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EFORCE, Sun Ink Java Architecture Deal

Electronic business integrator eFORCE Inc. Thursday joined Sun Microsystems Inc.'s iForce e-integrator program.

The deal, for which financial terms were not made public, calls for FORCE's to blend Sun's Java technology expertise with its own design and integration of Java architectures for its e-business clients.

The alliance will combine eFORCE's global centers and eBusiness Rapid Implementation and Deployment for Global Enterprises, or eBRIDGE, methodology with Sun infrastructure technology. EFORCE will then have the ability to support a full service e-business to provide both companies customers with technology demonstrations, benchmarking and prototyping.

In particular, eFORCE's High Performance eBusiness Architecture service, a component of its eBRIDGE implementation methodology, will offer customers e-business architectures that support rapid development and seamless integration to new and legacy systems.

As part of the Sun alliance, the HPA service offering will deliver eBusiness solutions that meet customers' quality of service requirements through Oracle database architecture, backend integration, and application lifecycle management.

"Combined with Sun's industry leading infrastructure solutions, customers will now be able to very quickly build new web applications and fully integrated back-end systems," said Tom Gallivan, director, West Partner Region for Sun Microsystems.

To further extend the reach of its iForce initiative, which targets corporate clients, Sun has opened iForce Ready Centers as a core component. Sun-owned "hub" centers are located in Menlo Park, CA, Paris and Tokyo. Sun experts, customers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and implementation partners can come together in a lab environment, and help customers create proofs-of-concept for their businesses.

eFORCE, whose clients include Bank of America, Charles Schwab, Intel and Nortel Networks, is the most recent partner to help Sun open more than 40 such centers around the world.