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Issue #2003 - 18 (June 2003)
(Updated June 4, 2003)

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

SandCherry Upgrades BEA Application Server with Speech

SUPERCOMM 2003, ATLANTA - June 2, 2003 - SandCherry, Inc., a provider of multi-service broker software for applications and media resources, today announced a joint solution with BEA Systems, Inc., designed to speed, simplify and extend service deployments in the telecommunications industry. SandCherry and BEA introduced this joint solution, based on the new BEA WebLogic Service Delivery, at SUPERCOMM 2003.

SandCherry's flagship product, the SoftServer™ platform, extends applications to phone (voice and touch-tone) and multimodal (data+voice) users. The SoftServer platform is a flexible, scalable solution that combines Web and telecom software with advanced call/session control and resource management capabilities to simplify application integration, control, and management of media components. Using the SoftServer platform, applications on a variety of platforms - application servers, call center, messaging, voice mail, AIN, and other platforms - can use voice and media components to extend the reach of existing services and deliver compelling new services.

"Fierce competition among telecommunications companies has made enhanced customer experiences and differentiated services critical to customer retention, acquisition and overall growth," said Chris King, director of telecommunications markets, BEA Systems. "Together with SandCherry, BEA can provide a cost-effective framework for service providers to accelerate the deployment of new services and achieve higher revenue per customer."

BEA WebLogic Service Delivery, based on BEA WebLogic Enterprise Platform™, presents a single, standardized, and scalable platform for rapidly developing, integrating, and deploying new digital, data services tied closely to carrier operations support systems (OSS) such as billing, provisioning, and customer care. BEA WebLogic Service Delivery pre-integrates third-party components, such as SandCherry's SoftServer platform, within a scalable and telecommunications-proven framework, accelerating the delivery of a wide array of personalized, digital and wireless services and minimizing associated costs for telecommunications companies.

"This solution further underscores SandCherry's commitment to enabling advanced voice services by extending the wealth of applications already delivered by application servers," said Charles Corfield, CEO of SandCherry. "With this solution, telecom operators can economically extend customer service, workforce management, interactive messaging, information services, and enhanced network service applications to every phone, wired or wireless, without investing in costly and cumbersome standalone systems just for speech solutions."

About SandCherry
SandCherry, Inc. develops software platforms that are critical for affordable mass deployment of touch-tone, speech-enabled, multimodal and multimedia enhanced services by upgrading existing Web and telecom software technology with superior media management and control software. As a result, SandCherry's products empower service providers and enterprises to unleash the combined value of speech recognition software, application servers, and media servers to deliver these enhanced services that can increase carrier revenues or reduce enterprise costs. Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, the company was founded by telecom and software industry veterans from companies including AT&T, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Telcordia Technologies and Alcatel. For more information about SandCherry please visit www.sandcherry.com.

About SoftServer™
The SoftServer™ platform, SandCherry's flagship product, is an applications and media resource broker that simplifies the integration, deployment, and management of enhanced and next-generation services. It melds Web capabilities with traditional technologies to provide a flexible and scalable solution meeting the size and needs of each specific customer that can easily adapt as additional service enhancements become viable in the future. It is this platform that allows customers to easily and cost-effectively deliver enhanced services such as voice-enabled customer service, voice dialing, and multimodal voice/data applications to subscribers. As a result, service providers can quickly and cost-effectively mass deploy these new services creating new revenue opportunities, and enterprises

For more information: http://www.sandcherry.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: BEA's WebLogic is a dominant application server. SandCherry was wise in enhancing WebLogic to offer speech-enabled solutions for telecom operators. Our suggestion to SandCherry is to build same functionality in IBM's WebSphere and Sun's Sun One application servers, if it has the resources and its agreement with BEA does not prevent it from doing so.   

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