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Ekkon Technologies rebrands as Elastic Path to better reflect its position as the most developer friendly, flexible Java ecommerce software available

Vancouver, BC, Canada, March 21, 2005 -- Ekkon Technologies, the developer of MerchantSpace Commerce, the leading mid-market ecommerce solution for the J2EE platform, announced today that it has changed its name to Elastic Path Software, Inc. The new name underscores the company's vision of providing the most flexible, choice enabling, ecommerce software architecture available.

Effective immediately, the new name and logo will designate not only the company's corporate identity but also its leading enterprise ecommerce server, formerly branded MerchantSpace.

Selection of a new name was initiated to create a singular brand name and identity for the company and its products going forward. Elastic Path was an optimal choice due to its consistency with the vision of the organization � Flexibility First.

"Aligning behind a single name, Elastic Path, is a milestone for this company. It allows us to reaffirm our dedication and commitment to our Flexibility First approach, making successful long-term commerce projects possible within any evolving technology environment," said Harry Chemko, Chief Executive Officer.

About Elastic Path Software
Elastic Path Software is the leading provider of "developer friendly" Java ecommerce software for building sophisticated online stores. In a world full of complex software, our lightweight ecommerce framework is refreshingly simple, provides unlimited flexibility and minimizes total cost of ownership. Companies such as Xerox, Sunoco, Procter & Gamble, 24 Hour Fitness, JBoss, Random House, and Lexmark use Elastic Path for the core ecommerce features they demand today and the flexibility they need for tomorrow.

Elastic Path Software is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information please call 1-800-942-5282 or visit http://www.elasticpath.com
15 years ago
VANCOUVER, BC, 10/18/2004 -- Ekkon Technologies, the developer of MerchantSpace Commerce, today announced a major update of its leading Java-based enterprise e-commerce software.

Re-built from the ground up, MerchantSpace Commerce 3.0 now offers a full MVC-2 based service-oriented architecture for enterprise e-commerce initiatives. Utilizing the power and reliability of Java, it leverages open source components such as Velocity, Struts, and Hibernate -- something unique among enterprise e-commerce software vendors. This allows MerchantSpace to be deployed within nearly every environment permutation, either proprietary, open source, or a mix of both.

"We feel with MerchantSpace Commerce 3.0, senior-level IT personnel now have the ability to take control of the technologies they utilize," said Harry Chemko, CEO, Ekkon Technologies. "The service-oriented architecture allows technology layers to be swapped with current best-fit technologies or technologies not even developed yet."

To date, nearly all enterprise vendors have restricted deployment of their e-commerce solution to large, complex, and proprietary enabler applications. MerchantSpace has moved beyond this barrier and is available on Unix, Windows, BSD, Linux, Solaris, and Mac; nearly all major J2EE application servers including JBoss, Apache Tomcat, BEA WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, Oracle 10g, and various others; and five major databases including IBM DB2, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, and PostgreSQL.

Some notable changes found within version 3.0 are: a fully redeveloped service-oriented architecture, an advanced attribute management system, customer groups & personalization, a promotions engine, a full asset manager, import manager, returns management, and fully indexed internal search capabilities.

Some early adopters of the 3.0 framework include: 24 Hour Fitness, JBoss, Random House, and Sunoco.

Priced at $12,995 USD per CPU, MerchantSpace includes everything necessary for deploying and managing online sales initiatives with all-inclusive licensing for production, staging, and development. MerchantSpace Commerce 3.0 is available immediately.

About Ekkon Technologies

Ekkon is the developer of MerchantSpace Commerce, leading enterprise e-commerce software that leverages open source to develop and advance online sales channels. MerchantSpace is based on Java technology, has a service-oriented architecture, comes with full source code, and can be deployed on virtually any platform, application server, and database. Companies such as Sunoco, Procter & Gamble, 24 Hour Fitness, McKesson, JBoss, Random House, and Lexmark have licensed an open standards e-commerce solution based on proven open source technologies.

Ekkon is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. For more information on MerchantSpace, please call 1-800-942-5282 or visit www.merchantspace.com.


Contact:
Jason Billingsley
VP, Marketing
Phone: (604) 408-8078 ext 226
Fax: (604) 408-4079

Ekkon Technologies
305-1505 West 2nd Ave
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6H 3Y4
www.merchantspace.com
15 years ago
Mid-market Leading E-commerce Software Vendor Releases MerchantSpace Commerce 2.9
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, April 22, 2004 -- Ekkon Technologies, the developers of MerchantSpace Commerce, today announced an optimized version of its mid-market leading Java e-commerce software has been released.
Building on the overwhelming global adoption of MerchantSpace Commerce 2.8, version 2.9 further solidifies its position as the leading mid-market e-commerce solution for the J2EE platform.
�We are extremely excited about this release,� said Harry Chemko, CEO, Ekkon Technologies. �We set out to prove that MerchantSpace could look as professional and perform as effectively and efficiently as enterprise ecommerce solutions costing over ten times as much. Based on customer feedback so far, I think we have done that.�
Some notable changes found within version 2.9 of the Java based e-commerce framework are: cross-selling - the ability to recommend related products to those currently being viewed or purchased; inventory management - the ability to manage current stock levels, reserve stock quantities, set stock re-order levels, and deliver out of stock notifications; performance enhancements � optimized database queries; reduced complexity � custom category and product attributes can now be added with a single line of code; and an enhanced default framework store.
The biggest change in version 2.9 is the notable usability enhancements in the out-of-the-box e-commerce store. The default store demonstrates the professionalism that can be achieved with MerchantSpace Commerce.
�We recognize that many customers do not have the time or resources to invest in usability analysis. We feel it is our responsibility to give MerchantSpace Commerce customers as much of an advantage as possible,� said Dave Koo, VP Product Development, Ekkon Technologies. �Even though MerchantSpace Commerce ships with full access to the Java e-commerce source code, we took considerable steps in improving the default storefront and shopping cart workflow that ships with the product.�
By focusing on making version 2.9 a superior end-user experience, customers deploying MerchantSpace Commerce will immediately reap the benefits.
About MerchantSpace
MerchantSpace Commerce is a product of Ekkon Technologies based in Vancouver, Canada. It is Java based e-commerce software that assists companies in maximizing revenues, reducing costs, and streamlining business processes. Deployed to customers globally, MerchantSpace Commerce has excelled in integrated commerce efforts for both B2B and B2C organizations. With a commitment to the J2EE standard, enterprise level e-commerce with multiple platform and database support is accessible to any company.
MerchantSpace has provided value to internationally recognized brands such as Proctor & Gamble, Capezio Balletmakers, A&W Restaurants and Grant Thornton LLP. To find out more about MerchantSpace, please visit the website.
[ April 21, 2004: Message edited by: Jason Billingsley ]
16 years ago
EKKON TECHNOLOGIES - MerchantSpace Commerce
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Positions Available: 1
Job Overview
Be an integral part of a dynamic core of Java developers advancing and supporting the leading mid-market J2EE e-commerce solution available, MerchantSpace Commerce. You will be a Senior Software Developer working within the R&D team and Professional Services team for a global client base.
Duties and Responsibilities
As a Senior Software Developer, you will be responsible for advanced software development and documentation tasks as part of the e-commerce Research & Development team. You will be responsible for writing and testing application code, and integrating it with the current build. As part of the Professional Services team, you will also take on a consulting role within various client engagments. Travel may be required on occassion.
Skills and Abilities
- Java / J2EE web application development (JSP and/or Servlets, EJB, XML)
- multiple databases (SQL, DB2, mySQL, Oracle etc.)
- multiple web server environments (Microsoft IIS, Apache, Solaris, etc.)
- object-oriented programming
- design patterns
- multiple Java application servers (Tomcat, Resin, Jetty, Weblogic, WebSphere, etc.)
- fluent in English
Optional Skills and Abilities
The following skills are not required, but will be considered an asset to your application:
- Caucho Resin, JBoss, and Jetty
- Jakarta Struts
- Castor or JDO
- Ant
- JUnit
- HttpUnit
- NetBeans IDE
- Experience implementing Java e-commerce applications
- Experience working in a source protection and build environment
- Experience interfacing and communicating directly with clients
- multi-lingual
Education and Training
- 4 year degree in Computer Science or similar college diploma
- Education must have involved Java / J2EE and object oriented programming
Salary
Negotiable
About Our Company
Ekkon Technologies is a progressive e-commerce software developer with an open corporate culture. Employees have access to a full benefits plan, a 30 second walk to Granville Island, a 10 foot video screen for playoff games, breaks at the pool table and Pixel, the office cat.
Contact Information
ATTN: Human Resources
c/o Ekkon Technologies
Suite 305 - 1505 W 2nd Ave
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3Y4
email: careers @ merchantspace.com
16 years ago
Please forward your resume to the address posted.
16 years ago
Junior Software Developer (Java), R&D Team
EKKON TECHNOLOGIES - MerchantSpace
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CANADA;
URL: http://www.merchantspace.com
Positions Available: 2
Description:
J O B O V E R V I E W:
Be part of a dynamic core of Java developers building the next release of the leading mid-market J2EE e-commerce solution available, MerchantSpace Commerce. You will be a Junior Software Developer working within the R&D team on exciting new features for a global client base including multiple Fortune 50 clients.

D U T I E S A N D R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S:
As a Junior Software Developer, you will be responsible for general software development and documentation tasks as part of the e-commerce Research & Development team. You will be responsible for writing and testing application code, and integrating it with the current build.

S K I L L S A N D A B I L I T I E S:
- Java / J2EE web application development (JSP and/or Servlets, EJB, XML)
- SQL
- Microsoft IIS and/or Apache web server environments
- object-oriented programming
- design patterns
- at least ONE Java application server (Tomcat, Resin, Jetty, Weblogic, WebSphere, etc.)

O P T I O N A L S K I L L S A N D A B I L I T I E S:
The following skills are not required, but will be considered an asset to your application:
- Caucho Resin, JBoss, and Jetty
- Jakarta Struts
- Castor or JDO
- Ant
- JUnit
- HttpUnit
- NetBeans IDE
- Experience implementing Java e-commerce applications
- Experience working in a source protection and build environment

E D U C A T I O N A N D T R A I N I N G:
- 4 year degree in Computer Science or similar college diploma
- Education must have involved Java / J2EE and object oriented programming

S A L A R Y
Negotiable

A B O U T O U R C O M P A N Y
Ekkon Technologies is a progressive e-commerce software developer with an open corporate culture. Employees have access to a full benefits plan, a 30 second walk to Granville Island, a 10 foot video screen for playoff games, breaks at the pool table and Pixel, the office cat.

C O N T A C T I N F O R M A T I O N:
ATTN: Human Resources
c/o Ekkon Technologies
Suite 305 - 1505 W 2nd Ave
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3Y4
email: careers@merchantspace.com
product site: http://www.merchantspace.com
16 years ago
Mid-Market Companies Have More Ecommerce Options With the Release of MerchantSpace Commerce 2.8
VANCOUVER, BC, Canada, December 4, 2003 -- Ekkon Technologies, the developers of MerchantSpace Commerce, today announced the next version of its market leading J2EE ecommerce software is now available.
MerchantSpace provides a framework for the development of a highly customized B2B or B2C ecommerce store. Default functionality includes management of product catalogs, merchandising, promotions, customers, orders, shipping, tax, payment, and reporting. Each functional module of MerchantSpace has many advanced features. Because of its Java/J2EE framework, it can be conveniently integrated with existing data stores, legacy applications, accounting, ERP, CRM, and SCM systems. It also has handy XML data stores available for export. It has infinitely customizable business logic allowing for very simple checkout procedures or very complex ones.
MerchantSpace has an excellent Java API to give developers full control over the layout of every screen within the storefront. Source code availability allows one to apply very custom business requirements and extend ones ecommerce application in ways suitable to a specific development strategy.
MerchantSpace Commerce runs on almost any Java Application Server making it a truly platform agnostic ecommerce solution. It also natively supports multiple databases such as mySQL, MS SQL, DB2, PostgreSQL, and Oracle. Upgrading an ecommerce database infrastructure with MerchantSpace is as simple a changing a single line of code.
Version 2.8 builds on a solid feature set and now includes a revamped Commerce Manager and the ability to sell soft goods - better known as digital downloads. To further the already effective integration of real-time UPS shipment rate calculations, MerchantSpace now includes real-time UPS shipment tracking. Also added was tiered pricing / volume discount functionality. PayPal payment processing is now supported. Finally, new dynamic drill-down charting for all reports was included.
�The response to a Java ecommerce application without a five or six figure price tag has been overwhelming,� said Dave Koo, VP Product Development, Ekkon Technologies. �Version 2.8 has really brought the product to a new level with the easiest to use yet robust commerce manager we have seen in the market today�.
About MerchantSpace
MerchantSpace Commerce is Java based ecommerce software that assists companies in maximizing revenues, reducing costs, and streamlining business processes. Deployed to customers worldwide, MerchantSpace has excelled in integrated commerce efforts for both B2B and B2C organizations. With a commitment to the J2EE standard, enterprise level ecommerce with multiple platform and database support is now accessible to almost any company.
MerchantSpace Commerce is in use worldwide by organizations such as a Global 50 consumer product company, an international fast food chain, and a global sporting goods manufacturer/retailer. To find out more about MerchantSpace, please visit www.merchantspace.com.
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For more information, please contact:
Jason Billingsley
VP, Product Strategy
MerchantSpace Commerce
Toll-free: 1.866.553.5566
Direct: 604.408.8078 ext 26
Fax: 604.408.8079
16 years ago
Junior Software Developer (Java), R&D Team
EKKON TECHNOLOGIES - MerchantSpace
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Vancouver, BC, CANADA;
URL: http://www.merchantspace.com
Experience: min 2 years
Positions Available: 2
Description:
J O B O V E R V I E W:
Be part of a dynamic core of Java developers building the next release of the leading mid-market J2EE e-commerce solution available, MerchantSpace. You will be a Junior Software Developer working within the R&D team on exciting new features for a global client base.

D U T I E S A N D R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S:
As a Junior Software Developer, you will be responsible for general software development and documentation tasks as part of the e-commerce Research & Development team. You will be responsible for writing and testing application code, and integrating it with the current build.

S K I L L S A N D A B I L I T I E S:
- Java / J2EE web application development (JSP and/or Servlets, EJB, XML)
- SQL
- Microsoft IIS and/or Apache web server environments
- object-oriented programming
- design patterns
- at least ONE Java application server (Tomcat, Resin, Jetty, Weblogic, WebSphere, etc.)

O P T I O N A L S K I L L S A N D A B I L I T I E S:
The following skills are not required, but will be considered an asset to your application:
- Caucho Resin, JBoss, and Jetty
- Jakarta Struts
- Castor or JDO
- Ant
- JUnit
- HttpUnit
- NetBeans IDE
- Experience implementing Java e-commerce applications
- Experience working in a source protection and build environment

E D U C A T I O N A N D T R A I N I N G:
- 4 year degree in Computer Science or similar college diploma
- Education must have involved Java / J2EE and object oriented programming

S A L A R Y
Negotiable

A B O U T O U R C O M P A N Y
Ekkon Technologies is a progressive e-commerce software developer with an open corporate culture. Employees have access to a full benefits plan, a 30 second walk to Granville Island, a 10 foot video screen for playoff games, breaks at the pool table and Pixel, the office cat.

C O N T A C T I N F O R M A T I O N:
ATTN: Human Resources
c/o Ekkon Technologies
Suite 305 - 1505 W 2nd Ave
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3Y4
email: careers@ekkon.com
company site: http://www.ekkon.com
product site: http://www.merchantspace.com
[ August 28, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Billingsley ]
[ August 28, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Billingsley ]
[ August 28, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Billingsley ]
17 years ago
A J2EE compliant e-commerce solution with enterprise level features, but without the enterpise level price tag?
Ekkon Technologies is proud to introduce MerchantSpace.
There is a lot of mid-market e-commerce software out there but not too many address the needs of Java programmers.
There are a ton of integration features within the J2EE compliant framework of MerchantSpace. The price point allows many java system integrators to bid on mid-market clients without blowing the entire project budget on 'Broadvision' or 'Blue Martini' type licensing fees.
I would love to discuss any java related features of the product with interested parties or you can view the full feature set, API, Class Diagram, DB Schema etc. at http://www.merchantspace.com
While there, visit our partners section. Learn how MerchantSpace can make your next Java e-commerce project more profitable.
[ July 15, 2003: Message edited by: Jason Billingsley ]
17 years ago