North 22 and Sybase JV to capture growing enterprise portal market

North 22 Technology Services Group(North 22) and Sybase Inc|an independent software company|has announced the formation of a joint venture to capture Asia's emerging Enterprise Portal market.

SINGAPORE, 24 July 2000 -- North 22 Technology Services Group (North 22) and Sybase Inc, an independent software company, has announced the formation of a joint venture to capture Asia's emerging Enterprise Portal market.

The joint venture will capitalise on North 22's existing Application Service Provider (ASP) arm, 8layer.com. 8layer.com is the first ASP in Asia to form a strategic alliance with Sybase to provide application services utilising Sybase's leading software technology, the Sybase Enterprise Portal.

"As the strong demand for ASP services continue to rise in Asia (especially in the B2B segment), we expect the Enterprise Portal portion of our business to represent more than 50% of our customer base within the next 12 months. We will also be leveraging heavily on Sybase's technical expertise in developing B2B capabilities for Enterprise Portal that address the unique requirements of the Asian market," said Michael Ng, Chairman and CEO of North 22.

The Sybase Enterprise Portal personalises critical business information and transactions to each specific user, integrates applications across the enterprise and delivers a scalable enterprise portal solution to customers, partners, suppliers and employees.


"Think of enterprise portals as the next evolution of intranets. If Intranet portals provide a window into the information of the Internet, it is safe to say that enterprise portals provide a window into the information of an enterprise"

- Andrew Rowsell-Jones
Research Director
Gartner Group


8layer.com provides ready-to-use, off-the-shelf e-business application services designed to reduce costs, the need for skilled manpower and hasten time-to-market for both large enterprises and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Asia. This is done via a subscription-based, pay-as-you-use arrangement, and can be conveniently accessed using web technologies.

Since its successful launch in January 2000, 8layer.com's rapid expansion has included setting up of the R&D headquarters in Singapore and ASP operations in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Through its joint venture with Sybase, 8layer.com will continue to focus on building the first Pan-Asian ASP infrastructure that covers Singapore, Hong Kong, PRC, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea.

About North 22 Technology Services Group
North 22 Technology Services Group (North 22) is an information technology solutions and services provider, facilitating the convergence of computers, data networks and software applications to enable e-business in Asia. It has offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China.

About Sybase, Inc
Headquartered in Emeryville, CA, Sybase, Inc., is one of the largest global independent software companies. Sybase helps businesses integrate, manage and deliver applications, content and data.

The company's products, services and partner technologies provide a platform for integrated, end-to-end solutions in mobile and embedded computing, data warehousing and Web environments.

Sybase customers represent industries leading the global economy, including financial services, public sector, telecommunications and healthcare.

About 8layer.com
8layer.com (a North 22 company) provides e-business application services designed to reduce costs, the need for skilled manpower and hasten time-to-market for both large enterprises and small-to-medium enterprises, via a subscription-based, pay-as-you-use arrangement, using web technologies.

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