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Oracle app users decline Oracle show offer
The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the world's largest independent Oracle applications users community, says it would not accept Oracle Corp.'s proposal to fold the two OAUG North American conferences into an Oracle-hosted, application-focused marketing event to be held in the spring.

Jeremy Young, president of OAUG, made the announcement during his welcome address to the more than 7,000 attendees at the 10th Annual OAUG North American Spring Conference in Philadelphia. Young further announced that the Board of Directors' decision to reject the proposal was influenced by the results of a survey given to the entire OAUG membership. This survey was conducted in an effort by the Board to act in accordance with the members' desires.

Microsoft says enterprises embrace Pocket PC
At its launch, Microsoft says that many large enterprises are embracing its new Pocket PC. Microsoft says that its industry partners have announced that companies including Jamba Juice, Starwood Hotels, Nabisco, EMC, Dresdner Bank Group, Husky Oil, Avis Europe, and the United Kingdom's Royal Mail are piloting or deploying Microsoft Windows-powered Pocket PCs.

Before Pocket PCs hit store shelves, these enterprises had already been evaluating the devices as a critical platform for their mobile business solutions, Microsoft says. Microsoft adds that these companies hope to use Pocket PCs for such applications as corporate purchases, rolling out specialized vertical applications, improving customer service, and reducing operating costs.

Blue Martini offers packaged integration
Blue Martini Software has introduced an integration suite that links the Blue Martini Customer Interaction System to third-party business applications.

Blue Martini plans to deliver packaged adapters to applications, including SAP and PeopleSoft back-office software. The packaged adapters facilitate the exchange of data including customer session profiles, click-stream behavioral data, inventory information, and complex order management between Blue Martini's e-business solution and other systems. These adapters will also support key industry standards, including the eXtensible Markup Language (XML), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), Microsoft's Common Object Model (COM), Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA), and IBM MQ Series for message queuing.

The offerings will include pre-packaged adapters, an adapter designer to customize packaged adapters, and an adapters development kit for customers to create their own adapters.

Oracle offers new release of Oracle Tutor
Oracle has introduced Oracle Tutor 11i, an on-line user-training application created for Oracle Applications customers. Tutor 11i, the latest upgrade to Tutor, supports businesses who are upgrading to Oracle e-Business Suite Release, 11i, and are integrating their ERP and CRM applications.

Oracle Tutor will provide valuable implementation assistance by enabling companies to document business processes rapidly, to build role-based training materials automatically from customized procedures, and Oracle Applications courseware, and to create customized training materials.

The new features of Tutor 11i, which will be available in the summer of 2000, include paperless manuals with note-taking capabilities, support for Word 2000, and courses that can be edited in both PowerPoint and Word format.

Mobius interfaces to PeopleSoft applications
Mobius Management Systems has introduced an interface between Mobius ViewDirect technology and PeopleSoft enterprise applications.

ViewDirect provides a fully integrated report archiving, viewing, and distribution solution, giving employees, customers, and partners rapid access over the Internet or corporate networks to electronic documents and reports associated with PeopleSoft systems, as well as content generated by other applications.

Features include authenticated single sign-on; improved system efficiency; flexible access and viewing options, including Web browser or client/server access; customization and search capabilities; virtual folders; automated distribution and notification, including e-mail alerts; and integration with PeopleSoft security.

Baan adopts Microsoft VBA for supply chain customization

Baan and Microsoft have signed an agreement for Baan to incorporate Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) 6.0 into its Baan Supply Chain Suite (BaanSCS) Planner application.

Planner 2.0 helps companies optimize and simplify the process of enterprise production planning. By embedding VBA into Planner, Baan customers and reseller partners will be able to customize user interfaces, extend application functionality, and integrate Baan's Supply Chain products with other resource planning and management systems.

J.D. Edwards adds collaborative capabilities for manufacturers
J.D. Edwards says it is developing four key enhancements to its ActivEra Solutions for the industrial fabrication, high-tech/electronics, and automotive industries.

The solutions will include modules for Manufacturing Project Management; Configuration Management; Automotive Supply Chain Management; and Active Supply Chain Planning for Discrete Manufacturing. The modules will help manufacturers evolve into collaborative "virtual enterprises" and conduct business via the Internet.

SAP certifies Viewlocity's XML for
Viewlocity has announced the certification of Viewlocity's XML Connector for SAP R/3, designed to support the full range of B2B communications from XML to EDI, working with

Viewlocity's new XML Connector for SAP R/3 gives the SAP R/3 system the ability to communicate and collaborate with trading partners, no matter what technology or communication format they are using today or planning to use in the future. Viewlocity's XML Connector for SAP R/3 can also handle other variations or "dialects" of XML formats. The new connector simplifies complicated data transactions and alleviates a customer's need to write time-consuming and costly custom code for these types of B2B scenarios.

Corio files million IPO
Application service provider (ASP) Corio says it will seek to raise as much as million through an initial public offering.

The company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to sell common stock, and will disclose the number of shares to be sold and their price in a supplemental filing. An application doesn't mean that the stock sale will definitely go forward.

PeopleSoft has good Q1 2000
PeopleSoft said profits for the first quarter of 2000, ended March 31, 2000, rose 39 % over the same quarter the year before.

PeopleSoft said revenues, net income, and net income per share for the first quarter of 2000 from recurring operations were .4 million, .0 million, and $0.04, respectively. This compares with revenues, net income, and net income per share from recurring operations of .1 million, .9 million, and $0.03, respectively, for the first quarter of 1999, representing a 39 % increase in net income. Including non-recurring items, net income, and net income per share for the first quarter of 2000 were .8 million, and $0.06, respectively.

The results for all periods presented include the results of The Vantive Corporation, which merged with PeopleSoft in the fourth quarter of 1999 in a transaction accounted for as a pooling of interests.

Baan Q1 loss widens to million amid sales drop
Baan posted its seventh consecutive quarterly loss, hurt by a 40 % decline in sales. Baan says losses in the first quarter were million, or 11 cents a share, after gains of million from the sale of the CODA accounting software unit and a minority stake in Meta4 NV, and interest income. Baan lost million, or 9 cents a share, a year earlier.

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