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BT Secures Corporate Portal Help from Plumtree

British Telecom's applications service provider unit teamed with Plumtree Software Thursday to develop applications and services fronted by a Plumtree-based corporate portal and hosted by BT Ignite.

The ASP suite, hosted by BT's broadband and Internet Protocol business, looks to offer customers, medium to large business and governments personalized messaging applications, directory services and collaboration tools.

The BT Ignite Application Services portfolio of business applications has evolved from an intranet deployed within BT to over 90,000 employees around the world, incorporating applications from the likes of Microsoft Corp. and Lotus.

As with most major corporate portals, the BT intranet has saved the company substantial sums of money by eliminating the need to print and update paper-based directories, company information and catalogues for its workforce. It has also improved global knowledge sharing.

The Plumtree Corporate Portal is a software application that provides an integrated desktop environment for the BT Ignite Application Services suite of business productivity solutions. The corporate portal assembles information and services from enterprise applications and the Internet into a single access point. The Plumtree Corporate Portal can also integrate resources from customers' existing information technology environments.

Plumtree CEO John Kunze expounded on the cost-saving aspects of the deal, for which terms were not made public.

"Rather than purchasing individual applications and installing them at each site, customers can now subscribe to services via the Internet that can be made available to everyone in the business through the Plumtree corporate portal," Kunze said.

As most of its partners do, Plumtree was chosen by BT for its ease of integration and scalability. Plumtree's Portal Network Architecture, which allows different components of a portal deployment to work in tandem via the Internet, was also important for deploying the portal in a hosted environment.

For Plumtree, Thursday's deal is the second partnership with a major company this week as Red Herring Tuesday selected Plumtree to power its intranet.