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Quick Takes: Portal integration standard to be set

An industry group is working to create portal integration standards and a new report estimates the collaborative product definition management software and services market reached $3.6 billion last year.

Portal standards being set

Sun Microsystems Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., is working on the industry's first portal integration standard. Sun and 18 others, including Plumtree, Vignette and BroadVision, will collaborate on a Java specification intended to enable interoperability independent of the portal vendor solution. More information is available at the Java Community Process Program Web site:

Life cycle management market surges

CIMdata Inc.,a consulting a research firm in Ann Arbor, Mich., concluded the worldwide collaborative product definition management (cPDm) portion of the product lifecycle management (PLM) market grew 25% to reach $3.6 billion during 2001. Investments in software (including software maintenance) increased to more than $1.6 billion, while services revenues exceeded $1.9 billion. CIMdata expects the cPDm portion of the PLM market to exceed $4.8 billion this year, increasing at a 25% compound annual growth rate through 2006, when the market will exceed $11 billion.

Quest product cited

Quest Software's LiveReorg online Oracle database reorganization product has been recognized by SAP FAQ in the Members' Choice Top 25. The top 25 includes products that received the most recommendations in a March, 2002 survey of the SAP FAQ's 13,000 plus members. SAP FAQ is an online SAP users group. Quest, which makes application management products, is in Irvine, Calif.

Atos helps Citroen with SAP project

Atos Origin, Paris, an IT service and e-business provider, is integrating SAP R/3 for Peugeot Citroen so the French auto maker can manage about 80,000 used Citroens throughout Europe. SAP/R3 will be used to create a central application to match vehicle distribution to demand in individual countries through faster, more efficient circulation of information. The project was kicked off in France in June 2000 where it was operating three months later for 120 users. It is being set up in England and Spain this year and to Italy and German next year.

Paradata to resell McCammon product

Paradata Systems, Whistler, British Columbia will resell McCammon Enterprises' certified Delego CA-Payment Card Interface product, which has been integrated with Paradata's payment system. Delego can connect to SAP R/3 Version 4.0 or later versions. It integrates payment card authorizations and settlements within SAP systems, and performs other clearinghouse administrative functions. McCammon Enerprises is in Strathroy, Ontario.

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