Companies eye extranets using NZ-made package

Several New Zealand companies are poised to build business-to-business extranets using a newly developed software suite from imaging and document management company Optika Imaging Systems. Optika's eMedia 1.0, which shipped earlier this month, aims to improve management of electronic commerce transactions over IP networks. Local firms are already using it.

Several New Zealand companies are poised to build business-to-business extranets using a newly developed software suite from imaging and document management company Optika Imaging Systems.

Optika, which builds software to manage the flow of paper and data produced by business transactions, has launched eMedia 1.0, which aims to improve management of electronic commerce transactions over IP networks.

Vaughan Nankivell, general manager of Optika distributor Imaging New Zealand, says local companies in the areas of food distribution, general insurance and retail finance are using eMedia for imaging and report management. Nankivell says they will also be using the software for online transactions over extranets.

eMedia 1.0, which shipped earlier this month, consists of Web-based and proprietary clients, inter-company workflow tools and Windows NT server-based software that handles requests between trading partners and tracks past transactions.

Companies can use the software to make Web pages accessible to trading partners. Through the Web server, trading partners will be able to track transactions and partake in online discussions with one another.

Optika eMedia 1.0 consists of a three-tier system that combines image and document management, workflow and Cold (computer output to laser disk) technology, deployed and maintained over the Internet; multiple, user-config-urable clients for retrieving and viewing documents of virtually any type, as well as processing work in a workflow; inter-company visual workflow software to manage value-chain processes; and technology adoption methodology to implement paper automation and elimination processes.

Intranet clients with full eMedia capabilities are priced at $280 ex GST. Browser-based extranet clients are free.

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