Mi8 Europe, the first ASP to provide access to Microsoft Office and Lotus Notes applications over the internet, has joined forces with Web Street to offer small companies a full range of internet services, including easy-to-build ecommerce sites.
Mi8 claims to be the only company to offer access to Microsoft's Office, Outlook and Exchange, Lotus Notes and Goldmine over the internet with a flexible monthly pricing structure based on the number of users.
This latest ASP model is expected to win small business converts as it is low-cost model that scales easily as businesses expand.
Web Street's software allows businesses to build secure ecommerce websites with full shopping basket facilities and simple 'point and click' skills within a web browser.
"Small organisations generally have a core product or service on which they need to focus as much energy as possible, and IT becomes a necessary evil," said Web Street's managing director Douglas McDonald.
"On the other hand, if they ignore the potential of ecommerce, they know that they'll soon fall behind."
McDonald added that the partnership offers smaller companies both easy ecommerce site development and day-to-day IT infrastructure with lower investment costs and less hassle.
"Our goal is to take the burden of IT services to enable startups and small organisations to get on with their core business," said Mi8 Europe's channel manager James Young.
"Successful entrepreneurs know when to delegate and outsource, and IT is an obvious choice to hand over responsibility for."
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