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January 2004

Welcome to the new Technology section of Home Accents Today! Each month we will bring you news on the ever-changing innovations in technology and/or the Internet in our industry. You can always access this page from our homepage by clicking on the current cover. All the latest headlines also will be listed in the table of contents of each new issue of the magazine.

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Global Views launches Web-based product development

Global Views and PLMresearch, a small to midsize enterprise (SME) eBusiness consulting firm, announced the successful deployment of their Internet based product development portal system. The portal facilitates the efforts of Global Views' designers, suppliers and manufacturers in their challenge to bring new product to market faster by syndicating information out to Global Views' value chain partners anytime, anywhere via a standard Internet browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape.

"We travel around the world identifying the most beautiful, diverse and high quality home accessories available in the market today", said David Gebhart, president of Global Views Inc, "and our designers rely on a vast network of suppliers and agents to bring these unique accessories into the home. As our business has expanded, the administrative burden involved in coordinating information from so many disparate sources has become intense. That intensity typically surfaces during the run up to Market or a catalog shoot when all product information - dimensions, photos, samples, delivery status - needed to be compiled and coordinated. Now, the Portal will become the repository of all that product information, allowing us to focus upon the product and not product administration".

Typically companies segregate product information across departmental lines and this process lacks inter-departmental visibility and coordination. This more centralized process will let all authorized product design stakeholders view and edit product design information and will become the basis of online catalogs, Customer Relationship Management portals, Point of Sale systems and the input to existing in-house systems like Enterprise Resource Planning.

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