Sun and ATG Strengthen Relationship With Strategic Global Alliance

Proven Success With More Than 650 Customers, Including John Hancock Funds,

Hilton Hotels and Cummins Inc. Validate Strength of The

Sun and ATG Relationship



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Building
 on a history of success, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and
 ATG (Art Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTG)) today announced a
 comprehensive multi-million dollar global alliance to expand their worldwide
 sales, marketing, support and collaborative engineering activities. The
 alliance provides for the global deployment of resources from both companies
 to offer the platform, applications and support that help businesses realize
 efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitability from their customer
 management and e-commerce initiatives.
     ATG and Sun run many of the world's most highly visited and successful Web
 sites today. Fortune 1000 companies in multiple industries, including
 financial services, retail, and telecommunications, as well as emerging
 markets such as wireless, are using ATG applications running on Sun systems as
 their platform for customer management and e-commerce. This includes two of
 the top three retailers, more than a dozen of the world's largest financial
 institutions, and in fact, more than 10 percent of Fortune 100 companies. The
 enhanced relationship will deliver more comprehensive global support for
 current mutual customers such as AT&T, HSBC, Target, General Motors,
 Playstation.com (North America) Inc., Procter & Gamble, Smith & Hawken,
 Cummins Inc., John Hancock Funds, and Transora. Additionally, the Sun Web
 site, sun.com, runs on ATG Dynamo 5.
     "Our numerous customer installations with ATG is further proof of our
 success on how our companies are delivering on the promise of shorter
 time-to-market for our mutual customers," said Doug Kaewert, vice president,
 Sun Developer Network Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By strengthening our
 relationship with ATG, we can continue to empower our global customers to take
 advantage of the Net Effect to further improve their business efficiency."
     "Sun and ATG have collaborated to deliver innovative and profitable
 e-business solutions since our inception," said Jeet Singh, CEO of ATG. "Our
 close working relationship has resulted in more than 650 mutual customers and
 as our relationship continues to deepen, we look forward to growing our
 businesses together in every corner of the world."
 
     Global Programs to Accelerate Reliable Time to Service
     ATG is participating in two important Sun-led programs, the SunTone(SM)
 Certification and Branding Program and the iForce(SM) Initiative, which can
 help mutual customers accelerate time-to-service. ATG recently achieved
 SunTone Certification for ATG Dynamo 5. The SunTone program is an
 industry-wide program that has become a mark of excellence, certifying that
 the applications have met rigorous standards for quality and which are
 designed to run effectively on a SunTone Certified Service platform.
     The iForce community is designed to help customers improve time-to-service
 with tested, integratable and easy-to-deploy iForce solutions. ATG solutions
 have already been installed in all three of Sun's iForce(SM) Ready Centers,
 and the companies are collaborating on proof-of-concept demonstrations with
 such customers as Cummins Inc. Sun Professional Services and the iForce Ready
 Center team of engineers work with ATG and mutual customers in building and
 testing integratable solutions that solve business problems.
 
     Technology Alignment Delivers Solution Strength
     An important part of the alliance is an enhanced technology alignment that
 will allow ATG products to be further optimized to ensure that combined
 customers get the best performance for their ATG applications running on the
 Sun platform. Currently, more than 650 ATG customers are running on the
 Solaris(TM) Operating Environment. Further, ATG is committed to developing
 customer management applications on the Java(TM) platform and embracing open,
 industry standards.
     The strength of the relationship is further enhanced by the companies'
 mutual commitment to open, standards-based solutions. ATG was one of the first
 e-commerce application providers to adopt Java(TM) technology in 1995. Today,
 ATG solutions are fully compliant with the Java(TM) 2 platform, Enterprise
 Edition (J2EE(TM)) standard. For its wireless solutions, ATG is working on the
 adoption of Java 2 platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) to enable companies to
 access personalized information from multiple devices. Sun and ATG's combined
 technology advantage is further underscored by the unprecedented benchmark
 results for ATG Dynamo running on Sun Enterprise(TM) 10000 servers, announced
 today in a separate release (See also:  Sun and ATG Unveil Technology
 Milestones for ATG Dynamo on the Sun Platform).
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     About ATG
     ATG is a leading provider of customer management and e-commerce products
 and services. ATG offers an integrated suite of Java(TM) application
 server-based products, as well as related application development,
 integration, and support services. The ATG Dynamo(R) e-Business Platform
 enables Global 2000 enterprises, as well as new businesses using the Internet
 as their primary business channel, to understand, manage, and build their
 online customer relationships and to more effectively market, sell, and
 support their products and services over the Internet.
     With its network of more than 250 partners, ATG has delivered e-business
 solutions to more than 670 companies worldwide including Aetna Services, Inc.,
 American Airlines, Blockbuster, BMG Direct, eChips, Eastman Kodak, HSBC,
 Herman Miller, J. Crew, and Sun Microsystems. The company is headquartered in
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, with additional locations throughout North America,
 Europe, Asia, and Australia. ATG can be found on the Web at www.atg.com.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun Enterprise, Java,
 iForce,  J2ME, J2EE, SunTone and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other
 countries.
     ATG, Art Technology Group, the Techmark, the ATG Logo, and Dynamo are
 registered trademarks, and Personalization Server and Scenario Server are
 trademarks, of Art Technology Group, Inc. All other trademarks are the
 property of their respective holders.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the
 safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
 may cause ATG's actual results, levels of activity, performance or
 achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of
 activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements. Important risk factors affecting ATG's business
 generally may be found in ATG's periodic reports and registration statements
 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Risk factors related to the
 subject matter of this press release include the possibility that the ATG
 software will not be able to perform according to the laboratory test results
 published in this release; that the ATG and Sun products will not remain
 compatible or technologically aligned; that ATG will not remain SunTone or
 iForce certified; and that the risks and costs of intellectual property
 litigation may impair ATG's ability to supply products. ATG undertakes no
 obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of
 this press release.
 
     CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
 
     Hilton Hotel Corporation
     "Our commitment to hospitality means we strive to provide the highest
 level of convenience and service possible for our guests, whether in person or
 through online interactions," said Bruce Rosenberg, senior vice president of
 e-Business at Hilton Hotel Corporation. "The Java platform's open architecture
 and the flexibility of the ATG Dynamo platform make us confident that our web
 infrastructure will be able to handle customer requests, enabling us to
 provide online services more efficiently."
 
     BlueLight.com
     "Selecting ATG Dynamo as our e-commerce platform was a no-brainer, and Sun
 technology gives us the performance, scalability, availability and value that
 our customers require and deserve," said Brian Sugar, chief Web officer at
 BlueLight.com. "Thanks to the uptime and responsiveness consistently delivered
 by the Sun and ATG platforms, BlueLight.com customers have found that an
 enjoyable shopping experience inevitably awaited them."
 
     Cummins Inc.
     "High availability and performance are as important for e-business sites
 as they are for diesel engines," said Brad Lontz, Director eBusiness Office of
 Cummins Inc. "The ATG Dynamo solution running on the Sun platform has provided
 us with unprecedented uptime and has significantly enhanced our ability to
 service customers online."
 
     eLUXURY.com
     "When we were building the eLUXURY.com site, we needed to develop a stable
 and reliable infrastructure capable of handling a myriad e-tailing scenarios,"
 said Patrick Moore, chief technology officer at eLUXURY.com. "The high-quality
 solutions provided by ATG and Sun give added stability to our site, which in
 turn helps us to create a luxurious yet easy-to-use shopping environment for
 our discriminating customers. ATG and Sun are the natural partners for
 eLUXURY."
 
     GroupTrade
     "Thanks to the out of the box functionality of the ATG Dynamo customer
 management solution running on the Sun platform, GroupTrade is able to
 maintain our competitive edge in the market," said Jeremy Levy, Head of Online
 Marketing at GroupTrade. "Additionally, the control our business managers now
 have over the personalization of our site has improved the time to market of
 our solutions."
 
 

SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Building
 on a history of success, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and
 ATG (Art Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARTG)) today announced a
 comprehensive multi-million dollar global alliance to expand their worldwide
 sales, marketing, support and collaborative engineering activities. The
 alliance provides for the global deployment of resources from both companies
 to offer the platform, applications and support that help businesses realize
 efficiency, customer satisfaction and profitability from their customer
 management and e-commerce initiatives.
     ATG and Sun run many of the world's most highly visited and successful Web
 sites today. Fortune 1000 companies in multiple industries, including
 financial services, retail, and telecommunications, as well as emerging
 markets such as wireless, are using ATG applications running on Sun systems as
 their platform for customer management and e-commerce. This includes two of
 the top three retailers, more than a dozen of the world's largest financial
 institutions, and in fact, more than 10 percent of Fortune 100 companies. The
 enhanced relationship will deliver more comprehensive global support for
 current mutual customers such as AT&T, HSBC, Target, General Motors,
 Playstation.com (North America) Inc., Procter & Gamble, Smith & Hawken,
 Cummins Inc., John Hancock Funds, and Transora. Additionally, the Sun Web
 site, sun.com, runs on ATG Dynamo 5.
     "Our numerous customer installations with ATG is further proof of our
 success on how our companies are delivering on the promise of shorter
 time-to-market for our mutual customers," said Doug Kaewert, vice president,
 Sun Developer Network Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By strengthening our
 relationship with ATG, we can continue to empower our global customers to take
 advantage of the Net Effect to further improve their business efficiency."
     "Sun and ATG have collaborated to deliver innovative and profitable
 e-business solutions since our inception," said Jeet Singh, CEO of ATG. "Our
 close working relationship has resulted in more than 650 mutual customers and
 as our relationship continues to deepen, we look forward to growing our
 businesses together in every corner of the world."
 
     Global Programs to Accelerate Reliable Time to Service
     ATG is participating in two important Sun-led programs, the SunTone(SM)
 Certification and Branding Program and the iForce(SM) Initiative, which can
 help mutual customers accelerate time-to-service. ATG recently achieved
 SunTone Certification for ATG Dynamo 5. The SunTone program is an
 industry-wide program that has become a mark of excellence, certifying that
 the applications have met rigorous standards for quality and which are
 designed to run effectively on a SunTone Certified Service platform.
     The iForce community is designed to help customers improve time-to-service
 with tested, integratable and easy-to-deploy iForce solutions. ATG solutions
 have already been installed in all three of Sun's iForce(SM) Ready Centers,
 and the companies are collaborating on proof-of-concept demonstrations with
 such customers as Cummins Inc. Sun Professional Services and the iForce Ready
 Center team of engineers work with ATG and mutual customers in building and
 testing integratable solutions that solve business problems.
 
     Technology Alignment Delivers Solution Strength
     An important part of the alliance is an enhanced technology alignment that
 will allow ATG products to be further optimized to ensure that combined
 customers get the best performance for their ATG applications running on the
 Sun platform. Currently, more than 650 ATG customers are running on the
 Solaris(TM) Operating Environment. Further, ATG is committed to developing
 customer management applications on the Java(TM) platform and embracing open,
 industry standards.
     The strength of the relationship is further enhanced by the companies'
 mutual commitment to open, standards-based solutions. ATG was one of the first
 e-commerce application providers to adopt Java(TM) technology in 1995. Today,
 ATG solutions are fully compliant with the Java(TM) 2 platform, Enterprise
 Edition (J2EE(TM)) standard. For its wireless solutions, ATG is working on the
 adoption of Java 2 platform, Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) to enable companies to
 access personalized information from multiple devices. Sun and ATG's combined
 technology advantage is further underscored by the unprecedented benchmark
 results for ATG Dynamo running on Sun Enterprise(TM) 10000 servers, announced
 today in a separate release (See also:  Sun and ATG Unveil Technology
 Milestones for ATG Dynamo on the Sun Platform).
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
     About ATG
     ATG is a leading provider of customer management and e-commerce products
 and services. ATG offers an integrated suite of Java(TM) application
 server-based products, as well as related application development,
 integration, and support services. The ATG Dynamo(R) e-Business Platform
 enables Global 2000 enterprises, as well as new businesses using the Internet
 as their primary business channel, to understand, manage, and build their
 online customer relationships and to more effectively market, sell, and
 support their products and services over the Internet.
     With its network of more than 250 partners, ATG has delivered e-business
 solutions to more than 670 companies worldwide including Aetna Services, Inc.,
 American Airlines, Blockbuster, BMG Direct, eChips, Eastman Kodak, HSBC,
 Herman Miller, J. Crew, and Sun Microsystems. The company is headquartered in
 Cambridge, Massachusetts, with additional locations throughout North America,
 Europe, Asia, and Australia. ATG can be found on the Web at www.atg.com.
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Solaris, Sun Enterprise, Java,
 iForce,  J2ME, J2EE, SunTone and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other
 countries.
     ATG, Art Technology Group, the Techmark, the ATG Logo, and Dynamo are
 registered trademarks, and Personalization Server and Scenario Server are
 trademarks, of Art Technology Group, Inc. All other trademarks are the
 property of their respective holders.
 
     This press release contains forward-looking statements for purposes of the
 safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that
 may cause ATG's actual results, levels of activity, performance or
 achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of
 activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
 forward-looking statements. Important risk factors affecting ATG's business
 generally may be found in ATG's periodic reports and registration statements
 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Risk factors related to the
 subject matter of this press release include the possibility that the ATG
 software will not be able to perform according to the laboratory test results
 published in this release; that the ATG and Sun products will not remain
 compatible or technologically aligned; that ATG will not remain SunTone or
 iForce certified; and that the risks and costs of intellectual property
 litigation may impair ATG's ability to supply products. ATG undertakes no
 obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of
 this press release.
 
     CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
 
     Hilton Hotel Corporation
     "Our commitment to hospitality means we strive to provide the highest
 level of convenience and service possible for our guests, whether in person or
 through online interactions," said Bruce Rosenberg, senior vice president of
 e-Business at Hilton Hotel Corporation. "The Java platform's open architecture
 and the flexibility of the ATG Dynamo platform make us confident that our web
 infrastructure will be able to handle customer requests, enabling us to
 provide online services more efficiently."
 
     BlueLight.com
     "Selecting ATG Dynamo as our e-commerce platform was a no-brainer, and Sun
 technology gives us the performance, scalability, availability and value that
 our customers require and deserve," said Brian Sugar, chief Web officer at
 BlueLight.com. "Thanks to the uptime and responsiveness consistently delivered
 by the Sun and ATG platforms, BlueLight.com customers have found that an
 enjoyable shopping experience inevitably awaited them."
 
     Cummins Inc.
     "High availability and performance are as important for e-business sites
 as they are for diesel engines," said Brad Lontz, Director eBusiness Office of
 Cummins Inc. "The ATG Dynamo solution running on the Sun platform has provided
 us with unprecedented uptime and has significantly enhanced our ability to
 service customers online."
 
     eLUXURY.com
     "When we were building the eLUXURY.com site, we needed to develop a stable
 and reliable infrastructure capable of handling a myriad e-tailing scenarios,"
 said Patrick Moore, chief technology officer at eLUXURY.com. "The high-quality
 solutions provided by ATG and Sun give added stability to our site, which in
 turn helps us to create a luxurious yet easy-to-use shopping environment for
 our discriminating customers. ATG and Sun are the natural partners for
 eLUXURY."
 
     GroupTrade
     "Thanks to the out of the box functionality of the ATG Dynamo customer
 management solution running on the Sun platform, GroupTrade is able to
 maintain our competitive edge in the market," said Jeremy Levy, Head of Online
 Marketing at GroupTrade. "Additionally, the control our business managers now
 have over the personalization of our site has improved the time to market of
 our solutions."
 
 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.