Solution 6 details ASP offerings, but no word on customers

Application hosting services from Solution 6 will be commercially available from December 1, officials announced yesterday.

The most vocal provider in the much anticipated and hyped ASP market, Solution 6 announced pricing and products under Centrum, its ASP business, but remained tightlipped about prospective customers and projections for the future.

Kent Duston, general manager, ASP services said a number of new customers will be announced over the next fortnight.

"We're not sure how big the market is today. Our projections are worst case . . .but today we're ahead in terms of seats and prospective customers," Duston said.

"Any number I choose is likely to be small," he said, adding that there is the potential for tens of thousand's customers in the next couple of years.

Unicef has been testing the solutions for a couple of months and the pilot is expected to be completed by December 1.

Aimed at small to medium business, the company's first offerings will include six different products based on SAP ERP software and Lotus Notes and Domino groupware software.

Duston said pricing for the services will be on a per user per month basis ranging between $20-$250 per user per month for the some applications and up to $600 per month for eFinancials, the SAP R/3 based financial application. Whilst the fees cover rent and maintenance over a fixed term, customers will incur additional charges for network access.

David Stokes-McKeon, managing director for product development at Telstra, Solution 6's network access provider for the services said network charges would be about $50 per user per month or $578 per line per month.

Stokes-McKeon said Telstra's Big Pond intranet service and frame relay network will be used to provide virtual private networking capabilities to Solution 6.

In addition, other connectivity options, such as ISDN will also be offered, Stokes-McKeon said.

According to Stokes-McKeon whilst Telstra's network will initially support business areas throughout Australia, the carrier is developing options for regional areas as well as providing international connectivity.

Duston said: "It hasn't been necessary yet [to develop an offshore network partner] because of the network of alliances Telstra supports in the international arena."

Solution 6 also announced today key partnerships with SAP and IBM for the delivery of its services as well as a number of channel partners.

These include AlphaWest ERP, Druid Consulting and Progress Consulting

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