Lexmark Completes CommerceNet Catalog
Interoperability Pilot, begins Phase II
Will now focus on easier ways to bring technology to a greater variety of
LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 8, 1998 -- Lexmark International today announced the
completion of its catalog interoperability pilot program with CommerceNet, four government agencies and other
technology companies, announced earlier this year. The pilot was designed so that
customers could search for and compare various types of products offered by multiple
Internet vendors by using a single catalog system.
Lexmark participated in this pilot program, limited to government purchasing
organizations, to help develop technology that would improve and simplify the buying
process for these customers. Government purchasers were very pleased they could
search for products from several catalogs, based on their defined criteria, says
Brent Beckwith, global manager of e-commerce and web development at Lexmark. This
made their searches much easier and thats why Lexmark participated in this program
-- to make it easier for customers to find the products they need.
Lexmark will now participate in Phase II of the pilot by helping to develop
customer-driven marketing requirements for the system, as well as to develop a complete
sales transaction system. We were extremely pleased Lexmark joined us in the first
pilot in April and are excited about continuing our relationship in the second
phase, said Ron Parsons, director, business development portfolio consultant,
For the first phase of the pilot, Lexmark developed common printer descriptions and
specifications, provided an XML-enabled Product Database, integrated Veo Systems software
to allow aggregation of the multiple catalogs, and tested the completed system.
Lexmark International, Inc., is a global developer, manufacturer and supplier of
printer solutions and products, including laser, inkjet and dot-matrix printers and
associated consumable supplies for the office and home markets. The company is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Lexmark International Group, Inc. (NYSE: LXK). Lexmark, which had
sales of $2.4 billion in 1996, has executive offices and a manufacturing center in
Lexington, Ky.; other manufacturing centers are in Boulder, Colo.; Juarez, Mexico; Rosyth,
Scotland; Orleans, France and Sydney, Australia. More information about Lexmark can be
found on the company's home page at www.lexmark.com on the Internet.