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February 7, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

The Demo ’99 conference in Palm Springs, California kicks off this week, promising product previews from 80 companies. Among those launching products is IBM Corp’s Lotus Development Corp which is expected to be at Demo 99 showing off its QuickPlace collaboration service and software, alongside partners America Online Inc and hosting services company Interliant Inc. The web- based QuickPlace tool is not expected to use and Lotus Notes or Domino technology. MarketFirst Software Inc will unveil version 2.0 of its front-office electronic marketing package, including a new graphical program designer and integrated calendar, and APIs for product integration to ERP, sales force automation and customer relationship software. The new versions will ship in the second quarter. Micrografx Inc plans to show its new iGrafx process management software for creating process, model and simulation diagrams and analysis tools. It includes a software development kit for applications developers. J Stream Inc, a Portland, Oregon-based firm, will preview new electronic publishing products aimed at the book publishing industry. Publishers and booksellers could use J Stream’s products to sell and deliver books electronically over the internet. It works with both PCs and handheld information devices. The company’s electronic bookstore web site is due to be officially opened on April 1. Cambridge, Massachusetts- based Abuzz Inc will show its Beehive expertise management package, a human resources application the focuses in on what the company calls people-based intellectual capital – in contrast, it says, to the usual document-focused systems. InterTrust Technologies Corp, a Sunnyvale, California-based firm, will unveil an internet music commerce package for managing the rights to MP3 and other formats for music creators, player developers and internet portals, and due to be shipped in the second quarter. The company claims the music industry will be an early leader in internet rights management applications, and expects other digital content industries to follow this year. The show organizers, International Data Group, also promise significant announcements in the areas of internet privacy, advanced 3D modeling over the web, and web-enabled information appliances. There is also a demonstration area for home technology developments.

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