HP, Inprise Partner Around CORBA

Corba gets a boost with Inprise, HP licensing announcement

Inprise Corp last week announced a licensing agreement allowing Hewlett-Packard Co. to integrate Inprise's VisiBroker CORBA (common object request broker architecture) in its Smart Internet Usage 2.0 software for ISPs (Internet service providers).

The combination of the two technologies will allow HP to offer its ISP customers a consolidated online billing, tracking and data-mining platform, the companies said in a statement. Financial details of the agreement were not revealed.

HP has been aggressively expanding its plans for electronic commerce, recently inking deals with StarMedia Network Inc., email manager USA.Net Inc. and applications service provider (ASP) eOnline. HP's agreements with these companies gives HP a portion of each company's revenue stream in exchange for HP hardware, software and services.

Inprise, formerly Borland International Inc., bills itself as a vendor of Internet-enabling software and tools. The company reported a second-quarter operating loss of U.S.$10.5 million, and faced the resignations last April of both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Del Yocam and Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Kathleen Fisher.

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