November 2002

EPOCRATES RX PRO (tm) SHIPS WITH OMIX E-COMMERCE engine. Doctors have been making better decisions when they write prescriptions, by using a free version of the ePocrates pharmaceutical database that can be downloaded to their Palm devices.  Now, ePocrates is offering, as a pay service, its even more advanced Rx Pro. To support transactions for this service, ePocrates chose OMIX E-Commerce Components because of their J2EE architecture and the fact that OMIX was willing to provide the source code, which greatly enhances the flexibility of this system for the future.

FREE TECHNICAL FORECAST available from OMIX. OMIX's CTO has a pretty remarkable record for accurately predicting new directions in technology. Consider:  1992 - commerce transactions across the Internet; 1994 - building e-commerce and marketing Web sites; 1996 - building applications with Java; 1996 - integrating the WebLogic Application Server when it was still in Beta (the very first company to do so); 1998 - building on J2EE standards; 2000 - buying energy through Web auctions; 2001 - Wi-Fi wireless networks. And those are only a few examples! For a FREE transcript of an interview with OMIX CTO Terry Lillie on his current predictions for technology trends, drop us an email at

WIRELESS SPOTS START TO COVER THE MAP. As the 802.11b standard is increasingly accepted, the vision of having wireless Internet access almost everywhere is beginning to be realized.  Wireless is now available at most of the Starbucks around the Bay Area, at San Jose Airport, and almost everywhere in downtown Palo Alto.  The wireless coverage is sometimes free and sometimes $30 to $50 per month, depending on who owns the access point. Security, however, does continue to be an issue.

CREATING VIRTUAL DATABASES FROM MANY DATA SOURCES is the key feature of BEA's Liquid Data for WebLogic.  This tool uses an XML standard called XQuery to get data from almost any source. Then Liquid Data makes this data available for your business applications or Web portals.  For example you could build an internal portal to monitor business activity, that links to your customer relationship management system, your order system and your supply chain system.

HOW MUCH IS A WEB VISITOR WORTH TO YOU? One straightforward way to calculate this is by determining how much revenue a visitor to your Web site generates, on average.  If the average visitor generates $1.00 in revenue, then you'll know a bargain when you see one!  Go to or and buy yourself some search engine clicks.  If you pay anything less than the $1.00 you earn, on average, from these clicks, you've made a good deal!

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