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ITAA announces Y2K certification program

The Information Technology Association of America last week took the wraps off a program that certifies vendors' approaches to Year 2000 date conversion.

ITAA 2000 consists of a questionnaire that analyzes a vendor applicant's processes and methods in 11 areas related to Year 2000 software conversion. The Software Productivity Consortium which is acting as ITAA's technical arm in the ITAA 2000 program reviews the vendors' responses.

Vendor applications will be kept confidential. Those receiving certification will be listed in ITAA's Web-based database of certification holders. IBM Corp.'s AS/400 Division Rochester Minn. is the first company to receive ITAA 2000 certification ITAA said. Specifically ITAA's certification recognizes the AS/400 platform running OS/400 Version 3 Release 2 and Version 3 Release 7.

For more information contact the ITAA home page at www.itaa.org.

Software AG's Peters joins CACI

In another Year 2000-related move Nancy Peters last week joined CACI Inc. as vice president of business development for Year 2000.

Peters formerly business development director at Software AG Federal Systems Inc. will focus on pursuing Year 2000 data conversion business at CACI. CACI has developed a Year 2000 methodology and has alliances with such conversion tool vendors as Viasoft Inc.

Dell launches 150 MHz Pentium notebookDell Computer Corp. last week introduced a 150 MHz Pentium notebook the high end of Dell's Latitude XPi line.

Dell's new Latitude XPi CD P150ST notebook is available on the General Services Administration multiple-award schedule. A Dell spokeswoman said the GSA price is $4 105 for a configuration with 16M of RAM an 810M hard disk and a three-year warranty. Standard features on the notebook include a 12.1-inch SVGA active-matrix screen and an integrated 6x CD-ROM drive.

Control Data unveils directory product

Control Data Systems Inc. Arden Hills Minn. last week introduced its Rialto suite of directory-enabled applications and services that beef up the company's directory security information sharing and messaging offerings.

The products are based on Control Data's Global Directory Server which is an X.500 directory that provides an enterprise-wide and centrally managed repository of named objects that can be extended to other directories and applications through interfaces such as LDAP (lightweight directory access protocol).

The addition of a Global Naming Administration feature to the directory server should attract government organizations particularly agencies that manage a large number of users in different locations said Jim Payne marketing manager messaging and directory products at Control Data. Global Naming Administration allows agencies with distributed and disparate infrastructures to manage user attributes such as passwords from a central point.

The Rialto directory and messaging products will be sold off of GSA schedule E and will be Defense Message System certified.

BDM reorganizes federal civil businesses

BDM International Inc. last week announced a reorganization plan in which the company will be divided into five strategic business units.

Three of the units are focused on government: Federal Systems State and Local Systems and Enterprise Management Services.

William Hoover executive vice president of BDM will be responsible for these public sector organizations.The other strategic business units are Integrated Supply Chain Solutions and BDM Europe/IABG.

- Compiled by John Moore and Colleen O'HARA

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