SAS sponsors knowledge exchange

Intellor Group, Inc., an independent e-business intelligence and integration knowledge exchange company announced recently that SAS Institute is sponsoring and supporting its knowledge exchange Web

The sponsorship by SAS Institute to promote e-business intelligence and integration knowledge exchange through the Intellor Web portal. As a result of this partnership, Intellor Group has developed a knowledge exchange environment for SAS Institute customers and prospects to research products, solutions, services and technologies, and communicate with their peers, SAS Institute and industry thought-leaders who are focused on e-business intelligence and integration. The knowledge exchange will initially focus on SAS Institute products that address CRM, data warehousing, data mining, supply chain management and click-stream analysis, and include e-Discovery, the SAS Solution for Enterprise Marketing Automation, SAS/Warehouse Administrator, Enterprise MinerT, the SAS Supplier Relationship Management Solution and WebHoundT.

Open-source site shuts down

After spending 20 months trying to use the Internet to bring together corporate IT workers and open-source software developers to collaborate on technology projects, CollabNet Inc. has shut down its SourceXchange on-line marketplace due to a lack of adequate revenue.

Collab.Net co-founder Brian Behlendorf said in a statement posted on the San Francisco-based company’s Web site that SourceXchange was closed. “While a unique idea, and one that we feel really adhered more closely to the open-source ideal than any other work-for-hire site ever did, it simply did not achieve the volume of business necessary to maintain the site and evolve the offering to meet the needs of sponsors and developers,” said Behlendorf, who helped create the Apache Web server. SourceXchange was one of several new Internet-based marketplaces that let companies post proposals for open-source software projects and seek bids on the work from programmers. Collab.Net launched the site in mid-1999 and then raised US $35 million in funding last June from a group of nine technology vendors, including Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., Oracle Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.

Sun supports computing competition

A major sponsorship recently announced by Sun Microsystems of Canada Inc. will help support a national initiative to promote computer science education in Canada’s secondary schools.

Sun’s three-year commitment, worth more than $150,000, will provide financial assistance to the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC), managed by The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo. “This generous contribution from Sun Microsystems will help us greatly in our work to promote and enhance the learning of computer science in Canadian schools, ” said Prof. Steve Brown, Director of the CEMC. The Canadian Computing Competition, established in 1995, is held in two stages. In the first stage of the competition, junior and senior computing contests are produced and distributed to schools across the country in February. This month, 16 students will visit the University of Waterloo to participate in stage two of the competition. During this time, students participating in competitions will be observed for their creativity and quality of work. From this group of finalists, four students will be chosen as Canada’s representatives at the annual International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) which takes place in Finland in July.

HP and webMethods co-develop apps

Hewlett-Packard Company and webMethods, Inc. have announced a strategic alliance to co-develop software designed to improve the quality of customers’ Internet business interactions.

The HP OpenView software business unit will collaborate with webMethods to create software to help companies efficiently monitor and manage the performance of their business IT environment to meet their e-business needs. The offering from HP OpenView and webMethods will help customers discover and correct problems in application connectivity and will enable better management of application interactions throughout the extended supply chain, the companies said. While the current HP OpenView offering provides a dashboard for viewing the performance of networks, systems, applications and services, through collaboration with webMethods, HP expects to extend the management capabilities of HP OpenView to include business process management. HP and webMethods also have agreed to establish and fund a joint program management office to manage technology development, promotional activities and sales engagements.

IBM developerWorks upgrades site

Based on developer demand, IBM developerWorks (, IBM’s free, on-line resource for developers, announced recently that it has made several additions to its Web site content, including a new Web services zone and a collection of code and components.

To reinforce IBM’s commitment to developers considering emerging open standards based technology, IBM developerWorks has strengthened its focus on Web services by advancing its Web services special topic area into a full-fledged zone, the company said. This change will mean that the newest zone appearing on developerWorks will feature five monthly columns, with most content written by authors outside IBM, and will offer development tools for complex code writing tasks. The Web services zone will offer the same level of detailed content as the other zones which appear on developerWorks, including XML, JavaTechnology, Linux and Open Source Projects and Components. Other features of the Web services zone include: links to Web services, related software and a tutorial on creating a complete Web services project.