DENVER, May 21, 2001 - Qwest Cyber.Solutions (QCS), the applications service provider (ASP) for the enterprise-class business, announced an alliance with webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq: WEBM), the leading provider of integration software. webMethods will provide a non-proprietary platform for application integration that will benefit QCS? ASP customers with faster, more flexible, integrated solutions that improve time to market and return on investment.
?The key to unlocking the value of ASP offerings is the ability to provide true plug and play capability across a wide array of business applications that talk to each other,? said John Charters, chief executive officer, QCS. ?This alliance with webMethods allows us to leverage more off the shelf capability that reduces the need for massive customization resulting in faster delivery of fully integrated hosted solutions. Additionally, webMethods will play a role in further enhancing our vertical products.?
The agreement will leverage webMethods? software to enable QCS integration of its robust portfolio of applications and create an environment where QCS can provide customers multiple applications with complementary functionality in a faster, simpler and modular fashion.
?QCS is providing customers with the ability to access applications from companies such as Siebel, Oracle, SAP and Ariba through an ASP model,? said Phillip Merrick, chief executive officer, webMethods Inc. ?We will provide QCS the means to integrate a customer company?s data with multiple hosted applications, allowing information to move between the applications to increase operational efficiencies. QCS? best-of-breed approach will provide their customers the industry-leading applications and service expertise for which they are well known.?
QCS intends to leverage its relationship with webMethods to develop its sector-specific products for the manufacturing, healthcare, finance and communications industries. Finally, with webMethods, QCS will be able to seamlessly integrate data from existing or legacy applications with QCS? current offerings, making the process simpler, faster and easier for new customers adopting ASP solutions.
About Qwest Cyber.Solutions
Qwest Cyber.Solutions (QCS) is the application service provider (ASP) for the enterprise-class business, delivering business solutions through remote management and hosting of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business to Employee (B2E) applications. QCS? Enterprise Freedom? Suite of products offer fully managed, flexible, scalable and secure IT solutions that address both current and future business challenges, enabling customers to create strategic business advantage in today?s competitive digital economy. A limited liability corporation owned by Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE:Q), QCS leverages Qwest?s state-of-the-art Internet protocol broadband network and CyberCenterssm. QCS? software applications portfolio includes applications from Ariba, Captura, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel Systems. For more information, see the QCS Web site at www.qwestcybersolutions.com
About webMethods, Inc.
webMethods, Inc. (Nasdaq:WEBM) is the leading provider of integration software. The webMethods integration platform allows customers to achieve quantifiable R.O.I. by linking business processes, enterprise and legacy applications, databases and workflows both within and across enterprises. By deploying the webMethods integration platform, customers reduce costs,create new revenue opportunities, strengthen relationships with customers, substantially increase supply chain efficiencies and streamline internal business processes.
Founded in 1996, webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific. webMethods has more than 625 customers worldwide including Global 2000 leaders such as Citibank, Dell, Eastman Chemical, The Ford Motor Company, Grainger, Motorola and Starbucks. webMethods? strategic partners include Accenture, Ariba, BroadVision, Commerce One, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, Hewlett-Packard, i2 Technologies, J.D. Edwards, KPMG Consulting, Microsoft, Oracle Corp., SAP AG and Siebel Systems. More information about the company can be found at www.webMethods.com.
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