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BellSouth, Breakthrough Software to Offer E-Commerce Solutions

BellSouth and San Jose, CA-based Breakthrough Software Inc., a provider of e- commerce software, signed an agreement by which BellSouth will host e-commerce Web sites built using Breakthrough's online store development product, ShopZone.

The new solutions are aimed at small- and medium-sized business customers.

The agreement allows customers to create their own e-commerce Web sites with ShopZone and then have the Web site hosted by BellSouth. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

"For something as critical as e-commerce, we practice extreme diligence in researching which technologies and products to offer our customers," said Donna Lachance, vice president of marketing, BellSouth.net Internet Services.

"In 1999, BellSouth is focused on expanding our small- and medium-sized business offerings with only the best e-commerce products on the market today, and Breakthrough's market leadership position made them a natural choice to help our small business customers better utilize the Internet."

ShopZone is based on the ShopZone Core Technology which is implemented in Breakthrough's entire product line. In just a few hours, users can create a professional online presence that is secure, reliable and and scaleable, the company said.

Key ShopZone features include the use of wizards for the product catalog, shopping cart, order forms, shipping rates, tax schedules, discussion groups, electronic forms, and search engine; integration with popular editors such as Microsoft's FrontPage and NetObjects Fusion, and the Quickbooks accounting package; built-in relational database connectivity; offline site preview; built-in site management, built-in scripting language enabling customization; 50 pre-designed graphics templates; support for UNIX and Windows; and support for CyberCash, ClearCommerce, and IC Verify payment authorization solutions.



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