Mamut develops Small Business Concierge Online with Microsoft
Oslo, Norway – 21 November, 2006 – Mamut ASA (OSE “MAMUT”) today announce Small Business Concierge Online, a new online initiative based on the Small Business Concierge initiative introduced by Mamut and Microsoft Corporation in June 2004.
Small Business Concierge Online is an ambition to offer all-inclusive business software solutions for small businesses in Europe with up to 50 employees. The initiative is based on a joint effort from Mamut and Microsoft to integrate user-friendly business software, with value added services all at an economical price to meet the unique needs of the smaller business. |
The Small Business Concierge Online initiative will include Hosted Exchange, Sharepoint Services, Microsoft Office 2007 and Mamut Business Software. Mamut will seek to include services in addition to the Microsoft Office Live initiative, in which Mamut is already recognised as an Early Adaptor Program Partner.
Mamut’s ambition is to become the biggest provider of Hosted Exchange for the SME segment in the European countries it operates based on the recently acquired Internet hosting company Active 24. Many small businesses are increasingly demanding fully integrated solutions that can be provided through flexible delivery methods; either hosted locally by the SME, centrally by Mamut or by an ASP partner.
"Our advantage is to provide Mamut’s own premium services in addition to basic hosted services such as Hosted Exchange. With Active 24, we are now developing a one stop shop for European SMEs. We’re delighted to move forward with the many online opportunities offered by Microsoft and we will continue to develop solutions that simplify the daily business tasks of our 300 000 European customers," said Eilert Hanoa, CEO of Mamut ASA.
Acceptance of software on demand and hosted applications is gathering momentum among the European SMEs. Combined with the upcoming launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft Office 2007 and numerous other online applications, this initiative will represent a technological shift and enable European SMEs to embrace the opportunities created by Microsoft and its partners.
"Mamut continues to help their customers take advantage of the many opportunities offered by the latest technological enhancements and solutions. Mamut has been a highly reliable and valuable partner for us through a number of years and we will now work closely together in delivering hosted services that enables more efficient day to day business for the SME sector," says Michael Korbacher, Director, EMEA Web & Application Hosting at Microsoft. "This strengthened alliance further solidifies the potential and success of the different Microsoft Solution based online services offered by Mamut."
The partnership with Microsoft will further accelerate the ability to launch offerings in order to meet the changing demands of European SMEs. Mamut continues its objective of covering small businesses’ administrative software requirements together with Microsoft Office on the Microsoft Windows platform. In October 2006, Small Business Concierge was awarded the Software Satisfaction Award from AccountingWeb and in November 2006 Mamut won the Accountancy Age Award for Small Business Software of the Year for the third year running.
Founded in 1994, Mamut (OSE “MAMUT”) is a leading European provider of complete, integrated software solutions and internet services for SMEs. Mamut offers complete and user-friendly solutions at the best value for money integrating CRM, sales force, logistics, accounting, e-commerce, domains, e-mail, web hosting and security. More than 300,000 European customers simplify their daily business with solutions from Mamut. Further information about Mamut and the company’s products can be found at www.mamut.com
Eilert Hanoa, CEO, email@example.com, +47 9283 2905