October 2000

INTRANET APPLICATIONS GET RENEWED FOCUS after a period of being eclipsed by Internet applications. Intranets are the internal networks of companies that use the same standard protocols, network applications and network services as the Internet. Currently, many companies have valuable information locked up in legacy databases or in unknown file directories. Internal employees are realizing that they can find specifications on their Italian espresso machine on the Web more easily than they can find specifications on their own company's products without a well- designed intranet. Companies are realizing that the Web has created tools such as content management systems and portals to help retrieve such valuable internal information effectively. However, the specialized skills required to design and implement effective intranet systems are often outside the scope of internal employees. OMIX has been developing intranet systems since 1996, when it was one of the first companies to offer these services.

ENTERPRISE INFORMATION PORTALS give employees, partners or customers a one-stop place to get business information about your company. Gartner Group says that by the end of the year, 80% of the top US companies will have implemented some kind of portal project. Enhancements to portals include personalization that changes depending on the user visiting the portal, Web-based applications that can be accessed through a portal, and the integration of real time information feeds into a portal to provide new dynamic content.

VIDEO CONTINUES TO EXPAND into new application areas, as intranet and Internet networks continue to get faster. Companies can begin to cost justify internal intranet videos that are divided into short informative segments. Employees can then view these short videos on an as needed basis. It may be possible to review an off site presentation by watching just 10 minutes of the most relevant segments.

APACHE WEB SERVERS GET JSP. Apache is a free Web server that has always been surprisingly fast and robust. Apache has become the market share leader in Web servers making it another success story for the open source movement. Now it has a new feature to handle Java Server Pages, which is the technology OMIX has been using to create dynamic Web pages. With JSP you can create a database driven page when a customer needs it, however the page is sent as plain HTML and not Java on the customer's browser.

A COMPANY WITHOUT POLITICS! OMIX's co-founder and COO, Sandy Lillie, had a previous career as a Clinical Psychologist, using her doctorate in psychology to counsel many unhappy employees working in Silicon Valley. She realized that even today's modern companies are often miserable places to work, and concluded that internal politics were mostly to blame. Now Sandy gives a lot of thought and time to making OMIX politics free. To do this, OMIX is organized in fluid circles of responsibility rather than the traditional hierarchical management pyramid, there are lots of informal ways to communicate, and problem solving rather than blaming is strongly encouraged. Employees thrive on this culture, and the turnover rate is extremely low. Customers benefit from this low turnover rate as well.

FLASHLINE CONINTUES TO INNOVATE IN COMPONENTS by providing a free downloadable application called Component Manager to help manage your internal components. Flashline.com also sells reusable Enterprise JavaBean components.

TELLME MERGES VOICE AND THE WEB. Calling 800-555-TELL gives you access to a free service that lets you use your voice to obtain traffic reports, driving directions and other useful information. The service is paid for by audio ads and alliances with the companies providing the information. Voice recognition did not develop all of a sudden, but after years of evolution it is now good enough to support useful services.

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