E-Business

Colligo releases Colligo Contributor for SharePoint and Colligo Reader for SharePoint
Colligo Networks Inc. launched Colligo Reader for SharePoint and Colligo Contributor for SharePoint.

These products enable organizations that have deployed online SharePoint web sites to increase the productivity of their laptop users by allowing them to use these sites offline. Colligo’s reader offers the Sharepoint Reader as a free offering.

Colligo Contributor and Colligo Reader are .Net 2.0 clients and require no server components and are compatible with version 2 of Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server.

Colligo Reader for SharePoint provides read-only access to SharePoint content offline and is available free of charge from the company site. Individual copies may also be purchased online at the end of April at an introductory price of US$99 a seat from the company’s online store.

Data Management

InstallAware releases Setup Squeezer
InstallAware Software Corp. announced the release of Setup Squeezer, an application to recompress Windows Installer (MSI) and InstallShield (EXE) setups using advanced algorithms. With LZMA compression technology, and BCJ2 compression pre-processing, Setup Squeezer is able to make already-compressed setups smaller by an additional 15 per cent to 50 per cent.

Setup Squeezer improves on existing setup-compression tools by offering a simple wizard interface that helps users unpack and repackage existing setups, with runtime support for all versions of Windows from Windows 95 to Windows Vista, using an extraction process that the user can abort, while running with as little as 32MB of physical memory.

Setup Squeezer is available in two versions, Setup Squeezer for Windows Installer and Setup Squeezer for InstallShield, each priced at US$299. Both are available from the InstallAware site and through authorized resellers and distributors. Unrestricted 30-day trial versions are available for download and testing on setup packages as well.

Business Objects introduces Crystal Reports On Demand
Business Objects announced the availability of crystalreports.com, the company’s software as a service offering. An on-demand report sharing platform that enables customers to securely share important business information, crystalreports.com will allow mid-sized organizations to take advantage of the BI platform without additional investments in their IT infrastructure.

With crystalreports.com, small and mid-sized customers can share Crystal Reports with employees, partners, and customers. By offering customers reporting solutions on demand, Business Objects will help organizations to reduce expenditures on software and hardware, shorten deployment cycles, and optimize existing IT investments.

There are two service plans for crystalreports.com, basic service level and premium service level. Basic service level is a complimentary feature of Crystal Reports XI and is available now in North America. Premium service level, which will be available for a monthly subscription fee, is expected to be available in North America later this quarter. Both service plans will be delivered elsewhere during the second half of 2006.

Cognos launches Cognos 8 Workforce Performance analytic application
Cognos Inc. unveiled Cognos 8 Workforce Performance, an analytic application geared to helping organizations better manage and optimize their human capital assets.

Cognos 8 Workforce Performance provides executives, HR and line managers with a complete view of performance trends and influencing factors within the talent management cycle, including visibility into key workforce measures such as headcount and turnover, compensation and incentives, talent segmentation and ratings. With this information, organizations can more quickly identify and prioritize headcount needs; optimize and align employees to corporate goals; improve employee job satisfaction; nurture career growth; and reduce turnover.

Built upon an adaptive framework using Cognos 8 BI’s open, modern services-oriented architecture, Cognos 8 Workforce Performance delivers a complete spectrum of pre-packaged reports and analytics on over 100 key workforce metrics that are configurable to reflect a company’s HR best practices, and can be modified or extended as business needs evolve.

Cognos 8 Workforce Performance is available May 15, from Cognos or through authorized channels.

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