"...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
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