Reef Launches Internetware 2.1 at E-Biz Expo in NYC

Enhanced Support for Emerging Internet Technologies Provides End-Users With

Anytime, Anywhere Access to Digital Information



Dec 12, 2000, 00:00 ET from Reef S.A./N.V.

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Reef(R) (www.reef.com), the leading
 global Internet software company offering an open software foundation for
 e-business, announced today the launch of Internetware(R) 2.1 at the
 E-Business Conference and Expo. This upgrade to Reef's award-winning
 Internetware e-business operating system is designed to support emerging
 Internet protocols like wireless access protocol (WAP), and to increase
 compatibility with prevalent e-business platforms, including Linux. The new
 functionality found in Internetware 2.1 furthers the company's vision of
 ubiquitous access to digital information. Internetware 2.1 enables companies
 to deliver online commerce, content and community services to their employees,
 partners and customers anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
     The Reef suite of Internetware applications was created to help companies
 quickly deploy and easily maintain their e-business operations, especially in
 critical areas like online content management and interactive community
 building. Customers in North America can now benefit from Reef's growing
 success in Europe, where the company is a recognized technological leader,
 providing Internet applications that empower non-technical business users to
 take control of their e-business strategy. Support for Linux is also included
 in Internetware 2.1, making it even easier for web developers and systems
 integrators to weave Java-based Internetware into the e-business solutions
 they offer their customers. This feature, coupled with WAP support, expands
 the range of applications than can be developed and deployed with
 Internetware.
     "Internetware 2.1 was designed as an open standards platform with
 cutting-edge technologies to help our customers and partners successfully
 execute their e-commerce strategies," noted Philippe Brawerman, Reef's
 president, CEO and co-founder. "The technological sophistication of Version
 2.1 reflects our vision of providing companies of all sizes with the tools
 they need to embrace technological change and remain competitive, whether they
 are small, cost-conscious website publishers, or Global 2000 companies."
 
     Leading Companies Embracing Internetware
     Founded just two years ago, Reef has enjoyed enormous success with its
 Internetware line of e-business applications, which include Reef Content
 applications, for creating, updating, storing and archiving website content;
 Reef Community applications, for creating and managing online communities, and
 administering content access rights and rules; and Reef Commerce Management
 applications, for creating and administering online stores and personalizing
 information delivery as shoppers' profiles and preferences change. In the
 United States, K-Swiss and Alliance Medical have adopted Reef Internetware to
 execute their e-commerce strategies and prepare for the growing popularity of
 WAP-enabled applications in the U.S. market. Internationally, Internetware is
 the e-business operating system of choice for global leaders like Vivendi,
 Credit Suisse, Siemens, and Bryan, Garnier and Co.
     Bryan, Garnier and Co. is a pan-European, independent investment bank
 using Internetware to power its intranet and extranet, and manage its
 corporate presence on the web. "We needed an Internet foundation that would
 allow non-technical employees to take complete control of our web-based
 communications and facilitate better interaction with our clients," said
 Gregoire Revenu, Bryan, Garnier and Co.'s managing director. "With
 Internetware, we brought all web publishing activities in-house, resulting in
 considerable cost savings. Equally important, we created a dynamic web
 presence that dramatically improves our ability to offer timely market
 research and recommendations to clients so that they can capitalize on
 investment opportunities."
 
     Increased Functionality Empower Users
     The following new enhancements in Internetware 2.1 expand upon Reef's
 commitment to delivering an open, integrated application suite that empowers
 non-technical users to take control of their e-business:
 
     Suite Functionality
     Internetware 2.1 now provides administrators with a single point of entry
 to all Reef applications through a powerful directory structure. Site visitors
 can register their user profiles across the Internetware suite, reducing
 administrative tasks that can bottleneck the management of web applications,
 intranets and extranets. This unique feature enables Reef to provide companies
 with a cohesive platform for their e-business operations.
 
     Community Management
     High-traffic community management is enhanced through better scalability,
 moderation, and message management. The ability to develop dynamic
 applications such as discussion groups and surveys is improved through greater
 flexibility in community communications.
 
     Content Management
     Dynamic and static content can be easily organized and syndicated though a
 simple library structure, providing users with powerful content syndication
 tools to populate a variety of website sections. Increased granularity in time
 management of online content posting and syndication also enhances web
 publishing capabilities.
 
     Commerce Management
     The enhanced commerce applications in Internetware 2.1 provide
 administrators and managers with more robust user and access rights. Commerce
 applications also now benefit from enhanced data management capabilities that
 allow users complete flexibility in product, category, service, and
 description options.
 
     About Reef
     Reef is a leading global Internet software company that provides an open,
 integrated, software-based foundation for managing dynamic e-business.
 Companies of all sizes use Reef Internetware(R) to embrace continuous change
 and maximize e-business efficiencies by empowering non-technical business
 professionals to directly manage online content, commerce, community services,
 and business process coordination using a standard Web browser. Recently named
 one of Europe's 50 Hottest Technology Firms by TIME Magazine, Reef is a
 privately-held company funded by Goldman Sachs, 3i, Cisco Systems, Net Fund
 Europe, Profrigo, Viventures, and other investors. Led by an experienced
 management team with proven industry success, the company serves a broad mix
 of industries, including media/entertainment, telecommunications, healthcare,
 information technology, finance, and retail. With offices in Asia-Pacific,
 Europe, and North America, Reef can be found on the Web at www.reef.com.
     NOTE:  Reef, the Reef logo, Reef Internetware, are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Reef S.A./N.V. All other trademarks are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Reef S.A./N.V.
    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Reef(R) (www.reef.com), the leading
 global Internet software company offering an open software foundation for
 e-business, announced today the launch of Internetware(R) 2.1 at the
 E-Business Conference and Expo. This upgrade to Reef's award-winning
 Internetware e-business operating system is designed to support emerging
 Internet protocols like wireless access protocol (WAP), and to increase
 compatibility with prevalent e-business platforms, including Linux. The new
 functionality found in Internetware 2.1 furthers the company's vision of
 ubiquitous access to digital information. Internetware 2.1 enables companies
 to deliver online commerce, content and community services to their employees,
 partners and customers anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
     The Reef suite of Internetware applications was created to help companies
 quickly deploy and easily maintain their e-business operations, especially in
 critical areas like online content management and interactive community
 building. Customers in North America can now benefit from Reef's growing
 success in Europe, where the company is a recognized technological leader,
 providing Internet applications that empower non-technical business users to
 take control of their e-business strategy. Support for Linux is also included
 in Internetware 2.1, making it even easier for web developers and systems
 integrators to weave Java-based Internetware into the e-business solutions
 they offer their customers. This feature, coupled with WAP support, expands
 the range of applications than can be developed and deployed with
 Internetware.
     "Internetware 2.1 was designed as an open standards platform with
 cutting-edge technologies to help our customers and partners successfully
 execute their e-commerce strategies," noted Philippe Brawerman, Reef's
 president, CEO and co-founder. "The technological sophistication of Version
 2.1 reflects our vision of providing companies of all sizes with the tools
 they need to embrace technological change and remain competitive, whether they
 are small, cost-conscious website publishers, or Global 2000 companies."
 
     Leading Companies Embracing Internetware
     Founded just two years ago, Reef has enjoyed enormous success with its
 Internetware line of e-business applications, which include Reef Content
 applications, for creating, updating, storing and archiving website content;
 Reef Community applications, for creating and managing online communities, and
 administering content access rights and rules; and Reef Commerce Management
 applications, for creating and administering online stores and personalizing
 information delivery as shoppers' profiles and preferences change. In the
 United States, K-Swiss and Alliance Medical have adopted Reef Internetware to
 execute their e-commerce strategies and prepare for the growing popularity of
 WAP-enabled applications in the U.S. market. Internationally, Internetware is
 the e-business operating system of choice for global leaders like Vivendi,
 Credit Suisse, Siemens, and Bryan, Garnier and Co.
     Bryan, Garnier and Co. is a pan-European, independent investment bank
 using Internetware to power its intranet and extranet, and manage its
 corporate presence on the web. "We needed an Internet foundation that would
 allow non-technical employees to take complete control of our web-based
 communications and facilitate better interaction with our clients," said
 Gregoire Revenu, Bryan, Garnier and Co.'s managing director. "With
 Internetware, we brought all web publishing activities in-house, resulting in
 considerable cost savings. Equally important, we created a dynamic web
 presence that dramatically improves our ability to offer timely market
 research and recommendations to clients so that they can capitalize on
 investment opportunities."
 
     Increased Functionality Empower Users
     The following new enhancements in Internetware 2.1 expand upon Reef's
 commitment to delivering an open, integrated application suite that empowers
 non-technical users to take control of their e-business:
 
     Suite Functionality
     Internetware 2.1 now provides administrators with a single point of entry
 to all Reef applications through a powerful directory structure. Site visitors
 can register their user profiles across the Internetware suite, reducing
 administrative tasks that can bottleneck the management of web applications,
 intranets and extranets. This unique feature enables Reef to provide companies
 with a cohesive platform for their e-business operations.
 
     Community Management
     High-traffic community management is enhanced through better scalability,
 moderation, and message management. The ability to develop dynamic
 applications such as discussion groups and surveys is improved through greater
 flexibility in community communications.
 
     Content Management
     Dynamic and static content can be easily organized and syndicated though a
 simple library structure, providing users with powerful content syndication
 tools to populate a variety of website sections. Increased granularity in time
 management of online content posting and syndication also enhances web
 publishing capabilities.
 
     Commerce Management
     The enhanced commerce applications in Internetware 2.1 provide
 administrators and managers with more robust user and access rights. Commerce
 applications also now benefit from enhanced data management capabilities that
 allow users complete flexibility in product, category, service, and
 description options.
 
     About Reef
     Reef is a leading global Internet software company that provides an open,
 integrated, software-based foundation for managing dynamic e-business.
 Companies of all sizes use Reef Internetware(R) to embrace continuous change
 and maximize e-business efficiencies by empowering non-technical business
 professionals to directly manage online content, commerce, community services,
 and business process coordination using a standard Web browser. Recently named
 one of Europe's 50 Hottest Technology Firms by TIME Magazine, Reef is a
 privately-held company funded by Goldman Sachs, 3i, Cisco Systems, Net Fund
 Europe, Profrigo, Viventures, and other investors. Led by an experienced
 management team with proven industry success, the company serves a broad mix
 of industries, including media/entertainment, telecommunications, healthcare,
 information technology, finance, and retail. With offices in Asia-Pacific,
 Europe, and North America, Reef can be found on the Web at www.reef.com.
     NOTE:  Reef, the Reef logo, Reef Internetware, are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Reef S.A./N.V. All other trademarks are the property
 of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Reef S.A./N.V.