Pointcast, the Internet news network that pushes information onto users' desktops, has linked with Lotus in a corporate version of the technology. The partners' scheme allows companies to deliver customised corporate information to their employees' desktops, highlighting time-sensitive data amid the daily information flow.
The company?s have linked Pointcast?s new 1-Server with the Lotus Domino Web server, expanding the Pointcast Network so that it can access large repositories of enterprise information managed in Lotus Notes. By directly linking data broadcasts with business applications and enterprise information managed in Notes, companies will be able to create Domino applications that, for instance, can search competitors' Web sites for pricing information. Agents can be created to compile this data and broadcast newly released competitive pricing for immediate response by key employees.
The solution will directly compete with a recently announced system from Datachannel, a new start-up launched this month by the founder of Spry, David Pool. Datachannel plans to provide ?nomadic? content management tools that enable companies to provide round-the-clock customised information to their employees. Both Domino.Broadcast for Pointcast and Datachannel?s products will not be commercially available until early 1997.
Pointcast also this week announced that it is opening its network to select partners through its Communitycast Network programme. This will let identified partners aggregate and broadcast in-depth industry information over business-to-business Internetnetworks known as 'extranets'. Professionals in vertical industries such as health, government, education and others, can view detailed industry news broadcasts on their computer screens without wasting time searching the Web. The first Communitycast Network is expected to be available in the first quarter of 1997.
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