Verizon to Offer Web Services

Telco giant Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) will offer on its Web site the Rivio Business Services ASP suite, powered by Rivio Inc., to its more than 3 million small business customers.

“Our overall goal is to support the success of our small business customers,” said Bob Ingalls, president of Verizon’s Business Solutions Group. “Rivio has assembled an impressive suite of services from best-of-class suppliers that can help our customers run their operations more smoothly and efficiently, and allow them to concentrate on their businesses.”

By enabling employees to quickly access, exchange and integrate information, Rivio Business Services allow small businesses to run more efficiently and produce better results. Rivio Business Services that are offered by Verizon include Employee Communications Management , Expense Report Management, HR Management, Payroll Management, and Time and Attendance Management Services.

Through an extensive relationship with Microsoft Corporation, Rivio is able to offer Verizon customers integrated access to bCentral Services including bCentral Business Cards, Central Commerce Manager, bCentral Customer Manager, bCentral Finance Manager and bCentral Traffic Builder.

“Offering Rivio Business Services is an excellent opportunity for Verizon to increase its value proposition for small business customers and extend our product offering,” Ingalls said. “Verizon selected Rivio because of the power of its Integrated Business Services Network (iBSN), which aggregates an extensive selection of business services from more than 50 best-of-class suppliers.”

Verizon is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 112 million access line equivalents and more than 27 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the world’s largest provider of print and online directory information.

Rivio Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., was founded in February 1999 to develop and deliver small business Web services. Rivio’s Integrated Business Services Network (iBSN) provides an infrastructure for partners to operate and deliver customized business Web services to their small business customers, under the brand of the partner.

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