DIALOG REDEVELOPS AND OPERATES UK DEPT. OF TRADE/INDUSTRY IP.The Dialog Corporation plc (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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The service is now operated by Dialog's eCommerce division which, in addition to re-engineering the branding and layout of the site, has applied its proprietary technologies and services to provide eCommerce functionality on EZ for the first time. Dialog has built an exclusive eCommerce office supplies Office supplies is the generic term that refers to all supplies regularly used in offices by businesses and other organizations, from private citizens to governments, who works with the collection, refinement, and output of information (colloquially referred to as "paper work"). procurement service for EZ users called LinkShopper, which enables Business Links and their customers to benefit from competitive prices and negotiated discounts as well as the cost savings inherent in purchasing goods online.
In addition to the information and services available on the site itself, EZ acts as a gateway to some of the most informative and relevant business, government, commercial, local and national sites on the Internet. Dialog has made searching the site for relevant information much easier with the application of its proprietary Muscat Muscat, Maskat, or Masqat (all: mŭs`kăt, mŭs`kət), city (1993 pop. 533,774), capital of Oman, SE Arabia, on the Gulf of Oman. It is flanked by rugged mountains. search technology.
Enterprise Zone has continued to break new ground since it was launched by the DTI in November 1997, including hosting the first online chat with the Governor of the Bank of England The Governor of the Bank of England is the most senior position in the Bank of England. It is nominally a civil service post, but the appointment tends to be from within the Bank, with the incumbent grooming his or her successor. . The service, which operated with the support of Business Links as well as the DTI, has come to be recognized as an essential online resource for SMEs.
Dialog has been operating another successful DTI project - the TradeUK Export Sales Leads Service and National Exporters Database, and working with Business Links around the country. Both DTI and the Business Link network will continue to contribute to the service.
Michael Wills Michael David Wills (born 20 May 1952) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He is Labour member of Parliament for Swindon North, and was first elected in 1997. He is also a Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice, a position he has held since 29 June 2007. , Small Firms Minister, commented: "Setting up the Enterprise Zone fulfilled a government commitment to give SMEs quick and easy access to the best new electronic information and commerce. This access lets SMEs get a real competitive edge. The transfer to Dialog represents the next step forward in the evolution of the site. Dialog's expertise will allow the Enterprise Zone to continue its development as the foremost on-line resource for the SME (1) (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) See SMB.
(2) (Subject Matter Expert) An individual who is well-versed in the policies and procedures of a particular department or division. community."
Andre Brown, 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. of The Dialog Corporation's eCommerce Division, commented, "With the launch of LinkShopper and the re-engineering of the Enterprise Zone site, we are once again applying our skills and expertise to the benefit of UK companies. By tailoring our eCommerce service for specific communities of interest, such as EZ, we are delivering on our strategy of rolling out our proprietary technologies to more and more corporate desktops throughout the UK."
Brown concluded: "We believe that making the best use of available technology is key to success in today's increasing global markets - particularly for small and medium sized enterprises. The introduction of eCommerce to the site will demonstrate the savings even small businesses can achieve through the use of the Internet. EZ's mission remains - to be the leading online business information resource for UK companies."
The Dialog Corporation (http://www.dialog.com) is a leading provider of Internet-based information, technology and eCommerce solutions to the corporate market, created by the merger of M.A.I.D plc and Knight-Ridder Information Inc. The Dialog Corporation brands include the DIALOG, DataStar and Profound range of products and services. These brands provide comprehensive, authoritative sources of information to professionals worldwide. The Dialog Corporation has world headquarters in London and US headquarters in Cary, NC. Its American Depositary Shares American Depositary Share (ADS)
Foreign stock issued in the US and registered in the ADR system. (ADS) are traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "DIALY" with four Ordinary Shares comprising one ADS; its Ordinary Shares trade on the London Stock Exchange London Stock Exchange
London marketplace for securities. It was formed in 1773 by a group of stockbrokers who had been doing business informally in local coffeehouses. under the symbol "DLG."
The Enterprise Zone, launched by DTI in 1997, has proved to be a popular resource with the SME community, with over 160,000 users and more than 5.2 million hits through December 1998. DTI handed over the running of Enterprise Zone to the private sector towards the end of 1998, and the site is now operated by The Dialog Corporation plc. The DTI and Business Link network are represented on the Enterprise Zone management board. In addition to the information and services available on the site itself, it acts as a portal to over 250 sites selected by an independent accreditation group, which ensures these linked sites are an effective source of business information. EZ also offers LinkShopper - an exclusive eCommerce office supplies procurement service for Business Links developed by The Dialog Corporation. The aim of Enterprise Zone is to become the leading portal to business information for small business and a benchmark for the provision of business information on the Internet.
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