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IBM offers SAP solution with IBM Workplace and Lotus Notes release
IBM announced the release of IBM Workplace for SAP and IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions.

IBM Workplace for SAP Software is designed for browser-based users and provides access to SAP systems and integrates SAP applications with IBM technology. It offers pre-built adapters for SAP and other applications, allowing for integration of applications throughout the enterprise. IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions includes new features for Lotus Notes client such as templates that are part of SAP interactions. The solution integrates business processes that exist in both SAP applications and Lotus Notes into a single user interface within Lotus Notes.

IBM Workplace for SAP Software offers SAP users an environment that combines information entirely from SAP or from multiple sources, including multiple versions of SAP and non-SAP applications. Users will be able to access functions including scorecards, dashboards, alerts, e-forms, document and content management, instant messaging, teamrooms and presence awareness.

IBM Workplace for SAP Software and the IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions feature will be available by May 30 through IBM Passport Advantage. IBM Workplace for SAP Software is available for US$149-$399 per user. IBM Lotus Notes access for SAP solutions is available at no charge to existing Lotus Notes customers.

Tethys Solutions’ Macro SDK 2.0 allows users to add macro capabilities to software
Tethys Solutions LLC has released Tethys Macro SDK 2.0, a software development kit that allows developers and software companies to add macro capabilities to their software.

With the product, software vendors can add macro capability with the product’s SMART Macro Technology. It senses and adjusts to changes between record and re-play conditions. Once integrated, users are able to create and run macros within their software applications. Software companies can integrate Tethys Macro SDK using API or pre-defined GUI components. Developers are able to copy and paste from sample code provided in Java, C++, VB and others. The product works with development tools or programming languages capable of calling a Windows ActiveX DLL.

Tethys Macro SDK 2.0 runs under Windows NT 4/2000/XP/2003. An evaluation copy is available.

Ricoh announces integration of Adobe technologies
Adobe Systems Inc. and Ricoh Co. Ltd. announced an agreement to develop and co-market document scanning, security and print solutions based on the Adobe PDF platform. The announcement will lead to the integration of Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server software and Adobe print and scan technologies with Ricoh Document Solutions and its multifunction (MFP) and laser printer (LP) devices.

With the announcement, the scanning of a printed page will produce a searchable and secure Adobe PDF file, to which users can add permissions and policies, encryption, digital signatures, and time stamps. Adobe PDF Scan Library software will enable Ricoh MFP and document solutions to generate searchable, secure and compact PDF files from scanned paper documents. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server will enable organizations to apply policies to electronic documents for increased security and control through Ricoh printing and document solutions.

There are also plans for Ricoh to adopt Adobe’s Macromedia Flash technology to a range of its products.


IBM introduces new Grid computing offering
IBM announced the release of IBM Batch-on-Grid, a self-managing autonomic software to manage Grid computing environments.

The software accommodates spikes and lulls in computing workload by allocating servers as they are required, which allows organizations to continue operating during system failures, natural disasters, or while applications are being updated across the Grid environment.

Batch-on-Grid integrates self-managing autonomic computing with technology borrowed from a programming technique called “batch computing.” With batch computing, various computing jobs are submitted to queues and then scheduled for processing. The software creates batch workloads within Grid computing environments and then uses autonomic technology to schedule and balance those workloads, which delivers capacity when needed.

Users can shift Grid workloads so that the most important jobs are taken care of first. The software also allows IT departments to forecast workloads for high-priority projects and ensures that enough capacity is available.

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