RESTON, Va., Feb. 29, 2000 — Proxicom Inc. (Nasdaq: PXCM), a leading Internet consulting and e-business development company, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), today announced a strategic alliance that will provide resources for joint customer programs, product training and early access to Microsoft® technologies. The agreement enables Proxicom to accelerate the adoption and deployment of innovative, Microsoft-based e-commerce solutions that deliver business value and competitive advantage to Proxicom’s customers worldwide.
This alliance designates Proxicom as one of a select number of e-commerce service providers with Microsoft.
“We are pleased to work with Proxicom, a leading firm in the new generation of e-business consulting that is helping companies build competitive advantage through the Internet economy,”
said Peter Boit, vice president of the E-Business Solutions Group at Microsoft.
“Choosing Proxicom as a designated e-business service provider was a natural extension of our e-business strategy, as our combined efforts will further help businesses streamline the deployment of e-commerce implementations with the availability of experienced and professional consultants. The combination of Microsoft’s integrated and reliable platform technology and Proxicom’s extensive e-commerce solutions expertise will have a significant impact on how businesses take advantage of the Internet as a new business medium.”
Under this alliance, Proxicom will deliver business-to-business and business-to-employee (corporate intranet) services based on the Microsoft Windows® DNA platform, to its key clients. Proxicom will also work with customers to rapidly develop and deploy customized wireless solutions using Microsoft COM+ technologies.
“This alliance with Microsoft is a testament to our proven leadership in the e-business services industry,”
said Raul Fernandez, chairman and CEO of Proxicom.
“It fortifies Proxicom’s leading position in the e-business services space by ensuring our service readiness. The additional training programs, early access to Microsoft’s emerging and developing technologies, including wireless solutions, will allow us to continue to deploy cutting-edge and technically sophisticated Microsoft solutions for our clients.”
In support of this alliance, Proxicom will build a team of 100 Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSDs) and ensure Microsoft product expertise with an additional 300 consultants trained in Microsoft SQL Server TM , Microsoft Site Server, COM+ and
Windows DNA. Microsoft personnel will assist Proxicom in knowledge transfer, solutions architecture and practice development activities. In addition, Proxicom will participate in direct Microsoft support during customer engagements as well as direct access to Microsoft Early Adopter and Rapid Deployment programs on new and emerging products and technologies.
This announcement extends Proxicom’s relationship with Microsoft, whose products and technologies has played a critical role in hundreds of Proxicom e-commerce client engagements, including joint-delivered solutions to clients such as Marriott International Inc., Harman International Industries Inc., BMW, Leasing GmbH and Mercedes Benz Credit Corp.
Proxicom is an Internet development and e-business consulting company that delivers innovative Internet-based solutions and applications for Fortune 500 and global companies throughout the world. Its 800 strategy, creative and technology professionals provide specialized e-business solutions for the following global industries: energy and telecom, financial services, retail and manufacturing, and the service industries, which include media and entertainment, and the travel and transportation businesses. Founded in 1991, Proxicom has developed e-businesses for such blue-chip companies as America Online, BMW, General Electric, General Motors, Merrill Lynch, Marriott International, Mercedes-Benz Credit Corp. and NBC, among many others.
With its headquarters in Reston, Va., Proxicom has U.S. offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, and Sausalito, Calif., and European offices in London, Munich, Rome and Madrid. More information is available at http://www.proxicom.com/ .
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