netdecisions to provide resources for worldwide deployment of BASCOM's Internet Communications Server (ICS) - a flexible, easy to use curriculum tool facilitating Internet-enriched learning.
Hauppauge, NY - June 28, 2001—BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. (BASCOM), pioneering developers of next generation filtering, connectivity and security solutions for K-12 schools and small business, today announces that it has formed a strategic partnership with netdecisions, a leading international provider of technology solutions. The partnership includes a significant investment in BASCOM from ND Investments, a US-based investment fund closely aligned with netdecisions. The strategic partnership was forged to achieve one fundamental goal: to elevate BASCOM's next generation filtering and connectivity technology into the definitive e-learning and productivity platform for schools and small businesses around the globe.
The phase one strategy is centered on the development and global deployment of BASCOM's ICS. netdecisions will support an aggressive sales and marketing plan, leveraging its international network of contacts and relationships in developing worldwide sales channels to accelerate deployment in Europe and Asia. The partnership will accelerate product development and establish a range of web-based customer services, with the aim of making the ICS the world's dominant e-curriculum platform.
"netdecisions brings an array of services - from software development to entry into European and Asian sales channels - that will drive global deployment of the ICS," said Peter Cirasole, President of BASCOM. "Their expertise and reach will enable us to efficiently deliver a worldclass learning solution whose unmatched flexibility and ease of use will make it a universally embraced curriculum tool. Today's announcement, coming at an unusually difficult time for those seeking investment, is a resounding validation of our core filtering and connectivity technology and its worldwide applications."
Moving forward, netdecisions will help drive the development and deployment of BASCOM's core filtering, connectivity and security technology with the aim of providing small to medium sized businesses around the world with a "big business" productivity platform.
"Schools worldwide are seeking the most effective means of using technology to provide students with the best education possible. Today's announcement is our way of affirming that BASCOM offers a uniquely compelling solution that gives teachers an unrivalled means of providing Internet-enriched instruction," said Rich Donick, head of ND Investments. "We are very excited to help fuel the development and deployment of BASCOM's powerful filtering technology, which we believe will emerge as the leading e-learning platform in classrooms everywhere."
About the Global ChalkboardBASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.
The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.
BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.
BASCOM is a privately held company located in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, visit www.bascom.com