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IT News Service - Week ending 11 August, 2000

IT News Service - Week ending 11 August, 2000

Bank Finds ASP Service Comes at a Price

"Interesting" is ASB Bank IT boss Garry Fissenden's word for the rate at which ASP (application service provider) Esolutions intends charging for providing Microsoft's Office on a monthly rental basis.

At the price announced last week, Fissenden says the bank would be coughing up about $NZ4.5 million ($US2.03 million) a year for its more than 2000 Office users; that compares with the six-figure license fee it's paying at present.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/A2E2C11453532880CA256937007E21A9!OpenDocumentAndersen Consulting Cuts Ties to Arthur AndersenAndersen Consulting has been granted complete independence from financial obligations or future relationships with Arthur Andersen LLP and Andersen Worldwide, as per a ruling by an International Chamber of Commerce-appointed arbitrator.

The decision brings a tumultuous three-year dispute between the Chicago-based organisations to a close, granting Andersen Consulting the power to resume its aggressive and prosperous consulting endeavours which quickly grew out of favour with its Andersen brethren, said Traci Gere, vice-president of services research at Massachsets-based IDC.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/8A3B29CEFC7F4D51CA256936007F5E5F!OpenDocumentCisco Reports Strong Q4 Results, Loses Top ExecCisco Systems this week topped Wall Street's expectations for its fourth fiscal quarter, reporting a 69 percent increase in net income and revenue growth of 61 percent for the three-month period ended July 29.

But the networking giant also said that Donald Listwin -- one of its two executive vice presidents and a potential successor to Cisco CEO John Chambers -- is leaving to become president and CEO of a new wireless and Internet communications software vendor being formed through a merger of start-ups Phone.com and Software.com.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/D236B6B2F0727D8ECA256936007F4651!OpenDocumentGartner: ASPs Face Shakeout as Market GrowsApplication service providers (ASPs) are racing after a slice of what will become a $US25 billion market by 2004, but more than half will crash and burn or be bought out long before then, according to the Gartner Group, an information technology market research company.

Most of the ASP market -- 65 percent of revenue -- is in North America, but that will change as the Internet and wireless communications expand globally. Gartner forecasts North America to represent 45 percent of ASP revenue in 2004, while Europe is projected to have 32 percent.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/71BDA73B26B23293CA256936007F3876!OpenDocumentVisa sets new rules for online purchases.

Visa, the world's biggest payment card network, said yesterday it was setting 10 new security rules for transactions done over the Internet by its more than 21,000 member financial institutions and their merchant partners.

Visa tied the moves to combating online fraud - running at more than three times the rate of card fraud overall - as well as to boosting consumer confidence in electronic commerce. It said it was also eager to head off possible new government regulatory action by policing itself.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/89F6913C6284A8BCCA256936007E56E2!OpenDocumentWorldGroup splits from SPL to take on big fiveFormer CRM consulting arm of SPL WorldGroup, World Group Consulting, has split from the global business consultancy and systems integrator to take on the "Big Five" professional services arena.

World Group Consulting is the IT, e-commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) services spin-off of energy and utilities business SPL WorldGroup.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/A4CD95A738EFFDDCCA256936007EB197!OpenDocumentTelstra's ADSL Service: High Price For SpeedTelstra is rolling out its Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) service in capital cities at the end of the month, and regional centres in the remaining of the year.

It should reach 90 percent of Australian homes and businesses in mid 2002, according to the company.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/BF4D4C5C140A0A25CA25693500761A66!OpenDocumentInternet advertising to quadruple to $US24.4bn by 2004Internet advertising will grow more than fourfold to $US24.4 billion by 2004, surpassing both network and cable television as well as consumer magazines, according to a study released yesterday.

Fuelling that growth will be continued strong spending by advertisers on all media, New York merchant bank Veronis Suhler said in its annual report on the media industry.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/6EC99F35FFFAC36ACA25693500103A49!OpenDocumentIBM, Vignette Form Business AllianceIBM Corp. announced an alliance this week with e-business applications provider Vignette Corp., directing the partnership toward the retail and financial sectors. In the deal, Vignette will offer the V/5 E-business suite of applications for integration with IBM's WebSphere platform. The complete integration of products should occur by the first quarter of next year, said a spokesman.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/9D2D5ED62012070ECA256934000221A1!OpenDocumentCWO claims Telstra blocks number portability processCable and Wireless Optus (CWO) has accused Telstra of administrative wrangling and stifling customer choice, claiming the carrier was "blocking" a local number portability process for ex-Telstra business customers migrating to CWO's network.

According to a CWO statement, Telstra has failed since November 1999 to perform "complex number" porting procedures for around 40 former Telstra business clients moving to CWO.

Click on the link below for the full storyhttp://computerworld.com.au/cwt1997.NSF/cwtoday/3F5DB5A85A95F11BCA25693300807705!OpenDocument

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