San Francisco and Seattle, WA, August 5, 2003 - CNET Channel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNET Networks, Inc (Nasdaq: CNET) and Hubspan, a leading integration solutions provider, today announced a partnership that offers CNET Channel's community of value added resellers (VARs) real-time connectivity between their ChannelOnline™ sales cycle automation solution and customer procurement systems, including Oracle, SAP, Ariba, and CommerceOne. The partnership is yet another example of CNET Networks' and Hubspan's shared commitment to seamlessly connecting the buyers and sellers of technology.
The new offering leverages ChannelOnline's sell-side application and Hubspan's service-based integration solutions to facilitate the seamless exchange of business information between VARs and their customers - regardless of application and standards differences between the trading partners. This partnership enables VARs to address customer requirements and achieve operational efficiencies through real-time integration of purchase order, purchase order acknowledgement, punchout and invoice processes.
"Easy interaction with end-customers is essential to a VAR's business process, especially a larger VAR whose Fortune 1000 customers are using various trading networks to source products for their companies," said Brad Bowers, vice president of business development for CNET Channel. "Hubspan's technology gives us the opportunity to increase the value of ChannelOnline for our VAR partners by providing them with an additional way to connect to their end-customers' chosen procurement systems and exchange purchase order-related transactions. VARs can serve their customers more effectively, as well as acquire new customers who are using trading networks to source products."
"CNET Channel and Hubspan share the mutual goal to deliver comprehensive solutions that help our customers conduct business more efficiently," said Craig Elston, Hubspan's vice president of sales. "This partnership provides VARs access to a turn-key solution for sales cycle automation and trading partner integration that increases revenue and reduces cost."
Hubspan and CNET Channel initiated their partnership by working with two VARs, Boise Office Solutions and International Shared Services (ISS).
"The collaboration between the CNET Channel and Hubspan services provides a fast and flexible sell-side integration offering that delivers value to our customer," said Patrick J. Mallon, ISS vice president. "With this partnership, our customers are now able to purchase from our ChannelOnline storefront from their existing procurement systems."
VARs that are interested in learning more about connecting to their customers' trading environments using ChannelOnline and Hubspan should contact CNET Channel at 1-877-276-5560 or Hubspan at 1-866-482-7726.
About CNET Channel
CNET Channel (www.cnetchannel.com), a division of CNET Networks, is the world's leading independent source of product information, supporting both online catalogs and traditional sales processes with detailed content on over 3.2 million technology products worldwide. Over 2,100 high technology manufacturers and channel businesses in 35 national markets depend on CNET Channel to deliver world-class content solutions that maximize their sales effectiveness and minimize the cost and complexity of providing accurate and useful product information. Customers include Best Buy, CDW, CompUSA, Dell, HP, Insight, OfficeMax, Sony, Tech Data, Zones and many more.
About CNET Networks, Inc.
CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET, www.cnetnetworks.com) is an interactive media company that builds brands for people and the things they are passionate about, such as gaming, music, entertainment, technology, business, food, and parenting. The Company's leading brands include CNET, GameSpot, TV.com, MP3.com, CHOW, ZDNet and TechRepublic. Founded in 1992, CNET Networks has a strong presence in the US, Asia, and Europe.
As a leading integration solutions provider, Hubspan delivers on the promise of the Business Internet. Hubspan's service-based integration solutions enable companies around the world to exchange mission-critical information with their partners, providing maximum security and world-class reliability. Robust standards-based technology combined with rapid implementation and superior service deliver strategic value to trusted customer relationships. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Hubspan is trusted to deliver by industry leading customers including The Boeing Company, Graybar, and Tradeplace. Additional information can be found at www.hubspan.com.