IBM Offers ERP Help

IBM Global Services last week announced its extended enterprise service for companies that have just implemented an enterprise resource planning package. Post-implementation services include change management, training, high availability and disaster recovery.

$192B Wireless Deal

Mannesmann AG agreed to a friendly $192 billion takeover offer from Vodafone AirTouch PLC, ending months of wrangling. Officials for the new wireless telecommunications giant will have dual headquarters in the U.K. and Germany.

Rite Aid Taps New CIO

Rite Aid Corp. in Camp Hill, Pa., appointed Don P. Davis, 48, as its new senior vice president and CIO. Davis was previously vice president for application delivery at Lowe's Companies Inc. in North Wilkesboro, N.C. Davis said his priority would be to help the company work through its financial difficulties. Rite Aid's CEO left in October after the company discovered accounting irregularities.

DoubleClick Protest

The Center for Democracy and Technology in Washington launched an e-mail campaign to protest alleged privacy violations by DoubleClick Inc. The protest came after DoubleClick revealed plans to build a database of consumer profiles that would include users' names, addresses and online purchases.

Short Takes

Business Objects SA reported 1999 net income of $23.8 million, up 131% from $10.3 million in 1998. Its revenue rose 45% to $241.6 million. . . . Epicor Software Corp. plans to announce software that supports online sales and lets customers check their account records online. . . . The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RECORDING MERCHANDISERS in Marlton, N.J., sued SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA, alleging Sony forces retailers to direct their customers to Sony's online stores.

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