SPRINT AND ZLAND AGREE TO DEVELOP NETWORK OPS CENTER.
Sprint E|Solutions and ZLand will build a network operations center to host ZLand's suite of Internet-based business applications. When completed, the state-of-the-art facility will provide ZLand customers with access, transport and collocation services backed by Sprint's industry-leading service level agreements for network availability and performance. The blending of Sprint and ZLand technology will substantially reduce the cost of deploying Web-based applications for an estimated 9.5 million U.S. small- to mid-sized businesses.
"As an applications enabler that is helping companies solve their business challenges, Sprint provides customized solutions to meet our customers' unique needs on a global basis, including E|commerce, sales force automation and customer relationship management," said Keith Paglusch, president, Sprint E|Solutions. "The mix of Sprint's customized and scalable network solutions, and ZLand's Internet-based applications, provides businesses services that go above and beyond traditional ASP service levels and provide customers significant cost savings."
Under the agreement, ZLand and Sprint also will engage in co-marketing programs to promote a blending of ZLand's Web-based applications and Sprint's transport products and services nationwide. As part of Sprint's innovative program, ZLand will receive sales support from Sprint's E|business Solutions Managers (EBSMs) to co-market these services to prospects, including Sprint's existing customer base.
ZLand's enterprise wide solution suite includes turnkey applications that are designed to meet the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses by enabling them to utilize the power of the Internet to perform daily business functions at substantially reduced costs. ZLand's product suite of more than 160 applications and value-enhancing services helps companies increase sales, improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs and streamline operations without the need for additional hardware or IT resources.
"The Sprint/ZLand mix of solutions is extremely powerful. Together, we can offer affordable solutions to the smallest of companies that are scalable up to the largest of companies," said John Veenstra, chairman and CEO, ZLand. "ZLand's powerful database application along with Sprint's services will allow customers to experience the lasting benefit of truly sophisticated Internet functionality."
ZLand will enable applications to be installed in 20 minutes and be maintained by customers as part of their daily operations, all for as little as $100 per month. The economic benefit of these combined services should drastically increase the customer's ability to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
The Sprint Enabling ASP program allows ASPs, ISVs, xSPs, and other E|Business solutions providers to benefit from Sprint's marketing expertise and sales reach while achieving differentiation through quality of service by leveraging Sprint's stable host and transport environments to house and deliver solutions to their customers.