FRAMINGHAM (06/26/2000) - What do you get when you cross one of the most popular destination sites on the Internet with corporate data? Corporate Yahoo! of course.
The Web search engine that helped define the buzz word portal Monday announced that it would offer a corporate portal edition, designed to combine the content of Yahoo Inc., messaging and calendaring with what lies behind the firewall. It marks the first time the consumer portal has directly targeted the enterprise market.
Yahoo ranked third in the Media Metrix measurement of unique visitors for May.
Yahoo is working with Critical Path Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Inktomi Corp. and Tibco Software Inc. to deliver its Corporate Yahoo solution. The company is hoping to use its brand recognition to grab a piece of what Merrill Lynch estimates will be a US$14.8 billion market for corporate portals by 2002.
Critical Path will provide the back-end e-mail and calendar systems for the Yahoo offering, CEO Doug Hickey says. "Yahoo has its own [e-mail] service for consumers, but needed a different grade of services and interoperability with calendaring," Hickey says. "We provide that plus a high degree of e-mail and domain management."
HP will act as the system integrator, installing the necessary hardware on the customer's premise. Tibco is providing the middleware that ties the corporate data stores in with the MyYahoo-like Web interface. Inktomi brings to the deal search and caching capabilities. All four companies will remain in the background, as Yahoo will market and sell the service to enterprise customers.
Individual corporate users will be able to customize their own view into the portal with a mix of company data and content from Yahoo's many partners.
Hickey says those customers who choose to use Corporate Yahoo can integrate existing messaging and calendar systems into the technology mix as well.
Looking ahead, Hickey says Critical Path can offer Corporate Yahoo users the option of wireless access as well as directory synchronization.
Yahoo has already signed up the University of North Carolina and expects to have the school up and running on the service by the third quarter.