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Beyond.com Signs with Novadigm to Deliver Software Update Service

Online software seller Beyond.com signed an agreement with Novadigm Inc. by which Beyond.com will use Novadigm's Radia technology to offer an Internet-based software update service for its enterprise and consumer customers.

Initially, the subscription service will be targeted to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized companies that want to reduce the complexity and administrative burden of keeping their software current. Customers purchasing from Beyond.com's selection of 5,600 electronically downloadable software titles will have an opportunity to subscribe to a Radia-based service that will automatically deliver the latest updates and enhancements.

"Small- and medium-sized businesses want to be sure they have the most current updates for the software they've licensed, " said Alan DeClerck, vice- president of worldwide sales for Beyond.com. "Subscribers to our service won't need administrators to surf Web sites looking for updates and fixes. With a Radia- based subscription, our customers can instead focus on running their businesses."

"Beyond.com and Novadigm are working together to automate the delivery and management of desktop software for millions of potential subscribers," said George Kellar, vice-president of marketing for Novadigm. "Novadigm products today are in production at large enterprise sites managing hundreds of thousands of software components on customer desktops with 99.4 percent reliability, significantly reducing desktop administration costs. With Beyond.com, we'll be leveraging these same enterprise capabilities for small- and medium-sized companies."