Teamware, the groupware arm of ICL/Fujitsu, has demonstrated what it bills as an 'intelligent workspace'. The technology, which provides a browser-based environment for an assortment of devices including PCs, personal digital assistants and Web TVs, was unveiled at the company's Winternet customer conference in the Artic Circle this week.
Still under development and codenamed Plaza, the product is an intelligent browser-based workspace that 'learns' users? interests and work patterns. It then sifts through information on the Web and NT-based applications and passes on relevant material.
Users see a Plaza workspace page, which includes links to preferred Web sites or specific pages, and to non-Internet applications such as spreadsheets, word processors and company databases. It also provides personal ?things to do? lists and other prompts.
In the background, Plaza sorts through mail messages and automatically records information such as appointments in the user?s prompt lists. Plaza is also able to activate Web search engines without direct user involvement and sorts through the results for documents that are most relevant. This is achieved by learning and understanding the user?s preferences.
The aim is to save users from opening applications and browsing Web sites, since much of this can be automated. Because the work is processor-intensive, much of it can be done when the CPU is idle, such as after work hours.
Jeremy Renwick, Teamware?s strategy manager, likened Plaza to a ?very efficient personal assistant. It is a ?real? personal information manager. You design your own interface and the system learns what you want. It knows where you want to go before you get there.?
Currently called the Plaza Knowledge Server, the main element in the strategy will be in beta in the summer with a general availability scheduled in the third quarter. It will be particularly targeted at knowledge-intensive sectors such as finance, banking, engineering, legal, and publishing.
Initial support will be for Windows and Internet-based applications with groupware and corporate database support expected in the second phase. It will be sold as a shrink-wrapped product or through system integrators.
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