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BIW, a SaaS pioneer renew five year managed services contract

(PresseBox) (Frankfurt, ) Frankfurt – February 19, 2009 – Attenda, the Always On Managed Services company, today announced that Software as a Service (SaaS) pioneer BIW Technologies (BIW), has signed a new five year contract for the delivery and operational management of its SaaS project control applications for the architectural, engineering, construction and property sectors.

BIW is the European leader in SaaS collaboration and project control systems for the construction and property industry, measured by numbers of users, usage and volume of data. Collaboration services delivered on a Software as a Service basis by BIW were first employed in 1999 on UK capital projects for Sainsbury's. Today, BIW customers include Sainsbury's, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer, BAA, Crest Nicholson, the UK Ministry of Defence, the Wellcome Trust, O2, Mace, Bovis Lend Lease, Kajima, Gleeds, ISG, Canary Wharf Contractors, and developers Nakheel, Land Securities and Ballymore.

An existing client since 2000, this latest contract renewal demonstrates BIW confidence in Attenda as its Software as a Service Provider. Attenda has proven experience in working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to successfully deliver SaaS applications, with the depth and breadth of expertise to help them through the commercial, technical and operational aspects of on demand software delivery.

Attenda is providing BIW with operational infrastructure and ongoing managed services, with secure, scalable and agile hosting environments, including platform deployment in the US, to facilitate the smooth, rapid and reliable deployment of its SaaS applications.

Colin Smith, CEO of BIW, concludes: “Our customers are running multi-million pound construction projects, so the performance and availability of the applications are key. The Attenda managed service is an essential part of our business and has supported our requirement for a rapid response to growth. The latest enhancements will give us improved performance, resilience and scalability, far in excess of any of our competitors.”

With varying client usage demands, large amounts of data and a requirement for proven disaster recovery capabilities, Attenda has implemented a virtualised IT infrastructure using the Attenda Visualisation Platform. With a typical 30% plus growth in client storage requirements, this platform enables BIW to scale rapidly without the need to over-provision large amounts of excess capacity. An expanded component of BIW's infrastructure will include a deployment hosted in Chicago, giving American clients greater legal protection for their data.

Attenda’s Real Time Infrastructure RTI platform, a scalable, demand-based, virtualised IT infrastructure, delivers unprecedented business agility through the rapid deployment of computing resource, providing ISVs with the opportunity to grow their infrastructure with additional capacity as their own client base grows.

ISO 20000 accreditation reinforces Attenda’s commitment to excellence in IT Service Management and recognises the adoption of its integrated ITIL-based process approach to the effective delivery of managed services to meet business and client requirements.

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Attenda, the Always On Managed Services company, manages those vital applications that every business relies upon today to function effectively allowing our clients to selectively outsource their IT operations and re-focus on using IT to add strategic value to their business.

Through a commitment to operational excellence, we manage, secure and optimise the performance of their applications, irrespective of the physical location of the infrastructure.

With over 5 years' investment into Attenda M.O., Attenda's operations platform, we provide the people, process and technology to deliver exceptionally high service levels, but at a cost that is amortised across Attenda's entire client base - currently 160 of the UK's leading companies.

The company enjoys substantial financial backing, the industry's leading accreditations and an unrivalled portfolio of clients including bmi, Christian Aid, easyCar, Microsoft, NHS, Princes, St. James's Place and Travelodge.

Attenda is ISO20000, ISO9001 and ISO27001 accredited, a HP SP Signature Partner, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, a SAP Hosting Partner, a SunTone accredited managed service provider and an Accredited Catalist Supplier. Attenda is one of only seven companies to have been ranked in the UK's Sunday Times ARM Tech Track 100 for three consecutive years and was voted 2007 Best Managed Services Provider by Data Centre Europe Awards 2007 and in 2008 got the VMware EMEA Hosting Partner of the Year award.

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