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Strategic Business Systems delivers e-commerce Web site for Mikasa with LANSA for the Web in just five weeks.

Ramsey, New Jersey, January 31, 2000. Mikasa Inc., the worldwide leader in elegant dinnerware, crystal stemware and decorative accessories, had a successful proof-of-concept during the busy Christmas season. Strategic Business Systems used LANSA for the Web to deliver a Web based proof-of-concept storefront to Mikasa in just five weeks.

Raymond Dingman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mikasa Inc., says, "Our biggest asset is our brand. We are selling a product that should add joy and beauty to your home and we wanted the same look-and-feel of casual elegance on our Web site. We felt that if we wanted to have a real test, we should go live during the busiest time of the year. We also wanted to test our internal capabilities in terms of customer service, operations and other issues. Strategic successfully delivered a working and attractive entry-level e-commerce Web site within the aggressive time schedule required."

Strategic used the LANSA for the Web "Plants for You" demonstration system as the initial framework for the site. The important thing was that customers could place orders online. Mikasa was looking for a proof-of-concept that could grow as the site grows and could be extended to include automated order processing and full integration with Mikasa's existing AS/400 systems.

"LANSA was the only way we could deliver the store application in the time frame that was required," explains John Muoio, Technical Products Manager at Strategic Business Systems. "Heavy demands were placed on our project team and they came through with a great deliverable. I have a great deal of respect for our development staff and the LANSA tool we used to get the job done."

Henry Bernal, Vice President Information Systems at Mikasa, says "Strategic has been able to put a very attractive and stable application in front of us, without any bugs and without any difficulties. Whenever we asked them for a change in the application, they did that very quickly. We haven't done any coding ourselves yet, but judging from the end result, LANSA must be a very good product."

John Muoio of Strategic agrees, "We have delivered many Web browser-based applications to clients using LANSA. Mikasa is just one more example of what you can accomplish in a very short time frame, if you use the right tool. Whether it's business-to-business or business-to-consumer, the tool we depend on to provide these solutions is LANSA. LANSA combined with an IBM iSeries eServer (AS/400) server is the most dependable and productive Internet platform Iíve seen."

Raymond Dingman concludes, "I absolutely consider the proof-of-concept a success. We certainly have confidence to go forward. Even though we established this retail site with the end consumer in mind, we also had inquiries leading to business development opportunities all over the world."

Mikasa Inc., an American company headquartered in New Jersey, is a leader in the design, development and marketing of quality tabletop products and accessories for the home. Mikasa products can be bought from over 6000 retail accounts worldwide, including 158 company owned and operated stores in the US and Canada. Mikasa employs approximately 3,500 staff and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. 1998 revenue was 410.6 million US dollars. For more information and online shopping visit Mikasa at www.mikasa.com.

 


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