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Microsoft, Ernst & Young Debut eCommerce RapidStart

Microsoft Corp. and Ernst & Young LLP announced a partnership today to develop electronic commerce applications.

The companies are billing eCommerce RapidStart as a solution designed to outfit a company with an e-commerce pilot program within 30 days.

The firms said they will collaborate to develop and implement an e-commerce strategy for companies by combining Microsoft's Visual Studio and BackOffice software with Ernst & Young's portfolio of e-commerce template components and a preconfigured advanced development lab.

"Customers are continually faced with an alarming number of technology choices. This is especially true when it comes to the Internet. The wrong choice can result in an obsolete system that can not be extended or easily integrated with other applications," said Dave Kelly, vice president of application strategies for Hurwitz Group. "Basing new e-commerce solutions on broadly supported products and a sound architectural approach is a smart way to make sure applications will interoperate and be able to adapt to changes."

Enrollment for the new Microsoft-Ernst & Young program is available now. For more information, visit the Ernst & Young Web site.

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