News Briefs and Product Shorts
Ricoh is working to support the IPDS print datastream to enable OS/400 servers to print on Ricoh laser printers. The $16-billion manufacturer of office machines, which for years has had a partnership with Irvine, California-based Accel Technologies to provide OS/400 print compatibility, showcased its new IPDS software at the Comdex 2002 trade show held in Las Vegas in November. Ricoh says the IPDS capability will allow Ricoh's multi-purpose printers to print OS/400-based documents that use IBM's Advanced Function Print (AFP) print description language, without an external print controller to translate the AFP commands into an ASCI language, as was previously required. Ricoh says it will launch its IPDS software in January.
CNX and Nexgen Software Technologies are teaming to ease the pain of PRMS upgrades. The two companies recently announced the 3.0 version of CNX's ATOMIC Planning and Execution System, a piece of software that's used to help eliminate a company's reliance on modifications to their ERP system, is compatible with PRMS 9.2, which SSA GT announced in September. According to Rob Swanson, CNX president, there is a fair amount of pressure now throughout the PRMS installed base to upgrade beyond version 8.4, which is three full versions behind SSA GT's latest offering. "ATOMIC makes the upgrade process much less daunting as it provides a mechanism for heavily modified 8.4 sites to reduce or eliminate their outgrown custom modifications for the shop floor," Swanson said. First, the ATOMIC software is installed and configured to function in the existing 8.4 environment. Then, Nexgen consultants come in to migrate a mostly-vanilla 8.4 shop to the 9.2 environment. CNX says ATOMIC adapts to the new environment through a single global control setting.
IBM reports that a Spanish application service provider (ASP) expects to save at least $12,000 annually in operating costs by replacing Microsoft Windows in favor of Red Hat Linux at its data center. Aitana SBS is a Valencia, Spain, company that offers ASP services and software based on Lotus Domino and WebSphere to a variety of companies, including an advertising firm that distributes electronic ads on municipal buses. The company now offers its core Internet application to Linux partitions running on two of its four iSeries servers, and has moved much of its middleware, such as DB2, Domino, and WebSphere, to 20 Linux-based xSeries servers. In addition to reducing the administrative overhead that Windows required and eliminating the Windows license fees, Aitana reports that customers are seeing a 20 percent increase in application response time with the new systems, and a 50 percent increase in availability. More than 25 of the company's 100 customers have made the switch to Linux so far. For more information on the benefits of Linux, read the entire case study.
The city of Orlando is in the process of going paperless with a new Lotus Domino-on-iSeries system. A recent case study provided by IBM reports that the city, which plays host to LotusSphere every winter, has instituted a range of new Domino-based workflow applications running on a four-way iSeries Model 820 that provide secure Web-based access to the city's back-end J.D. Edwards financial applications and their Infinium human resources application. The city had originally migrated to Notes and Domino from OfficeVision in December 2000, and by this fall, the implementation, which is being headed by Brian Heafy, the city's software support and development senior manager (a former executive at south Florida government ISV HTE) had expanded to 2,500 of the city's employees, who can access the new workflow applications using the full Notes desktop program or the thin iNotes client. So far, city employees have access to the city council's proclamations, and by the end of this year, it expects to roll out performance incentive and performance bonus workflows for full enterprise use. For more information on the installation, read the entire IBM case study.
B.O.S. Better On-Line Solutions last week announced its BOScom subsidiary has started shipping a new release of its e-Twinax software. The software powers the company's e-Twinax controller that allows remote offices to connect their older twinax devices to an OS/400 server over a TCP/IP network. Enhancements in the 3.02 release of the software include new systems failover capabilities and improved security. The new fail-over feature streamlines the process of connecting open sessions to the backup OS/400 server that the administrator configured during the installation of the controller. The fail-over feature also helps the controller recover from primary network outages by automatically switching to an alternate IP address to access the primary OS/400 server. The company is also shipping a new version of the BOScom SECURIT-e Server for Windows NT/2000/XP with the 3.02 release of the e-Twinax software. It can decipher encrypted information sent to the AS/400, consumes less RAM, and can be installed in the more popular and multi-thread-capable platform, BOScom says. This release also includes improved keyboard, terminal, and printer support. For more information, go to the BOScom Web site at www.boscom.com.
ERP software vendor Intentia and high availability software vendor Vision Solutions have been strategic partners for years, resulting in more than 100 Intentia customers choosing Vision Suite to bolster their Movex ERP systems. Now, Vision reports that the Swedish ERP vendor will be deploying the Irvine, California, company's OS/400-based high availability software to keep its own global IT operation running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "It is a great endorsement that Intentia recognizes the importance of managed availability and selected Vision Suite for its own internal use," said Ron Peeters, Vision's senior director of business development. Intentia's employs 3,325 people in more than 40 countries.
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