Ecommerce software vendor Calico Technology will set up its first European office and announce reseller agreements with European Vars in the next few weeks.
Calico?s ecommerce software is used by 3Com, Cabletron Systems, Cisco Systems, Racal Data Group, Sun Microsystems, Tech Data, and it signed Dell Computer last month. Dell plans to use Calico for its online purchasing systems and its first Calico roll-out is underway in Europe. This deal, and a European agreement with Sun?s Sun Service arm, have prompted the company to open a London office in two weeks? time.
Matt Di Maria, vice president of marketing at Calico, said the company offers businesses an interactive selling system for their customers. It includes analysis tools, development options and the business processes to conduct ecommerce.
"We work with enterprise resource planning software companies as a front end," Di Maria said. "Cabletron is using our software on SAP, for example."
The Internet has shifted software needs from companies? existing front and back office tools to external, customer-facing and interactive applications, Di Maria said, so ebusiness tools need to address the new needs but work with current systems.
Founded in 1994, Calico hired former Cadence Design Systems' general manager Alan Naumann as president and chief executive in July 1997. Calico supports Microsoft Windows NT, Sun Solaris and Silicon Graphics Irix servers and clients using Active X, Java or HTML-based software.
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