Industry analysts are shaking their heads as a proliferation of vendors prepare "push" technologies and content for display at Spring Internet World '97, in Los Angeles.
"The real issue here is what is everyone going to do for content?" says Harry Fenik, an analyst at Zona Research. "What are people going to do about bandwidth? Where's this bandwidth going to come from?"
Undaunted by the competition, several companies plan to make announcements at the show.
• Lotus will show a beta version of Domino.Broadcast for BackWeb. Domino.Broadcast is Lotus' application for turning its Domino Web server into a push vehicle.
• DataChannel will debut its Channel Manager, which will allow IS to manage the various channels subscribed to by desktop users.
• US Interactive will announce its expansion in the push market with 40 new companies that have signed on to use its Digital Bindery product to deliver content to users via email.
• Lanacom will show off its Headliner technology, an agent-based information-gathering technology. Lanacom will demonstrate its added intranet version of the product.
• BackWeb Technologies will make several announcements, including four additional channels of content.
• Autonomy will be demonstrating its personalised information-delivery system, also based on agent technology, which learns from a user's behavior to select information that is brought to the desktop.
• Dazel will announce the availability of MetaWeb, which will alert corporate intranet users when critical information is available and let them view that information within a Web browser.
• Astound will unveil WebCast, which creates personal broadcast networks for either the World Wide Web or intranet environments. WebCast is based on a client-side technology.
• InCommon will unveil new features for its Downtown push technology, including advertising tracking and demographics-gathering capabilities.
• AirMedia will add stock-quote updates to its AirMedia Live wireless push service.
• Mercury Mail, which uses email push, will unveil its new business model for pushing information to its 750,000 subscribers.