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Intel Business MarketPlace Plays Matchmaker

Chip-making monolith Intel Corp. Tuesday unveiled its service provider Web collaboration tool dubbed the Intel Business MarketPlace.

Intel's Web information system is designed to enable its 50,000 e-business members to get together and test their e-commerce solutions on a global scale.

Robby Swinnen, Intel's ISP program director, said the firm created a strong online community resource for all its channel partner programs.

"E-Business solutions require multiple channel partners with complimentary expertise," Swinnen said. "With the Intel Business MarketPlace, we are creating a tool for Intel's channel programs to link up with Intel authorized solution providers and also find tested e-Solutions."

Access to the Intel Business MarketPlace is open to participants in several constituent Intel channel programs, including ISPs, application service providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and Web integrators.

The community contains profiles of authorized providers, including locale, area of expertise, and vertical experience. Program participants can use Intel's resourceful database to find partners that will solve their customer's e-business needs.

A customer may hire an ISP for Web hosting services, through Intel's Business MarketPlace the ISP owner can find other companies to supply that customer with server platforms, tested applications, and Web development or integration services. The ISP can keep the business local, or go global to solve its clients e-business needs.

WIN Microsystems is a networking systems provider based in Newport Beach, California. Chief executive Randy Zimmer said the Intel Business MarketPlace provides the company with a core community of e-commerce experts.

"There's no one company that can do everything today," Zimmer said. "This new tool will give us easy access to the specialists that know each e-Business segment best. The ability to find and partner with companies that have specific expertise and package that or our customers gives us a competitive advantage."

One of the key features of Intel's e-business community is the database's ability to pair-up service providers with integrated solutions, applications, and e-commerce tools. A variety of available case studies provide service partners with essential information about ongoing tests, white papers, integration rules, and validation reports.

Materials include pertinent information about subjects like SSL and XML acceleration and load balancing, caching, e-mail, filtering, security, virtual private networks, dedicated connectivity, security, storage, steaming, and customization.

The Intel Business MarketPlace is live this month in North America and Europe, and will be operational in the fourth quarter in Asia and Latin America. By the end of the year the content will be translated into 11 languages, and there will be both public and private Web views so end-customers can have access to certain portions of Intel's Web content.

Intel's Swinnen said the Business MarketPlace would allow its channel members to go beyond their territorial boundaries and team with e-business providers in other cities or countries, or around the corner.

"It will allow them to compliment in-houses core competencies with expertise found all over the world," Swinnen said.



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