By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2005-04-27 Print this article Print

-rich email"> ActStream improves corporate communications, Craig said, "by combining the convenience of e-mail, the impact of multimedia and the functionality of enterprise applications." ActStream provides three main hosted services: ProStream integrates audio, video, documents and interactive objects in e-mails and rich-media applications; CampaignStream distributes links for access to multimedia applications through e-mails or Web sites; and TrackStream provides information about market response to these rich media applications.
For BDNA, the opportunity was to provide corporate IT departments with a way to more accurately track the diverse computer hardware and software assets deployed across even the largest global organizations.
"As high as 70 percent of manual IT inventories are inaccurate and obsolete because things change all the time," said Constantine Delivanis, CEO of BDNA, based in Mountain View, Calif. To address this problem BDNA introduced its iGovern software suite Tuesday, which automatically tracks and aggregates an inventory of hardware and software licenses across even widely dispersed corporate data centers, Delivanis said. The suite allows companies to save money by tracking what assets are under-utilized, discovering computing capacity that can be redeployed or finding whether the company is getting full value from the software licenses it has paid for, he said. One new problem it can help corporate IT departments address is discovering the number of wireless devices that are accessing corporate data assets, Delivanis said. Corporations are finding that the number of wireless devises logging into corporate databases is spiking and not all companies have put in place policies and security measures to ensure that corporate systems and data are protected, he said. Organizations that have deployed the iGovern suite include the U.S. Navy, Motorola Inc. and the Kaiser Permanente health service. Surgient, based in Austin, Texas, introduced an automated software testing system aimed at reducing the time and expense of developing custom testing scripts for complex commercial software products, according to Bill Daniel, president and CEO. Called the VQMS (Virtual Quality Assurance/Test Management System), Daniel claimed the package can lower the cost of deploying software testing routines by 50 percent or more. The package also allows software developers to share testing environments with remote locations without duplicating the hardware and software costs, a factor that is important with organizations that have outsourced part of their development programs to offshore sites, he said. Furthermore, automating the testing routines can shorten overall testing cycles, according to Daniel. Microsoft Corp., Siebel Systems Inc. and BEA Systems Inc. are among the companies that have used Surgients products for software testing and training, Daniel said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.

John Pallatto John Pallatto is's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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