Hong Kong, February 28, 2000
chinadotcom corporation's English-language portal sites feature Vignette StoryServer to provide dynamic online experience
— chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA; website: www.corp.china.com) a pan-Asian, integrated Internet company and Vignette Corporation (NASDAQ: VIGN; website: www.vignette.com), the leader in building e-Relationships together aim to provide a more robust Web environment for chinadotcom corporation's 2.2 million subscribed users.
Vignette's award-winning StoryServer? technology platform will be used to effectively manage and enhance the content of chinadotcom corporation's portal network, one of Asia's leading portal networks that delivers local content specifically tailored to Asian audiences.
Through this partnership, the English content of chinadotcom corporation's hongkong.com and china.com portals, will be efficiently managed online from one single source for quality reviews, content launches and instant updates, enabling users to immediately enjoy a more dynamic online experience. The content publishing solution allows content developers of chinadotcom corporation to develop selectively and control content from different geographic locations without limitations or interference.
Mr. Peter Hamilton, Chief Operating Officer of chinadotcom corporation, said, "In today's rapidly changing Internet environment, strategic tools such as StoryServer foster greater operational efficiency as chinadotcom corporation continues to expand. Our unique investment-driven business model "Build, Sell, Distribute" calls for partners who are proven leaders in their arena. Vignette's best-of-breed, quality solutions suit the complex requirements of today's Web environments and we are delighted to be working with Vignette as part of the 'Invest' component of our multi-pronged business approach."
"chinadotcom corporation recognises the importance of building customer loyalty online and delivering compelling visitor experiences and Vignette StoryServer will help them achieve these goals," said Allan Bagley, Asia Pacific Director of Vignette. "StoryServer will further enable chinadotcom corporation to attract, engage and retain users by providing a superior online experience, while successfully managing the English content of its portal sites through our proven, speed-to-market solution."
Mr. Hamilton continued, "By enriching the content of our portal sites, chinadotcom corporation increases customer loyalty and online stickiness, enabling us to maintain a leading position in the pan-Asian Internet industry."
About Vignette Corporation
Vignette Corporation (Nasdaq: VIGN), the leader in the category of Internet Relationship Management (IRM) software products and services, provides enterprise solutions for companies that are building businesses online. More than 225 global companies, including Singapore Tourism Board, Cable & Wireless Optus, Solution 6, News Ltd, Zurich Australia, Telecom New Zealand, First Union National Bank, U S West, National Semiconductor, DaimlerChrysler, Nokia, Qualcomm, CNET, Bertelsmann and Ziff-Davis' ZDNet, use Vignette solutions as part of their online strategy. Vignette has won numerous industry awards including the Crossroads A-list Award, Red Herring Magazine's Best Overall Private Company in 1998 and 1998 Best Product Award for StoryServer. In April 1999, the company's StoryServerT 4 was included in the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Vignette spearheaded the Information & Content Exchange (ICE) initiative with more than 80 other member companies including Microsoft, National Semiconductor and Sun Microsystems. Based on the Extensible Markup Language (XML), ICE 1.0 is the world's first protocol to enable content syndication. Vignette's product line includes Vignette StoryServerT 4, Vignette Development CenterT (VDCT), and Vignette Syndication ServerT (VSST), the world's first ICE-compatible product. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Vignette Corporation also has an Asia Pacific office located in Australia and offices located throughout Europe. Vignette can be found on the Web at www.vignette.com.
About chinadotcom corporation
chinadotcom corporation (NASDAQ: CHINA) is the leading pan-Asian Internet company built on an integrated operating and investment business model. The company provides a full range of Internet services that; 1) build e-business strategies and solutions (Web Connection), 2) distribute content via its portal network (china.com, cww.com, hongkong.com, and taiwan.com), and 3) sell services through advertising (24/7 Media Asia).
chinadotcom corporation also invests in synergistic internet companies throughout Asia-Pacific that add value and depth to its services and portal channels. chinadotcom corporation's investment strategy is largely based on three types of investments. The first, incubation - through chinadotcom corporation's Jump Start program - supports seeding of new companies and incubates Internet start-ups. For example, chinadotcom corporation's investment in, and development of, looks.com has created a highly popular Asian beauty and fashion online retailer. The second, acceleration, builds on existing businesses and accelerates the growth of the existing online services, while the third category of investments, partnership, enables chinadotcom corporation to join with established Internet companies to accelerate their entry into the Asian market.
chinadotcom corporation is committed to enabling digital communities to realize their full potential, thereby facilitating the development of the Internet in China and across Asia. The company has 1000 employees in 24 offices across 10 Asian markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. In Mainland China, the company has nine offices and over 300 employees. Major corporate shareholders include America Online Inc., Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Nortel Network Corporation, Sun Microsystems Inc., New World Infrastructure Limited and 24/7 Media, Inc. For more information about chinadotcom corporation, please visit www.corp.china.com.
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