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Smart421 has achieved IBM WebSphere DataPower Reseller status, with more certified DataPower professionals than any other Business Partner

Smart421 is an IBM Premier Partner and business integration specialist, with a focus on SOA development, and helping customers realise the benefits of IT investment. Acquired by IBM in October 2005, WebSphere DataPower solutions are integration appliances that can accelerate performance, enhance security and dramatically speed up and simplify deployments for SOA implementations.

Following the deployment of WebSphere DataPower as a secure SOA component for a major UK retail bank, Smart421 has increased its commitment to this appliance technology by training and qualifying a team of IBM WebSphere DataPower practitioners, the largest outside IBM themselves. The pre-requisites for becoming a reseller are demanding. WebSphere DataPower can only be sold by IBM Tier 1 resellers with in-depth SOA and Websphere product skills, proven security skills and a track record of successful professional services engagements for SOA and integration. Commenting on the agreement Jonathan Hopper Smart421 Technology Director said 'We are very pleased to have been awarded this agreement. WebSphere DataPower is an excellent fit with our SOA focus and with many of our clients needs. It addresses the CIO's SOA demands for security, stability, and performance, providing a faster track to SOA maturity.'

In addition to their SOA consultancy and development services, Smart421 provide WebSphere DataPower installation, configuration, and administration services, and implementation on the wider WebSphere Integration product set.

To find out more please contact Smart421 on +44 (0)1473 421 421

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Positioning statements

Smart421

Smart421 is a managed services and integration specialist, providing outsourced IT services for mid-market and enterprise organisations in both the public and private sectors.

Smart421 focuses on three key solution areas: Managed Services, Integration and Innovation, delivered using a unique onshore/offshore service structure. This allows Smart421 to combine onshore project management and expertise with offshore development and technical services, to deliver a rare combination of innovation, excellent customer service and demonstrable cost savings.

Smart421 maintains good relationships with its technology partners to sustain its specialist technology skills and deliver expertise and scale. Smart421 has close associations with Indian based organisation Tech Mahindra and is an IBM Premier and Tier One WebSphere Services, a Microsoft Gold and an Oracle Partner.

Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Ipswich, UK, Smart421 has over 130 employees. Smart421 values the long term relationships built with some of Europe's largest organisations and its customer base includes Norwich Union, e2v technologies, O2 and E.ON.

In September 2006, Smart421 was acquired by Kingston Communications, a leading provider of communications solutions.

About the KCOM Group

The Group provides a wide range of voice, data, internet and contact centre services to businesses and public sector organisations throughout the UK.

The KCOM Group is a converged communications company with expertise and experience in both telecommunications and enterprise networking, supported by its own 2200km broadband network. As such, it is ideally positioned to meet the infrastructure, equipment and connectivity requirements of modern organisations, for whom communications is a strategic consideration.

KCOM's national capabilities have been built on its strong foundations within East Yorkshire, where the company has been providing leading edge services to residential and business customers for over 100 years and where it has been a pioneer in the use of ADSL technology.

The KCOM Group also includes Eclipse Internet, an established and growing broadband ISP that delivers internet connectivity and services to businesses and consumers throughout the UK.

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