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Village_Domino Bring together IBM, Lotus, and Telecom Italia

Village_Domino, a joint venture of IBM, Lotus, and Telecom Italia, has launched, offering Italian businesses turnkey solutions to the Web.

More than just e-mail, newsgroups and chats, the "total package" concept of Village_Domino, according to a recent statement, provides the hardware solutions of IBM, for those customers needing equipment, the software know-how of Lotus, and the Internet backbone of Telecom Italia.

When a business client, large or small, joins the "Village," a sales representative first evaluates their needs. Next, depending on the specific requirements, Village_Domino can offer them everything from simple ISP access to enhanced Web service and office intranet.

According to a spokesperson for Village_Domino, "IBM, with its Netfinity, is the number one business network server in the world. Lotus, with Domino, is on the cutting edge of software applications for both Internet and intranet. And Telecom Italia, with its Village concept, is the undisputed leader in advanced telecommunications in Italy."

Telecom Italia, through its sister company, Telecom Italia Network (TIN), maintains a 50 percent share of the country's Internet customers, based on a Databank report for July 1998. Italy's top 11 ISPs, after TIN, hold 36 percent of the market, while nearly 600 other companies share the remaining 14 percent.

The Village_Domino partners are hoping to achieve similar success with Italy's business sector. The goal is to increase commercial Internet usage for day-to-day operations, as well as enhance business sales through Web marketing, meaning more Web site design and maintenance.

"There is no need for companies to invest large sums," explained a Village_Domino spokesperson. "We provide the know-how, the personnel to set-up and maintain a company's communications system and the customer support. We offer software solutions to fit the client's need. All a business is required to have is at least one computer. And we can also assist with that, if required."