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Irwin Mitchell upgrades networks with IP

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is replacing its Frame Relay networks with IP communication technology from Cable & Wireless. The £2m upgrade will involve a managed wide area network connecting all five UK offices and is expected to help drive down the company's operational cost, and support its business-critical applications and disaster recovery programme.

DWP websites to work with multiple browsers

The Department of Work and Pensions is to make its websites accessible to people using a range of browsers, including the open source Firefox browser. The move will see the Internet Job Bank employment search service made compatible with browsers other than Microsoft's Internet Explorer for the first time, in recognition of the growing popularity of other browsers. The Jobcentre Plus website already works with non Internet Explorer browsers but the Internet Job Bank element does not.

Microsoft to certify Indian software firms

Microsoft has launched a quality-certification programme for Indian software developers. Indian suppliers PacSoft, Skelta and Talisma have already signed up to the programme, which will be managed by consultancy QAI India. Microsoft is keen to establish business relationships with Indian software developers because the country's trade body estimates that its software market will be worth between £4.4bn and £6bn by 2010.

Cheshire NHS trusts sign IBM and Esprit

NHS and social care organisations in Cheshire have chosen IBM and web-based information management firm Esprit to build an a computer system to help 1,000 staff assess the needs of vulnerable elderly people. Cheshire County Council and four local NHS primary care trusts have joined together to procure the system.

Alpha Retail implements SAP R/3 in all its stores

Alpha Retail is implementing SAP R/3 for Retail in all its stores. The airports-based retailer will implement core SAP IS retail modules, SAP's Warehouse Management, Forecasting and Replenishment, Finance and Business Warehouse components. SAP consultancy CiberNovasoft will use its novaRetail application to map business processes.

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