Hummingbird Forms Strategic Alliance with Siebel Systems

Hummingbird Ltd, has announced that it has joined the Siebel Alliance Program as a Strategic Software Partner. Through this alliance, Hummingbird will support Siebel eBusiness Applications within its enterprise portal. Hummingbird will integrate and validate its enterprise portal, along with its document and content management solutions, to ensure tight integration with Siebel eBusiness Applications.

The integrated solution will enable joint customers to create a unified view of their business, integrating information from Siebel eBusiness Applications with other internal and external information sources and applications. In addition, the integration of Hummingbird’s document and content management solutions will allow joint customers to access content that is related to information residing in and external to Siebel eBusiness Applications. Siebel ERM is a major new product line within the Siebel eBusiness Applications software suite designed to improve the performance of all employees in an organization, and aligns employees with company objectives, provides personalized news and information, manages online and classroom training, and improves team collaboration and productivity.

PeopleSoft to Embed IBM WebSphere into its Pure Internet Solutions

PeopleSoft Inc. has announced an agreement to embed the IBM WebSphere Application Server into its enterprise application suite. The PeopleSoft and IBM solution will be pre-integrated and will not require additional customer licenses, enabling rapid deployment of eBusiness infrastructures.

“IBM is delighted PeopleSoft has chosen to embed WebSphere into its enterprise suite of applications,” said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Software Group. “PeopleSoft’s industry-leading enterprise applications and IBM’s WebSphere application server will provide collaborative enterprises immediate access to a complete solution. No more waiting for server downloads and complex integrations.” Peoplesoft and IBM are investing significant resources in joint sales, marketing, consulting, customer service and research and development to support this expanded global strategic alliance. The specifics of the expanded alliance will be finalized by the parties in the near future.

HP Awarded Key Molecular Electronics Patent

Hewlett-Packard Company announced it has been awarded a key patent that could remove a major obstacle to making molecular-scale computing a reality. The patent, issued by the U.S. Patent Office earlier this month to HP Labs scientists Phil Kuekes and Stan Williams, proposes a solution to the

problem of connecting molecular-scale devices to today’s much larger integrated circuits.

“We have a strategy to reinvent the integrated circuit with molecular rather than semiconductor components,” said HP Fellow Williams, director of quantum science research, HP Labs. HP is pursuing molecular electronics as an entirely new technology that could augment silicon-based integrated circuits within the decade and eventually replace traditional solid-state memories. Most experts believe that silicon technology will reach key physical and economic limits by about 2012. In addition to the work described in that patent, the HP and UCLA collaboration also has demonstrated that molecular-scale electronic switches and the wires to connect them – “nanowires” that are 6 to 10 atoms wide and 2 atoms tall – can actually be made. Researchers from HP and UCLA are now working on fabricating circuits from these components.