With 2001 expected to be a year of consolidation in the application services business, Agilera Chief Executive Paul Rudolph put his company ahead of the curve in December 2000 by acquiring another privately held application service provider, Applicast.
Microsoft Corp. made a serious move into the small-to-midsize business applications space and bolstered its .Net strategy at the same time with its purchase late last month of Great Plains Software Inc.
With the time frame for delivering the ebXML standard pushed up two months, companies working on the initiative say they already have plans to support the specifications in their products and services.
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