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London, 16 February 2009 – Portaltech, a leading UK Systems Integrator (S/I) and Consultancy specialising in Commerce and Retail solutions to help companies trade online, has announced that it has been featured in a new report about e-commerce published by Econsultancy last month. The E-commerce Platforms Buyer’s Guide 2009 features profiles of 23 leading vendors and contains information about market trends as well as tips for companies who are researching this market.

The e-commerce platforms market is thriving as consumers increasingly purchase products through the internet. The e-commerce market will grow by 15% to a value of £540 million in 2009 despite the gloom surrounding the wider economy, according to the report.

Established in 2000, Portaltech has seen 40% year on year growth. As an independent industry expert, Portaltech is able to look at best of breed solutions to meet its customers’ exact needs and requirements and is therefore vendor and platform agnostic.

Commenting on the company’s inclusion in the report, Andrew Walker, CEO of Portaltech, said: “Portaltech was founded by former PWC consultants who wanted to give their customers higher quality service and results than traditional consulting companies and S/Is. The E-commerce Platforms Buyer’s Guide 2009 provides a detailed overview of the UK marketplace for e-commerce platforms and contains only profiles of the leading vendors in an increasingly competitive market. We are therefore delighted to be one of the companies featured in this report.”

Econsultancy’s Research Director Linus Gregoriadis said: “Companies are investing in e-commerce because this is one of the few rays of sunshine in the beleaguered business world at the moment. However, companies can’t rely on their digital channels to deliver unless they get best-of-breed technology and the most suitable platform.

“The best e-commerce platforms have demonstrated repeatedly that they are able to generate higher levels of revenue, by focusing on elements such as usability and SEO and helping to streamline e-business.”

According to the E-commerce Platforms Buyer’s Guide, key market trends in 2009 include:

• Offline world realises the importance of e-commerce
• Site owners use data to optimise e-commerce performance
• Retailers seek to differentiate, and embrace users
• Multi-channel firms strive for an integrated approach

About the E-commerce Platforms Buyer’s Guide
The guide is aimed at companies who are investigating the e-commerce platforms market, with profiles of 23 leading UK vendors. The guide also provides details on the various issues and trends affecting this sector, as well as plenty of advice about how to select the right platform.

About Portaltech

Portaltech is a leading UK Systems Integrator (S/I) and Consultancy specialising in Commerce and Retail solutions to help companies trade online. Established in 2000, Portaltech was founded by former PWC consultants who wanted to give their customers higher quality service and results than traditional consulting companies and S/Is. As an independent industry expert, Portaltech is able to look at best of breed solutions to meet its customers’ exact needs and requirements and is therefore vendor and platform agnostic. Since its launch, the company has seen 40% year on year growth.

Portaltech helps companies sell and transact online by helping with all aspects of an e-commerce implementation, from choice of ISP to website design, and helps companies achieve Multichannel Convergence to maximise revenue potential across all customer sales channels. Portaltech’s customers include leading organisations in Retail, Telco, Media Entertainment, Manufacturing & Logistics.

For further information, please visit: www.Portaltech.co.uk

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