SOURCE: RampRate

June 26, 2006 08:00 ET

RampRate and TeleGeography Research to Enhance Outsourcing Services for Enterprises and Service Providers

Data Sharing Partnership Accurately Captures Real World Relationship Between Pricing and Service Components for Global IT Services

SANTA MONICA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 26, 2006 -- RampRate, the authority on Information Technology Outsourcing Services, today announced a strategic partnership with TeleGeography Research (TeleGeography), the leading source for global telecommunications industry statistics, analysis, and consulting services. Together, both companies will leverage an IT services data sharing relationship, providing immediate value to enterprise customers. RampRate and TeleGeography deliver the industry's most extensive and accurate collection of IT services data, detailing how geographical location, market trends and stringent service provisions impact real world pricing and availability of IT services. Customers from both companies will benefit from TeleGeography's extensive data resources combined with the real world grounding of RampRate's Service Provider Intelligence (SPY) Index.

"Communications services are no longer defined simply by costs. Service levels, performance guarantees, risk, flexibility, availability, scale and corporate culture all play a part in price and strategic differentiation," said Tony Greenberg, CEO of RampRate. "Our business is to provide our customers with the right information to ensure they make fast, smart and informed decisions about sourcing IT processes and services. Our partnership with TeleGeography allows us to better identify custom solutions that fit our customers' needs perfectly, regardless of whether it's a top-notch data center in Kentucky or TV-quality stream connectivity to Dubai."

With the proliferation of new communications services, data centers, and network infrastructure, the task of keeping up with market opportunities is a daunting one. Today, enterprises and service providers in the IT services market must evaluate constantly changing industry data to make mission critical decisions. Only RampRate's SPY Index ™ and TeleGeography's continuously updated repositories provide clear guidance on the availability and pricing of IT services with in-depth data on how specific deals shape the actual market. Customers will benefit from understanding gaps between list prices or default contracts and actual market costs or custom-built SLAs for top customers, thus improving the bottom line.

"Through this relationship, TeleGeography confirms its pricing analysis against real world RampRate transactions between clients and vendors," said Jason Kowal, Managing Director, TeleGeography. "TeleGeography's studies can model buying scenarios on the way that real market movers from RampRate's customer base are buying connectivity for low-latency, high-reliability uses and how the total cost for these services is impacted by the negotiation process and contract provisions. Our partnership with RampRate marks a critical milestone in TeleGeography's services for corporate users."

Increasingly, enterprise buyers are turning to industry sourcing advisors such as RampRate and TeleGeography for the expertise and due diligence they have neither the time nor resources to commit internally. As a result, companies speed the IT services decision making and procurement processes, accelerate time to market and improve quality. By using a trusted authority, companies gain better insight into fair market pricing and best practices to ensure that their internal efforts or sourcing engagements meet critical objectives, often at a lower cost.

About RampRate

RampRate is the authority on Information Technology Outsourcing Services, and offers procurement and lifecycle management and business planning research. RampRate's advisory experts work closely with technology-dependent businesses to ensure their IT sourcing decisions are achieved quickly and affordably for a wide range of services including hosting, content delivery, streaming, telecom, messaging, desktops and bandwidth. By leveraging the company's extensive vendor portfolio and its data-driven SPY Index, RampRate is transforming the IT sourcing industry to reduce procurement costs and bring more value to both customers and vendors with significant cost and time savings. As a result, RampRate reduces the decision making time from months to weeks saving businesses on average 30+ percent. RampRate's customers include CBS, Microsoft, Sony, Knight Ridder, Primedia and iFilm and dozens market leaders. Privately held, RampRate was founded in 2001 and is based in Santa Monica, Calif. with offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, and New York. For more information, visit www.ramprate.com.

About the SPY Index™

RampRate's proprietary SPY Index™ (Service Provider Intelligence Index) is a robust database of pricing, service level, and vendor capability assessments, developed from RampRate's historical transactions, partnerships with industry analysts, end-customer interviews, and vendor profiles. The SPY Index provides RampRate sourcing experts with a data driven tool to facilitate IT decision analysis and IT outsourcing processes -- ensuring the right investment decision is being made in the initial procurement and ongoing life cycle of client-vendor relationships. Leveraging the SPY Index, RampRate's sourcing advisors help businesses dramatically accelerate the sourcing process while reducing costs and improving the quality of the vendor relationships. For more information on SPY Index, go to www.ramprate.com.

About TeleGeography

Over the last three decades, TeleGeography's platform of authoritative data sets and objective analysis have provided clear guidance to thousands of clients in over 100 countries. Our communications industry research delivers time-sensitive statistics and insight on hundreds of markets and thousands of service providers. TeleGeography is a division of PriMetrica, Inc. The company offers individual and enterprise subscriptions to online databases and reports on subjects ranging from wireless carrier competition to global Internet backbone traffic. In addition, the company's team of experienced consultants can supply customized market analysis, strategic advice, and support services to clients anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.telegeography.com.

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