DENVER, May 23, 2000 — Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC, (QCS), the industry's largest enterprise Application Service Provider (ASP), today announced its strategy to deliver ASP solutions designed for key market sectors. The company has newly packaged a suite of ASP products, called Enterprise Freedom™, that will serve as the foundation for these solutions that will first be offered to the finance, communications, healthcare and services sectors.
"QCS has the tools, technology, and experience to move our industry to the next level," said John Charters, president and CEO of Qwest Cyber.Solutions. "We don't believe in one size fits all, but we do believe that customers get real value from ASP services that meet their market requirements. QCS' Enterprise is the ideal basis for moving to the sector approach."
By identifying key market sectors that demonstrate the propensity to adopt the ASP model, QCS is moving ahead of competitors to develop new solutions that are specifically tailored for high demand, early adopter industries where the ASP model may bring immediate value in driving growth and success.
QCS is well positioned to build leading sector specific solutions, as it has key differentiators and core strengths in the following areas:
- QCS' industry knowledge and best practices – QCS application experts have an average of 13 years of industry experience managing business critical applications.
- Industry templates – leveraged from KPMG, a parent company and leading service firm. These standardized industry templates provide a set of software and solutions methodologies that are used to get clients within those industries activated quickly.
- Qwest' global communications infrastructure and strong industry relationships with customers and partners in key market sectors.
"It is important to fully understand a customer's business processes and industry before you can integrate multiple packaged software applications together in an efficient and effective way that will really meet their needs," said Bill Dering, ASP Research Analyst, Unterberg Towbin. "As such, we believe ASPs will become more vertical industry focused. QCS is part of a select few moving in that direction."
QCS Enterprise Freedom™ Product Suite
The QCS Enterprise Freedom suite of ASP products has been packaged to serve as the basis for QCS' sector specific solution offerings. The products offer fully managed, flexible, scalable and secure IT solutions that are designed to address both current and future IT and business challenges. The QCS Enterprise Freedom suite currently includes 3 products:
Ultimate Freedom™ by QCS
This product provides a bundled package of services for companies who need to get business critical applications up and running quickly, but do not have the necessary infrastructure or software resources. The product includes software, hosting and management with ongoing maintenance. As customers are facing increasing time to market pressures QCS has designed the Ultimate Freedom product to leverage the company’s templates for fast activation. Applications are hosted in Qwest's state of the art CyberCenters™ and delivered over the optically linked, secure Internet communications fiber network. QCS experts fully manage and support the entire hosted solution so that customers' internal resources are preserved for other strategic business and technology initiatives.
Freedom™ for Hosted Applications by QCS
Freedom for Hosted Apps provides a package of hosting and management services for companies that want to focus on their core business competencies. QCS hosts business critical ERP, CRM and other applications in Qwest's CyberCenters and delivers them via the optically linked secure Internet communications fiber network. This product empowers customers to maximize resources and gain cost efficiencies.
Freedom™ for Managed Applications by QCS
This product provides application management services for companies who want to preserve a current investment in IT infrastructure and software but require expertise and ongoing maintenance for strategic applications. Freedom for Managed Apps provides consistent levels of ERP, CRM, and other industry applications, which allows companies to refocus efforts on building core business strengths and dedicate more time and resources toward strategic initiatives.
All the QCS Enterprise Freedom products will offer a simple yet powerful solution with rapid activation, a single point of contact and a simple monthly billing system. The Enterprise Freedom product line supports QCS' entire portfolio of best of breed software from strategic partners Ariba, Captura, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP and Siebel Systems.
About Qwest Cyber.Solutions
Qwest Cyber.Solutions (QCS) is the industry's largest enterprise applications service provider (ASP) delivering scalable and reliable business critical software solutions through remote management and hosting of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business-to-Business (B2B) E-Commerce applications. A joint venture between Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) and KPMG LLP, QCS leverages Qwest's state-of-the-art Internet protocol broadband network and CyberCenters as well as KPMG's consulting and software integration expertise. QCS' software applications portfolio includes Ariba, Captura, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, Siebel, and others. For more information, see the QCS Web site at www.qwestcybersolutions.com.
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