Novell to offer e-commerce

Novell is leveraging its networking expertise to offer Internet commerce products.

Novell is leveraging its networking expertise to offer Internet commerce products, including software that will disseminate specialised information to users over a network in a time-critical fashion.

Although short on details, Novell officials say the as-yet-unnamed technology for sending presorted information to users will be based on NetWare and IntranetWare and will be released next second quarter. The intent of the broadcast capability is to filter information and present it to a targeted audience, Novell officials say. Criteria for distributing information will be established in Novell Directory Services, and information will be delivered either through a messaging engine or over the Internet -- even to pagers. For example, new pricing details at a corporation could be sent out automatically to people who need the data quickly.

Novell officials also say the Novell Open Market solution for Internet commerce via NetWare servers will be released in a pilot project late this year and ship in early 1997. The product will include an authoring tool for building electronic storefronts, a key management utility for secure transactions, Open Market's SecureLink transaction-management system, and procedures for setting up electronic-commerce servers. It also will require the NetWare Web Server.

Meanwhile, Novell's InnerWeb Publisher, an intranet publishing solution released for NetWare several months ago, will likely be the last, because IntranetWare, which packages NetWare with Web software, effectively acts as the follow-up product, says Chris Johnson, product-line manager for Novell Internet commerce, in San Jose, California.

IntranetWare Publisher will not include the SoftQuad HotMetal authoring tool that was included in InnerWeb Publisher.

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