Industry Watch

Notebook prices cut

Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, last week lowered prices on more than a dozen models of its Armada notebook computer. The company will make the same price cuts on its General Services Administration schedule.

At the low end, Compaq cut pricing by 8.9 percent, from $1,919 to $1,749, on the Armada Model 1571DM. At the midrange, Compaq lowered the price on the Armada 4220T by 13 percent, from $3,219 to $2,999. At the high end, the company cut the price of the Microsoft Corp. Windows NT-based Armada 7792DMT to $3,899— a 14.9 percent reduction.

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Navy pact awarded

Analysis & Technology Inc., a developer of engineering technology and technology-based training solutions, announced last week that it has been awarded a contract by the Naval Research Laboratory that has a potential value of $21 million over five years.

The company and its subcontractors will provide software development services for gathering, analyzing and deploying time-sensitive data describing ocean and atmospheric conditions. This environmental data is critical to tactical decision-makers in the fleet and at shoreside locations, according to company officials.

Under the contract, the company will develop prototype communications software in addition to software engineering for data collection and analysis to support the Navy's Information Technology for the 21st Century initiative. The work will be performed in support of the laboratory's Stennis Space Center, Miss., detachment.

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DMS to run on Solaris

Lotus Development Corp. announced last week that the Lotus Notes Defense Message System client will run on the Sun Microsystems Inc. Solaris operating system. The client will be available in the first half of next year.

"We've...done the first stages of the proof-of-concept model," said Keith Attenborough, the DMS product manager for Lotus. "Essentially we've done development; that makes us confident that we will provide DMS capability on Solaris. We've tagged and identified the risk areas and worked our way through them." Lotus offers DMS user agents for platforms running Microsoft Corp. software.

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BTG reports profit

BTG Inc. last week announced net income of $82,000 for the first quarter of its 1998 fiscal year, after reporting losses for four of out of the preceding five quarters and restructuring its operations.

BTG in January sold its reseller business to Government Technology Services Inc. and took steps to reduce its expenses and lower its debt. Income from last quarter included $1.1 million BTG received from the sale of common stock in Cisco Systems Inc. BTG had received that stock in exchange for its holdings in WheelGroup Corp., which Cisco acquired.

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IT businesses combined

Northrop Grumman Corp. is combining its two primary information technology business units, the Data Systems and Services Division and the Logicon Inc. subsidiary, the company announced last week.

The move, aimed at lowering operational costs, comes 14 months after Northrop Grumman acquired Logicon. The combined operation will operate as Logicon Inc. According to Northrop Grumman, no significant reductions in personnel or facilities are expected to result from the combination. The systems integrator anticipates its sales of IT and services to double to $2 billion by 2002.

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