Accenture Debuts .Net Prototype

By John Moore  |  Posted 2001-10-19 Print this article Print

Package delivery app features .Net my services utilities.

Accenture next week plans to demonstrate its first application prototype built upon Microsoft Corp. .Net My Services.

The prototype will be unveiled at the Microsoft Developers Conference, October 22-26, in Los Angeles. The Accenture application, called Dynamic Delivery, is designed for the package delivery industry. The prototype uses .Net My Services utilities including .Net Presence, .Net Calendar, .Net Notifications, .Net Wallet, and .Net Locator.

Dynamic Delivery, according to Accenture, enables services such as dynamic package re-routing. Other features include the potential to provide proactive user notifications and e-signatures as well as other authenticating methods, the company said.

Baiju Shah, a manager with Accenture Technology Labs, says one objective of the prototype was to "explore the breadth" of .Net My Services (formerly known as "Hailstorm"). The prototype team discovered, among other things, the need for .Net My Services to support different personas for the same individual (a person may have different profiles for work and home, for example). "That level of profile management will be built out eventually," adds Shah, who is currently focusing on .Net.

Scott Rose, partner responsible for North American development activities at Accenture Technology Labs, says Accenture is looking at other applications for .Net My Services technology.

John writes the Contract Watch column and his own column for the Channel Insider.

John has covered the information-technology industry for 15 years, focusing on government issues, systems integrators, resellers and channel activities. Prior to working with Channel Insider, he was an editor at Smart Partner, and a department editor at Federal Computer Week, a newspaper covering federal information technology. At Federal Computer Week, John covered federal contractors and compiled the publication's annual ranking of the market's top 25 integrators. John also was a senior editor in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Computer Systems News.


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