Press releases from June 2002


SURVEY.COM ENHANCES eRESEARCH CAPABILITIES THROUGH MADONION.COM®’s MEASUREMENT SERVICES

June 20, 2002 - -



SURVEY.COM ENHANCES eRESEARCH CAPABILITIES THROUGH MADONION.COM®’s MEASUREMENT SERVICES



Designed for PC Hardware & Software Business and Consumer Research



Saratoga, CA – June 20th, 2002 – Survey.com, the leading provider of eResearch and MadOnion.com®, the leading provider of PC performance information and web services, today announced a strategic alliance which will result in immediate benefits for market researchers of products and services relating to PC hardware and software.
By utilizing MadOnion’s expertise in PC information collection and processing, Survey.com now offers its clients the ability to conduct “variable flow” market surveys, depending on respondents’ individual PC configurations. While conducting online surveys, MadOnion’s technology enables real-time capture of respondents’ hardware and software configurations, including important variables such as type and speed of processor, Microsoft® operating system used, available memory and installed display cards and drivers.
Until now, attempts to determine reliable configuration data by asking respondents resulted in low quality and erroneous data.
Survey.com’s clients can take advantage of the new capability in several different ways:
  • Collecting objectively measured data about PC configuration
  • Determine what PC configurations lead to greatest satisfaction for various consumer segments
  • Compile PC market reports: Market penetration analysis of CPUs, Memory, Display cards, etc.
The service is provided as part of MadOnion’s Measurement Services and is available through Survey.com starting today.
“This tool will allow our clients to gather objective data about an individual’s PC configuration. By not having to rely on sometimes novice computer respondents that could give incorrect data, our clients will be sure that the data provided is the most accurate data available,” said Kevin Taylor, Director of Research Operations at Survey.com.

About Survey.com
Survey.com is the leading provider of eResearch and is the first company to successfully harness the power of the Internet for conducting primary and secondary market research. Last year the company completed more than 450,000 Internet-based surveys for both proprietary and syndicated market research studies on a broad range of topics, including information technology, consumer electronics, and entertainment. The firm's clients include Canon Computer Systems, Cisco Systems, CMP Media, Compaq, Earthlink Network, IBM, IDC, Interactive Week, Motorola, PC World, Ticketmaster Online-City Search, 3Com, and Ziff Davis Media. For more information visit www.survey.com.

About MadOnion.com®
MadOnion.com® is the leading provider of PC performance information and web services. MadOnion.com® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3Dmark® Series and PCMark™2002 (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 4 million real life benchmarking results. MadOnion.com® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit www.MadOnion.com.

Company Contacts:
MadOnion.com Inc.
Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President, Sales
+1-408-517-0131
tero@madonion.com
Survey.com
Tasha Celi
Marketing Specialist
+1-408-850-1227 ext 502
tasha@survey.com

Agency Contact:
TechWire International
Leo Pot
+1-831-429-6288
information@ezwire.com

BAPCo® Debuts MobileMark™ 2002

June 4, 2002 - -



BAPCo® Debuts MobileMark™ 2002



BAPCo® and MadOnion.com® Deliver a New Benchmark to Evaluate Notebook Systems in a Realistic Mobile Environment



Burlingame, California – June 4th, 2002 – BAPCo® and MadOnion.com® today announced the release of MobileMark™ 2002, a new benchmark to evaluate notebook user experience by measuring both performance and battery life at the same time. Performance and battery life are among the top purchase criteria for notebooks users, yet no method existed for evaluating both criteria with the same workload.
MobileMark™ 2002 addresses the need for a simple to use and broadly deployed industry standard benchmark that can measure and report performance as well as battery life at the same time. Until now, notebooks have been evaluated on performance in the AC mode and battery life in the battery mode. MobileMark™ 2002 will allow notebook OEMs, IT departments, reviewers, publishers, testing laboratories and notebook users to evaluate mobile systems in today’s more realistic mobile environment.
"CNET Networks' product reviews team is committed to bringing comprehensive hardware and software reviews to the millions of readers of CNET.com and ZDNet Web sites, and Computer Shopper magazine. Notebook usage models have been rapidly evolving over the past couple of years. As the un-tethered notebook user population continues to expand, it is important to look at both performance and battery life at the same time in order to quantify a complete notebook user experience. MobileMark 2002 will enable CNET Labs to measure notebook computer performance in a truly mobile usage model," said Erik Johnson, Manager of CNET Labs in San Francisco.

About MobileMark™ 2002
The MobileMark™ 2002 workload consists of two usage models: a productivity usage model and a reader usage model. The productivity usage model provides significant computations representing today’s business users using popular office productivity and content creation applications. The productivity usage model reports a performance score and a battery life score - obtained while running the productivity workload.
The productivity workload of MobileMark™ 2002 consists of emerging usage models and popular productivity applications including:
  • Microsoft® Word 2002
  • Microsoft® Excel 2002
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft® Outlook 2002
  • Netscape Communicator® 6.0
  • McAfee® VirusScan 5.13
  • Adobe® Photoshop® 6.0.1
  • Macromedia® Flash 5
  • WinZip® 8.0
The reader usage model represents a light-computation usage model in which a user is reading through content already present on the notebook system such as an e-book. The reader usage model reports a battery life score and uses Netscape Communicator® 6.0.
The workload and usage models were cooperatively designed, developed and tested by engineers from a wide cross-section of industry-leading publications, testing labs, PC manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, and software developers. MobileMark™ 2002 was extensively validated across multiple hardware and software configurations by BAPCo®’s partners. This process ensures a useful and robust benchmark that consistently and reliably delivers performance and battery life results representative of the notebook user’s experience.
MobileMark™ 2002 Software and Hardware Requirements
MobileMark™ 2002 supports Windows® XP (Professional and Home) and Windows® 2000 (with Service Pack 2) operating systems. MobileMark™ 2002 requires 128 MB RAM and 2.0 GB Free hard disk space for installation and 100 MB during each run.
MobileMark™ 2002 is being introduced under the strategic alliance between BAPCo® and MadOnion.com®. MadOnion.com®, a leading provider of PC performance benchmarking software and web services, will provide exclusive marketing and distribution for MobileMark™ 2002.
Ordering Information
MobileMark™ 2002 is available for 249.95 USD. For a limited time, SYSmark® 2002 licensees will be able to purchase MobileMark™ 2002 for 199.95 USD. Please visit MadOnion.com®’s secure shopping site at: http://www.madonion.com/products/mobilemark2002 (Powered by MadOnion.com®) for further details and to place an order.
About BAPCo®
The Business Applications Performance Corporation (BAPCo) is a non-profit consortium of leading computer industry publications, independent testing labs, PC hardware manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers and software publishers. Current BAPCo® membership includes: CNET Labs, Inc., Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and VNU Business Publications Limited (UK).
About MadOnion.com®
MadOnion.com® is a leading provider of PC performance information and web services. MadOnion.com® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® Series and PCMark™2002 (with more than 30 million copies distributed, worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 4 million real life benchmarking results. MadOnion.com® has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit www.MadOnion.com.
For more information, visit www.bapco.com or www.MadOnion.com or contact:
John Peterson
BAPCo
Operations Manager
Phone: +1-408-988-7654
john_peterson@bapco.com

Tero Sarkkinen
MadOnion.com Inc.
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
tero@madonion.com


NOTE: BAPCo and SYSmark are registered trademarks of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. MobileMark is a trademark of the Business Applications Performance Corporation. MadOnion.com is a registered trademark of MadOnion.com. All other names mentioned are trademarks, or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

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