Microsoft Announces Latest Partner Commitments, Expands Comprehensive E-Business Offering

NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2000 — Today at the Internet & Electronic Commerce Conference & Exposition (iEC) 2000, Microsoft Corp. announced broad channel support for e-business, citing recent partner commitments and the launch of Windows 2000; further strengthening the already wide range of comprehensive e-business solutions based on the Microsoft® Windows® DNA platform for customers. Microsoft’s best-of-breed software and services, combined with relationships across a broad continuum of partners, provide dotcom businesses with complete, integrated e-business solutions that help them get online faster and easier as well as meet a wide range of customer needs. Using the enhanced reliability and scalable features offered by the Windows 2000 operating system, the foundation for the Windows DNA 2000 platform, partners will be able to develop innovative, mission-critical e-business applications.

Companies such as Clarus Corp., Digex (Nasdaq
), KPMG Consulting LLC, Pandesic LLC and Proxicom Inc. have recently worked with Microsoft to deliver a wealth of end-to-end e-business solutions that scale to meet a broad range of needs including these:

  • Consulting and systems integration to help customers Web-enable their core business processes to get the most out of the Internet

  • Application development for building flexible, scalable e-business applications that meet companies’ unique e-business needs

  • Infrastructure for running reliable, secure and scalable e-business environments as well as application services and hosting, for managing applications as a service in a well-designed operating environment

“There’s an extremely high volume and wide range of activity throughout our partner channel that greatly benefits dotcom customers – whether helping them to get online faster by providing an end-to-end solution for deploying hosted applications and services or finding the perfect combination of tightly integrated products and services suited to their e-business needs,”
said Peter Boit, vice president of the eBusiness Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“By working closely with the channel, together we offer a broad range of e-business solutions for the Business Internet to meet any customer’s need.”

A Range of Solutions for All E-Business Needs

Consulting and Global Systems Integration

“We’re pleased with the large number of inquiries we’ve received from the Feb. 9 announcement of our newly expanded alliance with Microsoft,”
said Robin Hill, senior vice president of KPMG Consulting’s Microsoft Practice.
“The combination of KPMG and Microsoft will deliver on the promise of the Internet, a practical reality for business, by providing a comprehensive Roadmap that addresses every phase of an e-business implementation. Together, the Roadmap and the Windows 2000 platform can enable customers to address their most critical e-business requirements.”

“Our alliance with Microsoft, announced today, is a testament to our proven leadership in the e-business services space,”
said Raul Fernandez, chairman and CEO of Proxicom.
“It fortifies Proxicom’s leading position by ensuring our service and technical readiness. The additional training programs, early access to Microsoft’s emerging and developing technologies – whether e-commerce or wireless – will allow us to continue to deploy cutting-edge and technically sophisticated Microsoft solutions for our joint clients.”

Application Development

“Clarus now offers a digital industry framework, Clarus eMarket, that stands apart from other competitive offerings through interoperability with other customer segments and is the first business-to-business electronic-commerce solution built specifically for use on the Microsoft Windows DNA 2000 platform,”
said Steve Jeffery, president and CEO of Clarus.
“Combining the commitment of Microsoft and Clarus to leverage new technologies will give market-makers the ability to have autonomous control over their industry operations by eliminating the restrictions inherent in alternative central trading hub solutions and provide distinct go-to-market advantages for their customers.”


“Here at Digex, we believe that Windows 2000 is the platform for the future to enable enterprise businesses, new dotcoms and ASPs to move complex applications to the Internet,”
said Rebecca Ward, president of marketing, product management and engineering at Digex.
“Our business focus is to provide for the ASP community the operating environment for hosted applications with value services, the best technical support, and an infrastructure built for e-business. Windows 2000 allows us to scale this kind of operation to large numbers of servers and users.”

“Over 100 e-businesses trust us with their mission-critical e-commerce infrastructure, and we must ensure that our product offering is current, reliable and scalable,”
said Harold Hughes, CEO of Pandesic, the largest e-commerce ASP.
“That is why, as part of our evergreen promise, we are migrating to Windows 2000 and delivering it to our customers.”

Key Channel Advisory Council Expands

The Commerce Partner Advisory Council (CPAC), launched in the spring of 1999, is being expanded as it enters the second year to include ISVs and international representation from Europe and Asia. CPAC, a select council by nomination only, offers Microsoft and its partners a chance to learn from each other by sharing input on product trends, challenges and opportunities, and is essential in developing and fine-tuning Microsoft’s partner-based strategies and programs. In addition, CPAC provides valuable insight into the development of Microsoft products core to deploying e-business solutions. Council member input and feedback received throughout the year significantly influenced many of the programs and strategies Microsoft has developed in the past year.

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