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Seeker, Applix, Clarify choose Java

The three business application software companies roll out software suites that use Java.

Java has been on the minds of many today.

Three business application software companies today rolled out software suites that use Java in one form or another.

Oakland, California-based Seeker Software debuted The Seeker Workplace, a suite of Web-based employee self-service applications written in HTML and JavaScript. The company said the package will help users extend back-office business data stored on human resources and financial systems and any other system supporting the ODBC (open database connectivity) data access interface.

The first three Seeker Workplace applications (Seeker Core, Payroll, and Benefits), interfaces to PeopleSoft, and human resources software maker TesserAct are available now. The nine remaining applications will be shipped during 1998, with each module priced between $10,000 and $100,000, depending on the size of the organization, the company said.

Applix released its latest thin-client business application, called Enterprise Solutions Platform (ESP) 7.0.

Because of its thin client, the Westboro, Massachusetts-based software vendor built 100 percent pure Java architecture, which it is touting as a platform that can deploy "write once, run everywhere" applications to any Windows or Unix desktop. The product is a Graphical User Interface-based development environment for automating business processes such as customer management and interaction.

ESP 7.0 is included with any purchase of Applix Enterprise 7.0, the company's core customer-satisfaction software package. As a separate product, it is priced at $9,995 per user, the company said.

Rounding out the list of Java proponents, San Jose, California-based front-office application maker Clarify rolled out ClearExpress 2.0, which includes ClearExpress WebUser, the company's first Java-based client.

ClearExpress WebUser is a Java applet that allows users to enter Clarify's ClearSupport and ClearHelpdesk, the company's customer support and help desk applications. The applet will enable remote sales people, traveling account managers, telecommuters, and others to enter the customer support suite through the Internet or corporate intranets.

In December, ClearExpress, including ClearExpress WebUser, will be available as part of ClearSupport and ClearHelpdesk packages. Those packages will be priced at $20,000 per server license, according to the company.