Oracle claims to have launched the first Java-based system allowing businesses to create and maintain commerce-enabled web sites. Called Internet Commerce Server, the software supports the CyberCash and Verifone credit card Internet payment systems. It also includes Store Manager, a tool for building and maintaining web commerce sites. The suite comprises the Internet Commerce Server cartridge, Web Application Server - Advanced Edition, Oracle 7.3 Server, ConText and cartridges for Cybercash Register with Credit Card and CyberCoin Internet Payment Services. It costs #15,000.
Cleveland Constabulary has bought Computer Associates, enterprise management software in a bid to make its systems more open and cut the cost of maintaining its distributed network. In a deal worth #160,000, the police force will use CA's Unicenter TNG system to automate the distribution of operating and application software across a network of Windows NT, Sun Sparc, Digital Alpha and Data General servers. Unicenter TNG will also provide a single log-on to the network.
A web transfer glitch caused red faces at HM Treasury last week when interest rates were wrongly published on Internet newswires. The quarter percentage point increase, recommended by the Governor of the Bank of England was published, as a half point rise. A Treasury spokesperson explained: "The monthly minutes have to be transferred across different systems and sometimes the quarter symbol turns into a half. We spotted it quickly and changed it." The Treasury suggested people take note of the printed version, which contains the correct figure. The unfortunate error occurred on the same day the Bank of England warned against the dangers of conducting business in cyberspace.
HMV has awarded Fibrenet a #100,000 contract to install a network at newly-acquired offices above its Oxford Street branch in London. The record store will use the network to link up Oxford Street with its London head quarters. Cisco routers have also been installed at the offices, along with a BT Megastream to link the network at each site. The installation will be used by HMV's store development, security, internal audit and finance departments.
Six leading European telecoms operators have joined forces to provide a common ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) backbone to link Europe's academic networks and enable researchers at numerous universities to collaborate via the Internet. Under contracts worth an annual ECU17.5 million (#12.3 million), BT, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, OTE (Greece), Swiss Telecom and Telecom Italia have interconnected equipment from their own infrastructure networks, as part of the trans-European TEN-34 network. The project marks an important step in the development of a fully commercial ATM service across Europe. Later this year, a number of the operators are expected to announce a public bilateral ATM network linking their respective domestic ATM services.
Job.net, the web site for IT job seekers published by PC Week's parent company VNU, has recorded another record period. Between 12 and 18 May, almost a quarter of million hits were regsitered at the site by over 12,000 registered users. The site, which carries the most comprehensive compilation of IT and related jobs in the UK, saw a 13% increase in the number of hits over the previous week and thousands of both advanced and quick searches during the period. In addition, over 7,000 recruiter home pages were accessed.
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