September Business Bits

  • Polycom has entered into multiyear joint marketing and development agreement with Microsoft to integrate its audio, video, and web-conferencing products into Microsoft's Live Communications Server architecture. The initial offering from the new agreement, currently scheduled for release in late 2004, will allow users of Microsoft Office Live Communications Server and Windows Messenger with Polycom's widely installed ViewStation EX, FX and VSX desktop and group video conference systems; SoundPoint and SoundStation IP handsets and conference phones; MGC voice and video bridges; and the WebOffice conference portal. Additional integration of the two company's products is planned through 2006-2007.
  • Trapeze Networks award-winning wireless local area network (WLAN) Mobility System is now being used by the Stanford University Medical Center to provide wireless access to students, faculty, and administration. The project posed a number of technical problems because of the materials used to construct Stanford's facilities, including thick concrete and lead walls which cannot typically be penetrated by radio frequency signals. Trapeze was able to provide a solution, however, utilizing a variety of its products.
  • Sanarus has announced that twelve-month follow-up data from a peer-reviewed, prospective multicenter study demonstrates that cryoablation - a minimally invasive procedure in which a tumor is frozen while still in the body and is not surgically removed - is a preferred first-line treatment for breast fibroadenoma for women who do not want to undergo open surgery. The study, published in the June 2004 edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, showed a median volume reduction of 89%, 12 months following cryoablation treatment of 57 breast fibroadenomas that had an average initial size of 2.1 cm. For those with a tumor whose initial size was less than 2.5 cm, the median volume reduction was 95% and 86% were non-palpable at 12 months. Patient satisfaction was reported to be 91%. The Sanarus Visica(TM) Treatment System was used to treat patients at several centers including the University of Washington, Wayne State University, Rush Presbyterian University and Cornell.
  • The State of Delaware has licensed PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management, Enterprise Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Enterprise Service Automation, Enterprise Performance Management, and Enterprise Portal. The State of Delaware is currently using PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) to run its statewide human resources system, which serves 38,000 employees. PeopleSoft's applications will enable Delaware to integrate administrative operations across multiple state agencies, providing employees and citizens with real-time access to information and services. "We did a thorough analysis of our needs and of the products available in the marketplace, and concluded that PeopleSoft was the best solution for Delaware," said David W. Singleton, secretary, Delaware Department of Finance.

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