Hewlett Packard (HP) is no closer to making its eSpeak internet middleware more compatible with Microsoft's equivalent Biztalk offering.
Last September, the companies said that they were working on a bridge to make the two programs work together. But HP said this week that neither company had yet decided how to go about it.
eSpeak is designed to broker information gathered from the internet, and Biztalk is an initiative to "internet enable" the supply chain using XML to mark up documents with detailed supply chain information.
Jolante Pilecka, marketing manager for eSpeak, told vnunet.com: "We agreed we may have overlap, but we can work together. We are working on demonstrating how you can make Biztalk work with eSpeak, but we haven't decided how yet."
The products could possibly be used together for supply chain optimisation, but "we haven't decided yet", she added.
Separately, HP claims that tens of thousands of developers have downloaded its eSpeak source code since it was made available last November.
For eSpeak to work effectively it must be used as widely as possible, according to Pilecka. "It is fundamental to us that it becomes pervasive. That is why we made it open source," she said.
Pilecka added that the company is also working on component software that customers can buy off the shelf and add to their applications.
She said HP is planning a six month marketing campaign for eSpeak. A series of European eSpeak developers' conferences will launch this summer with a conference in London on 21 June.
Around 20 end users, partners and ISVs are currently working on eSpeak applications, Pilecka claimed. These include a human resources portal from Job Partners, due for launch in May. Ericsson is also using it to provide Wap based services to engineering companies.
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