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IT Channel News Briefs, Jan. 30

Today's headlines: Dell SmartPhone coming soon?; Tech Data adds Rise Vision 'signage as a service.'

Reports: Dell SmartPhone coming soon

The oft-rumored Dell SmartPhone may be well on its way, according to The Wall Street Journal (password required). A Chicago-area team has been working on the phone for nearly a year and that it could surface as soon as next month, the paper reported Thursday. The Dell team worked with both Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile operating system, according to The Journal. Given the state of the PC market, it may make sense for Dell to diversify although it's not clear that the phone business is any less bloody. Apple's iPhone took the world by storm, but now the buzz is on for Palm Pre, the darling of this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Tech Data adds Rise Vision digital signage as a service

Tech Data Corp. will distribute Rise Vision Inc.'s digital signage content management solution, the companies said this week. The Rise Display Network is a Web-based, Software-as-a-Service content management system. Subscriptions include access to live news headlines, local weather, sports scores and stock ticker updates, which are incorporated into the end user's information (in media file, graphics or text form) and published to their sign network. A new Private Network Operator program lets resellers promote brands, cross-sell and offer event messages directly to end users every time they access their digital signage networks. Tens of thousands of Tech Data-affiliated VARs can now brand the solution as their own and tap into related subscription revenues. Tech Data already offers displays, cabling and related digital signage hardware that will enable these VARs to build a total solution.

CosmoCom signs HP as global reseller

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s direct sales force and channel partners can now sell [[should be CosmoCall]]CoscmoCall Universe call center technology integrated with HP's OpenCall Media Platform. CosmoCall Universe is an IP-based contact center platform and the deal means that HP's direct sales force and channel partners can now sell it worldwide -- part and parcel of OpenCall. CosmoCall provides inbound and outbound automatic call distribution, computer telephony integration and related reporting and administration tools.
Oracle Audit Vault supports more outside databases
Oracle's database monitoring and auditing tool can now access data from two more third-party databases and applications, according to
Oracle Audit Vault, which collects audit data for monitoring, analysis and compliance requirements, can now capture data from IBM's DB2, versions 8.2 and 9.5 for Linux, Unix and Windows, and from Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise database servers, versions 12.5 and 15.0, said Vipin Samar, vice president of database security at Oracle Corp.

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