Tivoli will release its ecommerce management product Cross-Site in Europe next month after delays caused by US export controls, writes Steven Mathieson.
The original version of the product uses 128-bit encryption technology.
Although US export controls prevent Tivoli selling this product to any UK business other than a bank, it will be available here in July.
A 56-bit version of Cross-Site - which can be exported freely - is also scheduled for European release on 30 July, according to Tivoli vice president Chuck Stern.
'The coding effort is not significant, but we have to test every bit of it,' said Stern.
The suite is aimed at managing extranets, such as those connecting large supply-chains in aerospace and automobile industries. It includes technology from Marimba for software deployment.
Other Cross-Site facilities include measuring how long data takes to travel to and from a user's computer, as well as the number of Internet steps it takes to get there.
'There's nothing quite the same,' said IDC analyst Paul Mason. 'The idea of Cross-Site is to provide a whole host of abilities to manage across extranets, deliver software and manage partners' web sites.' Other vendors can only deliver aspects of this, he said.
Mason said that Tivoli is extremely well-placed to sell Cross-Site, due to its owner IBM's strong international presence. 'It's able to sell, service and support world-wide, and extranets work across boundaries,' he said.
Tivoli used its user conference to announce Slough-based Electrolux IT Solutions as a customer.
The company, a spin-off of the Swedish household appliance group, is taking over Electrolux's IT provision and will spend several million dollars to use Tivoli Enterprise in more than 100 countries. President Stephen Carlquist said the company's priority with Tivoli is to integrate more than 120 data centres around the world.
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