SAP, Siebel Integration
Software Technologies Corp. in Monrovia, Calif., this week plans to announce application integration software that links SAP AG's R/3 enterprise resource planning system to San Mateo, Calif.-based Siebel Systems Inc.'s sales automation tools. Pricing starts at $100,000.
Online Travel Booming
Online travel bookings in 2001 should jump to $30 billion, up from $5 billion in 1999, Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Group Inc. said last week. The explosive growth means that leisure travel agencies not already online will be driven out of business or acquired, according to Gartner analyst Lou Marcoccio.
Medical Claims on Net
Healtheon/WebMD Corp. in Atlanta and HNC Software Inc. in San Diego have partnered to let physicians and property and casualty insurers process medical claims via the Internet. Physicians may be able to file insurance paperwork on the Internet as early as this summer.
Intel to Build Linux Web Appliances
Intel Corp. is designing Web appliances that will run a tailored version of Linux. The chip maker hopes to sell the devices to Internet service providers, telecommunications firms and other service providers. The move would bring Intel into direct competition with manufacturers such as Compaq Computer Corp., which has demonstrated its own version of Microsoft Corp.'s Web Companion design, based on Windows CE.
Smart' Vending Deal
Maytag Corp. is teaming up with eVend.net Corp., a maker of technology to control vending machines and appliances over the Internet, to create a smart vending machine that can process credit-card transactions and dispense large goods such as clothing. Maytag will have exclusive rights to use eVend's embedded Internet connectivity technology in its vending equipment.