Ness Technologies Selected for Two Prestigious Microsoft Partner Programs.

Microsoft Taps Ness Technologies to Participate in Mobile Solutions and MapPoint®.NET Alliance Partner Programs.

Hackensack, New Jersey - 01 March, 2002 (PRN):Ness Technologies, a leading multi-national IT professional services firm with US operations in Hackensack, New Jersey and Dulles, Virginia, today announced that Microsoft has selected Ness to participate in its prominent Mobile Solutions Partner Program.

Ness' participation in the Mobile Solutions Partner Program - coming on heals of Ness' selection into the Microsoft MapPoint®.NET Alliance Partner Program - further deepens Ness' outstanding - and long-standing - relationship with Microsoft.

Joe Pagano, General Manager for Microsoft, commented "Microsoft is excited about Ness' participation in these two important Partner Programs. Ness specializes in developing innovative custom systems for their clients, so we are delighted about the proactive stance and leadership they are taking with respect to XML-based Web Services development and mobility solutions based on the Windows CE and .NET platforms. We expect that Ness' deep understanding of our products and participation in both programs will positively influence market adoption of our new products and frameworks, future product development, and ultimately the value of the solutions created for our mutual clients."

Ness USA Chief Technology Officer, Joe Fung, added "as a longtime Microsoft partner and solutions provider, Ness is thrilled about Microsoft's deep level of commitment to Web Services, .NET, and mobility solutions - and the fact that Microsoft continues to extend and broaden its offerings for the developer community. Our acceptance into these two Microsoft programs will enable Ness to come to market with leading-edge mobility and Web Services offerings, benefiting our clients and their end customers."

Ness is an aggressive early adopter of new Microsoft technologies and platforms in order to bring the most advanced IT and e-Business solutions to its customers. Ness maintains the highest level of partner certification with Microsoft as a Gold Certified Partner.

About Microsoft's Mobile Solutions Provider Program

The Microsoft Mobile Solutions Partner Program is a worldwide initiative bringing together a community of like-minded developers to build and expand the mobile information revolution. This Program is a key focus for Microsoft in enabling partners to develop cutting-edge solutions (applications, consulting and deployment, information services) based on Microsoft's mobility platform and technologies.

About Microsoft's MapPoint®.NET Alliance Program

The Microsoft MapPoint®.NET Alliance Partner Program is designed to put businesses in touch with solution providers, independent software vendors, consultants, training providers, and developers who work with Microsoft MapPoint® technologies. The MapPoint®.NET Alliance Program establishes qualifications for developers to ensure that the appropriate expertise will be employed when building solutions that fit client needs. Partners selected for the Microsoft MapPoint®.NET Alliance Program are recognized as leaders in business mapping who will collaborate with the Microsoft MapPoint® team on future MapPoint® technologies.

About Ness Technologies

Ness Technologies is a global provider of innovative IT solutions, with over 2,000 professionals based in the US, Europe, and Israel. In the US, Ness specializes in the custom development of web-based business-critical information systems, having completed nearly 400 projects within its 16-year history. Ness' customer base consists primarily of "blue-chip" member-based organizations and Global 2000 companies across multiple industries, including pharmaceuticals and healthcare, telecommunications, media and publishing, and insurance. Ness has broad technical partnerships, enabling development of customized applications on a "technology-independent" basis. The firm currently has practice areas in e-Commerce/e-Business applications, Business Intelligence, Content Management, Web Services, Enterprise Portals, and Strategic Services.

For more information, please contact:

Alice Lu
Ness Technologies
Tel: 201.488.7222 ext. 171



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