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KPMG, VeriSign Form Digital Certificate Alliance: KPMG of New York is adding VeriSign Inc.'s digital certificate and public key infrastructure solutions to its offerings for customers wanting to build electronic commerce systems. KPMG is part of Mountain View, Calif.-based VeriSign's Certified Open PKI Partners Program.

Using VeriSign's OnSite product, KPMG will be able to build systems to manage the use of digital certificates for intranet, extranet, and e-commerce applications as well as enterprise security.

SAIC, MVSI Team On Year 2000 Projects: Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego and Vienna, Va.-based MVSI Inc. will team on year 2000 and other software projects. MVSI is a software engineering company that specializes in high-end computer system hardware and software products and support services.

Under the agreement, MVSI will provide SAIC with software development and year 2000 code remediation and compliance capabilities.

IBM Bolsters E-business Solutions: IBM Corp. of Armonk, N.Y., signed a series of agreements in mid-July with 11 companies to improve online advertising, supply chain management and customer service offerings.

In another agreement, IBM and CyberCash Inc. of Reston, Va., formed an alliance. The two companies will work together on a unit to develop and market an Internet payment offering. CyberCash also will market IBM's Payment Server, and IBM will market CyberCash's NetVerify software.

Lucent Adds to Data Networking: Lucent Technologies Inc. added another piece to its data networking portfolio with the July 9 purchase of Lannet, a manufacturer of switches for local area networks.

The $117 million deal is the fourth data network-related acquisition for the Murray Hill, N.J., company since it announced its data networking strategy last September.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based unit of Madge Networks NV, Lannet adds ethernet and asynchronous transfer mode switching solutions to Lucent. Other data network acquisitions include the $1 billion deal to buy Yurie Systems of Landover, Md., another ATM device manufacturer. The latest deal is expected to close by the end of September.

- Nick Wakeman


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