Short takes on this week's news
EDS to shut datacentres as operations go to India
Outsourcer EDS is to close 21 of its datacentres in the US and Europe by the end of next year and move some of the work to India and other cheaper locations. EDS chief financial officer Bob Swan said the company would close 17 of its 42 US datacentres and four out of 12 centres in Europe that manage software for customers.
Tesco adds Sonetto to improve supply chain
Tesco.com is running Sonetto 2.0, the new product information management suite from Ivis Group, to improve the flexibility of its supply-chain. The software will be used to increase the accuracy and relevance of product information as it flows between suppliers and customers.
Real-time service order management initiative
SAP, Capgemini and Vidus, a company specialising in building software for utilities, are working together to make it possible for utility organisations to automatically generate, update and manage service orders in real time. The integration of Vidus' taskforce into SAP for Utilities and SAP Mobile Asset for Utilities will allow users to manage the workforce on the fly and advise service technicians of their orders via mobile devices.
Firefox browser update fixes domain weakness
The Mozilla Foundation has updated its Firefox browser to block several reported vulnerabilities, including one that allows non-Microsoft browsers to fall victim to phishing attacks. The flaw is in Firefox's support for the Internationalised Domain Names standard which handles special character sets in domain names.
M&S to move RFID trial out to 53 stores
Marks & Spencer is extending its radio frequency identification trial within its supply chain to support items of clothing. From spring 2006, the number of stores participating in the trial will increase from nine to 53.
BEASystems joins open standards group
BEA Systems has joined open standards group the Eclipse Foundation as a board member, in a bid to help drive the convergence of Java in web services. BEA will lead the foundation's Web Tools Platform project.