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Webridge Annouces Free Private Exchange Test Drive



7 June 2001, Webridge Announces Free Private Exchange Test Drive
B2B specialist offers free, custom-built deployments of its
collaborative ebusiness solution, enabling companies to
experience benefits first-hand

Webridge, leading ebusiness and portal software specialist,
today announced it is offering to deploy private exchange
solutions for potential customers free of charge, using its
pre-packaged B2B software suite, Webridge PX 4.0.

For the free trial, Webridge is offering to set up and host a
private exchange for potential users within 24 hours of an initial
exploratory meeting. The site can then be accessed over the
Web and further customised by users, allowing them to explore
for themselves the benefits that private exchanges can deliver.

Webridge PX 4.0 allows businesses to use the Web to enhance
customer and partner relationships, boost sales and reduce costs.
PX 4.0 is claimed to be the first complete solution to integrate
collaborative portals, eCRM and online commerce, offering rapid
deployment and a fast return on investment.

With it, mid-size businesses and departments of large companies
use the Web to transfer business relationships online, and integrate
marketing, sales and collaborative activities that support business
transactions with customers and partners. Webridge says that PX 4.0
delivers this at a lower price point and in a fraction of the time required
to gain similar functions by integrating a series of individual solutions.
PX offers a straightforward browser-based interface, allowing business
users to control content, business rules and administration.

The entry level cost for a turnkey solution is £75,000. Webridge says
that PX 4.0 can be deployed in as little as four weeks, and scales
seamlessly to tens of thousands of users for future growth and
development.

Gregory Darmohray, director of Europe for Webridge, commented:
"Large companies have been enjoying the benefits of private exchanges
for some time. These solutions are continuing to grow in popularity
because they offer a secure, cost-effective means of implementing B2B
e-commerce. We aim to put the technology within the reach of all
businesses, and this free trial offers companies the chance to evaluate
the product against their own business requirements, and discover how
collaborative eBusiness can really benefit their organisation."

"As mid-sized companies seek out Web-based solutions to improve
business processes, enthusiasm for complete management of the
customer is clearly trending toward out-of-the box suites that offer
more integrated functionality and which can scale and extend as
future needs change," said Sheryl Kingstone of industry analysts,
Yankee Group. "To meet the needs of multi-channel selling, a complete
private exchange solution must easily integrate and grow with existing
operational systems. By creating an easy environment for conducting
business, companies will foster deeper relationships and improve the
collaborative selling relationships with existing customers and partners
to grow revenue."

Webridge PX4.0 starts at £75,000 for a shrink-wrapped package
including framework, foundation site with pre-built ebusiness
applications, initial community of 'personalised' user licenses,
unlimited anonymous users plus project management services
to cover installation, configuration, 'look and feel' customisation
and user training. Webridge PX 4.0 is exclusively built on
Microsoft platform and Commerce Server 2000.


Webridge contact: 0845 601 2870 / www.webridge.com

Press contact:
Craig Coward, The Edge Partnership, 01625 511966 / craig@edge-pr.co.uk
Lindsey Davies, the Edge Partnership, 01625 507207 / lindsey@edge-pr.co.uk


About Webridge

Webridge is the leading provider of sell-side B2B applications built
on the Microsoft platform. The company's packaged application suite,
Webridge PX, enables global enterprises to use the Web to integrate
the marketing, sales and collaborative activities of employees,
customers and business partners - improving efficiency and increasing
profits. Unlike stand-alone point offerings, which require significant
integration and IT resources, Webridge's complete solutions are
deployable in weeks rather than months, and enable business managers
to directly and easily control business commerce activities.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Webridge has offices located
throughout the U.S. and in London, Benelux and Tokyo.
More information is available at http://www.webridge.com




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