Orbital Software and Clearlybusiness.com Partner to Create Interactive Online Community for U.K. Small Business Market

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Orbital Software

    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbital Software
 (www.orbitalsw.com), a leading provider of Q&A infrastructure solutions for
 Internet and corporate portals, and Clearlybusiness.com, the U.K. small
 business advice and services Web site backed by Freeserve plc and Barclays
 plc, today announced the creation of a new online community that aims to
 improve the success rate of small businesses by providing accurate, timely
 answers to user questions.  The new interactive forum, called the
 "Clearlybusiness Question and Answer Service," represents the biggest software
 deployment worldwide for Orbital and gives Clearlybusiness' 60,000 customers
 the ability to ask plain English, business-related questions and have them
 answered by small business advisors, industry experts and their peers.
     Clearlybusiness.com brings together the full range of services required to
 set up and run a successful business; from legal services and buying and
 selling online to chasing bad debts. Orbital's Organik enables the
 Clearlybusiness Web site to create a truly open and interactive community that
 links people together based on expertise and knowledge. This enables
 Clearlybusiness.com to help increase the survival and growth prospects of its
 small business users by giving them access to the kind of information and cost
 and efficiency benefits that have been available only to larger companies
 previously.
     "It is our intention to make Clearlybusiness.com the premier destination
 for small businesses to seek advice and get answers to their business
 questions. The interactive questions and answers forum powered by Organik is
 pivotal to this new service," said Stephen Shelley, managing director of
 Clearlybusiness.com. "The value of Orbital's software lies in its ability to
 link people together with questions and answers, building a real community and
 a library of experience and knowledge that our customers can access."
     With its unique patented technology, Orbital's Organik software creates
 and dynamically updates users' profiles, interests and expertise while
 building an extensive knowledge database that records previously asked
 questions and answers for future use by customers.
     "With the addition of Organik, Clearlybusiness.com can now better
 understand their customers' views and concerns -- invaluable information for
 creating new services on the portal," said Ernst Kallus, vice president of
 global sales and marketing at Orbital.  "This alliance builds on our strategy
 to provide technology that enhances a company's portal offering and greatly
 accelerates and maximizes benefits for customers."
     Orbital is extending deployments of its software further into the Internet
 portal market, building communities at corporate Web sites for increased and
 repeated Web site visits, where users identify and communicate with audiences
 of similar interests while making the most of their Web experiences.
 
     About Clearlybusiness.com
     Clearlybusiness.com, the new UK small business advice and services website
 backed by Freeserve plc and Barclays plc, brings together the full range of
 services required to set up and run a successful business from legal services,
 buying and selling online to chasing bad debts. There are now over 300
 articles giving advice on all aspects of small business management as well as
 30 strategic partners offering competitive products and services often well
 below the cost of buying offline.
     The website can be accessed at www.clearlybusiness.com, and is also
 distributed from the Barclays branch network (1700 nationwide), selected PC
 World outlets (70 nationwide), as well as direct access from Freeserve, the
 U.K.'s leading Internet Service Provider (ISP), and Barclays' online banking.
 
     About Orbital Software
     Orbital Software is a leading provider of scalable, person-to-person, Q&A
 infrastructure for Internet and corporate portals. Orbital's Organik software
 brings people and information together, creating an environment in which users
 can ask questions, find experts and share knowledge. Orbital creates online
 expert communities that help boost Web site traffic, improve customer
 satisfaction and foster user productivity.
     Founded in 1995, Orbital has U.S. headquarters in Framingham, MA with
 European headquarters in Edinburgh, U.K. Additional information about Orbital
 Software and its complete product line can be accessed on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.orbitalsw.com.
 
     Orbital contacts:
     Bridget Hatt                         Katy Brennan/Ann Linnehan
     Orbital Software                     LNS Communications, Inc.
     508-663-2016                         617-577-9777
     bridget@orbitalsw.com                kbrennan@LNScom.com
                                          alinnehan@LNScom.com
 
     Clearlybusiness contacts:
     Deborah Smith                        Alex Jacob/Alison Cort
     PR Manager                           Lansons Communications
     Clearlybusiness.com                  Alexj@lansons.com/alisonc@lansons.com
     Deborah.smith@clearlybusiness.com    0207 490 8828
     01442 355 735
 
     All product names mentioned in this release are the trademarks of their
 respective owners.  The following is a listing of the most important
 trademarks owned or used by Orbital Software Group Limited. Those trademarks
 followed by the (R) symbol are registered trademarks of Orbital Software Group
 Limited in the relevant territories specified in the listing. Those trademarks
 followed by the (TM) symbol are trademarks used by Orbital Software Group
 Limited.
 
     ORBITAL SOFTWARE (R)
     ORGANIK (R)
     ORGANIK KnowledgeWare (TM)
     ORGANIK PersonaServer (TM)
     ORGANIK PeopleFinder (TM)
 
 

SOURCE Orbital Software
    FRAMINGHAM, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbital Software
 (www.orbitalsw.com), a leading provider of Q&A infrastructure solutions for
 Internet and corporate portals, and Clearlybusiness.com, the U.K. small
 business advice and services Web site backed by Freeserve plc and Barclays
 plc, today announced the creation of a new online community that aims to
 improve the success rate of small businesses by providing accurate, timely
 answers to user questions.  The new interactive forum, called the
 "Clearlybusiness Question and Answer Service," represents the biggest software
 deployment worldwide for Orbital and gives Clearlybusiness' 60,000 customers
 the ability to ask plain English, business-related questions and have them
 answered by small business advisors, industry experts and their peers.
     Clearlybusiness.com brings together the full range of services required to
 set up and run a successful business; from legal services and buying and
 selling online to chasing bad debts. Orbital's Organik enables the
 Clearlybusiness Web site to create a truly open and interactive community that
 links people together based on expertise and knowledge. This enables
 Clearlybusiness.com to help increase the survival and growth prospects of its
 small business users by giving them access to the kind of information and cost
 and efficiency benefits that have been available only to larger companies
 previously.
     "It is our intention to make Clearlybusiness.com the premier destination
 for small businesses to seek advice and get answers to their business
 questions. The interactive questions and answers forum powered by Organik is
 pivotal to this new service," said Stephen Shelley, managing director of
 Clearlybusiness.com. "The value of Orbital's software lies in its ability to
 link people together with questions and answers, building a real community and
 a library of experience and knowledge that our customers can access."
     With its unique patented technology, Orbital's Organik software creates
 and dynamically updates users' profiles, interests and expertise while
 building an extensive knowledge database that records previously asked
 questions and answers for future use by customers.
     "With the addition of Organik, Clearlybusiness.com can now better
 understand their customers' views and concerns -- invaluable information for
 creating new services on the portal," said Ernst Kallus, vice president of
 global sales and marketing at Orbital.  "This alliance builds on our strategy
 to provide technology that enhances a company's portal offering and greatly
 accelerates and maximizes benefits for customers."
     Orbital is extending deployments of its software further into the Internet
 portal market, building communities at corporate Web sites for increased and
 repeated Web site visits, where users identify and communicate with audiences
 of similar interests while making the most of their Web experiences.
 
     About Clearlybusiness.com
     Clearlybusiness.com, the new UK small business advice and services website
 backed by Freeserve plc and Barclays plc, brings together the full range of
 services required to set up and run a successful business from legal services,
 buying and selling online to chasing bad debts. There are now over 300
 articles giving advice on all aspects of small business management as well as
 30 strategic partners offering competitive products and services often well
 below the cost of buying offline.
     The website can be accessed at www.clearlybusiness.com, and is also
 distributed from the Barclays branch network (1700 nationwide), selected PC
 World outlets (70 nationwide), as well as direct access from Freeserve, the
 U.K.'s leading Internet Service Provider (ISP), and Barclays' online banking.
 
     About Orbital Software
     Orbital Software is a leading provider of scalable, person-to-person, Q&A
 infrastructure for Internet and corporate portals. Orbital's Organik software
 brings people and information together, creating an environment in which users
 can ask questions, find experts and share knowledge. Orbital creates online
 expert communities that help boost Web site traffic, improve customer
 satisfaction and foster user productivity.
     Founded in 1995, Orbital has U.S. headquarters in Framingham, MA with
 European headquarters in Edinburgh, U.K. Additional information about Orbital
 Software and its complete product line can be accessed on the World Wide Web
 at http://www.orbitalsw.com.
 
     Orbital contacts:
     Bridget Hatt                         Katy Brennan/Ann Linnehan
     Orbital Software                     LNS Communications, Inc.
     508-663-2016                         617-577-9777
     bridget@orbitalsw.com                kbrennan@LNScom.com
                                          alinnehan@LNScom.com
 
     Clearlybusiness contacts:
     Deborah Smith                        Alex Jacob/Alison Cort
     PR Manager                           Lansons Communications
     Clearlybusiness.com                  Alexj@lansons.com/alisonc@lansons.com
     Deborah.smith@clearlybusiness.com    0207 490 8828
     01442 355 735
 
     All product names mentioned in this release are the trademarks of their
 respective owners.  The following is a listing of the most important
 trademarks owned or used by Orbital Software Group Limited. Those trademarks
 followed by the (R) symbol are registered trademarks of Orbital Software Group
 Limited in the relevant territories specified in the listing. Those trademarks
 followed by the (TM) symbol are trademarks used by Orbital Software Group
 Limited.
 
     ORBITAL SOFTWARE (R)
     ORGANIK (R)
     ORGANIK KnowledgeWare (TM)
     ORGANIK PersonaServer (TM)
     ORGANIK PeopleFinder (TM)
 
 SOURCE  Orbital Software