Quick Takes: Tools and appliances

Beth Quimby, News Editor

Whale develops e-mail appliance

Whale Communications, Fort Lee, N.J., has unveiled its e-GapWebmail appliance, which allows corporate e-mail to be accessed from anywhere without exposing a company's internal systems to outside threats. E-Gap Webmail reduces security risks through its Secure Logoff and Air Gap technologies, which enable businesses to provide access from the Internet to core back-end applications, without opening a hole in the corporate firewall. A Lotus Notes version will be available by the fall.

Scout available for Lotus Notes, Santa Barbara, Calif., which develops technology that keeps address books up to date, has updated Scout, an automated contact management service, and made it available for Lotus Notes. Scout is a permission-based, automated tool that actively manages electronic address books on personal computers. It is designed to free workers from manually entering and updating contact information.

New knowledge management tool for Group Wise

Metastorm's Metastorm infowise Enterprise Edition, a knowledge management tool for Novell GroupWise, will soon be available on ShopNovell. Metastorm infowise, which integrates the Intel Automatic Organizer software technology developed by Intel Labs, acts as an electronic mailbox assistant to address the problem of information overload in the corporate environment. Metastorm is a business software company in Severna Park, Md.

Iemagine cited

Iemagine, an application service provider in Chicago, Ill., has been named Summit Strategies' top 10 list of Internet business service providers in the May issue of SummitVision newsletter. The top 10 were cited for being pioneers in developing and delivering a Web-optimized, software-as-services model. Iemagine's Rent & Ready! Instant Webware Suite is built for the Lotus Hosting Management System. Summit Strategies is an analyst firm in Boston, Mass.

IBM helps 500 customers with e-learning

IBM, Armonk, N.Y., reported last year Mindspan solutions, its e-learning business unit, helped more than 500 organizations in 54 countries implement e-learning initiatives. Customers included seven of the top 10 U.S. airlines, seven of the top 10 U.S. telecommunications companies, six of the top 10 automotive manufacturers, six of the top 10 commercial banks, three of the top five U.S. insurance companies and others, IBM said.IBM Mindspan Solutions includes planning and design services, content capabilities, key technology drawn from Lotus LearningSpace and delivery capabilities.

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