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Jamcracker Upgrades Applications Platform, Selects ASP Partners

Jamcracker, Inc., the Cupertino, Calif.-based enterprise Web services firm, today unveiled the latest release of its applications platform, Jamcracker Platform 3.0.

Jamcracker says its third-generation software, based on XML standards, has been designed to meet the needs of large enterprises deploying portal projects and service providers looking to sell and support web-based services.

"We're turning our business on its ear -- taking what we've built to run our own business and licensing it to enterprise customers and service providers," says Todd Johnson, senior vice president, platform business for Jamcracker.

"With Jamcracker Platform 3.0, our enterprise customers and OEM partners can easily deliver an applications portal and web-based services that can be fully integrated into their existing environment. In addition, they can access more advanced tools to help them easily manage and support these applications and services as their user and customer bases grow," he explains.

"We're convinced that web applications and enterprise portals can dramatically lower the cost of doing business and improve collaboration between employees, partners and customers," says Dwight Davis, vice president of market research firm Summit Strategies, Inc.

"By providing a foundation built from proven and pre-integrated components, Jamcracker Platform removes much of the risk associated with deploying web applications and enterprise portals, and speeds time to solution and ROI," he adds.

"With Jamcracker Platform 3.0, we were selling and supporting core IT services within sixty days of green-lighting the project," says Debra Deane, vice president ASP & Mobility Solutions for Telus, a new Jamcracker partner.

"Jamcracker helped us quickly deploy value added services that make our offering stand out in a competitive market, and gave us the tools we need to easily manage these services for our customers."

In addition, Jamcracker also announced today five new partners for the Jamcracker Applications Network.

The new partners include managed services for Oracle and Siebel from Avasta, Inc., Concur Expense from Concur Technologies, Inc., ProcureEdge and SourceEdge from CoreHarbor, Performance Management Service by PERFORM, Inc., and Saba Learning, Enterprise Edition from Saba.

Jamcracker says the addition of these applications and services to its network is expected to help it meet the growing demand for web-based enterprise IT services.

"We chose these partners primarily because they are market and technology leaders, which gives our customers peace of mind," says Johnson. "Further, each partner supports both an ASP and managed service model, which gives customers the flexibility and choice they need."

Jamcracker says that selecting an application from its network enables companies to immediately benefit from the services of a variety of providers in both Application Service Providers ASP and Managed Service Providers (MSP) space.

"We're excited by the opportunity to team with Jamcracker and give customers the ability use the functionality of Saba Learning through Jamcracker Platform," says Bobby Yazdani, Saba Founder and CEO.

"This alliance will help leading organizations use technologies to cost-effectively manage and deliver skills and knowledge across their extended enterprise."

Both announcements coincinde with Jamcracker's report today it has closed the first of a two close round of series D funding.

Says Johnson: "The cash injection of $28.4 million led by Soros Private Equity also included two new investors; Telus, our new OEM partner and Paul Mauritz who is on out board."

The full announcement, which will include details of the second close of this funding is expected to be made early next month.