Novell Teams with ALPNET to Accelerate Enterprise-Wide Multilingual Solutions for the Internet

SALT LAKE CITY, March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ALPNET, Inc. (Nasdaq: AILP - news), a world leader in Multilingual Business to Business (B2B) Services, announced today that Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL - news) has joined the ALPNET Community Source Program. The Community Source Program focuses on accelerating the development and the integration of enterprise-wide Multilingual B2B solutions for the Internet (``.com'') world. The ALPNET Community Source Program is based on the joint technology development between ALPNET and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW - news). As a community member Novell will benefit from participating in driving the technology and solution direction as well having access to the jointly developed code base. ALPNET will deploy the technology internally to the benefit of its clients.

Novell recognizes ALPNET's capability to ``.com'' the Multilingual Information Services market place. As the inventor of translation technology and with the announced release of its ALPNETXchange ASP service, ALPNET remains one of the most innovative leaders in the industry. The Community Program further demonstrates ALPNET's leadership in helping companies address their worldwide information requirements. ALPNET provides solution design, consulting and system integration services in support of the jointly developed technology. ALPNET helps clients improve efficient distribution of multilingual information with the optimal use of language technology, industry standards such as SGML and XML, and process refinement.

``The worldwide market heightens the need for efficient globalization strategies and constant reduction in the cost of doing business'' says Ian Dunlop, Director of International Product Development from Novell. ``We are pleased to work with ALPNET in developing global information technology strategies to address these critical business issues. These strategies include harnessing the power of the World Wide Web and Java(TM) to effectively reach the translation community wherever and however they work.''

The ALPNET Community Program will extend the Multilingual Information Technology to better leverage the Internet including support for Java technology-based components, XML/SGML processing and the integration of Business to Business (B2B) eCommerce solutions. The community's ultimate objective is to reduce costs and turnaround time in managing their worldwide multilingual information strategy.

``Community members will be able to '.com' this critical aspect of their business with 'out of the wall' Multilingual Information and Workflow capabilities,'' says Dave Emery, Vice President International Marketing and eCommerce for ALPNET. ``Our Community members will realize significant business advantages in meeting their Multilingual Information and Globalization requirements such as full integration of the system into their enterprise information business processes, improvement in translation quality and turnaround time, and support of Internet and e-Commerce business models. All of which leads to substantial reduction in enterprise-wide Localization/Globalization costs.''

Jaap van der Meer, CEO and President of ALPNET states, ``The community gives ALPNET a unique opportunity to enrich our technology platform very rapidly. By growing the community, we want to establish a best practice standard in our industry. This will enable our clients to manage their multilingual information as an enterprise-wide global asset.'' Mr. Van der Meer adds, ``The launch of the community is a very strategic step forward for us in the migration to an Application Service business model, in which ALPNET will give clients online access to client dedicated repositories of multilingual information.''

About Novell, Inc.

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL - news) is the world's leading provider of directory- enabled networking software. Novell solutions give businesses total control of their private networks and the Internet, simplifying the management of user access and identity. Novell's worldwide channel, consulting, developer, education and technical support programs are the most extensive in the network computing industry. For information on Novell's complete range of products and services, contact Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 312-4CRC (4272), or visit Novell's Web site at Press may access Novell announcements and company information on the World Wide Web at

About ALPNET, Inc.

ALPNET (Nasdaq: AILP - news) is one of the world's largest publicly owned dedicated suppliers of Multilingual Business to Business Services, with more than 600 employees working in 15 countries throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. ALPNET provides a comprehensive range of Multilingual Information Services and Consulting capabilities, including Web Localization, Software Localization, Documentation, Solution Design and System Integration, Localization Engineering, Linguistic Testing, and Content Creation (Authoring). Additional information about ALPNET is available on the World Wide Web at An investor package can be obtained by calling our Investor Relations Department.

For more information on the ALPNET Community Source Program: [email protected].

For additional information contact: Jose Castaneda, Investor Relations, ALPNET, Inc., 888-292-2819 or 303-292-1501, E-mail: [email protected].

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