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To: judge who wrote (24)12/29/1999 8:21:00 AM
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Smith-Gardner Joins Forces With Global Integrated Communications Leader Cable &
Wireless Through New Alliance Program


Business Editors/Technology Writers

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 29, 1999--

Initiative Allows Smith-Gardner to Offer
Expanded Internet Service Solutions to Clients

Smith-Gardner (Nasdaq:SGAI), a leader in end-to-end software
solutions for e-commerce, announced today that it will team up with
global integrated communications provider Cable & Wireless (NYSE:CWP)
to work together to develop an expanded, comprehensive array of
integrated solutions to its clients.
Cable & Wireless, a leading global provider of Internet, data,
voice and messaging solutions, recently introduced the company's
innovative new Enhanced Solutions Provider Program, an initiative that
is establishing a network of service providers that will act as a
source of one-stop-shopping for businesses. The program allows
Smith-Gardner to offer its WebOrder system along with Cable &
Wireless' extensive menu of network service offerings - including
dedicated internet access, web hosting, DSL, Virtual Private
Networking (VPN), and Virtual ISP services - using Cable & Wireless'
premier Tier 1 backbone.
The ultimate result of participating in the unique program,
according to Smith-Gardner's Vice President of Marketing Sharon
Gardner, is that Smith-Gardner clients will receive exactly the
comprehensive network solutions they need.
"We are pleased to have this opportunity, not just to work
closely with Cable & Wireless, but also to deliver highly customized
solutions that provide everything our clients need for their
networks," said Gardner. "We recognize how competitive the marketplace
is today, and we are making every effort possible to ensure our
clients are well-equipped not just to compete, but to lead in their
market space."
The introduction of this alliance program maximizes the
availability of Cable & Wireless' expanding portfolio of Internet and
data services while creating an easier way for Smith-Gardner clients
to order Internet-based services. Cable & Wireless provides U.S.
businesses with a wide range of data and Internet services including,
digital subscriber line (DSL) service; web hosting services; IP VPN
and Managed Firewall (MFW) service; dedicated Internet access; and
Virtual ISP, a private label service that allows C&W clients to market
and sell Internet Service - under their own company names - using
Cable & Wireless' Tier 1 backbone and network maintenance.

About Cable & Wireless
With customers in 70 countries, Cable & Wireless is a major
global telecommunications business with revenue of around $13 billion
in the year ended March 1999 and over 50,000 employees. Its businesses
around the world offer a range of services spanning broadband data and
Internet services, fixed and mobile voice, as well as interactive
entertainment and information. Cable & Wireless' priority for
expansion is the fast growing market of data and IP (Internet
Protocol) services for business customers. Since November 1998, it has
announced major investments in advanced networks in the US and Europe,
the restructuring of Cable & Wireless Communications in the UK and has
acquired full control of Cable & Wireless IDC in Japan to support this
strategy. Cable & Wireless now holds a unique position in terms of
global coverage and services to business customers.

About Smith-Gardner
Smith-Gardner is the premier provider of end-to-end e-commerce
solutions worldwide. Smith-Gardner's products and services ensure
customer satisfaction and loyalty throughout the entire online
shopping experience. Headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida, the
Company was founded in 1988 and has more than 250 clients in 17
countries. Smith-Gardner operates regional headquarters throughout the
United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. The Company's global client
base includes Nordstrom.com, Hickory Farms, MicroWarehouse,
KBKids.com, dELiA*s, Outpost.com, RedEnvelope.com, BigWords.com and
DiamondDepot.com. Smith-Gardner has partnered with leading providers
of software and services, such as HP and Oracle, giving clients an
integrated and flexible solution. For more information on
Smith-Gardner, visit the Company's web site at www.smith-gardner.com.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements
regarding the Company's business. Such statements are subject to
various risks and uncertainties, including those risks set forth in
the prospectus dated January 29, 1999 which was used in connection
with the Company's initial public stock offering, which may cause
results to differ from management's current expectations.

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CONTACT: Smith-Gardner, Delray Beach
Sharon Gardner, Vice President, Marketing, 561/265-2700
Fax: 561/265-2566
or
Media Relations:
Jennifer Plath, 561/265-2700
Fax: 561/265-2566
Email: jplath@smith-gardner.com

KEYWORD: FLORIDA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE TELECOMMUNICATIONS E-COMMERCE
INTERNET MARKETING AGREEMENTS

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