eJigsaw RFP FasTrak(SM) IT Referral Service Connects Companies With Vendors Satisfying Complex IT Needs

Free Service, Staffed by Industry Experts, Analyzes Requirements

And Recommends Solutions; Neutral Third-Party Resource Cuts Search/Evaluation

Time by 50%



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from eJigsaw Inc.

    HAYWARD, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading eMarketplace for IT
 solutions -- eJigsaw (www.ejigsaw.com) has announced RFP FasTrak(SM), a free,
 expert-led referral service designed to significantly reduce the time
 companies need to find qualified vendors for a wide range of IT solution
 needs.  Using RFP FasTrak, companies work one-to-one with an eJigsaw IT
 solutions expert who analyzes the customer's requirements and recommend
 solutions, drawing on eJigsaw's universe of over 7,500 pre-approved IT
 vendors.
     RFP FasTrak has already met the needs of several hundred companies and
 organizations, including many Fortune 1000 companies.  Total expenditures
 funneled through RFP FasTrak have exceeded $100 million to date, testifying to
 the popularity of the service.
     "Business executives are not always technologists but they are often
 expected to make IT decisions in order to solve a critical business need. The
 ability to discuss your specific requirements in private, with a neutral IT
 solutions expert, is a real value," said Raghu Viswanathan, President and CEO,
 eJigsaw. "Customers come back because our experts eJigsaw RFP FasTrak(SM) help
 shorten their IT evaluation process and they trust us to handle their
 important RFP projects confidentially."
     To use RFP FasTrak, users simply click on the RFP FasTrak link on
 eJigsaw's home page and complete a short form describing their IT project.  An
 RFP FasTrak expert who is versed in that particular type of project contacts
 the user via phone.  The expert asks a number of follow-up questions to gain a
 thorough knowledge of the IT project, then prepares a complete analysis
 including budget and timeline.
     Using eJigsaw's internal qualification engine, the expert determines the
 best vendor or vendor groups to satisfy the need.  The project is converted to
 a Request For Proposal (RFP), which, with the customer's consent, is made
 available to the top three qualified vendors for each aspect of the solution.
 Finally, vendors contact the customer on a confidential basis for appropriate
 follow-up.
 
     "Our statistics show that the average IT executive spends six months in
 the evaluation phase of a major infrastructure implementation," said
 Viswanathan.  "RFP FasTrak can shorten that process by up to 50% while
 providing more a thorough review of possible solutions.  At the same time,
 vendors prefer participation in RFP FasTrak because it puts them in touch with
 pre-qualified customer prospects that are ten to fifteen times more likely to
 close on a purchase."
     RFP FasTrak is based on IT solutions found at eJigsaw's IT eMarketplace,
 which offers free information and comparisons on thousands of IT products and
 services.  With over 21,000 IT solutions now represented, 50 discrete business
 categories, and users from over 120 countries including 50% of the Fortune
 500, eJigsaw has become the preferred eMarketplace for IT solutions.
 
     About eJigsaw:
     eJigsaw (www.ejigsaw.com), helps business customers streamline the IT
 evaluation process.  eJigsaw offers a suite of interactive tools that enable
 IT decision makers to evaluate over 20,000 products and services segmented
 within 50 different Industry solution channels.  eJigsaw's intelligent search
 engine enables users to compare vendor offerings using Industry, Business and
 Technology cross-matching. Founded in 1999, the privately held company is
 located at 25151 Clawiter Road, Hayward, California 94545.
 
     CONTACT:  Cathy Wong of Ally Communications, 650-303-6664, or
 wong@allycomm.com, for eJigsaw Inc.; or Arleen Urquhart of eJigsaw Inc.,
 510-266-7033, or arleen@ejigsaw.com
 
 

SOURCE eJigsaw Inc.
    HAYWARD, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The leading eMarketplace for IT
 solutions -- eJigsaw (www.ejigsaw.com) has announced RFP FasTrak(SM), a free,
 expert-led referral service designed to significantly reduce the time
 companies need to find qualified vendors for a wide range of IT solution
 needs.  Using RFP FasTrak, companies work one-to-one with an eJigsaw IT
 solutions expert who analyzes the customer's requirements and recommend
 solutions, drawing on eJigsaw's universe of over 7,500 pre-approved IT
 vendors.
     RFP FasTrak has already met the needs of several hundred companies and
 organizations, including many Fortune 1000 companies.  Total expenditures
 funneled through RFP FasTrak have exceeded $100 million to date, testifying to
 the popularity of the service.
     "Business executives are not always technologists but they are often
 expected to make IT decisions in order to solve a critical business need. The
 ability to discuss your specific requirements in private, with a neutral IT
 solutions expert, is a real value," said Raghu Viswanathan, President and CEO,
 eJigsaw. "Customers come back because our experts eJigsaw RFP FasTrak(SM) help
 shorten their IT evaluation process and they trust us to handle their
 important RFP projects confidentially."
     To use RFP FasTrak, users simply click on the RFP FasTrak link on
 eJigsaw's home page and complete a short form describing their IT project.  An
 RFP FasTrak expert who is versed in that particular type of project contacts
 the user via phone.  The expert asks a number of follow-up questions to gain a
 thorough knowledge of the IT project, then prepares a complete analysis
 including budget and timeline.
     Using eJigsaw's internal qualification engine, the expert determines the
 best vendor or vendor groups to satisfy the need.  The project is converted to
 a Request For Proposal (RFP), which, with the customer's consent, is made
 available to the top three qualified vendors for each aspect of the solution.
 Finally, vendors contact the customer on a confidential basis for appropriate
 follow-up.
 
     "Our statistics show that the average IT executive spends six months in
 the evaluation phase of a major infrastructure implementation," said
 Viswanathan.  "RFP FasTrak can shorten that process by up to 50% while
 providing more a thorough review of possible solutions.  At the same time,
 vendors prefer participation in RFP FasTrak because it puts them in touch with
 pre-qualified customer prospects that are ten to fifteen times more likely to
 close on a purchase."
     RFP FasTrak is based on IT solutions found at eJigsaw's IT eMarketplace,
 which offers free information and comparisons on thousands of IT products and
 services.  With over 21,000 IT solutions now represented, 50 discrete business
 categories, and users from over 120 countries including 50% of the Fortune
 500, eJigsaw has become the preferred eMarketplace for IT solutions.
 
     About eJigsaw:
     eJigsaw (www.ejigsaw.com), helps business customers streamline the IT
 evaluation process.  eJigsaw offers a suite of interactive tools that enable
 IT decision makers to evaluate over 20,000 products and services segmented
 within 50 different Industry solution channels.  eJigsaw's intelligent search
 engine enables users to compare vendor offerings using Industry, Business and
 Technology cross-matching. Founded in 1999, the privately held company is
 located at 25151 Clawiter Road, Hayward, California 94545.
 
     CONTACT:  Cathy Wong of Ally Communications, 650-303-6664, or
 wong@allycomm.com, for eJigsaw Inc.; or Arleen Urquhart of eJigsaw Inc.,
 510-266-7033, or arleen@ejigsaw.com
 
 SOURCE  eJigsaw Inc.