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Interpath, Deloitte & Touche Ally

Full-service ASP/AIP Interpath today announced a strategic alliance with Deloitte & Touche Outsourcing (DTO), a business unit of Deloitte & Touche LLP, to provide preconfigured technology solutions that incorporate DTO's best practices, business process outsourcing and application outsourcing experience with Interpath's secure managed applications hosting and delivery environment.

"DTO's alliance with Interpath targets enterprises that have put themselves on the fast track to join the Fortune 1000," said Mike Stipa, national director of application outsourcing for DTO. "These companies, by their very definition, are required to focus all their attention on their core competencies. They can scarcely afford to devote precious time or revenue to initiatives that can be offloaded to organizations better equipped to handle them faster, better, and for less money."

The alliance was formed so that companies can focus on their core competencies by outsourcing functions to secure outsourced providers. Professional services organizations and application service providers have each generally been regarded as equipped to provide one piece of the puzzle, but this combination of Interpath and DTO offers a complete solution to mid-sized and fast-growth companies.

DTO and Interpath will target their services at mid-sized organizations. DTO will continue to implement, integrate and manage key enterprise applications for its clients, such as those by JD Edwards, Lawson and Solution 6. Through its affiliation with Interpath, DTO will gain the capability to host and deliver these software services as well, using Interpath's secure, state-of-the-art data centers and wholly owned infrastructure.

"DTO Powered by Interpath," as the alliance will be known, will enable these companies to integrate complete business process services and infrastructure with their existing legacy applications on an ongoing, hosted basis, through a single point of contact.

"Interpath and DTO are an extremely good match, and an example of the sum being greater than either of the individual parts," said Joel Schleicher, chairman and CEO of Interpath. "This alliance combines DTO's renowned business process engineering and technology consultancy with Interpath's world-class infrastructure and technology to give customers access to a complete outsourced package solution."

New York-based DTO provides a variety of record keeping, account processing, data-management, information technology, management reporting, and business process review and reengineering services to clients in all market segments.

Interpath partners with customers to offer application development, integration and hosting solutions and services. Interpath's applications expertise, combined with its data and operations centers, offer customers a single source for application development, management and hosting. The company is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. and recently launched Interpath Australia Ltd. in August 2000, after the acquisition of Alta, one of Australia's leading ASPs.