News Release

eCompany Network Joins the Cisco Resource Network for Growing Businesses

Networking Leader and Applications Services Provider Team to
Apr 19, 1999

Networking Leader and Applications Services Provider Team to
Deliver Internet Solutions for Small and Medium Business Market

CHICAGO, IL. -- April 19, 1999 -- Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced that eCompany Network, provider of Web-based business management applications, is joining the Cisco Resource Network for Growing Businesses. Cisco and eCompany Network will work together to deliver Internet business solutions specifically designed for the small and medium business market.

As a new generation of Web-based business management tools, eCompany Network provides small and growing companies with scalable, robust, maintenance-free products at a fraction of the cost of comparable solutions. Additionally, eCompany Network gives CPAs and financial consultants better tools to manage their own business as well as provide enhanced financial management services to their clients who join eCompany Network.

This marketing alliance combines eCompany Network's Web-based business management applications with Cisco's industry-leading networking solutions to provide end-to-end Web-based solutions that enable small and growing businesses (1-100 employees) to do real work at peak performance over the Web at a reasonable cost. Growing businesses can start with a solution that fits their needs and budget, then scale their solution over time.

"This marketing alliance demonstrates Cisco's commitment to the small and growing business market," said Richard Steranka, Cisco director of marketing, small and medium business. "As industry leaders, Cisco and eCompany Network have taken a principal role in providing small businesses with cost-effective, scalable solutions."

More and more small and growing companies are preparing to take advantage of the most sophisticated business applications available to participate and compete in the Internet economy. This marketing alliance, and other similar alliances announced recently by Cisco such as Great Plains, SalesLogix, Employease, and Netmosphere, enables smaller organizations to confidently deploy secure, high-performance solutions traditionally available only to much larger firms. With real-time access to current and accurate data, employees can make better, more informed decisions, respond faster to customer inquiries, and work more efficiently with suppliers.

The availability of Internet solutions for smaller companies opens up important new revenue streams for Cisco value-added resellers.

As Web-based applications, eCompany Network solutions reduce information technology requirements while allowing small and growing companies to run powerful business applications, such as accounting and e-commerce order processing across multiple sites. "The eCompany Network fundamentally changes the way small and growing companies can achieve business process efficiencies by exploiting our Web-based applications services," said Dave Larson, COO, eCompany Network. "Teaming with Cisco enables us to offer a unparalleled, end-to-end Web-based solution."

About the eCompany Network

The eCompany Network revolutionizes the way small and growing companies achieve business process efficiencies through a suite of Web-hosted applications services. Founded in 1997, eCompany Network provides these businesses with alternatives to expensive, high-end enterprise client/server systems, and related complex IT infrastructure, allowing companies to focus on their core business-not complicated systems, software, and processes. eCompany Network is based in Palo Alto, California.

Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet.

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