DENVER, May 22, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced Apptimum? Commerce Services(sm), the first completely managed e-commerce solution. The product helps solution providers by eliminating the infrastructure and maintenance associated with their clients? e-commerce sites. With Apptimum Commerce Services, solution providers can focus on Web application development, while outsourcing the burden of managing the e-commerce technology to Qwest.
Based on Microsoft Commerce Server 2000, Apptimum Commerce Services is a repeatable infrastructure with standard configurations built on highly scalable hardware and software. The hardware and software based service allows solution providers to quickly deploy e-commerce sites in one of Qwest?s 16 U.S. CyberCenters(sm), which are staffed around-the-clock by engineers specially trained in commerce applications and Commerce Server 2000. Apptimum Commerce Services includes a repeatable deployment process and robust site management with flexible data integration capabilities and automated content management.
?Apptimum Commerce Services is ideal for solution providers that focus on e-commerce development for mid-market customers,? said Chris Coles, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Internet Solutions for Qwest. ?Qwest has developed a turnkey platform that significantly reduces deployment time and costs. Plus, with our flexible business model, it?s up to the solution provider whether Qwest is visible to the end user or not, so no one has to change the way they do business.?
Plural, an eBusiness consulting and development firm, participated in a program which involved a comprehensive test of a demo application for availability, scalability and reliability on the Apptimum staging environment, and it exceeded the company?s expectations.
?Apptimum Commerce Services really is the next generation of managed e-commerce services and we?re excited about the opportunities this platform will provide our clients,? said Neil Isford, president and CEO of Plural. ?It will allow us to help them create high return e-business applications knowing that the management of their e-commerce sites are supported by the industry?s most reliable infrastructure and operations support.?
Apptimum Commerce Services is the second solution available in the Apptimum family. The first product, Qwest Managed Exchange 2000, which is an outsourced corporate messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, was introduced in October of last year and recently achieved Microsoft Gold Certification for Hosting and Application Services. As with all of its services, Qwest follows the guidelines of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), ensuring the Apptimum platform is a reliable, accredited solution.
?Qwest?s new service offering is a complete packaged e-commerce solution backed by an impressive infrastructure,? Fredrik Winsnes, general manager, Network Services Group at Microsoft Corp. ?With Apptimum Commerce Services, it?s exciting to see Qwest roll out another e-commerce solution based on Microsoft products, which meets the needs of solution providers.?
Apptimum Commerce Services is available through the Qwest Business Partner Program. For more information on Apptimum Commerce Services, please visit http://apptimum.qwest.com/commerceservices/.
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