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– UK-based Cevas Data Systems has launched GlobalExpense, the first ever completely outsourced expense-handling service with the aim of offering streamlining beyond the ASP model. GlobalExpense, which was designed and managed by qualified accountants, does away with traditional methods for allowing employers and employees to claim expenses by using the internet. Company product information can be found at

– 55% of e-retailers reported that their online Christmas was either ‘better than expected’ or ‘brilliant’ according to the latest IMRG survey. Christmas 2000 online sales in the UK were #350m – double the value of the previous year, and the majority of e-merchants who responded to a new IMRG survey reported that their e-commerce Christmas was ‘above target’, while a further 42% reported it as being ‘on target’. Jo Tucker, managing director of IMRG , said consumers were recognising online merchants were getting their acts together. Further retail news trends can be found at

– Application service provider Interliant, in conjunction with Sun Microsystems, plans to provide a web-based enterprise solution based on Lotus QuickPlace technology. The INIT Team solution, a server offering announced last year by Interliant, will now be available for enterprise customers looking to communication between companies on a large scale. For more information on Interliant’s INIT Team solution, visit

– A software salary survey carried out by Basda has found that salaries in all sectors of the software industry have increased significantly in the last 12 months. Companies have reported sharp rises brought about as they have had to offer pay increases to retain existing staff amid shortages in skilled workers. Above inflation increases are also expected this year. For more Basda news visit

– SME solutions provider Dragnet E-Business has rolled out version 3.0 of its e-business portfolio, a feature of which includes support for trading in multiple currencies such as the euro. Dragnet managing director Mike Day said the launch would aid SMEs to move away from the shadow of only being able to sell to restricted markets. For more on SME solutions contact

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