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February 3, 1999


By CBR Staff Writer

Dialog Corp, the UK-based online information provider, has finally tried to make sense of an unwieldy structure produced after a period of rapid expansion. Patrick Sommers, who was appointed chief operating officer in October 1998 created three new divisions: information services, web solutions and internet software and business-to-business ecommerce. However, the shake-up was not to everyone’s liking and the executive vice president and the joint chief technical officer have left the company. Dialog hopes to use its base of customers for information services to build an e-commerce business and the first modest revenues of around $1.5m from the new revenues are likely to trickle into 1998 results. A full roll-out of OfficeShopper is planned this year and Dialog plans to license the software on which it is based to other organizations seeking to create storefronts on the internet. Dialog shares bounced up 10% to 87 pence on news of the shake-up.

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