Extricity B2B Platform to Provide B2B Capabilities to Softlab's ASPKappa-Hosted Supply Chain Service

Extricity(tm), Inc., a leading platform provider for business-to-business relationship management (B2BRM) announced that its B2B platform serves as the collaboration engine for BMW Softlab's ASPKappa B2B hub that was announced earlier today. Softlab Ltd. is an international IT solutions provider and a BMW Group company.

ASPKappa is an application service provider (ASP) solution initially targeted at the automotive manufacturing industry. The product is available on a rental model to allow the greatest scope of partner participation. With the ASP model, small- and medium-sized companies can benefit from a robust B2B solution that would ordinarily be out of reach due to financial, resource or technical constraints. It also allows them to concentrate on their main business while Softlab manages and hosts the B2B solution on their behalf.

"ASPKappa will fundamentally transform the automotive industry supply chain and deliver new efficiencies that reduce costs, accelerate decision making and improve communications and management," said Phil Dawson, portfolio manager (industry) at Softlab. "To achieve this vision, Extricity was selected based on its ability to deliver a single platform that automatically integrates heterogeneous information flows with back-end applications, and therefore, makes automatic ebusiness supply chains a reality."

Extricity's family of B2B software products allow companies to manage the internal and external sharing of information and the execution of interactions among software applications and business partners over the Internet. Extricity offers any-to-every, multi-partner management and security features needed for integration and collaboration with customers, partners, suppliers and Net marketplaces.

"Softlab's announcement is another example of how B2B solutions are enabling companies to change the way they do business. The automotive industry, in particular, is rapidly adopting and implementing ebusiness initiatives to streamline its traditionally fragmented supply chain," said Dave Cope, vice president of marketing for Extricity. "Our alliance with BMW's Softlab leverages our shared strengths and realizes our joint vision to achieve global market interoperability for the automotive industry, and to ultimately offer this solution to other industries as well."

About Softlab

Softlab Limited is a BMW Group company and one of the leading European IT solutions providers. It currently employs approximately 500 staff in the UK and has over 25 years' experience in planning and implementing large scale IT projects. At the core of the company's business is an extensive range of consulting options and services in the field of system integration throughout the entire value-chain. Specific areas of expertise include manufacturing systems, e-Business and customer relationship management. Softlab is a qualified partner in developing business processes geared to future requirements and implementing them as innovative IT solutions. Softlab Group is present in all major European markets and has subsidiaries in the United States and Japan. www.softlab.co.uk

About Extricity

Extricity is a leading provider of B2B software products that allow companies to manage the internal and external sharing of information and the execution of interactions among software applications and business partners over the Internet. Extricity refers to this exchange and management of information among groups of companies over the Internet as business-to-business relationship management, or B2BRM. Extricity's eXtensible Markup Language (XML)-based platform provides an open, standards-based solution that allows diverse information systems and businesses to work together more effectively by automating and synchronizing the flow of information and execution of processes. The Extricity platform supports a process-based flow of mission-critical information that enables organizations to achieve operational efficiencies and to collaborate without having to change their internal processes or information technology environments, regardless of size, sophistication or existing software applications. Extricity's customers include Adaptec, Advanced Micro Devices, MarketFusion, Inc., Mary Kay, Inc., Need2Buy.com, Solectron Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. The company also works with system integrators and consulting firms, including CSC, IBM Global Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Extricity's headquarters are located in Redwood Shores, Calif.