LINDON, Utah, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The SCO Group, Inc.
("SCO") (Nasdaq: SCOX) today announced its new EdgeClick(TM) platform for
mobile and desktop digital services, several new EdgeClick partner programs
and a new transactional portal called EdgeClick Park(TM) that will support an
entire ecosystem of solution partners, sales agents and end users.
At the core of the EdgeClick platform is an innovative service-oriented
architecture (SOA) server called an "edge processor" that connects many types
of end-point devices -- including mobile phones, PCs and others -- to robust
digital network services for communications, collaboration, control,
information access and transactional processing. Integrated with this
technology are facilities for automated service branding, monetization and
business federation. These facilities make seamless the development, marketing,
provisioning and billing of high-value, high-impact digital services.
EdgeClick digital services are custom applications, content and
infrastructure elements built using EdgeClick technology by solution partners
and corporate developers using Java, Web Services and other network
The EdgeClick platform employs a service grid network architecture for
flexible and secure deployment and management of software, servers and other
infrastructure assets. EdgeClick's business enablement facilities are provided
by a new transactional portal called EdgeClick Park, which serves as the
primary business hub for EdgeClick digital services. The first phase of
EdgeClick Park can be found at http://www.edgeclickpark.com .
Because the commercial and financial opportunities made possible by
EdgeClick technology are vast and the digital services platform is flexible to
incorporate a variety of solutions, SCO is extending the EdgeClick platform to
digital services solution partners. Through SCO's EdgeClick Partner Program,
resellers and developers can use EdgeClick Park to gain access to a variety of
development resources and, importantly, prospective customers:
* Digital Service Partners can build, sell, provision, bill and support
innovative on-demand solutions for consumers and businesses and market
them through EdgeClick Park.
* Content Partners can market branded digital content and components such
as ring tones, podcasts, etc. to a global audience.
* Infrastructure Partners can reach new global markets with advanced
network control, management, and connection solutions and services.
* Commerce Partners can get their wireless and IT products and services
in front of many more qualified prospects with an ecommerce presence in
SCO is simultaneously launching the Me(TM) Inc. Sales Agent Program, in
which individual subscribers of SCO's Me Inc. suite of rich mobility services
earn lucrative recurring commissions for bringing new Me Inc. service
subscribers into the EdgeClick ecosystem.
"With the EdgeClick digital services ecosystem, SCO has extended the
opportunities for individuals and organizations of all kinds to participate in
developing, selling and using digital services," said Tim Negris, executive
vice president of marketing and sales, The SCO Group. "The smart phone market
has seen tremendous growth in recent years and the adoption rates of these
devices is expected to continue growing rapidly. As this happens, the business
opportunities for EdgeClick solution partners and Me Inc. sales agents will
expand to an even greater extent."
SCO has been developing EdgeClick technology in-house for several years
and has recently completed a successful beta test with New York-based Musco
Food Corporation. Together with ASK Technologies, a SCO Premier reseller, SCO
was able to develop a customized mobile order entry solution, freeing the New
York-based Italian foods wholesaler from the burden of an outdated system and
"Our custom mobile order entry system has allowed us to offer a greater
level of customer service than we could have hoped for," said Joe Chiavetta,
CFO, Musco Food Corp. "We will save thousands of dollars a month along with
numerous other benefits because of SCO's EdgeClick digital services and ASK's
ability to build on the robust EdgeClick technology."
EdgeClick Solution Partner Program
To enable and support the rapid development and growth of EdgeClick
digital services, SCO has introduced the EdgeClick Solution Partner
Program(TM). Through this program solution partners can build, sell, provision,
bill and support innovative new wireless and broadband subscription services
for business and consumers. These solutions could include access, collection,
sharing and integration for corporate information assets, mobile ecommerce,
marketing, entertainment and the ability to monitor and control business
systems and processes.
"The EdgeClick Solution Partner program allows companies of all sizes to
get the tools and services they need to add mobile access to existing
applications and databases," said Stephen Pirolli, Principal, ASK Technologies
Inc. "Ultimately, we are excited to join the program as we see the EdgeClick
digital infrastructure as expanding the opportunities for members to reach new
global markets with advanced network control, management, connection solutions
BIS Computer Solutions, a solution partner which operates a dedicated
business division to provide their customers with innovative mobile solutions,
recently signed on to offer EdgeClick digital services for their customers.
"Through the digital services ecosystem, SCO has made it possible for
solution partners to develop digital mobile solutions and software that
enhances the way customers do business, making every application and operation
as productive as possible," said Michael Macho, BIS mobile division director.
"Further, with their partner programs, SCO is enabling customers and solution
partners to grow their businesses in innovative ways and increase profits."
The Me Inc. Suite of Digital Services
Using EdgeClick technology, SCO developed the Me Inc. suite of rich
mobility services to improve communication, collaboration and control for
groups of any size and type. The initial release of the Me Inc. suite includes
services called Shout and Vote, both of which are available now.
The Shout digital service allows users to communicate personally with
groups of various sizes via a text or audio message created quickly and simply
from a smart phone. Such messages can be received via smart phones or via
web-enabled desktop and laptop PCs.
The Vote digital service is a fast and easy-to-use mobile polling service
that lets users gather and publish opinions from any number of people at any
time, from anywhere. In early trials, various companies and organizations have
found Vote useful to poll customers, employees and potential customers.
The first phase of EdgeClick Park features the fully operational Me Inc.
Mobility Center, a place where people can learn about, purchase, activate and
manage Me Inc. subscriptions.
Provo, Utah City Mayor, Lewis K. Billings and BYU athletic director and
sports personality, Tom Holmoe, are two early adopters of Me Inc. digital
"One of my main goals as the mayor of Provo City is to use technology to
bless the lives of Provo residents, and Me Inc. is simply and effectively
allowing me to do that," said Lewis K. Billings, mayor of Provo, Utah. "Me Inc.
is an incredible technology, one which I plan to use continually throughout my
term as it dramatically enhances my ability to personally reach constituents."
"The best part of Me Inc. is that it allows us to 'reach out and touch'
those who support BYU athletics in real-time," said Tom Holmoe, athletic
director, Brigham Young University. "We have been able to use Me Inc. in
football, women's volleyball, women's soccer, and women's cross country and
track, and we plan on using Me Inc. in every BYU sport as it has proven to be
an effective tool in increasing the communication and collaboration between
coaches, athletes, fans and alumni."
Me Inc. Sales Agent Program
The Me Inc. Sales Agent Program enables any qualified individual, group,
company, or organization using Me Inc. to make lucrative, recurring monthly
commissions by signing up subscribers to Me Inc. digital services and selling
smart phones and carrier service activations.
Becoming a Me Inc. Sales Agent requires no technical skills or training
and no investment other than a smart phone and a subscription to Me Inc.
digital services. With these two simple things, a sales agent can earn up to
hundreds or thousands of dollars per sale in commissions and subscription
annuities generated by each account they sign up.
Through the EdgeClick Park portal and the sales agent program, SCO will
provide Me Inc. sales agents with business support services and enable agents
to take orders from anywhere in the world using just their smart phones. SCO
is also teaming up with 3D Communications and Sprint(R) to allow Me Inc. sales
agents to sell mobile phones, associated products and services, plus a host of
competitively-priced national service plans. For a limited time, 3D is
offering corporate accounts Palm Treo phones for as low as $99 per phone*with
One of the first companies to join the Me Inc. Sales Agent program is
EdgeLink Solutions. "We've recently created a dedicated part of our business
selling Me Inc. digital services from SCO," said Gary Cooper, COO, EdgeLink
Solutions. "The leads we're receiving from SCO indicate that customers are
interested in extending the capabilities of smart phones to communicate in an
entirely new way. We're seeing interest from various customers involved with
entertainment, sports teams, universities, and businesses of all kinds."
Inside EdgeClick Technology
The edge processor creates a secure environment for information access and
control by off-loading information from lightweight mobile devices and
performing the computational heavy lifting in a secure and stable environment.
This added layer of processing power and security enables smart phones and
other mobile devices to be the high-powered productivity tools that everyone
wants. Edge processors can easily connect to enterprise systems and web
services, enabling EdgeClick users to access all kinds of information, content
and processes on PCs, mobile phones, and other network-connected devices.
Distributed EdgeClick edge processors communicate automatically with each
other, forming a service grid network for flexible, secure, robust, deployment
and management of software, servers, and other infrastructure assets.
EdgeClick solutions users and partners are brought together and supported by
the EdgeClick Park web portal.
The EdgeClick edge processor will also be available soon for on-premise
deployment by enterprise and third-party solution partners, thus enabling them
to securely extend existing business application functionality to mobile
devices such as smart phones and PDAs. Alternatively, these developers can use
the platform to create entirely new business applications.
Pricing and Availability
Me Inc. digital services are currently available on a subscription basis
for $9.99 per service with up to 100 contacts (volume pricing is also
available). Information on EdgeClick Solution Partner Program pricing and
commissions, as well as developer support programs will be available soon. For
more information on EdgeClick technology, the Me Inc. suite of services or how
to become an EdgeClick solution partner or Me Inc. sales agent, please call
1-800-726-8649 toll free within the U.S. and Canada or visit
The SCO Group (Nasdaq: SCOX) is a leading provider of UNIX software
technology for distributed, embedded and network-based systems, offering SCO
OpenServer for small to medium business, UnixWare for enterprise applications,
and Me Inc. for digital network services. SCO's highly innovative and reliable
solutions help millions of customers grow their businesses everyday, from SCO
OpenServer on main street to UnixWare on Wall Street, and beyond. SCO owns the
core UNIX operating system, originally developed by AT&T/Bell Labs and is the
exclusive licensor to Unix-based system software providers.
Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, SCO has a worldwide network of thousands of
resellers and developers. SCO Global Services provides reliable localized
support and services to partners and customers. For more information on SCO
products and services, visit http://www.sco.com .
SCO, SCO OpenServer, the associated SCO logo, EdgeClick, EdgeClick Park
and Me Inc. are trademarks or registered trademarks of The SCO Group, Inc. in
the U.S. and other countries. UNIX and UnixWare are registered trademarks of
The Open Group.
* 3D Communications is currently offering $99 Palm Treo phones for a
limited time when a minimum of five phones are purchased with activation for
corporate accounts. For complete details, contact 3D Communications at
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