Boeing’s Bottom Line
The Boeing Co.’s Aerospace Operations subsidiary licensed Bottomline’s PayBase Universal Payments Engine to automate its accounts payable and payroll operations. Boeing will use the system with its existing back- office systems, including PeopleSoft’s human resources applications.
The aircraft maker will use PayBase to deploy a Web-based system for remote payment initiation, reporting, and approval. PayBase generates payments with little manual intervention, although Boeing has also licensed a check-fraud avoidance module that receives bank confirmation before authorizing payments.
CA Associates with IBM
Computer Associates International says IBM Global Services is adding more than 180 CA systems to the IBM SystemPac offering. Prior to Monday’s announcement, IBM SystemPac had only included CA enterprise storage management products and systems for the DB2 database for OS/390 mainframe operating system.
Under the agreement, IBM Global Services will distribute the CA systems and bundle them with IBM operating systems, although CA will continue to sell the products through its own VARs and system integrators.
A company in the business of reviving abandoned technologies is preparing a peer-to-peer search engine aimed straight at the heart of Google, according to Cnet News. Project Pandango, the work-in-progress of Seattle-based i5 Digital, attempts to prioritize the thousands of Web pages that are retrieved in common Web queries by examining the Web surfing histories of a wide network of computers.
Cnet says Pandango’s creators want to take the peer-to-peer model popularized by file-swapping applications such as Napster, and build a search technology on it.
i5 Digital is negotiating deals with Web portals and corporate customers that could, in theory, use the application to facilitate communication among employees. This could eliminate redundant efforts if employees could see the Web resources their colleagues have mined. But it’s still far from clear that this business model is practical.
BroadVision Inc. says the next generation version of Grainger.com, a business-to-business provider of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies, has gone live on BroadVision applications. BroadVision and Grainger joined forces to complete the transition from the old site, which went live in 1996 and provides online access to more than 220,000 MRO products.
Grainger is using BroadVision’s Business Commerce and One-To-One Publishing, which are used for order processing, contract administration, and customer service. One-To-One creates user profiles features for individuals involved in corporate purchasing and procurement. The BroadVision packages are also being integrated with Grainger’s inventory systems.
The systems include customer order histories and order status.
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