Clear Net offers new hosted applications

Clear Net has launched a new suite of business applications - including an intranet product it says is a first for an ISP - to be delivered over the internet under the brand Envision.

Clear Net has launched a new suite of business applications to be delivered over the internet under the brand Envision.

Clear Net says Envision, developed in partnership with Compaq, includes a New Zealand-first intranet solution and a mail and messaging solution based on Microsoft technology, both outsourced via an application hosting model.

Clear Net manager Drew Gilpin says Envision is ideal for small-to-medium businesses looking for flexible, advanced business infrastructure without the need for specialist in-house IT expertise and expensive equipment.

Trial customers have been using the intranet application and a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange including Microsoft Outlook 2000 and Microsoft Outlook Web Access, offering email, tasks, group calendars and contact sharing.

The company says enhancements and new products will be introduced every few months and most upgrades will be included in the monthly fee.

Gilpin says the company has eschewed the hype about application hosting and sought to focus on "real customer solutions that require a robust environment. We're building on the credible ASP solutions we've already delivered to the market."

Gilpin says the intranet product, the first to be offered by an ISP as a hosted package, will appeal to companies who recognise the business advantages of having an intranet but baulk at the typical $50,000-plus price tag.

"Our intranet costs up to $9.95 per user per month, and you can update it whenever and as often you want," he says.

Gilpin says Envision complements Clear's existing hosted applications such as its eprocurement partnership with e://volution, called Trading Point, its credit card verification service PaySafe, and its involvement with Unisys ASP Solutions. Clear and Unisys will continue to collaborate in the ASP field, selling each other's services and providing seamless management and integration of their solutions and services.

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