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March 23rd, 2001 – Yorkshire, UK – A software tool that enables established businesses to set up e-commerce operations without wasting time and money is now available from UK based Network Designers.

Active Host Publisher is an application designed to allow links from existing tried, tested and trusted business logic in host systems to the world of e-Commerce and e-Business - without the need to replicate existing systems on middleware servers or replace existing legacy systems.

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has made e-government a reality with Active Host Publisher from Network Designers. It is the first Authority to allow borough residents and businesses direct access to council systems over the web. As part of its 'Customer First' focus the Authority provides direct web access to information held on its central systems.

Tony Blair, Prime Minister "I believe Tameside has blazed a trail which others across the country will follow"

The Derbyshire Building Society has joined the e-business race with its Derbyshire Direct online mortgage initiative using Active Host Publisher.

Derbyshire Building Society wanted to use the internet to improve customer service, give faster quotation times and a reduced cost of operations for their mortgage business.

Active Host Publisher also gave Derbyshire Building Society a much faster project completion because it was able to use the existing host infrastructure.

Peter Tong, IT Architect for Derbyshire Building Society, commented, "Using AHP has made it possible for us to deliver complex information from our corporate systems direct to our customers. We can present it in a way that customers can easily understand, and make use of, via the Internet."

Michael Anderson, business development manager at Network Designers added; "Active Host Publisher did everything expected of it. It allowed rapid development, integrated easily into the development tools used and provided a seamless interface into the business logic and data of Derbyshire Building Society’s existing host systems."

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Background information follows.

Network Designers Limited,, is a UK based connectivity software house, founded in 1982, providing excellence in communications protocols and gateways, terminal emulation and legacy to internet solutions. Over 100,000 copies of NDL’s terminal emulation product alone are out there!

Clients include most local government and health organisations, AA Insurance, Cheshire Building Society, Tesco and Transco. International clients include New Zealand Customs, Malaysian Police, The United Nations and Hong Kong Police.

NDL is a private company, owned by its 38 employees, always profitable.

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Further information & interviews:

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council - Dave Hutchings - 0161 342 3760

The Derbyshire Building Society - Peter Tong - 01332 844 424

Michael Anderson

Business Development Manager

Mobile: +44 7715 767682

Tel: +44 1937 543500

Fax: +44 1937 580021



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Jane Harrad-Roberts

Marketing Projects

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Tel: +44 1244 330000

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