Technology/Softworld – News in Brief.

Baan, the struggling global provider of B2B collaborative commerce solutions and a subsidiary of Invensys, has extended its existing relationship with IBM into a global strategic alliance. The deal follows the announcement by the duo that they have formed an alliance to deliver e-business solutions focusing on the automotive and electronics sectors.

ERP bounces back

– Navision has released the UK version of Navision Attain – an end-to-end business management solution for medium-sized companies. It builds and expands on the foundation of its Navision Financials package. Attain includes enhanced financial management and multilanguage capabilities, plus integrated functionality to support supply chain collaboration, e-commerce, customer relationship management and service management.

‘In the current climate, our customers face increasing demands from their customers, suppliers, distributors and partners,’ said a Navision UK spokesman.

‘To stay competitive, they need a business management solution that enables them to share information and allows them to adapt to changing demands and market conditions.’

BDO and Navision join forces

– E-business applications software giant Siebel Systems, has announced an agreement to acquire internet-based business solutions provider nQuire. Siebel will ship nQuire’s analytic server and web products with Siebel 7, the seventh release of Siebel eBusiness Applications. ‘With this acquisition, we complete our product offering in marketing automation and marketing analytics,’ said Thomas Siebel, chairman and chief executive officer at Siebel Systems. He added: ‘With the nQuire acquisition, we will fundamentally change organisations’ understanding and deployment of customer intelligence and market intelligence.’

Eclipse launches mobile Siebel software

– PeopleSoft has announced that PeopleSoft Mobile Agent will run on the Microsoft Windows-Powered Pocket PC 2002 – Microsoft’s next generation of software for personal digital assistants (PDAs). The PeopleSoft Mobile Agent is believed to be the enterprise application industry’s first pure internet solution for disconnected access. Through the solution, PeopleSoft customers will have universal access to enterprise applications using Pocket PC 2002.

Peoplesoft and Sun Systems team up

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