In brief: Switchvox brings voice, apps convergence to SMBs

Also in Brief: Adobe offers beta of XMP Toolkit; Lenovo unwraps new partner program; Nexis Web site now gives big-picture view; Asetek teases enthusiasts with 5.5GHz P4 system; Telelogic acquires I-Logix; Avaya boosts software, adds SIP P2P phone; Jcx.Software upgrades PHP editor for Visual Studio 2005

Switchvox has introduced what it says is the only IP PBX system to offer a Call Event Notification API to allow companies to integrate phone systems with applications for features such as click-to-call from within Microsoft Outlook. Other features include Firedialer, which allows click-to-call from a number viewed on a Web page in the Firefox browser, and IM-style presence. Built on open source software and operating with open standards, the new PBX works with all SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) hardware and software phones and is aimed at the SMB starting at $2,495. Switchvox SMB was launched at the VON conference in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday. The company’s chief executive, Joshua Stephens, said of the new turnkey offering: “Growing organizations now have a solution that is easy to install and manage, while giving them the appearance of a larger company.”

Adobe offers beta of XMP Toolkit

March 15, 7:15 a.m. PDT

Adobe Systems has announced the public beta of its file-labeling technology based on open source technology. Adobe XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform) Toolkit Version 4.0 makes design and publishing workflow more efficient through the use of metadata technology across diverse apps and systems. It contains Adobe XMP libraries to help in developing more efficient job processing, workflow automation, and data rights management processes. This beta provides the new ability to consistently add metadata to popular image, document, and video file formats so assets become "more intelligent" by carrying critical information. With this beta version, developers also gain a centralized view of XMP data through Adobe Bridge. The XMP Toolkit Version 4.0 beta is available for Windows (Visual Studio 2005) and Macintosh (Xcode 2.2) platforms from the Adobe Labs Web site. Lenovo unwraps new partner program

March 15, 7:15 a.m. PDT

Lenovo Group on Wednesday announced its new business partner program for PC resellers and solutions partners. The new program, christened TopSeller to replace the former IBM Think Express system, arrives less than a year after Lenovo finalized its purchase of IBM's PC division. It includes recruitment, education, training, and service and support. Replacing the formerly IBM-designed system, the new program reduces a three-tier system to two tiers and utilizes only two criteria, skills and revenue growth, to determine top-seller status. The Lenovo Partner Network is designed to improve margins, enhance demand generation, broaden the company's portfolio, and make it easier to do business with Lenovo, the company said. Nexis Web site now gives big-picture view

March 9, 2:06 p.m. PDT
Professionals who say "Nexis it" instead of "Google it" on a daily, or hourly, basis will welcome a revamp of the research service LexisNexis’ Nexis Web site, which now offers a new big-picture view across news, company, industry, people, countries and legal. That should help a bit with finding matches from the company’s 32,000 sources. "Our goal was to create the best search experience possible so that an experienced researcher or novice user could more quickly and easily find the answers they need to make informed business decisions," said LexisNexis' Elizabeth Rector. Users can now also use natural or Boolean search logic, and results can be sorted along category lines as well. SmartIndexing Technology links similar documents to those that are matched, offering matches that may have not been found before, and a spell-checker suggests corrected spellings for better results.

Asetek teases enthusiasts
March 9, 7:00 a.m. PDT
Asetek, a Danish company that specializes in cooling systems, will demonstrate this week a PC running an Intel Pentium 4 processor that has been overclocked to 5.46GHz. The PC, called Dream Machine, is based on a 3.8GHz Pentium 4 and includes two separate cooling systems from Asetek. The VapoChill LightSpeed system keeps the processor running at a temperature of -33 degrees Celsius when operating at maximum processing loads, while the company's WaterChill system keeps the computer's graphics chip and motherboard components from overheating. The VapoChill LightSpeed uses a vapor compression system to dissipate heat from the processor, according to Asetek, which described the system as 10 times more efficient than water cooling and 50 times more efficient than air cooling.

Telelogic acquires I-Logix
March 8, 7:50 a.m. PDT
Telelogic announced the acquisition of privately held I-Logix, a provider of modeling tools, for $80 million in cash. While Telelogic has focused on the general modeling space, I-Logix specializes in the embedded space. Telelogic develops and markets tools for requirements management, modeling, test, configuration management, and change management. I-Logix develops and sells solutions for Model-Driven Development (MDD) that allow engineers to graphically model the requirements, behavior, and functionality of embedded systems. With the acquisition, Telelogic aims to strengthen its position in the aerospace/defense, government, automotive, telecom, consumer products, and medical markets. The acquisition is expected to be final by the end of March.

Avaya boosts software, adds SIP P2P phone
March 7, 10:50 a.m. PDT
Avaya has introduced new versions of its IP telephony software MultiVantage Communications Applications, adding new call preservation capabilities, “hot desking” for improved mobility, expanded SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for better multivendor support and improved features, and a more secure, reliable development environment supporting a SOA (service-oriented architecture). Aiming at SMBs and branch offices of large companies, Avaya introduced a new peer-to-peer SIP phone, one-X Quick Edition. Lawrence Byrd, Director of IP Telephony and Mobility, said the phones added “dramatic simplicity” to IP telephony. With the new P2P phone, voicemail and contact information is automatically backed up to all devices on a LAN. “The goal here is to offer IP communications to the smallest office,” Byrd said.

Jcx.Software upgrades PHP editor for Visual Studio 2005
March 7, 7:35 a.m. PDT
Jcx.Software is shipping an upgrade to VS.Php that offers support for Visual Studio 2005. VS.Php users who plan to upgrade to Visual Studio 2005 should upgrade to VS.Php 2.0, which also includes an integrated Smarty/Php editor with intellisense and other rich editing features provided in Visual Studio. This release integrates the help system and PHP documentation; clicking F1 on any PHP function quickly provides information about it. A demonstration of the new capabilities can be found at: http://www.jcxsoftware.com/tutorials.php

Hitachi Data Systems gets new CEO
March 7, 7:10 a.m. PDT
Hitachi storage subsidiary Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) said Tuesday it had tapped Dave Roberson as president and chief executive officer. Roberson, currently president and chief operating officer of HDS, will replace Shinjiro Iwata, CEO since 2001. Iwata will assume the role of chief marketing officer for Hitachi's Information and Telecommunications Systems Group. Replacing Roberson as COO is Minoru Kosuge, currently executive vice president and chief storage architect at Hitachi. Roberson has served in a variety of executive roles during his 25-year stint at Hitachi. He has also served as a board member for numerous IT companies, including RagingWire Enterprise Solutions and Integrated Device Technology. The changes are effective April 1.

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