The Sun-Netscape Alliance to Offer E-Commerce Solutions Via GTE NetworkCommerce Platform|
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The Sun-Netscape Alliance
today announced that it is providing the e-commerce applications for GTE's
Network Commerce Platform (NCP) as part of a continuing strategy to offer
enterprise solutions and flexible product deployment options for customers
competing in the Net Economy. In a related announcement, GTE defined NCP as
the latest development in the application service provider market (ASP) and
the first application outsourcing platform to support any hosted business
GTE's NCP, created with the assistance of the Sun-Netscape Alliance
professional services team, enables businesses to access e-commerce
applications via a protected Internet connection and a Web browser. It also
allows encrypted connections between network-based applications and customers'
existing back-office systems. With the NCP, companies can outsource specific
e-commerce capabilities such as online catalogs and supply chain management,
or general business applications such as sales force automation, accounts
receivable/payable and human resources management.
"The Sun-Netscape Alliance is providing the enterprise software solutions
to power the Net Economy," said Mark Tolliver, president and general manager
of the Sun-Netscape Alliance. "Through relationships with industry leaders
like GTE, the Alliance is providing service providers with the solutions to
develop a wide range of hosted commerce and communications services and offer
customers flexible deployment options to quickly move the best of their
business processes online."
GTE will leverage the Netscape(R) CommerceXpert family of production-ready
e-commerce applications to allow customers to outsource nearly all of the
solutions required to operate an e-commerce Web site and business online.
Companies will be capable of communicating online with customers, employees,
partners and suppliers and evolve their business processes to stay competitive
in the Net Economy. The Alliance's e-commerce applications will be hosted at
GTE's data centers on enterprise-scale servers. The NCP is scalable,
reliable, and provides mission-critical availability with 24-by-7 monitoring
and redundant system backup.
Netscape CommerceXpert is a comprehensive family of applications that
support vital business processes including online procurement, selling,
service and support -- all integrated with existing business functions that
give companies a competitive advantage when deployed on the Internet.
"By engaging the Sun-Netscape Alliance and others in this cross-industry
development effort, GTE has built an infrastructure that will accelerate
innovation in Web application hosting, while providing e-commerce solutions
through a network that is as reliable as dial tone," said Chuck Gibney,
president of GTE Internetworking Business Services.
GTE Network Commerce Platform is available today to businesses, system
integrators and software developers. For a monthly fee, business customers
can outsource the Alliance's e-commerce applications, systems integrators can
deploy the solution within the NCP on behalf of their clients, and software
developers can provide applications on a subscription basis. For more
information about the Sun-Netscape Alliance's relationship with GTE and the
GTE NCP, please visit www.gte.com/ncp.
GTE worked with Sun-Netscape Professional Services to turn its business
vision into reality. From discovery to pilot to launch, Sun-Netscape Alliance
Professional Services brought its in-depth knowledge of Netscape CommerceXpert
products and understanding of best practices for Internet technology
initiatives to help GTE deploy an industry first in a matter of months.
About the Sun-Netscape Alliance
America Online, Inc. and Sun Microsystems, Inc. formed the Sun-Netscape
Alliance to provide easy to deploy, comprehensive enterprise and e-commerce
solutions to business partners and other companies competing in today's Net
Economy. The Alliance product portfolio provides customers with the
industry's most scalable, integrated infrastructure software and a family of
production ready e-commerce applications. The products are offered on the
industry's most widely available product platforms, including HP, IBM, Linux,
SGI, Microsoft Windows, and Sun. The Alliance software product portfolio
includes: messaging and calendar, collaboration, Web, application, directory,
and certificate servers. The Alliance also offers a family of
production-ready applications for e-commerce, including commerce exchange,
procurement, selling, and billing.
About America Online, Inc.
Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL), based in Dulles,
Virginia, is the world's leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet
technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates: two
worldwide Internet services, America Online, with more than 17 million
members, and CompuServe, with approximately 2 million members; several leading
Internet brands including ICQ and Digital City, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter
and AOL.COM portals; and the Netscape Navigator(R) and Navigator(R)
Communicator browsers. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems,
the Company develops and offers easy-to-deploy, end-to-end e-commerce and
enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network is The
Computer(TM)," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its
position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services
for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the
Internet. With more than $11 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in
more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at sun.com.
SOURCE Netscape Communications Corporation
CO: Netscape Communications Corporation; Sun Microsystems, Inc.;
America Online, Inc.; GTE Internetworking Business Services;
ST: California, Virginia
IN: MLM CPR
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