Short takes from this week's news
Oracle and Unisys offer financial assistance
Oracle has teamed up with Unisys to offer financial organisations a payments system based on the Oracle 10g database and Oracle Intermedia, a tool that allows users to manage multimedia content within the database. Financial institutions can store cheque images with associated payment data, including voicemail and e-mail messages, to gain a better view of payment transactions.
DHL implements global Salesforce
DHL Global Mail has implemented the Salesforce.com subscription-based customer relationship management package for its international operations. DHL said 320 users around the world are using the product to support sales, marketing and customer service. The system has been fully integrated into DHL's existing SAP and Cognos business systems, ensuring all business information is centrally available.
Co-op seeks to save £1m using VoIP
United Co-operatives is to trial a voice over IP network to reduce connectivity costs across its food, travel and funeral branches. Over the past year it has also invested in a broadband ADSL network from Evoxus. It expects to save £1m as a result of using VoIP and the ADSL link.
Instant messaging poses 'serious security threat'
Analyst firm Gartner said a flaw in MSN Messenger shows that instant messaging presents a serious security threat and urged enterprises to implement comprehensive IM policies immediately. Gartner analyst Lawrence Orans said enterprises must be able to shut down IM services temporarily when a serious security threat emerges.
Oracle and PeopleSoft to hold joint conference
Oracle and PeopleSoft/JD Edwards users are to host a joint user conference following Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft. The joint conference, held at the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Convention Centre, on 13-16 June in Grapevine, Texas, is the result of an alliance formed by the two groups last month.
IBM invests £52m to add Linux to Workplace
IBM plans to invest £52m over three years in adding Linux software and support to its Workplace software portfolio.