SCO Launches EdgeClick, a New Technology Platform for Mobile and Desktop Digital Services SCO Rolls Out an Innovative Technology Platform, New Partner Programs Plus

a Transactional Portal to Support the Entire Digital Services 'Ecosystem'



    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
 programming techniques.
     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
        EdgeClick Park.
 
     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
 costly errors.
     "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
 and services."
     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
 services.
     "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
 activation.
     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
 http://www.edgeclickpark.com .
 
     About SCO
     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
 +1-801-264-8855.
 
 

SOURCE The SCO Group, Inc.

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