Hewlett-Packard (HP) said on Wednesday that it had teamed with business portal developer Viador to create Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) technology to unlock vast amounts of corporate data.
The companies plan to jointly provide customers with the hardware, software and services to test, build and deploy enterprise portals. The firms? first implementation centre will be based in the US, but they also plan to expand the scheme elsewhere.
Jenny Grimes, HP?s director of intelligent solutions, said: "Europe will probably be next, within the next two quarters."
She claimed that EIP would provide users with a single and secure point to access their entire range of corporate data, including PC spreadsheets, flat files in an Oracle database, structured and unstructured data. It also enables them to customise the data too, she added.
The offering is based on Viador's E-Portal Suite, which enables customers to search, analyse and distribute business information on the Web. Infoseek's Ultraseek Server search application is also embedded into the product and enables users to search databases and documents. The Viador E-Portal suite will run on HP/UX based HP 9000 Enterprise Servers.
John Santaferraro, HP?s business intelligence marketing manager, said the online implementation centre, could be accessed via the Internet immediately, and claimed customers could complete the "try it first, build it fast" phase without needing to purchase either servers or software.
"For companies on the fast track, a portal prototype can be built and rolled out to limited users in just two weeks. That's not been done in this area - this is something new for the industry," he attested.
He added that HP was targeting the dot.com, Global 2000 companies, enterprise resource planning application users and data warehousing customers.
A recent report by Merrill Lynch predicted that the EIP market would reach $14.4 billion by 2002, while the Gartner Group claims that 80 per cent of the top companies will have implemented such software by next year.
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