Phil White resigned as chairman of Informix late last week only nine days after he was replaced as CEO by Bob Finocchio. White, who also resigned from Informix's board of directors, said in a statement that he agreed with the board that the company would be best served with "one clear leader to take a new view of the company's direction". Following White's resignation, Finocchio was elected as chairman.
Sun Microsystems announced late last week it is to buy information appliance and network computer manufacturer Diba. As part of the deal, Sun's Microelectronics division will acquire all of Diba's technology, engineering, products and brands and take on its 79 employees. According to Sun, Diba will be renamed the Consumer Technologies Group and will provide Internet-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, satellite boxes and smart phones. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
Immigration laws should be temporarily relaxed, allowing computer programmers from abroad into the UK to help solve the Year 2000 problem, according to the executive director of Taskforce 2000, Robin Guenier. He said the shortage of qualified IT staff in the UK is so acute that granting temporary work permits to foreigners would make a big difference. He suggested that a list of retired and unemployed IT workers could also be used to tackle the shortage. He commented: "I recognise that this is a sensitive subject, and I'm not suggesting that we open up the floodgates, but we are in an emergency situation and emergencies require drastic action."
Westminster City Council has awarded a #916,000 contract to Bull Information Systems to supply a fully integrated Housing Management system. The system, which will manage all aspects of Westminster's housing function, will replace a range of existing applications which were provided on a variety of equipment. The new system is a client-server implementation developed in PowerBuilder with an Oracle database. It is run on a large Escala Deskside multiprocessor which supports 400 PCs. Richard Buxton, director of housing at Westminster City Council, commented: "The new system controls all the key aspects of housing - everything from rents to waiting lists. Having an integrated system means that we are able to share information across all areas much more easily. That's vital if you're dealing with over 23,000 properties and any number of external agencies in the way we do."
The US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded a multi-million dollar agreement to Symantec for a Department of Defense (DoD) enterprise-wide licence for its Norton AntiVirus Solution. The software will be used to provide workstation and server anti-virus protection for all DoD employees including Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, defense agencies and Military Academies worldwide.
The Wimpey Group has placed a #500,000 order with Siemens for a nationwide digital telecoms network and services. The contract will allow Wimpey to standardise on a common voice and data platform thoughout the UK for its two UK brands - McLean Homes and Wimpey Homes. Siemens will install 18 Realitis DX systems and upgrade six xisting iSDX platforms with 6.1 software throughout the 24 UK offices of Wimpey Homes and McLean Homes.
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