FCW to Launch gBuys – a Deal-Based, Public Sector e-Market – in September

FALLS CHURCH, VA – AUGUST 22, 2000 – How do you interactively pool the purchasing power of federal, state and local government buyers for exceptional deals from commodity IT manufacturers and resellers?


FCW Government Technology Group Inc. today announced a Sep. 5 launch of gBuys(TM), a World Wide Web application through which public-sector organizations can pool their buying power to get lower prices on information technology commodities via special deals from reputable sellers. A team comprised of FCW, BroadVision Inc. and KPMG LLP created gBuys using BroadVision's One-to-One e-commerce platform. Companies offering the first round of deals through gBuys include network storage company Land 5 Corp. and Micron Government Computer Systems Inc.

"We have two objectives in creating gBuys," said Edith Holmes, president and chief executive officer of FCW. "First, we want to increase our value to both our government audiences and our industry customers. Second, we want to be the media leader in the development of B2G e-markets."

"gBuys applies the latest e-commerce technology to realize the convergence of promotion and transaction," said Steve LeCompte, vice president at FCW. "New, Web-enabled applications are transforming the business processes of sellers and government buyers. As an independent third party, FCW is with gBuys helping to moderate the balance of power between them during this transformation."

For more information on how gBuys works, visit www.gBuys.com or contact Steve LeCompte at (703) 876-5148.

About FCW Government Technology Group Inc.

An International Data Group company, FCW Government Technology Group Inc. offers a suite of media products for the government IT community. In print, FCW publishes Federal Computer Week, a magazine providing news, technology and analysis for federal IT professionals, and civic.com, a monthly magazine for state and local IT professionals.

FCW.com, a complete online government IT resource, complements the print publications by providing daily federal, state and local IT news and headline newsletters sent via e-mail. FCW also produces special learning events, including the Government CIO Summit, a semiannual, invitation-only conference for government chief information officers, and the annual GovTech conference and exposition.

FCW also hosts the annual Federal 100 awards gala, an event that celebrates individuals who have made a difference in the federal IT arena.

Copyright 2000 FCW Government Technology Group Inc.