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E-business consultancy to help leading research house deliver vertical content online

London, UK, February 21, 2001 - E-business consultancy, Rubus, has announced its latest client partnership with leading market analyst house, Datamonitor, to design and build an online knowledge portal.

The solution will allow Datamonitor, which provides 88 per cent of Fortune 5000 companies with business information and analysis, to market and sell its content online. The new site, due for launch in early summer, will enable Datamonitor to offer tailored research to businesses in Healthcare, Consumer goods, Technology, Automotive, Energy and Financial Services sectors, helping the company to maximise the value of its services for existing subscribers.

Rubus began working with Datamonitor last year to develop the business strategy and proposition behind the portal and has been chosen to complete the functional and technical design of the solution. All creative and user interface design is also being undertaken by Rubus. The site will be one of the first e-business projects in the UK to be based on the Microsoft(r) Commerce Server 2000(r) e-commerce platform, for which Rubus is an early adopter and will run on the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform.

Mike Danson, chairman at Datamonitor, said, "We appointed Rubus as our consulting partner because they understood our marketplace and the impact Web technology is having on it and how we could turn our goals into reality. We hope the portal will enable us to lead the market in providing online research and analysis, by offering access to our vast resources of information quickly and easily."

David Hesketh, head of Sales at Rubus added; "We are extremely enthusiastic about working with Datamonitor. Our skills and experience in designing and developing e-business channels will help Datamonitor maximise the value of its products and services, offering a rich and targeted experience to different customer groups."


About Rubus

Rubus, based in London, Bracknell and Manchester, is an 'Interactive Architect'. It specialises in helping companies exploit interactive channels, including the Web, interactive TV and mobile communications.

Services span strategy definition, creative and technical design, and systems development and integration. The company works with clients to develop ideas and strategies for exploiting interactive channels, helping them pursue their goals and translate these into creatively designed, technically robust, marketable and value-adding e-business solutions. Its aim is to help them do this quickly, reliably and right first time.

Through relationships with product vendors such as ATG, Autonomy, BEA, Engage, INTERSHOP, Interwoven, Microsoft, Oracle, SUN, Tridion, Verity and Versata, Rubus is able to provide its customers with solutions that take advantage of the latest in interactive technology. Clients include B&Q, Waterstone's, Thomascook.com, Granada Media, ONdigital, Nomura, Cazenove, IPC, Barkers Norman Broadbent, Confetti.co.uk, Lastminute.com and E W Blanch.

Rubus can be reached on the Web at: http://www.rubus.com


About Datamonitor

Datamonitor is a leading business information company specialising in industry analysis. Through its unique proprietary databases and wealth of expertise, Datamonitor provides clients with unbiased expert analysis and in depth forecasts for six industry sectors; Technology, Financial Services, Consumer Markets, Healthcare, Automotive and Energy.
Datamonitor also assists clients to make informed decisions about how technology and eCommerce will impact their business.

Headquartered in London, Datamonitor maintains offices in London, New York, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong, from which it services the world's largest 5000 companies.

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