Netscape has launched its Custom Netcenter custom portal service for enterprises.
The offering provides users with portal content, services and vertical market applications, which means that they do not have to acquire their own, host services or build personalised engines.
The aim of portal sites is to provide hooks into other sites and deliver personalised information and services to customers. While most simply direct people to static Web pages, Custom Netcenter provides companies with up-to-the-minute news, free email, stock quotes, and company-specific content and services such as personal billing or human resources information.
Mike Homer, executive vice president and general manager of Netscape?s Netcenter division, said: "Custom Netcenter represents the next wave of portal technology because it provides a new platform that empowers businesses to deliver the products and services that their consumers care about and need."
The product is based on the Netscape Personalization Engine and can be customised for vertical markets, specific employees, customers or business partners.
Companies already previewing Custom Netcenter include Coca-Cola, Lucent Technologies, Mazda, Texas Instruments and the US Department of Defense. Lucent said it planned to use the technology to create a vertical portal. This will act as an interactive gateway for prototyping Web-based wireless Internet applications.
Custom Netcenter will cost $3 to $10 per user per year for an annual subscription.
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