Groove signs 100 partners in three months

Groove Networks Inc., a peer-to-peer startup founded by Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie, appears to be off to a fast start. The company announced Wednesday it has signed up 100 partners in its first three months of operation.

          Groove Networks Inc., a peer-to-peer startup founded by Lotus Notes creator Ray Ozzie, appears to be off to a fast start. The company announced Wednesday it has signed up 100 partners in its first three months of operation.

          The range of partners signing on have all agreed to develop, deploy, and support a variety of peer-computing solutions designed for business use. These solutions, generally, are intended to reduce time-to-decision and time-to-problem resolutions, according to Groove officials.

          At the time of its introduction last October, Groove officials said the platform was the first in the industry designed to accommodate peer-computing applications specifically for business use. The platform allows users to communicate over the Internet without a central server present.

          As part of its partners program, Beverly, Mass.-based Groove offers companies a three-day training program to develop or polish the necessary technical abilities systems integrators and software developers need to create applications that take full advantage of Groove's P2P platform.

          Company officials said programmers from 90 different companies have gone through the three-day course since it started last September.

          Groove's partners -- which are mostly small companies -- include BAE Systems, eoffice, Full Moon Interactive, fusionOne, Perot Systems, STM Wireless, and Zero Gravity Technologies. A full list of Groove's partners is available at www.groovenetworks.com/partners.

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