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

The Next Wave of Business Intelligence Is About To Hit ? Are You Ready to Sink -- or Swim?

Business Intelligence LIVE,, invites you to a special one-hour event featuring Doug Hackney, president of Enterprise Group Ltd. Listen as he fast-forwards to the trends and technologies that will impact you, your company and your IT operation as early as next year.

You'll learn:

  • How to harness the volumes of new data that will flood your organization from a growing array of Internet appliances and applications -- and how to make it profitable.
  • The pros and cons of the growing trend toward outsourcing data management, from both an architectural and organizational perspective. Should you build or buy? We've got answers.
  • How to facilitate the efficient sharing of business information throughout the enterprise - and capitalize on real-time, closed- loop systems to accelerate corporate decision-making.
  • How to capitalize on one-to-one customer relationships as new technologies propel your company from "markets of thousands" to "markets of millions."

Part talk show, part Q&A; and part Web-based seminar, this next-generation program is viewable from the convenience of your office and offers you a front- row view of the rapidly evolving world of data warehousing, business intelligence tools and Web-based information distribution.

Brought to you by Hewlett-Packard and DM Review, Business Intelligence LIVE brings you today's hot topics and top challenges, helping you turn corporate information into profits -- fast.

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Aspect Development Announces New Computer-Based Training

Aspect Development, Inc., a leader in e-Business solutions for inbound supply chain management, has announced the release of a new computer-based training product for Aspect solutions called Aspect CBT. Aspect CBT is shipping now to select customers and is available for general release November 15, 1999. Created by Aspect's Educational Services Group, Aspect CBT is an intranet-based training system targeted at the thousands of new and current users of Aspect's eXplore product development and eProcurement solutions. Aspect CBT will provide a training course on using eXplore with the company's supporting eContent database called VIP (Very Important Parts), followed by courses on eDesign, eSource and eOperate, Aspect's enterprise solutions based on Aspect eXplore technology.

The initial offering is based on the highly-rated Using Explore class that is delivered at Aspect's training center or on-site with Aspect instructors. Full eDesign user- level modules will be available before year's end with eSource and eOperate solutions following in early 2000. Aspect will ship its first customized version to Ingersoll-Rand in October as a beta customer. Pricing starts at $20,000 for up to 100 users; comparable classroom training is $400 to $1,200 per user.

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GartnerGroup's Dataquest Says Application Service Provider Market to Surpass $22 Billion by 2003

The IT services industry is receiving a strong boost from the application service provider (ASP) market, as worldwide ASP services revenue is projected to grow from $889 million in 1998 to $22.7 billion in 2003, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of GartnerGroup, Inc. The worldwide ASP market is on pace to reach $2.7 billion by the end of 1999. Dataquest analysts said the ASP market is viable, with enormous opportunity in the emerging and middle market as well as for larger enterprise organizations.

"The ASP model has emerged over the past two years as one of the foremost global trends driving phenomenal growth in the applications outsourcing market," said Ben Pring, principal analyst for Dataquest's Enterprise Applications Outsourcing Worldwide program. "This new model incorporates infrastructure, implementation, and management services into one bundled, monthly price point where software licenses are sometimes included."

Dataquest defines the ASP marketplace as the provisioning (and servicing) of business process-enabling applications delivered over a network via a subscription-based outsourcing contract. Providers of this type of service are referred to as ASPs. The combination of several major technological and business trends has led to the emergence of the ASP model. Dataquest analysts said, over time, this model has the potential to become a significant catalyst of growth in broader strategic solutions such as customer relationship management, supply-chain, and electronic commerce.

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