School business managers and technology coordinators might routinely take bids for services directly over the internet in the not-too-distant future, thanks to a new technology developed by Hewlett-Packard. Called "eSpeak," the technology is designed to allow web sites to communicate instantly with each other and competitively bid to deliver goods and services.

Schools, and any other users, would simply put out a request on the internet and would automatically receive the best results. If widely adopted, the technology could transform the way business is conducted, according to eSpeak's chief technologist, Rajiv Gupta.

"eSpeak is intended to reduce barriers and make it easy,


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