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Borders Group Solicits Bluestone's Web Application Server

Borders Group Inc. Wednesday selected Bluestone Software Inc.'s Sapphire Web application server to power its e-commerce systems.

Borders Group (BGP) said its primary objectives were to improve its systems' capabilities in the critical areas of scalability, failover, fault tolerance and overall infrastructure.

In beating out a group of over 25 candidates, Bluestone's Sapphire tool (BLSW) will replace an aging legacy system that currently links Borders' primary e-commerce Web site, Borders.com, and the company's in-store "special order" systems -- Borders Express and NetSPO.

The Bluestone system will tie together Borders' ordering systems and is designed to provide the company with the expansion headroom needed to meet its future growth targets.

"We feel confident that Bluestone's exceptional product and team-oriented approach will enable Borders Group to continue to aggressively pursue our retail convergence strategy, and to continue to lead the market in terms of customer service and assortment," said Mark Winterhalter, vice president Information Technology of Borders Group Inc.