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In January, DataChannel will ship Channel Manager, its administration tool to help IS managers control Web channels and other information on user desktops.

DataChannel said that starting in January it will ship Channel Manager, its administration tool to help IS managers control Web channels and other information sources on user desktops.

Code-named Outlaw, the intranet product includes content management and presentation tools to customize information according to job duties.

"It's IS's role to control what is seen by employee, group, and organization," said David Pool, DataChannel's founder/president. "But IS is not getting its arms around it."

Pool created the ground-breaking "Internet in a Box" software suite for Spry, which was sold to CompuServe (CSRV) in 1994. Pool left CompuServe this fall.

Channel Manager lets corporate executives manage both Internet information and data in legacy corporate systems from a single interface. They can create "channels" of content suited for employees based on department and job, and individuals can create their own "channels" on topics of their interest.

The software lets users or supervisors create a customized "look and feel" to a Web browser so that the most relevant information is easily accessible. Users also will see the same desktop whether they sign on at work, at home, or from elsewhere.

Pool said Channel Manager will deal only with information in databases. He described its philosophy as a "carrot approach" that aims to entice workers to see appropriate data, rather than screening out content that managers deem inappropriate.

When it is released, Channel Manager will be licensed for $25 to $50 per seat through site licenses.