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CNET News.com: HP, Oracle partner to develop e-speak technology

Aug 18, 1999, 17:12 (0 Talkback[s])
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"...Oracle will optimize its 8i database software to use the e-speak technology, which HP describes as a way to automate business transactions on the Internet, said Ann Livermore, chief executive of HP's enterprise computing business. In addition, HP and Oracle will jointly develop and test e-speak."

"HP is walking a fine line in distributing e-speak. While the company wants e-speak to spread far and wide, HP isn't helping its competitors optimize their products for it, Livermore said. 'We're not going to assist Sun or IBM optimize anything they have,' she said, though she believes that those companies will decide embracing e-speak will be in their interests."

"Livermore described e-speak as 'the universal language for dynamic brokering," software that resides on servers that can "discover, broker, compose, and mediate services.' "

"More partners--especially ones the size of Oracle--won't hurt HP's efforts to spread e-speak. Though HP plans to release e-speak's programming blueprints for free [i.e., to open source e-speak], the agreement is 'one of the most critical alliances in our e-services [initiative],' Livermore said.

"E-speak doesn't compete with Sun's Jini or Microsoft's BizTalk..."

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