August 7, 2001

Avanade and NetIQ Form Strategic Business Alliance to Deploy and Manage Enterprise Implementations

Avanade to Deliver Comprehensive Migration, Management and Web Analytics Services Based on NetIQ Technology

Press Release

SAN JOSE, Calif. and SEATTLE, Wash.

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq: NTIQ), a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence solutions, and Avanade Inc., the world's premier technology integrator for Microsoft solutions in the enterprise, today announced a formal alliance to jointly sell and market integrated offerings that reduce the cost and accelerate the implementation of Microsoft Windows 2000 deployments for mid- to large-size organizations.

Under terms of this agreement, Avanade will utilize NetIQ products while providing Microsoft integration services to customers, specifically in the areas of migrating, monitoring and managing the performance of Windows 2000 and Exchange 2000. Avanade will offer services that utilize the CommerceTrends Visitor Relationship Management (VRM) Platform, NetIQ's most advanced analytics solution in the WebTrends brand product line. CommerceTrends facilitates the integration of Web visitor data with other organizational data sources, and shares that data with applications that allow enterprises to fuel marketing and sales action to build relationships with their visitors and customers and improve revenue performance.

"Synergies between these two premier Microsoft partners offer value to customers in terms of accelerated delivery and more effective, reliable solutions," said Steve Seminario, director of business development at NetIQ. "Avanade offers the deep technical insight and skilled resources for successful project assessment, design and implementation. Similarly, NetIQ is widely recognized as a best-of-breed provider in Windows performance monitoring and management software—now extending to Web analytics through its market-leading WebTrends product line."

"Based on its long-standing commitment to Microsoft, NetIQ was a natural fit for Avanade," said Kevin Adams, Avanade's director of technology alliances. "We know first hand from our experience with NetIQ that its suite of products works. Its superior network administration capabilities result in significant cost savings by reducing overall implementation time."

Avanade currently uses NetIQ products internally to ensure the performance of its own Microsoft Windows 2000 infrastructure, and has already relied on NetIQ as part of numerous client implementations. As part of the agreement, Avanade will refer customers interested in software licensing directly to NetIQ. In turn, NetIQ will tap Avanade's extensive global resources for engagements that require a full range of technology, e-business infrastructure and implementation services.

About Avanade

Avanade is the world's premier technology integrator for Microsoft solutions in the enterprise. With Development Centers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas, Avanade delivers secure, reliable, scalable Microsoft-based solutions to help Global 2000 companies optimize their technology investments across the connected enterprise. Founded as a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture in April 2000, Avanade offers customers unique value based on a heritage of commitment to superior service paired with unmatched insight into cutting-edge Microsoft technologies.

About NetIQ

NetIQ Corporation (Nasdaq: NTIQ) is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management and intelligence for all the components of an organization's e-business infrastructure—from back-end servers, networks and directories to front-end web servers and applications. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., with development and operational personnel in Houston, Texas; Raleigh, N.C.; Bellevue, Wash.; and Portland, Ore. For more information, please visit NetIQ's web site or call (408) 856-3000.

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