WorldCom Inc. has unveiled a universal remote access tool designed to ease secure Internet communication over any access method. WorldCom also said it will offer enhanced service level agreements to corporate customers using dial-up Internet access.

WorldCom’s Access Manager launches a VPN (virtual private network) client, permitting the user to encrypt data for VPN access over dial-up, cable, DSL (digital subscriber line), satellite or other Internet access method, said Debbie Kaplan, a WorldCom spokeswoman. Access Manager also incorporates an intelligent phone book function to automatically determine the best number to dial for an Internet connection. Access Manager is also integrated into WorldCom’s back-end software, permitting central network managers to observe and modify the network services provisioned to users. WorldCom intends to release enhanced security features later this year, including the capability to deploy personal firewalls.

CompuServe rolls out Version 7.0, includes Gecko

CompuServe Interactive Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online Inc., has announced the launch of CompuServe 7.0.

The new version includes updated channels, a new main menu, upgrades to e-mail and instant messaging software, and Netscape Communications Corp.’s Gecko browser, the company said in a statement. Content from AOL Time Warner Inc. channels has been integrated, including CNN, Fortune and Entertainment Weekly. An improved contact list and search facility have also been built in, along with a better radio and media player with CD playback, the Columbus, Ohio-based company said.

Sybase adds data mining to BI tools

Sybase Inc. and SPSS Inc. have announced a reseller agreement designed to extend Sybase’s end-to-end business intelligence offering by folding in SPSS’ data mining workbench.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sybase will resell SPSS’ Clementine data mining workbench as part of its foundation for customer-focused analytical solutions, according to company officials. With the addition of Clementine to Sybase’s enterprise analytics infrastructure, Sybase customers will be able to evolve their BI (business intelligence) capabilities by mining data from their operations, said Mark Battaglia, president of the SPSS business intelligence division. Clementine will help provide Sybase customers with insight into their business problems to allow them to identify new opportunities, he added.

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