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StarCite Launches Nexus – A Groundbreaking Platform to Usher in a New Era
of Meetings Management Success

Nexus Brings Meetings into "The Cloud" – Delivering Faster Innovation,
Greater Value and a Better User Experience

Philadelphia, PA – May 3, 2011 – StarCite, Inc., the leading provider of Web-based solutions to strategically manage corporate meetings and events, today unveiled Nexus: StarCite’s “Platform for Innovation” which enables exciting new product features, improves the user experience, and provides unparalleled integration capabilities – a new generation of technology designed to empower the meetings industry.
 
Built on a state-of-the-art technology foundation that is the first of its kind in the meetings industry, StarCite Nexus is a sharp departure from traditional technology architectures that are monolithic and rigid.  Nexus introduces the innovation and agility required to meet the full spectrum of corporate meeting program needs as they evolve – from early-stage initiatives to large, complex, multinational strategic meetings management programs.
 
“Today, nothing in the meetings industry can match the combination of flexibility, simplicity and depth that Nexus offers,” said Greg Dukat, President and CEO of StarCite.  “This approach will drive a better user experience for buyers and suppliers alike.  It can equally meet the needs of companies just starting out with meetings management and those well underway, enabling any company to create a more robust meetings program and realize greater value from their StarCite relationship.”   
 
Nexus – The Next Generation of Meetings Management Innovation

StarCite Nexus offers a host of new developments and advances, including:
  • Enhanced supplier search – A “Google-like” interface that is simpler, more relevant and more intuitive for buyers.
  • Streamlined Supplier RFP Selection – Features that allow planners to select suppliers for their RFPs right from the search screen.
  • More robust RFP models – Additional planning elements and features that make results more comparable and consistent across suppliers.
  • A better user experience – An updated design, cleaner look and feel and more streamlined process flows.
Nexus was built using a leading edge web services technology architecture that has enabled strategic improvements across the StarCite platform.  It is:
  • Designed for Integration – Constructed to integrate the application layer directly to the services layer.
  • Designed for Flexibility – Adjusts to each client’s specific needs and internal practices.
  • Designed for Scale – Unique applications that can be delivered horizontally in different channels in a multitude of ways, as well as vertically to support huge volumes.
  • Designed for Change – Modular construction isolates services and layers so changes can be made independently. 

“StarCite’s technology approach, which brings a service based and metadata driven approach, puts it alongside some of the most successful and innovative software companies in the world,” said Chuck Geiger, Partner – Technology at Silicon Valley Product Group (SVPG) who has held senior technology positions from leading companies such as PayPal, eBay, InterActive Corp., and Travelocity.  “By creating a flexible platform that can deliver the services buyers and suppliers need on demand, rather than force them into a rigid software framework, StarCite’s approach will provide a richer experience and create greater value more quickly for customers.”

About StarCite, Inc.
StarCite, Inc. provides a technology platform that makes meetings and event planning, booking and management easier and more cost-effective for corporations, hotels, venues and meetings suppliers worldwide.  StarCite delivers visibility, cost savings and control over meetings spending for businesses and enhanced revenue opportunities for suppliers.  Through Web-based, on-demand technology, StarCite automates and supports every key element of the meetings planning and procurement process: planning, budgeting, buying, attendance, payment, and results measurement.  Using StarCite’s proprietary online marketplace, meetings buyers can connect and conduct business with over 83,000 hotels, venues, destinations and suppliers globally.  StarCite is based in Philadelphia, PA and worldwide.  Its equity holders include ICG (NASDAQ: ICGE), TPG Growth, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP), and TL Ventures. For more information about StarCite please visit www.starcite.com.


StarCite Media Contact:

John Hartz
Sloane & Company
(857) 598-4779
jhartz@sloanepr.com


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