Archive for December 11, 2009

INT Releases INTViewer 4.0

INT announced today the general availability of INTViewer™ 4.0, the latest version of its innovative data visualization and development platform for seismic analysis and QC in the upstream exploration and production (E&P) industry. INTViewer 4.0 is designed to be easy to learn, support large data sets, and reduce the preparation time to share data and analysis results with peers, management and partners.

            INTViewer 4.0 was redesigned using the Netbeans Rich Client Platform, which provides a standards-based environment for creating and managing plug-in functionality.  Featuring a comprehensive API for access and control of menus, data and custom displays, INTViewer can be used as a framework for customized seismic analysis and quality control workflows

            The new release includes:

  • Extensive programming API for plug-in development;
  • GIS functionality including support for ESRI shape files and EPSG projections;
  • New FK display;
  • Support for GOCAD data format;
  • Ability to save selected subset in seismic data (SEGY) format; and
  • Improved user interface.

            INTViewer is a visualization solution for use on virtually any Windows, Mac, Linux or UNIX operating system and is designed for multiple environments including laptops, workstations and visualization centers. INTViewer also provides an open, extendable architecture that makes it possible for geoscientists, asset management teams and companies to customize the visualization framework to match specific workflow needs through proprietary plug-ins and utilities.


December 11, 2009 at 12:46 am Leave a comment

BT Tool Tracks Carbon Savings of Video Conferencing vs Travel

BT Conferencing announced the availability of Engage Tracker, a travel and carbon savings tool that helps companies document monetary savings resulting from the use of video conferencing. With real-time reporting capabilities, the tool is able to calculate employee travel costs avoided through the use of video conferencing, as well as carbon emission reductions resulting from reduced travel.    

            Engage Tracker facilitates accurate tracking of cost savings using the customer’s own data, not estimates or models. Travel savings can include avoided air travel and per diem costs. Carbon emission reductions are calculated based on avoided air travel.

            Jeff Prestel, general manager of BT Conferencing’s Video Business Unit, said: “Our customers who use video conferencing want concrete, measurable evidence of the technology’s benefits. Engage Tracker provides them with cost savings to prove return on investment as well as actual carbon emissions savings. Both are critical to making a solid business case for continuing to invest in video conferencing technology.”

            Several global enterprises have piloted Engage Tracker, reporting thousands of avoided trips, millions of dollars saved and thousands of tons of carbon emissions avoided on an annualized basis.         

            Engage Tracker is available as an add-on module to Engage Meeting Manager, BT’s online scheduling and call launch tool.

December 11, 2009 at 12:43 am Leave a comment

Invensys Releases Wonderware Enterprise Integrator 3.5

Invensys Operations Management, provider of process technology solutions, unveiled Version 3.5 of its Wonderware® Enterprise Integrator software, which enables secure integration of Wonderware manufacturing execution software (MES) applications, such as Operations, InBatchTM, Intelligence and other shop-floor applications with other enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), product lifecycle management (PLM), supply chain management (SCM) and laboratory information management systems (LIMS). The Wonderware Enterprise Integrator 3.5 solution allows a consistent approach in operations-to-enterprise integration, eliminating high-maintenance, point-to-point integration scenarios.

            The newest version of Wonderware Enterprise Integrator offers out-of-the-box, site-to-enterprise integration services for Wonderware MES, with complete message history, secured delivery and store forward. Technology support for industry standards such as S95 and B2MML, as well as for service-oriented architectures (SOA), helps further reduce the total cost of ownership of integration and IT landscapes.

            “Our Wonderware Enterprise Integrator software leverages the benefits of off-the-shelf software with the ability to extend to address specific data management capabilities, which are always required in integration projects,” said Michael Schwarz, MES and EMI marketing programs manager, Invensys Operations Management. “The software is designed to manage additional connectivity and data transformations as reusable add-ons, which enable effective multi-site integration rollouts and support company standards.”

            Easy-to-use configuration, administration and status views offer fast, maintainable and more cost-effective enterprise integration compared to non-standard or customized software-based integration solutions. The product also allows customers to achieve business continuity in the case of ERP or business system unavailability and the ability to maintain data consistency by a menu-driven, Web-based user interface.

December 11, 2009 at 12:41 am 1 comment

New IBM Service Helps Companies Monitor Data Center Health

IBM announced the availability of online software as a monthly subscription service to help monitor, predict and prevent IT outages.

            Today even the smallest IT departments are demanding capabilities to identify where bottlenecks might occur, prevent them, and automate data center processes. IT staff need a central point of control to oversee the piecemeal parts of the data center while faced with shrinking capital budgets.

            To help meet that demand, IBM is introducing Tivoli Live Monitoring Services delivered on the IBM cloud to help companies manage the health and performance of their IT resources, including operating systems, virtualized servers, middleware and software applications. Tivoli Live Monitoring Services offers enterprise-class monitoring capabilities as a service – without the need to deploy hardware, purchase separate software licenses, or engage in extensive software configuration.`

            The service helps to identify quickly and address potential outages and bottlenecks that threaten application availability before impacting end-users. When the service detects a potential problem, such as running out of resource capacity, it automatically alerts IT operations and displays the relevant information in a dashboard to help them analyze and correct the issue. Using IBM’s autonomic computing capabilities, the service can be programmed to automate certain tasks that enable the affected system to “self-heal” when faced with certain issues.

            “With digital information as the lifeblood of more organizations, even the smallest companies or divisions consider the data center’s functionality mission-critical,” said Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli. “With this new service, IBM is delivering our smartest data center software in which businesses choose and pay for what they need. It’s so easy that we expect most companies can sign up for it on Monday and have it running by Friday. The simplicity is an attractive addition to our service management portfolio.”

            IBM also provides these service management capabilities as on-premise software, managed services and software appliances.

            With Tivoli Live Monitoring Services, customers can access pre-configured and dedicated instances of IBM Tivoli Monitoring 6.2.1, IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Microsoft Applications 6.2 and IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Applications 6.2. The service will support the monitoring of up to 500 monitored resources such as operating systems, applications and devices. The service will offer 24×7 phone and e-mail support, and will have extensive self-help content to get running quickly. Services include:

  • Touchless Monitoring – Agent-less monitoring per operating system and/or device;
  • Distributed Monitoring – Agent-based operating system and application monitoring per operating system and/or application; and
  • Performance Services – Historical reporting per operating system useful for capacity planning.

            The offerings are priced per service or monitored element on a monthly basis. There is a one-time setup fee for on-boarding costs. Terms include minimum of 90 days and run from one to three years. The operating systems supported include Linux, AIX, HP-UX and Microsoft Windows.


December 11, 2009 at 12:39 am 3 comments

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