Sun Introduces iForce Premier Practice Program Enabling Quickly Deployable, Tested Solutions for Customers

Sun Collaborates With iForce System Integrators and eIntegrators to Deliver

Innovative and Reliable Solutions That Speed Customer Time to Service



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW), today announced the iForce(SM) Premier
 Practice Program, featuring solutions for the burgeoning wireless marketplace.
 The iForce Premier Practice Program includes a wide array of wireless
 solutions that are available through a dozen of Sun's iForce(SM) system
 integrators and eIntegrators.  With this new program, Sun has selected
 integrators who exhibit a particular expertise in a market, working with them
 to offer solutions that can be made available to a broad variety of customers.
 Future solutions for the iForce Premier Practice Program will be designed for
 e-marketplaces, customer relationship management and portals.
     The iForce Premier Practice Program combines scalable and tested software,
 systems, networking and consulting services in one simple relationship.
 Together, the solutions allow customers to quickly leverage the exponential
 growth in the wireless arena, in such areas as mobile workforce automation,
 mobile procurement and mobile portal for key targeted industry markets.  Each
 solution in Sun's iForce Premier Practice Program has already been
 successfully deployed for existing clients, and thus enables customers to
 spend less time and  money designing and implementing their business
 solutions.
     Sun has developed the iForce Premier Practice Program with its integrators
 to deliver the "best-of-the-best" total solution.  Initial participants
 include:
 
      AGENCY.COM          Idea Integration         PricewaterhouseCoopers
      Answerthink         KPMG Consulting, Inc.    Razorfish
      CIBER               Luminant                 Sapient
      IconMedialab        Noblestar                ZEFER
 
     "Sun offers a strong value add by providing the methodology and
 go-to-market vehicle for proven end-to-end solutions," said Joyce Tompsett
 Becknell, Director, Compute Platforms and Architectures at the Aberdeen Group.
 "Virtually every global 500 company is evaluating the use of wireless in their
 business.   The iForce Premier Practice Program helps customers navigate their
 way through the maze of offerings by delivering a rich wireless solutions
 portfolio led by a strong list of eIntegrators and system integrators,
 including KPMG Consulting and PWC."
     iForce solutions are designed to be flexible enough to meet the breadth
 and  depth of customer needs, as well as to allow for customization during the
 deployment phase at the customer's own sites.  As a result, it is easier for
 new customers to reduce time and risk in implementing similar solutions that
 address their unique business needs.  The collaborative effort between members
 of the iForce partner community includes components from best-of-the-best
 partners such as:  application providers, service providers, iPlanet
 E-Commerce Solutions a Sun/Netscape Alliance and Sun Professional Services.
 Sun Professional Services plays an integral part by assisting in designing the
 architecture and deploying Internet platforms and technologies, including
 these wireless solutions.
     "Today PwC and Sun are continuing to deliver on our commitment to provide
 customers with the most robust solutions possible in the constantly evolving
 wireless market, both domestically and abroad," said Mike Reuschel, Americas
 New World Networks Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers.  "Our innovative New World
 Networks solution provides Wireless service providers with an integrated,
 end-to-end solution that improves their time to revenue."
     "Customers are looking to Sun to identify qualified integrators that can
 deliver tested, integrated end-to-end solutions which expedite their time to
 market in a one-stop shop," said Darlene Yaplee, vice president, Global
 Integrators, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "Sun and its integrators are bringing a
 real-world approach to the promise of wireless computing, by offering
 solutions that allow for customization and choice, while at the same time
 delivering Sun's proven security and reliability."
     "Together our companies can meet clients' wireless needs with KPMG
 Consulting's wireless solutions and Sun's world-class hardware and software
 products," said John Delk, managing director, Wireless Solutions, KPMG
 Consulting, Inc.  "The solutions that we offer today provide an end-to-end
 approach for wireless solutions with robust functionality and the flexibility
 to meet evolving requirements in a broad array of vertical markets."
     As part of the iForce Premier Practice Program, Sun may provide
 integrators with access to an extensive array of iForce offerings, including
 SunTone certification for integration services and/or hosting services; joint
 participation and co-funding of iForce eStrategy workshops for customers to
 develop their strategy and project plans; potential to access Sun's iForce
 Ready  Centers and ability to open an Authorized iForce Ready Center where
 customers can visit and pre-test possible solutions; and invitations to Sun's
 Wireless training summits, where industry partners hear about Sun's wireless
 roadmap and work on partner-to-partner teaming, learn about Sun's
 complementary technology platform services and meet with application providers
 regarding their leading edge wireless software applications.
     To learn more about the iForce Premier Practice Program and how to get
 involved, please contact your Sun sales representative.
 
     About Sun's iForce initiative
     The iForce initiative is the program that brings Sun's global partners
 together under one umbrella.  Sun systems, software, services and
 best-of-the-best partners work together to create and deliver solutions that
 enable customers to leverage the network to improve business processes such as
 decision support systems, supply chain management, product design and
 development, email and communications, and a whole host of other functions. By
 establishing its iForce community, and basing it on three values Sun has held
 since its inception -- open interfaces, enabling network computing, and
 featuring a partnering model -- Sun is able to help its customers improve
 time-to-service with its tested, integratable, easy-to-deploy solutions.
 
     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 .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce and "The Network Is The
 Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
 In the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Debbie Walery of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 650-786-8075, or
 debbie.walery@sun.com.
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc., (Nasdaq: SUNW), today announced the iForce(SM) Premier
 Practice Program, featuring solutions for the burgeoning wireless marketplace.
 The iForce Premier Practice Program includes a wide array of wireless
 solutions that are available through a dozen of Sun's iForce(SM) system
 integrators and eIntegrators.  With this new program, Sun has selected
 integrators who exhibit a particular expertise in a market, working with them
 to offer solutions that can be made available to a broad variety of customers.
 Future solutions for the iForce Premier Practice Program will be designed for
 e-marketplaces, customer relationship management and portals.
     The iForce Premier Practice Program combines scalable and tested software,
 systems, networking and consulting services in one simple relationship.
 Together, the solutions allow customers to quickly leverage the exponential
 growth in the wireless arena, in such areas as mobile workforce automation,
 mobile procurement and mobile portal for key targeted industry markets.  Each
 solution in Sun's iForce Premier Practice Program has already been
 successfully deployed for existing clients, and thus enables customers to
 spend less time and  money designing and implementing their business
 solutions.
     Sun has developed the iForce Premier Practice Program with its integrators
 to deliver the "best-of-the-best" total solution.  Initial participants
 include:
 
      AGENCY.COM          Idea Integration         PricewaterhouseCoopers
      Answerthink         KPMG Consulting, Inc.    Razorfish
      CIBER               Luminant                 Sapient
      IconMedialab        Noblestar                ZEFER
 
     "Sun offers a strong value add by providing the methodology and
 go-to-market vehicle for proven end-to-end solutions," said Joyce Tompsett
 Becknell, Director, Compute Platforms and Architectures at the Aberdeen Group.
 "Virtually every global 500 company is evaluating the use of wireless in their
 business.   The iForce Premier Practice Program helps customers navigate their
 way through the maze of offerings by delivering a rich wireless solutions
 portfolio led by a strong list of eIntegrators and system integrators,
 including KPMG Consulting and PWC."
     iForce solutions are designed to be flexible enough to meet the breadth
 and  depth of customer needs, as well as to allow for customization during the
 deployment phase at the customer's own sites.  As a result, it is easier for
 new customers to reduce time and risk in implementing similar solutions that
 address their unique business needs.  The collaborative effort between members
 of the iForce partner community includes components from best-of-the-best
 partners such as:  application providers, service providers, iPlanet
 E-Commerce Solutions a Sun/Netscape Alliance and Sun Professional Services.
 Sun Professional Services plays an integral part by assisting in designing the
 architecture and deploying Internet platforms and technologies, including
 these wireless solutions.
     "Today PwC and Sun are continuing to deliver on our commitment to provide
 customers with the most robust solutions possible in the constantly evolving
 wireless market, both domestically and abroad," said Mike Reuschel, Americas
 New World Networks Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers.  "Our innovative New World
 Networks solution provides Wireless service providers with an integrated,
 end-to-end solution that improves their time to revenue."
     "Customers are looking to Sun to identify qualified integrators that can
 deliver tested, integrated end-to-end solutions which expedite their time to
 market in a one-stop shop," said Darlene Yaplee, vice president, Global
 Integrators, Sun Microsystems, Inc.  "Sun and its integrators are bringing a
 real-world approach to the promise of wireless computing, by offering
 solutions that allow for customization and choice, while at the same time
 delivering Sun's proven security and reliability."
     "Together our companies can meet clients' wireless needs with KPMG
 Consulting's wireless solutions and Sun's world-class hardware and software
 products," said John Delk, managing director, Wireless Solutions, KPMG
 Consulting, Inc.  "The solutions that we offer today provide an end-to-end
 approach for wireless solutions with robust functionality and the flexibility
 to meet evolving requirements in a broad array of vertical markets."
     As part of the iForce Premier Practice Program, Sun may provide
 integrators with access to an extensive array of iForce offerings, including
 SunTone certification for integration services and/or hosting services; joint
 participation and co-funding of iForce eStrategy workshops for customers to
 develop their strategy and project plans; potential to access Sun's iForce
 Ready  Centers and ability to open an Authorized iForce Ready Center where
 customers can visit and pre-test possible solutions; and invitations to Sun's
 Wireless training summits, where industry partners hear about Sun's wireless
 roadmap and work on partner-to-partner teaming, learn about Sun's
 complementary technology platform services and meet with application providers
 regarding their leading edge wireless software applications.
     To learn more about the iForce Premier Practice Program and how to get
 involved, please contact your Sun sales representative.
 
     About Sun's iForce initiative
     The iForce initiative is the program that brings Sun's global partners
 together under one umbrella.  Sun systems, software, services and
 best-of-the-best partners work together to create and deliver solutions that
 enable customers to leverage the network to improve business processes such as
 decision support systems, supply chain management, product design and
 development, email and communications, and a whole host of other functions. By
 establishing its iForce community, and basing it on three values Sun has held
 since its inception -- open interfaces, enabling network computing, and
 featuring a partnering model -- Sun is able to help its customers improve
 time-to-service with its tested, integratable, easy-to-deploy solutions.
 
     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 .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce and "The Network Is The
 Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.,
 In the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  Debbie Walery of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 650-786-8075, or
 debbie.walery@sun.com.
 
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