together to implement next-generation technology designed to achieve the highest level of systems availability and scalability in the on- line brokerage industry. IBM will work with Schwab to deploy IBM?s Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex technology (GDPS), which enables servers located as far as 25 miles apart to share data as if they were side by side. This new technology is expected to maximize Schwab?s ability to handle unexpected volume swings and any random site outages, in an effort to make end- use service disruptions a thing of the past. Schwab currently has 2.5 million active on-line accounts with $219 billion in customer assets, and Schwab on- line investors transact more than $10 billion in securities through its Web site each week.

For more information, visit the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com/


Rachel Rasmussen was a Web Editor of DMReview.com.



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