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Quick Takes: Upgrades issued, deals done

Cognos debuts its new financial offering; Azerity takes high-tech even higher; Ann Taylor sizes up Coremetrics; Siebel gives ViaFone the thumbs up; Net Theory releases an online billing app.

Cognos releases financial package

Business intelligence specialists Cognos Inc., Burlington, Mass., released its Cognos Finance 6.0 offering that features budgeting, consolidation, planning and forecasting tools. The firm claims the applications provide organizations with an integrated environment with Web-based access to financial analysis and budgeting. Among the upgrades are tighter links to Microsoft Corp.'s Excel spreadsheet platform.


Azerity forwards CRM for high-tech sector

Azerity, San Jose, Calif., debuted its latest package of CRM applications aimed at the high-tech sector. The company claims it made some 1,000 functional upgrades to its ProChannel 5 Web-based CRM and channel management software. The additions include new product modules built to lend mobility, enhanced channel management and stronger analytics.


Coremetrics shoulders Ann Taylor deal

San Francisco-based marketing analytics provider Coremetrics Inc. reported it won a deal to supply fashion designer Ann Taylor Stores Corp., New York, with its Marketforce software package. Ann Taylor said it plans to use the applications to improve effectiveness of its online channel. The firm hopes to better understand clients' online shopping behavior, improve online profitability and minimize costs associated with internal data management.


ViaFone gets the nod from Siebel

Mobile applications provider ViaFone Inc., Brisbane, Calif., reported it received integration validation from enterprise applications vendor Siebel Systems Inc., San Mateo, Calif. The firm said it successfully completed integration between its OneBridge Connector version 1.1, a component of its mobile software platform, and Siebel's eBusiness Applications version 6. The ViaFone connector is meant to enable development and deployment of mobile applications across networks, Web browsers and wireless devices.



Net Theory releases management software

New York-based Internet software vendor and application service provider (ASP) Net Theory Inc. released Work Theory v1.0, its online billing management application for small and mid-sized service businesses. The company reported that the package includes a project management system for assigning and delegating tasks and tracking project progress. The software also features document sharing and time sheet management functionality.

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