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HP joins Delphi in another Internet partnership

Hewlett-Packard announces the latest in a series of Internet services partnerships tomorrow, this time with insurance industry software maker Delphi Information Systems.

Hewlett-Packard will announce the latest in a series of Internet services partnerships tomorrow, this time with insurance industry software maker Delphi Information Systems.

The agreement between HP and Delphi will provide "a new insurance business model for consumers and professionals," HP said in a statement. Delphi provides software used by insurance companies to help them sell their products, monitor accounts, and give customer service.

With its e-services plan, HP has been giving away hardware, software, and services in exchange for a fraction of revenues the recipients earn by charging for commercial transactions over the Internet.

Last week, HP announced two other companies that have signed onto the e-services initiative. HP will help Telenomics turn its telephone system management software into an service other companies can rent. And Oracle, whose database software runs many of the Internet's largest Web sites, signed up to help develop e-speak, a software layer HP invented to facilitate companies' adoption of e-services.

With e-speak, HP hopes to spur commercial use of the Internet for jobs, which the company believes its servers and consulting services have an edge over competitors.