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MEDIAPPS ANNOUNCES WEB SERVICES STRATEGY ACROSS ENTIRE PRODUCT RANGE

All future Mediapps products to offer customers web services compliancy


8th November 2001: Mediapps, Europe's leader in enterprise portal solutions, has announced a strategic web services strategy that runs across its entire product range. Beginning with the soon to be launched Net.Portal 3.5, all of Mediapps future product releases will be SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) compliant, ensuring the company is able to leverage the growing demand for web services-enabled solutions.

Analysts predict web services will invade the infomediary and portal market, enabling companies to easily integrate free or paid-for information and services into their own extranets and intranets. To date, barriers such as conflicting standards and data formats have proved too great to overcome. SOAP, the protocol used by web services to standardise interoperability is key to opening-up applications and facilitating interconnection between different IT systems.

"According to the Gartner Group, 75% of companies with a turnover of more than 0 million will be using web services by Q2 2002," says Laurent Binard, CEO of Mediapps. "Many other analysts forecast that this will divide the enterprise portal market into two segments; portal platforms and the web components that go to enrich these solutions. Mediapps intends to have a role in both markets, extending its current role as both portal developer and infomediary. This will be achieved by delivering complimentary platforms, beginning with Net.Portal 3.5, and web services, compatible with both our own technology and third party content editors."


"By Q3 2002, Mediapps' products will have undergone a complete architectural redesign that will be fully compatible with international web services. This means that we will be able to convoke web services registered in the UDDI world directory or from other platforms and provide an automatic synchronisation for new components, enabling companies to benefit from the latest services. We firmly believe that this new strategy will render our organisation even more dynamic, extending our existing business model outside of traditional enterprise portal implementation," finishes Binard.


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About Net.Portal

Mediapps' Net.Portal, is a browser-based application, used by companies to filter and deliver internal and external electronic information to employees and customers. Net.Portal, provides a fast and powerful information management tool at both an individual and corporate level. It improves the relevance and enhances the personalisation of business information from the Internet and intranet.

Users of Net.Portal can customise the portal interface, giving it their own corporate look and feel. The administrator can also determine which information sources are used in their organisation, how they are used and which employees have access to them. Furthermore, they can add their own information sources. Net.Portal is available in a number of languages and on three platforms: Lotus Domino, Java and Microsoft IIS.


About Mediapps


With more than 240 customers, Mediapps is Europe's leading provider of portal-based technology. Mediapps' strategy is to provide not just the software necessary to create a portal but pre-configured information sources as well. When combined with ready to use user profiling, Net.Portal, Mediapps' Portal Generator, can provide rapid results right 'out of the box' with little or no coding required.
Net.Portal makes it possible for organisations to deploy portals for use in an intranet, extranet or Internet environment. Users define their own profile and interests and benefit from delivery of the right information, at the right time, aggregated from the myriad of internal and external information sources that exist today.

Clients of Mediapps include: Radisson Edwardian Hotels, Alcatel, IBM, BT (British Telecommunications), Bull, Carl Zeiss, Dior, Wanadoo and ZDNet.


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