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Tuesday 20 February, 2001

Orbital Soft Hldgs

Partnering Programme Launch

Orbital Software Holdings PLC
20 February 2001

For Immediate Release                                          20 February 2001

                                  Orbital Software

                       Launches Strategic Partnering Programme


Global strategic partnerships with leading technology vendors, solution
integrators and resellers advance expert-based knowledge solutions



Orbital Software Holdings plc, ('Orbital Software') has launched Velocity
Alliance Programme, a strategic partnership programme with potential vendors
to increase the rate of take up of its own product, Organik, as well as more
general expert-based knowledge management solutions.



Organik profiles people dynamically, captures informal knowledge, builds
online communities and provides competitive advantage to those seeking to gain
the most from the Internet and corporate intranets The programme aims to
combine the expertise of Orbital and its partners to deliver innovative
knowledge management solutions to new and existing customers.



Orbital's Velocity Alliance Programme accelerates the development and
deployment of Organik-based solutions for customers who require specialised
suites of applications and provides systems integrators, resellers and
technology vendors with comprehensive technical and marketing support.



To date members of the Velocity Alliance Programme include Convera Corporation
(formally Excalibur Technologies), Participate.com, Virdev Software Solutions
Group and McDermott Consulting.   Orbital is currently in discussions with a
number of European based partners with the aim of expanding the alliance's
global reach.





Orbital's Chief Executive, Kevin Dorren, said of the programme:



'The Velocity Alliance programme is one of many steps Orbital has recently
taken to foster partnerships and meet customer demand for best-of-breed,
expert-based knowledge software that dynamically links people and information
together to capture and share valuable corporate knowledge.   Whilst many of
our customers have the internal capabilities to implement Organik off the
shelf, our global partners provide the highest quality strategy,
implementation and integration services to complement Organik.




For further information, please contact:


Orbital Software                                     Tel:  +44 (0) 131 348 3000
Kevin Dorren, Chief Executive Officer
Brian Gray, Chief Operating Officer


Buchanan Communications                               Tel: +44 (0) 20 7466 5000
Nicola How / Isabel Petre



Notes to Editors:



Orbital Software

Orbital Software is a leading provider of scalable, person-to-person Q&A
infrastructure for Internet and corporate portals.  Orbital's Organik software
brings people and information together, creating an environment in which users
can ask questions, find experts and share knowledge.  Orbital creates online
expert communities that help boost Web site traffic, improve customer
satisfaction and foster user productivity.



Founded in 1995, Orbital has U.S. headquarters in Boston, Mass. with the
European headquarters in Edinburgh, UK. Additional information about Orbital
Software and its complete product line can be accessed on the World Wide Web
at http://www.orbitalsw.com


Industry Background:

IDC estimates that worldwide spending for knowledge management services will
increase from $3.7 billion in 2001 to over $10 billion in 2004 with a
five-year annual growth rate (CAGR) of 51%.  According to IDC analyst Greg
Dyer, ' Knowledge management solutions have to address a business' technology,
people and business processes in order to be successful.  Because most clients
do not have the internal resources necessary to effectively develop and
integrate KM solutions, they need vendors' support. Orbital is addressing this
need by combining the efforts of technology and service providers through the
Orbital Velocity Alliance Program.'