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Lotus debuts connector for J.D. Edwards

In its latest attempt to link its networking system to enterprise applications, Lotus unveils a new connector for J.D. Edwards' One World.

    The Domino effect is landing on J.D. Edwards One World.

    In its latest attempt to link its networking system to enterprise applications, Lotus Development Corporation unveiled yesterday a new connector for J.D. Edwards' One World application package.

    The connector is designed to let companies access information in their J.D. Edwards software from existing Lotus's messaging and collaboration software.

    "Lotus is a leader in the collaborative and messaging field, and the Lotus Domino environment continues to provide tremendous value to customers," said Greg Martin, director of product marketing at Denver-based J.D. Edwards.

    The announcement is the second wave of Lotus integration products for J.D. Edwards' software. Earlier this year, Lotus released products that allow users of One World to transfer mail messages to Lotus Notes and share data with Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet users.

    Lotus has also made similar announcements about connectors for other enterprise applications like Oracle and PeopleSoft.

    Enterprise applications like One World are increasingly becoming the main data collection devices and the centerpieces of corporate computing systems. As a result, users need products from other vendors that can easily pull and understand the data in the business software.

    For example, with the new J.D. Edwards connector, a user of Lotus Notes or Domino can access J.D. Edwards' supply chain software and view, share, and collaborate on the data stored in business operations servers.

    The new connector is set for delivery early next year. No pricing has been set yet.