Toronto, Ontario, Canada – (via THE
HOSTING NEWS) – August 4, 2005 – Tucows Inc. has announced the launch of Platypus 5.1, the
first Platypus release with support and integration for other Tucows services,
domains and Blogware (http://resellers.tucows.com/backoffice/).
Tucows acquired Platypus with the purchase of Boardtown Corporation in April,
2004. At that time Tucows was clear in its intention to move Platypus towards
provisioning multiple services in addition to access. This release takes an important
step on that road.
Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows explained the new service offering, ”We knew Platypus
did a great job of billing, provisioning and customer care for ISPs and we also
knew that in order to meet the needs of the market today it had to continue to
evolve. Today, service providers need to bill, provision and support multiple
services. They need more bundling and pricing flexibility.
In addition, Tucows is releasing a new version of its OpenSRS client code suite
for service providers (http://ccs.tucows.com/),
which provides real benefits when used in connection with Platypus 5.1. Most importantly,
the new client code suite allows service providers to easily create a better-quality
buying process for services and enhances a service provider’s ability to
market and merchandise Internet services.
For Tucows this marks just a first step down the road to providing a billing and
customer care solution for all service providers, including web hosting companies,
and towards making it easier for service providers to include professional usability
in their merchandising efforts.
These releases make it easier for service providers that use Platypus or the Tucows
client code suite to automate the sale of Tucows services such as Blogware, to
bundle Tucows and service provider services with greater flexibility, as well
as make it easier for service providers that sell domains with Tucows to provide
billing and customer care.
”We are excited about these releases” said Noss ”and think they
start to demonstrate the way the pieces we have assembled will work together”.
For more information on Tucows, please visit: http://www.tucowsinc.com.