December 9, 1996 10 AM ET

Commence-ing with the Net
Workgroup planning software gaining World Wide Web support

By Paula Rooney

  Commence Corp. will introduce this week an upgrade to its client/server workgroup software with features that make it more useful for remote and mobile users.

Commence 4.0, which will ship in January for Windows 95 and Windows NT, is a workgroup platform that lets users create forms, reports and databases that can be shared and synchronized over the Internet, E-mail or LANs.

The upgrade allows users to embed Internet URL field types within Commence records so users can launch directly to the Internet from applications.

The Shrewsbury, N.J., company also plans to ship next month an add-on for Version 4.0, called Commence Web, that enables users to publish to the World Wide Web, to retrieve information from the Internet and to store it in the Commence database.

The upgrade adds address book support for Microsoft Corp.'s Messaging API and will include new field types in addition to new URL and E-mail fields.

IBM used Commence to develop a sales force automation application called SuperSell. A company official said Version 4.0's support for VB Scripting, Java scripting and Web integration will be very helpful. "The ability to do Internet publishing is great. We can do queries, view reports and publish to Web pages," said Richard Shomo, application development manager for the IBM Sales Force Transformation Group, in Bethesda, Md.

The software also has been enhanced with increased database capacity, enhanced agents, and improved memory synchronization and management.

Commence 4.0 will be priced at $299 per client and $499 per server. Pricing for Commence Web has not been set, officials said.

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