IBM Taps Connectria As First Partner For Lotus Pathware Hosting

American Airlines Among the First Clients to Contract for Hosted Pathware

ST. LOUIS, MO (September 15, 2000) - IBM has selected Connectria, a St. Louis-based Hosting Provider and Lotus Advanced Business Partner, as the first company to offer Lotus Pathware application hosting which Lotus acquired from Macromedia Corporation last year. Among the first clients contracting for hosted Pathware is one of IBM's flagship accounts - American Airlines - a Fortune 100 corporation requiring swift delivery of the application for thousands of initial users who will utilize the company's online training courses. The selection marks the first time Lotus IBM has teamed with a hosting firm to deliver Pathware as an online service, an option that both companies expect will become exceedingly popular for large and small clients in both the corporate and academic sector.

Connectria, which provides hosting services for Lotus Notes, Domino, LearningSpace and other Lotus products, believes the addition of Pathware fully complements its suite of hosted offerings. "When combined, these products anticipate the needs of anyone building online curricula and conducting Web-based training," noted Richard Waidmann, president and CEO of Connectria. "While Pathware lets you create rich interactive content, Learning Space provides the tools to create the structure to conduct classroom business, such as handing out assignments, communicating with students, posting grades, and administering tests and quizzes," he explained.

"Whether the objective is to deliver individualized learning through self-directed, self-study courses or you're trying to create a collaborative learning environment for a group, we have the applications to accomplish your goals via the Web," added Eric Miller, Connectria vice president. Waidmann says he expects to see clients ranging in size from the small to the very largest of corporations because a hosting provider brings applications to users with faster speed and lower cost -advantages that are important across the board.

About IBM & Lotus
Lotus Development Corporation, founded in 1982, is a subsidiary of IBM Corporation. Lotus offers high-quality software products and services that reflect the company's unique understanding of the new ways in which individuals and businesses must work together to achieve success. Lotus' innovative approach is evident in a new class of applications that allows users to access and communicate information in ways never before possible, both within and beyond organizational boundaries. Lotus markets its products in more than 80 countries worldwide and provides numerous professional consulting, support and education services through the Lotus Services Group.

About Connectria
Connectria is a profitable and growing global provider of complex hosting and managed hosting services. Connectria offers an array of hosting services for companies of all sizes across a wide range of technologies, including Enterprise Applications, Software as a Service (SaaS), HIPAA Compliance Support, Data Center Outsourcing, Disaster Recovery and Cloud Computing. A privately held company, Connectria has built its business through reinvesting profits and without equity financing. Connectria operates world-class Data Centers, Network Operations Centers, and Engineering Centers located in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From these facilities, Connectria operates as a virtual extension of its clients' IT organizations.

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