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Dateline: 16th May 2001– Virtual Supplychain, developers of a global network of ASP (Application Service Provider) partners dedicated to the supply chain, has negotiated an agreement with IBM Advantage partner 7 GLOBAL, the Business Services Aggregator, to provide managed hosting and infrastructure services to its UK ASP channel partners.

b2bsolutionsonline, a Virtual Supplychain partner, will be first to move its managed ASP supply chain management and e-procurement applications for hosting at 7 GLOBAL’s Solutions Data Centre in the former bullion vaults of the Old Bank of England Building, Liverpool.

b2bsolutionsonline is one of the largest UK ASPs with around 1000 users for its supply chain management, buy and sell side e-procurement services. The initial contract with 7 GLOBAL is valued at £400,000.

Mike Dixon, chief executive officer, Virtual Supplychain said: “7 GLOBAL has demonstrated a keen understanding of the needs of ASPs for reliability, scalability and fail-safe operation of the IT hosting infrastructure as well as for simplified, ASP-sympathetic pricing and service level agreements. We were also attracted to 7, because of their strategic relationships with companies like Cable & Wireless with whom we have entered into an agreement to provide secure communications. As we build our network of ASP partners both in the UK and overseas, we look to forge relationships with infrastructure partners of the calibre of 7 GLOBAL to provide hosting facilities for the virtualsupplychain solution.”

“Virtual Supplychain’s relationships within the IT community, particularly with Progress Software and IBM, meant that this is a very significant partnership for us,” said Karl Roe, CEO at 7. “Along with services aggregation, supply chain is still one of the major issues for today’s IT managers. The combination of our two operations will, we are certain, bring great benefits to current and future customers.”

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About Virtual Supplychain (

Virtual Supplychain enables and supports its channel partners to take advantage of the ASP model and the surge-market opportunity for greater integration in the supply chain. With a legacy of over two years’ experience as one of the UK’s most successful ASPs and over 20 years’ providing supply chain management solutions, Virtual Supplychain has been formed to establish and support a network of global ASP partners. The solution is virtualsupplychain, a complete set of ASP-enabled applications, IT infrastructure, integration, support and business know-how to help partners become first class and profitable ASPs. Virtual Supplychain’s channel partners are focused on helping medium and large corporates to remove more cost from their supply chains through better information flow, integration and visibility.

About 7

7 is the UK’s first Business Services Aggregator, a new breed of service provider that integrates
best-of-breed business services from multiple Application Service Providers (ASPs) into asingle unified service. 7 offers a range of services including Messaging and Collaboration, Application Infrastructure Provision, Network Infrastructure Management, Managed Security Services and Storage Service Provision via a utility based pricing model. 7 manages the delivery of these services from its Solutions Data Centre in the vaults of its headquarters in the Old Bank of England Building, Liverpool. The Solutions Data Centre has been designed primarily for security, scalability and modularity, supporting multiple operating systems and platforms. More information is available from: http://WWW.7GLOBAL.COM

For further information about Virtual Supplychain, please contact:
Mike Dixon chief executive officer or Tom Raynor chief operating officer Virtual Supplychain
T: 01482 626350 or T: 01642 370326 F: 01642 370412 email:

Press enquiries to: Salli Roskilly, Saffron Communications
T: 01763 208708 F: 01763 208813 email:

For further information about 7 GLOBAL, please contact Ketchum:
Catherine McFarland on 020 7611 3608,
Carrie Rosenstone on 020 7611 3637,
Ketchum switchboard: 020 7611 3500