COVISINT SELECTS OPENCONNECT TO ENHANCE COVISINT PORTAL CAPABILITY
Detroit , August 26, 2002 — Covisint today announced the selection of OpenConnect Systems, Inc. of Dallas, Texas as the company's portal solution provider for legacy mainframe data access. This relationship delivers an additional service to the Covisint Portal that broadens Covisint's capabilities to serve our customers.
Through this new offering, Covisint will be able to rapidly develop and deploy its solution providing user access to legacy mainframe and web applications via the Covisint Portal. Previously, access to data on legacy mainframe systems was provided only through hard-wired "dumb" terminals or PC emulation software. Covisint has integrated its security component with OpenConnect's WebConnect product to allow single sign-on for Covisint Portal users, greatly simplifying authorized access.
"Our selection of OpenConnect underscores our commitment to provide our customers secure access to legacy applications through the Covisint Industry Portal," said Mark Baughman, vice president of Portal Products and Services, Covisint. "Helping our customers obtain continuing value from their legacy environments will enhance our ability to connect the global automotive industry."
"This relationship with Covisint strengthens our already strong position in the automotive industry," said David Sires, enterprise global account director of OpenConnect. "Adding the Covisint Portal single sign-on capability to our mainframe connectivity suite will ensure that Covisint's customers will see improved access to legacy data in a seamless and efficient manner."
Covisint is the technology company whose business-to-business products and services connect and enable the global automotive industry to reduce costs, increase efficiency, enhance quality and improve time-to-market. Covisint was founded by DaimlerChrysler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Renault, Commerce One and Oracle. Since its inception, PSA Peugeot Citroën has also joined the initiative. Covisint has headquarters in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Southfield, Michigan and offices in Frankfurt, Paris and Brazil. For more information about Covisint, visit www.covisint.com.
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