Aidmatrix Announces Major Milestones, Touches Millions of Lives in First Year; Sun Microsystems and EDS Lead Impressive List of Technology Partners and Major Donors.
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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2002
New Disaster Relief Exchange Announced
After its first year of inception, i2 Foundation's Aidmatrix program, a not-for-profit Not-for-profit
An organization established for charitable, humanitarian, or educational purposes that is exempt from some taxes and in which no one in profits or losses. online network, today announced that it has helped meet the basic needs of over 3.6 million people since the organization began deploying solutions in mid- mid-
Middle: midbrain. 2001. Through its humanitarian aid Humanitarian aid is material or logistical assistance provided for humanitarian purposes, typically in response to humanitarian crises. The primary objective of humanitarian aid is to save lives, alleviate suffering, and maintain human dignity. management systems, Aidmatrix has supported the delivery of more than 29 million meals, and 36 million pounds of food. Aidmatrix also continues to build out its strong network of partners and major donors with Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. and EDS (Electronic Data Systems, Plano, TX, www.eds.com) Founded in 1962 by H. Ross Perot (independent candidate for the President of the U.S. in 1992), EDS is the largest outsourcing and data processing services organization in the country. leading the way. Aidmatrix also announced the development of an Internet-based solution that will aid disaster response organizations - the Aidmatrix Relief Exchange.
Aidmatrix offers solutions to the challenges involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid. Its mission is to reduce waste, increase efficiency and increase capacity so that more people can be served. The Aidmatrix goal is to touch 50 million lives by the year 2005.
The Aidmatrix partner and donor The party conferring a power. One who makes a gift. One who creates a trust.
donor n. a person or entity making a gift or donation.
DONOR. He who makes a gift. (q.v.) network continues to grow with technology partners Sun and EDS being recently joined by major technical donors including Oracle, webMethods and BEA Systems BEA Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEAS) is one of the major companies developing enterprise infrastructure software. BEA makes middleware, products that help software run on top of databases. . Partners and donors of Aidmatrix provide a variety of technical and business products and services, which assist not-for-profit organizations in meeting the challenges they face in helping serve those in need.
"Our work with non-profit groups such as America's Second Harvest America's Second Harvest is a United States based nonprofit organization. It consists of a nation-wide network of more than 200 food banks and food-rescue organizations that serve virtually every county in the United States as well as Puerto Rico. , Counterpart International Counterpart International is a nonprofit organizations based in the USA, which declares its dedication to building a just world through service and partnership. Founded in 1965 by Elizabeth and Bryant Silverstein and an Australian Marist Missionary priest Stanley Hosie as , the North Texas Food Bank, Civicus and Share our Strength would not be possible without the ongoing support and commitment of our growing partner network," said Lekha Singh, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. for Aidmatrix. "The participation of Sun Microsystems and EDS as key partners helps Aidmatrix continue to improve the quality of life and survival rates of people in need. We are energized by their spirit and pleased that they are offering their products, services and time to help us as we continue to make the connection between where aid items are and where they need to be."
Sun and Aidmatrix have forged forge 1
1. A furnace or hearth where metals are heated or wrought; a smithy.
2. A workshop where pig iron is transformed into wrought iron.
v. a strategic alliance to combine their complementary strengths to create innovative and effective technology solutions to drive significant value for the humanitarian aid delivery system. Together, Sun and Aidmatrix intend to work on a Center of Excellence, built to aid in the development of the Global Aidmatrix Portal on SunONE portal server (1) A network server that deploys portal services to a public Web site or internal intranet. See portal.
(2) An application that is used to develop, deliver and maintain a Web portal. technology. "Aidmatrix has changed the way people in need are helped throughout the world by leveraging technologies that are typically used within the corporate arena," said Julius Lukacs, Global Alliances for Sun Microsystems. "We are especially pleased to offer Sun Microsystems' leading-edge server technology as the hardware backbone for this solution. We are committed to helping Aidmatrix achieve its goal of touching 50 million lives by 2005."
EDS is a leading global information technology (IT) services company. The company provides hosting services for Aidmatrix partners and intends to provide hosting for the new Relief Exchange. "One of the most effective ways to assist non-profit organizations A non-profit organization (abbreviated "NPO", also "non-profit" or "not-for-profit") is a legally constituted organization whose primary objective is to support or to actively engage in activities of public or private interest without any commercial or monetary profit purposes. in accomplishing their goals is to provide tools that allow them to work more efficiently," said Tish Atchison, EDS Client Executive. "Our relationship with Aidmatrix is helping to link the non-profit world together to work more efficiently. EDS's portfolio of services is helping these organizations embrace speed in order to respond quickly to people in need."
Reaching out to Disaster Relief Organizations
In addition to hunger relief programs, Aidmatrix also has a vision of helping disaster response organizations. Today, Aidmatrix announced with the development of the Aidmatrix Relief Exchange, with the input of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD NVOAD National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster ), a group of disaster relief organizations including the Salvation Army Salvation Army, Protestant denomination and international nonsectarian Christian organization for evangelical and philanthropic work. Organization and Beliefs
The Salvation Army has established branches in 100 countries throughout the world. , Red Cross and America's Second Harvest, to coordinate donation management at disaster sites. The Sun-i2 stack is slated to power the internet-based Relief Exchange, with EDS planning to provide hosting and services.
The web-based relief exchange system aims to allow disaster response organizations to add their immediate needs to an online site that can be accessed by donors who wish to meet specific requests for aid. Aidmatrix intends to minimize the excess stock of donations that are sent in times of disaster, making it possible for disaster response organizations to focus on their most critical work.
Aidmatrix also has entered into a memorandum of understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. with the Japanese equivalent of VOAD VOAD Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster . After laying a foundation of operational solutions in the U.S., Aidmatrix is branching out across the globe with partnerships in Canada and Europe, as well as Japan.
"Recent natural disasters around the globe have made our goal of connecting with disaster relief organizations more of an imperative," added Singh. "Our work on the Relief Exchange is a significant step in helping close the gap between donors and response agencies, as well as reducing waste so that more people in need can be served. We believe the Aidmatrix technology will be an effective tool in providing timely knowledge that gives response units the necessary intelligence for better planning in times of disaster."
Aidmatrix, launched by the i2 Foundation, is a not-for-profit online network with a mission to help streamline the delivery of humanitarian aid. With world-class technology, Aidmatrix will provide the information, decision support, and collaboration environment for partners to more effectively provide food, clothing, building supplies and other aid items to people in need. Partner organizations include the world's leading suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of food and aid items, major non-profit organizations, independent transportation providers and freight e-marketplaces, technology providers, and other industry leaders and organizations. Aidmatrix has set a goal to touch 50 million lives by 2005. Based in Dallas, Aidmatrix is supported by donations of cash and in-kind services. Visit Aidmatrix at www.Aidmatrix.org.
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