ChannelOnline Launches Version 4.5

Thu, 08/10/2006

SAN FRANCISCO, CA August 11, 2006 - CNET Channel, a property of CNET Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: CNET), is pleased to announce our latest version of ChannelOnline goes live today! The 4.5 release continues CNET Channel's ongoing efforts to make significant improvements to the core ChannelOnline product - delivering administrators the ability to set-up external URL links within ChannelOnline, links to the Autotask product to help manage professional services, and enhanced support for Bell Microproducts, BlueStar, and Dexxon Digital Storage.

ChannelOnline 4.5 Feature Release on August 11, 2006. The major features in the version 4.5 release are:

Administrative Management

External Links - Ability to set up external URL links within ChannelOnline in the following areas:

  • Customer account view
  • Sales documents
  • StoreSite

You can use these external URL links to launch a new browser window and link to any external URL such as your accounting system, company website, etc. ChannelOnline merge fields, with encryption option, are available to embed within the URL if desired.

With the launch of External Links, we will be building a library of links to complementary products and services. If you have suggestions, or develop links that you would like to share with other ChannelOnline resellers, please post them in the Forums under Announcements - Share External Links.

We have worked with Autotask to provide links into their product and have posted them in the Forum under Announcements - Share External Links. Autotask is a complementary product to ChannelOnline that some ChannelOnline resellers use to manage the service side of their business. Below is some information regarding Autotask.

Autotask Lets You Run Your IT Services Business Better

Autotask can be configured with your process and your workflow to help you manage all of your professional services: Managed services, break-fix, consulting engagements, system integration, networking projects, software implementations, service desk contracts, and scheduled maintenance. Autotask combines service desk, project management, dispatching, and CRM into a single, hosted application, with integrated time-tracking, billing and reporting. This gives you the power to track everything, bill anything, and gauge profitability in real time. And, because Autotask is web-based software accessible through any browser, you can access your data from any computer, anywhere, anytime. Go to

Customer Management

Customer & Contact Custom Fields - Ability to create global custom fields for Customer Accounts at both the company and contact level. This flexibility enables you to add and view data elements that are not native to ChannelOnline. XML and Import/Export are supported for these custom fields. To setup customer and contact custom fields go to Admin | Company Settings | Global Custom Fields.

Supplier Management

Bell Microproducts Auto-fulfill Support - Ability to send electronic purchase orders directly to Bell Microproducts' order system using the XML protocol. Status updates with tracking information and serial numbers is also available with this new functionality. Bell Microproducts is one of the world's largest storage-centric value-added distributors serving customers on a global basis. They are an industry-recognized specialist with turnkey programs for storage products, services and solutions. If you don't have an account with Bell Microproducts, click here to apply to be a Bell Microproducts reseller.

Support for BlueStar Daily Price File - Ability to activate BlueStar as a supported supplier in ChannelOnline and view BlueStar pricing along with all your other suppliers. BlueStar is the fastest growing distributor of POS (Point-of-Sale) and AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Collection) products with offices throughout the U.S.A., Latin America and Canada. BlueStar is committed to working exclusively with Value Added Reseller (VAR) partners to help deliver the finest point of sale and warehousing hardware and software solutions in the world. If you don't have an account with BlueStar, click here to apply to be a BlueStar reseller.

Support for Dexxon Digital Storage Daily Price File - Ability to activate Dexxon Digital Storage as a supported supplier in ChannelOnline and view Dexxon Digital Storage pricing along with all your other suppliers. Dexxon Digital Storage, Inc. is a worldwide wholesale distributor of data storage solutions. We provide real-time services, industry knowledge, and customized, value-added offerings that help our customers and suppliers grow their business. Founded in 1986 and located in Columbus, Ohio, Digital Storage, Inc. markets data storage solutions such as tape back-up media, optical disks, CD & DVD media, removable disk cartridges, diskettes, printer accessories, cleaning products, media storage racks and labels, hardware, and other storage-related accessories. If you don't have an account with Dexxon Digital Storage, click here to apply to be a Dexxon Digital Storage reseller

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