Revolutionary Business Travel Solution from i:FAO

i:FAO, the corporate-side provider of business travel eProcurement software, is starting installation and deployment of cytric v7, the leading Internet software for booking and management of business travel.

i:FAO`s groundbreaking cytric v7 is the first business travel eProcurement solution that combines all the benefits of online applications with an open, enterprise-class infrastructure. Building on the rich functionality of cytric, which was first released in 1996 and continually improved, cytric v7 is a new product specifically designed to meet the needs of corporations seeking to reduce travel cost.

cytric v7 provides all of the benefits of cytric: A fast and easy travel booking process, the industry`s most functional travel management system, rapid deployment, and quick return on investment. cytric v7 is set for high user adoption rates and provides for those its enterprise-class infrastructure, based on the travel industry`s most modern multi-tier architecture. cytric v7 is entirely written in Java using the benefits of the Enterprise Java Beans architecture, running on Red Hat`s Linux, Microsoft`s Windows 2000 or Sun`s Solaris Operating Systems on Intel or Sun Hardware using an Oracle database. Using latest BEA Weblogic Application Server technology cytric v7 provides the scalability (more than 45,000 airline tickets/day already with its entry level set-up) and security that larger and more complex companies require. In addition cytric v7 offers advanced integration, customization, and administration capabilities. Companies can easily customize the solution at both department and workgroup levels, integrate with other enterprise applications using cytric`s XML API`s, and leverage advanced administration tools to manage and review usage.

i:FAO will also offer its revolutionary reality interface in conjunction with cytric v7. reality is fast, user friendly, and easily understood. It does what other interfaces cannot do by swiftly presenting the optimal travel solution, effectively replacing the typical dialogue with a travel agent that involves a lengthy back and forth to meet travel, personal and corporate criteria. reality takes the weighted information generated from a corporate profile (addressing the needs of the corporate travel policy), from a user profile (with personal preferences) and the criteria for a booking (such as departure time, arrival time, connection cities, travel time, airline preferences, price, and so forth) and computes the optimal solution.

Also in Q1/2002 i:FAO will add i:FAO`s `market fares server` technology to cytric. mfs will allow travel agencies and corporations to load, manage and book all types of contract fares completely independent from GDS pricing. All these fares are seamlessly integrated into the cytric reservation flow. cytric customers are able to react quickly to any contracts or deals offered by airlines, because all tariffs are immediately available once loaded with the user friendly mfs browser based interface. i:FAO will be exhibiting at the Business Travel Show 2002, February 5 through 7, 2002, The National Hall, Olympia, London, England.