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TriTeal adds features

TriTeal Corp. has extended the capabilities of the TriTeal Enterprise Desktop its standards-based graphical user interface to support the Netscape and Microsoft Windows NT environments.

Both TED 4.1 and NTED are based upon the Common Desktop Environment a graphical interface supported by most Unix vendors and adopted as part of the Defense Department's Common Operating Environment.

TED 4.1 adds drag-and-drop integration between TED and Netscape Communications Corp.'s Navigator another element of COE. The TEDscape feature lets users cut and paste Uniform Resource Locator addresses Hypertext Markup Language and images from a Netscape client and the TED environment.

The new feature was added "in response to all of the site licensing that has been going on with Netscape " a TriTeal executive said. The Defense Information Systems Agency recently purchased 180 000 copies of Navigator for $3 million. As Navigator becomes a standard feature on many desktops users need it to be part of their integrated environment the company said.

TED 4.1 also allows users to add log-in authentication with support for either Distributed Computing Environment- or Kerberos-based authentication. DCE is another COE element.

NTED meanwhile allows Unix users to access applications running on a Windows NT server providing application and file integration with cut-and-paste capabilities between the two environments. NTED is based upon integration technology developed by Network Computing Devices and Citrix Systems Inc.

NTED is available now and TED 4.1 will be available in mid-September. It is expected to be added to DOD's Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering contract through Logicon Inc.

Infodata hires Adobe executives

Infodata Systems Inc. last week reported the hiring of three Adobe Systems Inc. sales executives.

Elaine Singer Devra Kudeviz and Paul Gerlach have joined Infodata a Fairfax Va. document management vendor. Singer formerly the federal sales manager with Adobe's Federal Sales Group is national director of sales at Infodata. Kudeviz formerly the national account manager with Adobe's Enterprise Solutions Group has been appointed a regional account manager at Infodata. And Gerlach also of Adobe's Enterprise Solutions Group is a regional account manager at Infodata.

Harry Kaplowitz president of Infodata said the appointments mark an expansion of the company's sales force. Infodata markets document management solutions that incorporate the company's own products and third-party products. For example Infodata resells Adobe's Acrobat.

Adobe officials could not be reached for comment.

Unisys servers headed for GSA

Unisys Corp.'s ClearPath line of multiprocessing servers is slated to hit the General Services Administration's Schedule A by the end of September according to the company.

Unisys announced the ClearPath Heterogeneous Multiprocessing servers in April [FCW April 15]. The product line integrates Unix Microsoft's Windows NT and Unisys' mainframe operating systems in a single platform. The servers are designed for organizations seeking to consolidate multiple servers and operating systems.

Michael Adelman director of product marketing at Unisys Federal Systems said the company plans to start taking orders in the fourth quarter via Schedule A. He said some federal customers who have been briefed on the product are interested in using the ClearPath products as large World Wide Web servers.

Norman wins DOE pact

Norman Data Defense Systems said last week that it has been awarded a $5 million contract from the Energy Department for virus protection software.

The contract available to all DOE employees including contractors and subcontractors provides Norman's Norman Virus Control Version 3.52 for DOS Microsoft's Windows 3.1 Windows NT and Windows 95 and IBM Corp.'s OS/2. Norman also offers training classes under the contract. Computer Data Systems Inc. provides centralized support.

The first software purchase under the contract was for 2 501 workstations and 51 file servers according to Norman. Ordering information is available through DOE's World Wide Web page at www.hr.doe.gov/dimag.

Client/server buying to rise 7 percent

Federal government purchasing of client/server computing gear will increase 7 percent to more than $2.3 billion in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 according to International Data Corp.

IDC projected that the number of client/server computer units purchased - including PCs PC servers and workstations - will hit 650 000 at the end of the fiscal year. For more information contact IDC at www.idcresearch.com.

Systems of Excellence signs VAR

Systems of Excellence Inc. earlier this month announced a strategic partnership with Manufacturing Technology Inc. in which the latter company will market Systems of Excellence's videoconferencing equipment.

Systems of Excellence Coral Gables Fla. manufacturers and markets multiplatform desktop video distribution and teleconferencing products.

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