Digital and Wang set up alliance for e-commerce

Digital Equipment Corporation and Wang New Zealand have joined forces to enable their customers to take advantage of electronic commerce. The purpose of this strategic alliance is to develop and implement Internet and intranet solutions for their customers.

Digital Equipment Corporation and Wang New Zealand have joined forces to enable their customers to take advantage of electronic commerce.

The purpose of this strategic alliance is to develop and implement Internet and intranet solutions for their customers.

Wang NZ systems integration general manager Elaine Ford says Wang and Digital are working with potential customers now, but are not yet in a position to name clients.

Digital brings to the partnership its Intel and Alpha hardware, AltaVista search engine and firewall software, and Millicent’s billing systems for e-commerce, plus related deployment services.

Wang offers its Internet/intranet solution and analysis, design and implementation capabilities via a dedicated Internet/intranet consulting group.

Wang NZ business development manager, and head of Wang’s Internet/intranet group, Chris Lipscombe, says three Fast Start bundles of products and services have been developed and designed to give clients an easy and affordable first step into a sophisticated Internet-based IT and business process environment.

Fast Start bundles package hardware, software and consulting and implementation services in a way designed to make Internet/intranet implementation low-cost, low-risk and incremental. Each pack focuses on a different area,but has e-commerce as the end point. He says the cost of Fast Start has not yet been finalised and would vary depending on an organisation’s needs, but would be upwards of about $30,000.

“We’re really talking about applying this technology to the best advantage. Rather than surfing the Net, we’re suggesting we help the clients to make some waves. It’s the other side of the coin,” says Lipscombe.

Digital NZ general manager Robyn West says the alliance is based on the premise that it’s not the technology that is important, it’s where you point it. “We see a very sharp business focus which is all about helping large New Zealand organisations put the Web to work .”

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