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ASP Industry Consortium Expands Into Europe

With an ever-increasing number of members in Europe, the ASP Industry Consortium today (Dec 21) announced the launch of four new territorial committees and the appointment of a new European Director.

National or territorial committees operating under the umbrella of the global ASP Industry Consortium have been launched in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the Scandinavian region, said Jeff Maynard of Netstore plc (UK), the Consortium's Regional Vice Chair for Europe. "These committees will address issues that are more local and regional in nature, while still being able to access the resources of the global organization," Maynard explained.

The chairs of the new territorial committees, chosen in local elections conducted over the last month, include the chair for France, Jacques DeGroote of ASPISERVE; for Germany, Reinhard Kreft of ANDATE; for Scandinavia, Morten Morland of GenesisIT; and for the UK, Steve Vanterpool of UUNET. In addition, a national committee is being launched in the Netherlands as well. Frits Vetlink of Siennax has been chose as the interim chair, with elections scheduled for January 2001.

With membership representation in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, additional national or territorial committees are expected to be announced shortly as interest dictates.

In addition, the Consortium has appointed Tracey Dalby as its new European Director, Maynard announced.

"The ASP Industry Consortium now has more than 100 members in Europe, and that number is growing on almost a daily basis," noted Maynard. "We're very fortunate to have someone of Tracey's experience who will now be able to focus exclusively on the needs of our European members."

Dalby comes to the Consortium from the Institute for International Research (IIR), where she spearheaded their ASP and co-location research and conferences. Over the last 18 months, she has tracked the ASP industry and worked closely with a number of publications, ASP industry players and the ASP Industry Consortium.

"It's an exciting time in Europe for new business solutions and ideas," Dalby said. "I'm looking forward to working with our members and with the IT community at large to help educate the marketplace on the ASP computing model and its benefits."

In addition the creation of the territorial committees, the Consortium has also recently created new versions of its website in French and German.

Founded in May 1999, the Consortium is an international advocacy group of more than 730 companies formed to promote the application service provider industry by sponsoring research, promoting best practices, and articulating the measurable benefits of this evolving delivery model.

Its goals include educating the marketplace, developing common definitions for the industry, as well as serving as a forum for discussion and sponsoring research. Among the technology sectors represented among the ASP Industry Consortium membership are ASPs, ISVs, Network Service Providers (NSPs), as well as emerging business models and other sectors supporting the industry.