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AvantGo enhances products

AvantGo Inc., a provider of mobile infrastructure software and services in San Mateo, Calif., has enhanced the company's core M-Business Server, its Mobile Engines for the Web, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange, and its popular AvantGo mobile Internet service. AvantGo 4.0 now supports all wireless protocols, including GSM, GPRS, CDPD, CDMA, Mobitex and 802.11(b) wireless local area networks. In addition, AvantGo 4.0 is poised to support new technologies, including Bluetooth and 3G, as they become widely available. The company also made agreements with Research In Motion to deliver wireless Web-based data and corporate applications to RIM's BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds and with Symbian to bring Web-based services, content and business applications to next-generation smartphones.

GMT updates work force management software

GMT Corp., a Norcross, Ga., supplier of workforce management solutions for contact centers and other service industries, has created a new version of GMT Planet-Jupiter Edition 7.5. work force management software. Jupiter Edition 7.5 now provides instant feedback of critical information about service levels, cost budgeting, paid-time-off and schedule changes. GMT Planet's comprehensive Paid-Time-Off module now allows for allocation of paid-time-off usage for all of the positions worked by employees who work multiple positions. Jupiter's new Crystal Reports feature provides a wide range of customized and standard reports such as schedules, service level and workload-fit reports. The Crystal Reports Designer also allows for these reports to be customized as needed, the company said. Reports can be exported via e-mail using MAPI e-mail servers or sent to a Lotus Domino database or Exchange folder. Multiple reports can be viewed simultaneously along with other GMT windows.

Stampede wins award

Stampede Technologies Inc., a developer of accelerator software for Lotus Notes and Domino enterprises in Dayton, Ohio, won the Silver Award in Lotus Advisor Magazine's Editors' Choice Awards. The Editors' Choice Awards are given annually to products that enable Lotus Notes and Domino developers and administrators to work easier and more efficiently.The 2001 Editors' Choice Awards were chosen by contributing authors to Lotus Advisor Magazine from products exhibited by more than 200 vendors at Lotusphere 2001 in Orlando. Two awards, a Silver and Gold Award, are granted annually in each category. Stampede's TurboGold, which won this year's Silver Award in the administrative tools category, also won a Silver Award in 1999.

Former Lotus manager joins CellPoint

Hamish Kuzminski, former Lotus Development Corp. communications manager for the United Kingdom and Ireland, has joined CellPoint Inc., London, as worldwide director of corporate communications. He also worked in senior positions with U.K. public relations consulting firms, including Grayling, The Words Group and Hyde Public Relations. CellPoint Inc. is a digital cellular technology company.

Lotus Notes continues to rule

Another report has found Lotus users far out number Exchange users. The report, commissioned by United Messaging, a provider of global outsourced business messaging solutions in West Chester, Pa., also found there were some 891.1 electronic mailboxes in the world by the end of last year, a 67% increase from the year before. By year end 45% of U.S. consumers and 75% of workers in the U.S. were using e-mail regularly. The report also found pronounced signs of consolidation and evolution among the existing messaging platforms. At the end of 2000, some 3.5 million people were still using Lotus' cc: Mail. Hewlett Packard's OpenMail is used by about 5% of the messaging market. Overall Lotus remains in the lead with Microsoft Exchange closing in. Lotus Notes hit the 78 million mark in 2000, a gain of 22.7 million seats. Microsoft Exchange claims an installed base of 67.2 million seats, having added 23 million users in 2000. During the fourth quarter of last year, sales of the two leading platforms topped out at 6.7 million seats for Exchange and 10 million for Notes. The third leading platform, iPlanet (a merger of the Netscape and Sun product lines) now has a total of 57 million seats worldwide, 17 million of which are corporate customers.

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