InfoWorld: IBM likes to talk about the crucial role collaboration is going to play in e-commerce. How does the CoVia approach differ from something like Lotus Notes?
Paknad: With Notes, we feel there are still some usability issues. You still need a system administrator to easily create a Notes database and create the network. We have put a lot of emphasis into making this easy to use, so that you can very easily create, customize, and push information out. We are working very aggressively with e-commerce providers and integrating their products into this, so that if you are selling an item here, the end-user has a buy button that could go through the catalog, select the product, and purchase it right there. On the back-end, we have the portal layer, which will enable the system too integrate with back-end legacy applications.
InfoWorld: What's next for CoVia?
Paknad: We are coming up with Version 4.1, with video conferencing capabilities and real-time collaboration, in less than a month. Right now we are looking at our offering to be a platform for collaboration and commerce. This is where we think our offerings are strongest.