Sun Microsystems has always associated itself with the creation of the Internet. The phrase 'the network is the computer' was registered by Sun in the mid-1980s and the company has certainly proved that networking is important. One of Sun's other claims is that more than 75 per cent of all Internet service providers are using Sun solutions and more than 35 per cent of servers run on the Sun platform. The company is now trying to capitalise on the world-wide interest in the Internet by creating a special programme for those interested in the creation of the Internet and its Web pages. The Internet Associate Programme is aimed at those who provide various services in the creation of Internet/intranet solutions. Sun is hoping people recognise that with the company's help they are getting the 'best-of-breed' solutions for integration, development, network management, design, content and telecommunications access. Sun also hopes the programme will appeal to a wide range of designers, ISPs, and content provides who are professionally interested in the Internet. Gabriel Leung, the director of Sun Microsystems Hong Kong operations, said: 'Medium-to large-sized companies in Hong Kong are demanding ways to utilise Internet technologies to improve their productivity.' According to Fred Sheu, the marketing manager for Hong Kong, the programme has only been started in Britain and Singapore. Hong Kong is the third place to try the scheme. 'We are confident that we can get about 30 associates to start off,' he said. The programme offers members special discounts and help on Sun products and services. Simon Chan of System-Pro said: 'This one-stop-shopping concept will definitely benefit the growth of the Internet/intranet in Hong Kong as enterprises will find it much easier to access a wide range of web technologies.' Sun recently coined the term 'I2net'. The company is keeping its fingers crossed the term - intended to encompass both kinds of Net - will catch on. Sun's success in providing Internet solutions is well known and its development of the Java programming language has also put it in a powerful position as one of the leaders of Internet technology. Perhaps it will now begin to add to the vocabulary of the English language.