Brief takes from this week's technology news.
IBM to supply e-forms to Workplace users
IBM is to provide users of its Workplace product in insurance, government, banking and healthcare with XML-based e-forms. Future versions of its Workplace Forms software will support XForms, an emerging industry standard for electronic form documents, the company said. Workplace Forms software is designed to help companies customise the way employees capture and exchange data. It allows users to take back-end corporate data and present it in a consistent interface.
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Office Open XML put forward as standard
Microsoft is to submit the Office Open XML document format to standards organisation Ecma International. Microsoft also said it would make release tools to enable old documents to take advantage of Open XML. Other organisations supporting the standard include Apple, Barclays Capital, BP, the British Library, Essilor, Intel, NextPage, Statoil ASA and Toshiba.
Open-Xchange to allow use of SyncML protocol
From December, the Open-Xchange open source e-mail server will enable users to synchronise mobile devices using the SyncML protocol. SynchML provides a common language for communications between devices, applications and networks. Support will be available through an add-on called SyncML OXtender, which will be made available to existing users of Open-Xchange Server 5 for free from 28 February 2006.
PeopleSoft users join forces with Oracle group
More PeopleSoft user groups have joined with the Oracle Application User Group as Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft approaches its first anniversary. The most recent addition is the PeopleSoft CRM User Group. User groups at Oracle have increasingly become a focal point of users keen to find more details on Oracle's Project Fusion, which aims to create best-of-breed applications based on the products of companies bought by Oracle.