Friday, July 07, 2006

Smart Org - Value Based Management Systems

www.smartorg.com SmartOrg Value-Based Management Systems help companies drive growth and profitability by focusing on key value drivers that affect the success of new projects and products. Our software rapidly screens early stage opportunities and monitors project and portfolio value throughout the development process.

Our software and services support making value-based decisions about where and how much to invest in R&D, New Product Development and other business opportunities. This “strategic” level of decision-making is quite different than the day-to-day “operational” decisions about resources, meeting schedules, hurdles and other matters over which you have a lot of control. At the strategic level, you have a lot of uncertainty at the beginning and limited amounts of control. Value-Based Management addresses the economic and technical factors, and the risks and uncertainties that surround them and that will often mean the difference between success and failure.

Portfolio Navigator is a web-based application that engages management and project teams in the evaluation and management of the business value of projects and portfolios. Portfolio Navigator brings the power of advanced decision and risk analysis to the average user through easy-to-understand business case templates.

Users can interact with business cases through their web browsers in real-time, immediately seeing the affect of changing assumptions and updates on project and portfolio value. At the early stage, managers can rapidly screen and identify potential winners and losers. As projects progress, business case templates can be easily updated to track progress against value goals.

Decision Advisor brings transparency to decisions about the future: forecasts, new products, processes, and other business opportunities. The system produces a clear picture of the most important technical and commercial factors that drive value and where to best allocate resources to minimize downside risk and drive toward upside value.

Decision Advisor is an “Intelligent Decision System” that frees users from the arduous and time consuming task of constructing and debugging spreadsheet business models. Users build business cases through a unique graphical interface, often during facilitated meetings. After the graphic case is completed the application automatically translates the graphic model into a completed Excel® spreadsheet model.

Developed by the founders of decision analysis, the patent-pending Decision Advisor process minimizes distrust of business cases because non-technical people clearly see, and understand, what is in each model.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ethics Point - Integrity at Work

www.ethicspoint.com EthicsPoint is a rapidly growing provider of solutions for the governance, risk, and compliance marketplace. Organizations of all sizes and complexity are turning to EthicsPoint for a unique suite of flexible, integrated services that provide tools needed to address demands for enhanced governance.

By using process improvement methodologies and developing creative applications of Web and database technologies, EthicsPoint is leading a revolution in the way companies manage ethics and compliance program practices in the corporate, higher education and nonprofit sectors. By allowing our clients to combine comprehensive whistleblower hotline reporting, incident management tools, and an interface for detailed data analysis, EthicsPoint is delivering best practice solutions that help organizations reduce risk and foster a healthy workplace environment.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Lattix - DSM for Software Architecture

www.lattix.com The founders of Lattix are experts in software engineering and have decades of experience developing software, managing software organizations and promoting new technologies in the constantly evolving knowledge based economy.

The founders pioneered the use of (synchronized) UML models for Java and for model driven development of components. While researching techniques for partitioning software for large systems, the company came across DSM, a powerful technique used by systems engineers at MIT to model complex processes at companies such as Intel, Boeing and General Motors. He realized that DSM could provide unique capabilities for visualizing and understanding complexity in software. Lattix was founded to extend DSM for software architecture management. The Lattix approach is based on our deep understanding that current approaches for managing the architecture are inadequate, being either too detailed or too imprecise. We have developed a significant advance with the Lattix Solutions, which for the first time enables software architecture to be specified in clear common sense terms.

KlocWork - Software Code Analysis

www.klocwork.com Companies from a multitude of industries have seen the value, and experienced the benefits of Klocwork's automated solutions. Klocwork started within Nortel Networks, and was originally designed to process millions of lines of source code in hardware devices for defects. Be they large or small, our customers share one common characteristic: they have extremely high standards for the software they produce, and have a very low tolerance for errors. Focus areas for this technology include:

* defect detection and prevention
* software security and audit
* static analysis
* refactoring
* offshoring and collaborative development

Intervoice - Global Voice Solutions

www.intervoice.com People everywhere easily accessing information and services via any channel or device they prefer, and through the most natural interface in the world - their voices.

Intervoice is a global leader shaping the future of converged communications at every touch point. We deliver measurable results to our customers and optimize their customers' experience through personalized, consistent, and integrated voice and data solutions. These solutions are adaptable and effective in meeting user desires and market demands... everywhere, every time.

Intervoice Solutions Framework is designed to deliver multimedia technology solutions to networks and enterprises, for both mobile and fixed computing and telephony devices.

Developed and running on industry-standard hardware, Intervoice Solutions Framework integrates media-enhanced speech and multi-modal networked applications with technology that leverages all current leading industry standards – including VoiceXML, SALT, ccXML, VoIP, and SS7.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Datapower - SOA Appliances from IBM

www.datapower.com In 1999 DataPower formulated a vision for the next generation of intelligent network equipment to secure, rationalize, accelerate and integrate applications. This vision of XML-aware networks (XANs) is a key part of the transition from packet-oriented networks to application-oriented networks, where smart network equipment provides not just connectivity but message-level security, routing, integration and acceleration. DataPower's strategy was built on two beliefs: first, that XML would become the dominant protocol for connecting disparate systems, and second, that only true network devices, rather than heterogeneous software, would be able to support the security, performance and simplicity required for wide adoption.

To meet the unique security and performance requirements of powering this new class of network equipment, DataPower developed the unique patented XG3 XML processing technology. XG3 technology was designed from the ground up to protect against XML security vulnerabilities and to deliver wirespeed performance without sacrificing security or flexibility.

More than five years later, DataPower is not only the original creator of XML-aware networking, but also the most widely deployed provider of XML-aware network devices. DataPower customers worldwide have XML-aware networks that secure, accelerate and enable application processing at price and performance levels not possible with software. DataPower's XML-aware network devices have securely processed billions of dollars in XML transactions.

Unlike traditional network equipment that operates on packets or URLs, XML-aware networking operates on entire messages, including all of the content and its semantics. DataPower's award-winning product line includes three focused enterprise products: XA35 XML Accelerator for up to 100-fold XML performance improvement, XS40 XML Security Gateway, for instantly securing Web services, and XI50 Integration Appliance, for enabling high speed connectivity among legacy, binary and XML systems. DataPower also offers several OEM solutions, including XG4 XML Chip Subsystem, the world's fastest XML engine and the first to break the Gigabit Barrier for XML processing.

But XML-aware networking is more than just moving processing and security functions into purpose-built network devices. XANs create a uniform application-oriented network infrastructure that multiple applications can harness for common processing and security needs as illustrated in the figure below.

Leveraging the detailed knowledge and customer experience gained from developing software-based accelerators, Kuznetsov's team designed a system for processing XML securely in purpose-built hardware. In 2001, DataPower's effort produced XML Generation Three (XG3), the industry's fastest technology for secure XML processing, bar none. Today, the patented XG3 XML technology powers the industry's first wirespeed XML network devices, enabling secure, high-speed applications and XML Web Services.

DataPower's M.I.T. heritage and world-class engineering talent is complemented by a management team that brings decades of experience in the networking and software industries, drawing veteran leaders from Argon, Chrysalis, Cisco, Microsoft, Nortel, Sun, Sycamore and Wellfleet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Prosight - Enterprise Investment Management (Portfolio Management)

www.prosight.com Business and government leaders are challenged to produce the most value possible for money spent. There are fundamental business questions they need to be able to answer, such as:

* What real value does each investment bring to the organization?
* Is this the best possible mix of investments?
* Do we have the necessary processes and infrastructure in place to ensure we make the right investment choices?
* How do we track the business performance of each investment?

ProSight offers world-class Enterprise Investment Management solutions for government and business. These solutions drive the planning and control for all types of business or technology investments, deploying objective, auditable processes and metrics, while facilitating collaboration among all stakeholders. ProSight’s customers get rapid results, including rationalization of current spending, optimization of support for the business, and active governance to obtain the highest possible return on investment.

"We spent about 4 hours using ProSight live with an executive governance board to prioritize a list of 35 or so IT investments. It was our first real test of the system with an executive body. We do this type of thing every year using Excel, and it has been grueling in the past. All of the executives on the committee dread this meeting since it usually goes on for days (if not a week) and no one feels satisfied with the result. However, using ProSight, we cut the executive time down to 4 hours. Everyone left satisfied that they got to a solution that everyone could live with, and the tool was the major reason. In fact, they applauded at the end of the meeting that we were able to do this in only 4 hours. I was truly amazed at how easily things went! --- U.S. Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service"

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, ProSight has led the industry in applying the principles of portfolio management to business and technology investments. Our patented portfolio management software scales to the enterprise, and is in its sixth generation. We also provide professional services with deep experience and knowledge of best practices to ensure customer success.

Today, ProSight is a fast-growing technology leader, with substantial customer bases in both government and private industry. We have received dozens of awards in recognition of our success and contribution.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Virsa - Real Time Compliance

www.virsa.com Acquired by SAP, Virsa ComplianceOne software simplifies compliance and reduces cost by providing the first and only fully integrated platform for end-to-end compliance management, including documentation, testing, remediation, reporting and prevention.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

3Tera - Grid operating system for Web 2.0 and SaaS

www.3tera.com AppLogic is a grid/utility operating system for scalable web applications and services. It enables transactional and streaming applications to run on grids of commodity servers.

AppLogic is open and vendor-neutral. It uses advanced virtualization technologies to be completely compatible with existing operating systems, middleware and web applications. Billions of lines of tried and true infrastructure software, middleware and application code can be used with AppLogic unaltered.

With AppLogic you can package an entire N-tier application or service into a logical entity and manage it as a single system. To make this possible, AppLogic captures and operates on the logical structure of the application. This approach also makes it very easy to assemble, deploy, monitor, control and troubleshoot applications visually in a browser.

Each application includes everything needed to run on a grid of commodity servers. That's why applications running on AppLogic scale from a fraction of a server to hundreds of servers and can be replicated on demand, deployed over and over again on the same grid or in multiple locations without modifications.

AppLogic Online - Hosted Grids

Building a successful web application business means staying lean and nimble, but getting your application online has always required deploying and managing infrastructure. Of course, servers and networks don't add value to your business; your applications do, but the two have been inseparable. For that reason, 3tera offer's it's groundbreaking AppLogic grid computing system as an online subscription service - AppLogic Online.

AppLogic Online is a true utility computing service. You can start using the system without any upfront hardware or software purchase and no long-term contract. Order a minimum of resources, add or remove resources at any time, and pay only for the resources you use.

The secret behind the AppLogic Online service is the disposable infrastructure technology in 3tera's AppLogic grid operating system. Disposable infrastructure allows n-tier web applications to be deployed on a grid of commodity servers. When an application starts, the infrastructure it needs is created on the grid dynamically, maintained while needed and disposed of when the application exits. Disposable infrastructure allows applications to become complete packages, ready to run on any AppLogic grid.

You'll need nothing more than a browser to get started building, deploying and managing your applications with AppLogic Online. Using our visual editor you can define the disposable infrastructure your application needs, save the application, and start it. The system takes care of creating the infrastructure for your application. You can monitor your application and even build a custom dashboard to simplify debugging and management.

When your business grows, you'll need to scale your service. With AppLogic Online, your application isn't tied to physical hardware, so it's easy to simply order additional resources. Our customers have scaled applications 10X to 20X without any code modifications.

AppLogic Online will change the way you do business. For the first time, you can build, deploy, operate and scale n-tier web applications while owning and operating NO infrastructure.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Log Logic - Enterprise Class Log Management and Intelligence

www.loglogic.com Imagine trying to find things on the Web without Google or Yahoo. This is what IT staff face every day in trying to find, alert and report on mission critical IT data buried in literally terabytes of logs from applications and systems. As Enterprises and Governments have moved to address new compliance requirements and mitigate risk, this challenge has only worsened. LogLogic answers this challenge.

Founded in 1999 and based in San Jose, CA, LogLogic is an innovator and market leader in Log Data Management and Intelligence (LMI). We strive to lead in the creation, development and delivery of the industry’s leading LMI platforms. Our award winning appliances enable log data from firewalls, routers, servers, applications (both commercial and homegrown), operating systems and devices to be automatically collected, stored, reported and alerted on in near real-time for compliance and risk mitigation. Our solution installs in 10 minutes and begins collecting and aggregating data from connected devices immediately. You can easily search for data and get results in 10 seconds or less. Compliance-capable reporting capabilities and unmatched levels of log intelligence give you greater flexibility, simplifying, speeding and reducing the cost of tasks.

10 Minutes to Install; 10 Seconds to Results

LogLogic relieves network operators and IT managers of the burden, cost, complexity and risk of managing homegrown scripts and security solutions that are ineffective, inefficient and gather limited log data.

Delivered as an easy-to-install appliance, LogLogic 3 allows you to collect and aggregate raw log data from any connected data source, analyze that data in real time, set alerts to warn of suspicious behavior and safely store all data for on-demand retrieval.

Log data becomes immediately accessible for real-time or historical trend analysis so you can pinpoint and isolate risks in minutes. LogLogic’s solution reliably aggregates high volumes of log data and offers fast search and drill-down capabilities essential for compliance and threat mitigation, while automating log data archival and providing secure log data retention.

And now, with breakthrough Log Routing technology, LogLogic increases the value of existing management and security systems by delivering to them critical and all-inclusive log data in real time.

“Logging and auditing are a key component to an effective data-protection strategy,” according to Nermetes Research. “Automation tools, such as the logging and auditing tool from LogLogic, are beginning to make the task easier.”

Appliance-based and Easy to Install

LogLogic’s LMI solution consists of the LX and ST appliances. Both products deliver flexible log data routing and multiplexing and are syslog compatible. Data is encrypted and sent via TCP transport over the WAN to ensure data integrity. The LX and ST appliances can retrieve log files from homegrown applications using SCP, FTP or HTTP. Additionally, they automatically discover new log sources to further reduce costs and improve scalability. Because they are dedicated, plug-and-play appliances, deployment is fast and simple, with no training required.

LogLogic works closely with technology partners including Sun, IBM, EMC and ONstor; managed service providers (MSPs) such as Vanco and Counterpane; and a global network of channel partners to deliver innovative log management solutions and exceptional value to customers worldwide.
LogLogic Fast Facts

* 100+ employees in the U.S. and Europe
* 200+ Global customers including Fortune 10 banks, and Fortune 500 retailers, life sciences, oil & gas and healthcare enterprises

Incipient - Storage Virtualization

www.incipient.com (Also see www.3Par.com) Incipient, Inc. (Incipient) was founded on the vision of providing a scalable, network resident software platform that offers storage services to reduce cost and simplify operational complexity in enterprise storage environments. Its software technology leverages next generation intelligent Fibre Channel (FC) switch technology as the platform where it delivers a common set of storage services. These services are delivered throughout an enterprise SAN environment, independent of host systems and storage arrays. Incipient's product, the Incipient Network Storage Platform (Incipient NSP) is a software platform with layered add-on applications, each providing a separate storage solution such as Network Data Mobility, Network Volume Management and Network Copy Services. Incipient NSP supports heterogeneous storage infrastructures and is targeted for mid-sized to large enterprise storage environments.

Incipient NSP software resides in the network, embedded in intelligent FC switches. Its management console is located on a separate host system. Incipient NSP either supports or will support intelligent FC switches manufactured by industry leading companies such as Cisco, Brocade, McDATA and others.

Incipient NSP is a key software platform enabling Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategies and heterogeneous Tiered Storage environments.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Egenera - Simplifying the Data Center - BladeFrame Processor Area Networks

www.egenera.com Utility computing delivers strong business value. A fast growing company, Egenera delivers enterprise-computing solutions that simplify datacenter infrastructure—enabling a highly responsive business, reducing long-term capital and operational costs, and increasing efficiency. With its BladeFrame system of integrated hardware and software, Egenera has set a new standard for simplicity and IT agility in the enterprise datacenter.

Fujitsu-Seimens call it a Processor Area Network (PAN), using an analogy from Storage Area Networks. A PAN fabric sits in front of an array of stateless (no disks) blades. This means that Data Center configurations can be software files, and setting up a new Data Center config takes minutes, not months. The PAN fabric is soft-wired.

Years of innovation have left a legacy of piece parts and inefficiency in datacenters. System vendors have compounded this complexity by adding layers of hardware and software that require armies of smart people to manage and scores of services to configure and run. Egenera was born out of one customer's realization that unlocking the power of the datacenter would require a new approach. Company founder Vern Brownell, former CTO of Goldman Sachs & Co., engineered an elegant system that simplifies datacenter infrastructure.

The Egenera BladeFrame system introduces a new server architecture specifically designed to reduce complexity and improve business responsiveness. The BladeFrame's advanced virtualization technology and PAN Manager software dynamically allocate and repurpose servers to applications as needed without manual intervention. Nearly 100 market-leading businesses around the world trust Egenera to run their most important applications, improve resource utilization, speed application time-to-market, and lower total cost of ownership.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

RedDot - CMS and Portal

www.reddot.co.uk A Hummingbird company, we provide organisations with comprehensive content management software solutions to communicate clearly through the web and across their enterprise. Our solutions provide a way to better create, access, manage and distribute content on the web, or within an organisation. Our software is recognised throughout the industry as easy to implement and use. Our 1,600 customers, located throughout the world, have over 3,500 implementations of our content management solutions.

Approva - Greater visibility. Better controls.

www.approva.net We control controls. Approva is the leading provider of enterprise controls management software. We enable business, finance, IT and audit to automate the on-demand testing, closed-loop remediation and continuous, exception-based monitoring of controls within and across their business systems. Using our solutions customers are able to significantly increase visibility into their controls. Our solutions deliver:

* Cost-effective sustainable compliance
* Streamlined audit process
* Reduced exposure to mistakes, fraud and inefficiencies

Our controls solution addresses all of the major financial and operational business processes including financial close, procurement, sales, customer fulfillment and payroll. In addition, our automated solutions act as key preventative and detective controls, further strengthening our customers’ control environments.

Products: Our BizRights Platform and Enterprise Controls Suite enables correlation of intelligence across system, security and business process controls including change management, segregation of duties, sensitive access, master data, process configuration and transactions assuring controls effectiveness and accuracy. From a single platform, our software addresses SAP, Oracle/PeopleSoft, Hyperion and legacy applications.

iUpload - Content Management and Corporate Wiki/Blogging

www.iupload.com iUpload is a leading content management and corporate wiki and blogging software company whose solutions help organizations optimize the marketing potential of their content. Whether you're an individual, a corporation or a community, iUpload provides a powerful one-stop solution for creating, managing and distributing all of your content, while giving you a new social marketing platform that extends your corporate voice and strengthens your brand across multiple communities.

ProClarity - Business Intelligence and Dashboards

www.proclarity.com Acquired by Microsoft, ProClarity has been delivering innovative analytic solutions to Global 3000 companies since 1995. Located in Idaho, USA, and with regional sales and services offices in North America and Europe, ProClarity currently supports more than 2,000 customers globally including, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, Nabisco, GE and Ericsson.

Vertical Industry Focus

Having delivered innovative solutions for leading retail, healthcare, financial service and insurance organizations, ProClarity has extensive knowledge and understanding of the challenges these companies face in order to gain a competitive advantage. ProClarity’s solutions are configurable to address critical business processes across these strategic vertical industries. ProClarity is focused on Global 3000 companies and line-of-business OEM software vendors who have proactive approaches to gaining the greatest competitive value from business data.

ProClarity Analytic Platform

ProClarity's development platform is the system for building custom analytic solutions. Analytic applications built with ProClarity are enterprise scaleable and help individuals transform information into understanding. ProClarity products and services increase the speed at which organizations can make informed decisions optimized to directly influence performance. ProClarity solutions are tailored around business processes and decision-making workflows.

Query and Analysis: When you need answers to question such as—'Why is inventory low?' 'Why is revenue fluctuating?'—ProClarity delivers better than anyone. The ProClarity Analytics Server, built for Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, is the powerful foundation of the ProClarity business intelligence solution. It can take you where you need to go.

Dashboards:It's one thing to say that sales are down. It's another thing to see it. The new ProClarity dashboard not only shows you clearly what is happening in your business. It leads you effortlessly to why.

Scorecards: Only with ProClarity and Microsoft can you create a scorecard solution on an open platform that includes zero-footprint, thin-client Web analytics. And only with ProClarity scorecards can you quickly jump from monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) to discovering root causes.

Reports and Publications: Start with Microsoft's full-featured reporting capabilities and add ProClarity's data visualization tools and simple, high-quality publishing options - not to mention our analytic capabilities - and you suddenly have reports that do a whole lot more than sit on someone's desk.

Customers and Partners

Some of the worlds most recognized brands across retail, wholesale distribution, logistics and manufacturing leverage ProClarity's solutions to solve their most critical and complex business intelligence challenges. Organizations such as AT&T, Compaq, Ericsson, GE Capital, Hewlett-Packard, JCPenney, Nabisco, Nordstrom, Pfizer, Time, Inc. and VA Hospitals. ProClarity also maintains strategic partnerships with top technology, consulting, OEM and ISV organizations that help extend our solutions and establish ProClarity as a world-class leader in business intelligence solutions. ProClarity's alliance partners include Microsoft, Intel, Unisys and IBM.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Voyence - Where change is key

www.voyence.com Your business, your reputation, your network: The leader in automated network compliance, change and configuration management. Voyence is the leading provider of configuration and change management solutions that automate critical change, compliance and activation processes. The company's solution, VoyenceControl NG, helps organizations drive down operational costs, increase availability, improve security, and demonstrate regulatory compliance. VoyenceControl NG is the only configuration and change management solution based on a multi-tiered architecture that can effectively manage tens of thousands of devices across a heterogeneous infrastructure.

* Compliance/Security Management
* Change/Configuration Management
* Extending Network Management
* Global 1,000 Customers: Managed Service Providers and Enterprise IT infrastructure businesses 900,000+
* Over 300,000 Devices and 1,000 Networks Under Management Worldwide
* Marquee Investors: Canaan Partners, Sevin Rosen, Center Point, InterWest Partners
* Experienced Management: BMC, CA, EMC Smarts, HP, IBM/Micromuse

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Vontu - Protect Data at Rest and in Motion

www.vontu.com Vontu is the market leader in Data Loss Prevention software. More companies trust Vontu to protect their confidential data and sensitive information than any other company in the world.

Why? Perhaps it's because we deliver the only solution that protects both data at rest and data in motion. Or maybe it's because Vontu is proven to meet the scale and accuracy requirements of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Or it could be the fact that we help companies get return on existing investments in access control and encryption investments? Or maybe it's because of our 100% customer satisfaction and renewal rate.

In fact, more than one million users data worldwide are protected by Vontu. We are proud to be the choice of companies of all sizes, in all industries, around the globe.

Vontu is the Choice of Global Companies

* 32% of customers are fortune 100 companies; 58% are Fortune 1000
* 3 of the top 4 commercial banks
* 2 of the top 3 credit reporting agencies

SOA Software - Comprehensive enterprise SOA management and security

www.soa.com SOA Software is the leading provider of comprehensive enterprise class SOA and Web services management, security, and governance solutions. It is the largest specialist vendor of SOA solutions and the only company that offers a complete SOA infrastructure solution.

SOA Software provides software and solutions for Enterprise, B2B, and Legacy SOA, with its Service Manager, XML VPN, SOLA, and Registry products. Service Manager is the industry-leading complete Web Services Management solution. It includes security, monitoring, reliability and registry services to deliver a one-stop shop for organizations building Web services and SOA. XML VPN delivers powerful B2B Web services security and provisioning as both software and an appliance. This allows companies and their partners to share internal applications as critical parts of each other’s business processes. SOLA is the only production proven mainframe Web services solution for CICS programmers. The Registry is a UDDIv3 compliant services repository, enabling comprehensive configuration and meta-data management.

These enterprise-class products combine to create the only complete SOA Infrastructure solution available today. This offers end-to-end security, monitoring, reliability, registry and provisioning capabilities for Enterprise SOA, B2B XML and Web services, and Mainframe Web services.

SOA Software is a privately held company that has raised more than $35 million and is backed by leading investors including Redpoint, Mellon Ventures, Paladin Capital Group, and Palisades Ventures Fund.

Fortify Software - Protect your software at the source: The code itself

www.fortifysoftware.com Fortify Software offers the industry’s most proven, accurate and effective solutions to ensure software security and mitigate risk. We help leading companies take a holistic approach to their greatest security vulnerability: the software applications that run their businesses. We work with our customers to fortify their software, protecting their vital assets against hackers and malicious users.

Our solutions include leading edge software products which automate and enhance key audit and development processes and integrate with the most popular software development platforms and testing environments. Product deployment is augmented with expert services including training, best practices guidance, and technology transfer consulting. We also partner with leading services providers in the security industry to further ensure customer success.

Enterprise customers are choosing Fortify's automated software security solutions to build, test and deploy secure applications. Leading financial services firms such as Bank of America, Fidelity and Goldman Sachs as well as commercial technology product vendors Sygate and Macromedia headline a number of new customers added within the most recent quarter. Combined with existing customers such as Wells Fargo, eBay and Financial Engines, Fortify Software is quickly becoming the de facto vendor of choice for software security products.

Courion - Provisioning for rapid business impact

www.courion.com Dynamic Community-based Provisioning empowers you to deliver transparent compliance, sustained efficiencies and improved business velocity, by effectively adapting to and leveraging your changing business operations, technology infrastructure and organization.

Unlike competitive technologies that concentrate on security-centric solutions at the expense of business operations, Courion takes a holistic approach to provisioning by securely connecting people to critical enterprise resources. Working within an organization's existing IT environment to provide immediate pain point relief, Courion securely automates routine, manual processes for user provisioning, password management, audit and regulatory compliance, and profile management.

Background

Courion was founded in 1996 and introduced PasswordCourier, the industry’s first self-service password reset and password synchronization solution. Today, Courion provides enterprise-level provisioning solutions through its Enterprise Provisioning Suite to over 270 companies. Courion is a privately-held company headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA.

Courion’s Enterprise Provisioning Suite

Courion’s products securely automate routine, manual processes for user provisioning, password and profile management, industry and regulatory compliance, profile management and digital certificate management. By leveraging the existing infrastructure and integrating disparate workflows within the enterprise, Courion solutions drive operational efficiency, optimize user productivity, strengthen security, reduce costs and ensure efficiency in achieving policy compliance. Its product suite offers the broadest spectrum of user support, facilitating multi-dimensional views of security administration, help desk and end user staff, while maximizing security policy automation and business value delivered. Each product in the Suite can be purchased and implemented independently, or together as Courion’s Enterprise Provisioning Suite.

Kalido - Master Data Management

www.kalido.com Kalido provides adaptive enterprise data warehousing and master data management software to Global 2000 companies. The KALIDO application suite (KALIDO) delivers consolidated views of enterprise performance and can rapidly adapt them to major changes in the business such as mergers and acquisitions, market consolidation, or new regulatory requirements. Kalido customers include some of the largest companies in the world, such as BP, Cadbury Schweppes, Owens Corning, Philips and Unilever. A privately held company, Kalido is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and London, UK.

ItemField - The Next Generation of Data Transformation

www.itemfield.com Itemfield is the first enterprise software company to deliver next-generation data transformation. Gartner has called next-generation data transformation a fundamental building block of the enterprise nervous system.

Itemfield was founded in 2000 by a group of middleware and advanced technology experts. Since the release in 2002 of its flagship product, ContentMaster, more than 70 enterprise customers, including seven of the Fortune 50, have successfully used Itemfield’s next-generation data transformation technology to dramatically increase IT productivity and application integration infrastructure usability, while enabling new classes of enterprise solutions that integrate complex documents, transaction data, proprietary content and legacy data formats.

Itemfield’s breakthrough data transformation technology expands the current definition of business integration infrastructure beyond application integration and middleware to a unified information layer by allowing any form of enterprise data, including structured, semi-structured and unstructured data, to be transformed via XML from one comprehensive environment, without the need for costly IT development.

With Itemfield, data structure and format create no constraints, and the possibilities for business integration are now limitless.

Our Vision
The focus of Itemfield’s three-phase strategic vision is to enable enterprises to:

* Visualize their data, no matter how it is represented
* Transform their data automatically from any format to any other format without custom programming
* Integrate their data using existing software infrastructure platforms so that it can be easily understood by applications and people, and integrated into business processes.

Itemfield is the first to execute such a vision. Itemfield is headquartered in San Mateo, California. The company is privately held and is backed by leading venture capital firms Accel Partners, Foundation Capital, Gemini Funds, and Evergreen Ventures.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Factiva - A whole new way to look at search

www.factiva.com Factiva, a Dow Jones and Reuters Company, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued United States Patent number 6,938,046. The patent, titled “Polyarchical Data Indexing and Automatically Generated Hierarchical Data Indexing Paths”, covers Factiva Intelligent Indexing - the Factiva Industry, Region and Subject Taxonomy and Factiva Company Taxonomy which is applied to all of the content, in all formats and languages, in Factiva’s business news information services.

“Factiva is committed to innovation and creating tools that help businesses organize information so employees can locate content quickly and easily,” said Clare Hart, president and CEO, Factiva. “Factiva Intelligent Indexing is such a tool and by implementing a comprehensive taxonomy, companies can connect employees to the organization’s information assets, ensuring they have easy access to the information they need to be productive and make better decisions, faster.”

Factiva Intelligent Indexing is a method of data categorization, using polyarchical indexing codes and automatically generated expansion paths, for future searching and information retrieval. It involves applying a code, which relates to a subject matter, to a particular document. The codes are then linked with the categories created to represent various subject matters. In order to search for those Factiva documents which contain content in a particular category, Factiva’s search applications can simply retrieve all documents containing the code linked for that category.

Factiva's comprehensive, award-winning taxonomy has been developed over the last 25 years, can be integrated into a portal or intranet, and is flexible, multilingual and easily extensible to satisfy the growing needs of an organization.

Hart continued, “Unstructured data is believed to account for 80 to 85 percent of a typical organization’s internal information. A high-quality, well-maintained taxonomy is crucial if users are to be able to find the right answers quickly and precisely in repositories of articles and documents that are expanding at phenomenal rates. Unless this data is categorized using standard vocabulary terms, it can be extremely difficult to find the precise information needed to make effective business decisions.”

Factiva, a Dow Jones & Reuters Company , provides essential business news and information together with the content delivery tools and services that enable professionals to make better decisions faster. Factiva’s unrivalled collection of more than 9,000 credentialed sources includes the exclusive combination of The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Dow Jones and Reuters newswires and the Associated Press, as well as Reuters Fundamentals, D&B, and Bureau van Dijk company profiles.

Factiva’s innovative, XML-based and Web services-enabled technology platform provides access to this rich content collection via Factiva’s role-specific products or through customized enterprise, group or personal solutions. Executives, information professionals, marketers, salespeople, and other professionals can easily monitor and understand the latest news, market trends, and business challenges relevant to them – directly from the Microsoft Office and job-specific applications they use every day.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Samooha

www.samooha.com Web 3.0? Samooha claims to be a business computing platform that unifies all the activities of a business cycle into one platform offered by Zudha, India, the developers of finest software in Open and Proprietary software domain. Samooha promises to be the first disruptive business software application from India that infuses paradigm shift in business computing. The openness and liberal approach applied in Samooha- Empowered Business Networks would drastically change the business exposure of the product/service providers who adopt the platform to continuously evolve their business IT adoption that would be second to none in the world. In short Samooha would interconnect the small business owners more than ever before.

Samooha is a unified Business Platform for performing all activities of a business cycle under one desktop application and thereby reducing precious input hours that can be utilized for other business needs. The idea is to drastically reduce the duplicate entry of data at dual points of business transactions.

The basic assumption in business is that every business entity has 3 distinct activities that can be broadly classified as buying, processing and selling. With the assumption of every entity as a buyer and seller Samooha offers whole new way of utilizing business computing to the advantage of increasing business exposure of small businesses.

Unified Business Platform
Distributed real time Business Info Search
Distributed Business Networking Platform
Distributed fully connected ERP system
Distributed self-organized Supply Chain System
Distributed real time CRM
Distributed real time Sourcing Engine
Distributed Business Collaboration Platform
Distributed e-Market place
Internet enabled Business Desktop

The web is broken and business information computing cycle is scattered all over. The integration of disparate systems have been cumbersome for large enterprises who were early adopters of IT systems. The lessons learned have been applied well in Samooha to provide alternatives for business enterprises all over the world to conduct business without barrier with seamless flow of information on demand directly from source to destination and the other way.

looksoftware - Enterprise application modernization

www.looksoftware.com A privately held technology company, looksoftware has been trading since 1995. Our core purpose is to provide our customers with rapid return on investment (ROI) by using our innovative software solutions and 'on-the-fly' architecture, which delivers market leading ease of use and productivity. Our head office is located in Melbourne, Australia. We have direct representation in the US, UK and Asia and, from our network of 120+ Partners, we provide global coverage and support to over 1500 customers.

Our experience and knowledge of the software industry has taught us that the keys to success are easy-to-use, powerful tools that deliver rapid ROI by reusing, extending and integrating existing IT assets. Our customers use our products to deliver rapid ROI through non-intrusive enterprise modernization. Our products support real-time, dynamic use, eliminating batch-based, multi-step, error-prone processes. Our functionality includes the rapid application development capability required for composite applications. Our experience with smart, thin and mobile UIs provides a complete UI framework for new and existing applications. Our support for standards such as Web Services and XML provide our customers with a practical, evolutionary path to Service Oriented Architecture.

IBM's eServers are used by many medium to large organizations - they host thousands of robust applications, many of which require modernization to properly take advantage of Service Orientation and Composite Applications. Our solutions allow these applications to integrate with almost any other platform at the presentation, application and database layers.

Application Vendors imbed our technology in their industry solutions to provide modern, extensible UIs and support for open integration.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Stoke - Fixed Mobile Convergence

www.stoke.com Bellweather of the fixed mobile convergence.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Actua - Intelligent Touch Controls

www.actua.com Atrua Technologies defined and leads a new category of control solutions known as intelligent touch controls, which bring a more responsive, intuitive, rich, and personal user experience to the advanced applications and services found on today’s mobile and consumer electronics devices.

Atrua’s intelligent touch controls combine innovative touch sensors with intelligent touch-processing software so that our customers can make mobile phones, computers, personal media players, gaming platforms, remote controls, and other electronic devices that are more engaging, capable, adaptable, responsive, and secure.

Control solutions from Atrua usher in a new era in user experience by replacing dumb switches, buttons, and dials with control devices that possess their own intelligence. Get ready for the excitement of controls that:

* Learn and respond to your touch
* Adaptively change their behavior to optimally control converged devices that support multiple applications
* Unlock the powerful 3D sound, graphics, display, communication, networking, and processing capabilities found today even on the smallest of mobile devices
* Bring easy-to-use, multi-factor security and biometric authentication to small mobile devices that increasingly are used to carry and access sensitive information or perform commercial transactions.

Supported by world-class strategic partners and blue chip investors, we have created the Atrua Wing family of intelligent fingerprint-reading touch controls and the Atrua Varatouch family of intelligent analog touch controls.

* Atrua Wings products accurately identify a user’s individual fingers, provide fingerprint-based biometric authentication, and convert finger movements into a variety of powerful user commands and responsive control functions.
* Atrua Varatouch products are cost-effective, high-performance analog controls such as joysticks, navigation discs, and touch pads that are ideal for mobile devices. All the controls utilize Atrua’s Intelligent Touch Processing software platform.

Active Engine Corporation - Shattering the mobile usuability barrier

www.actionengine.com Action Engine Corporation delivers a breakthrough in mobile application usability. The award-winning Action Engine Mobile Application Platform introduces a browserless, client/server approach to accessing mobile Internet content that takes 80% fewer keystrokes and drives 20x faster response times than browser-based alternatives. The turnkey Brand-n-Go applications pack enables wireless operators to go to market in unprecedented timeframes with intuitive, responsive and personalized applications that create an addictive user experience. The company's software has been deployed by a robust list of global wireless operators that include Orange SA, O2 and SMART Communications, Inc.

OSS/J - OSS through Java Initiative

www.ossj.org The OSS through Java Initiative ("OSS" stands for "Operations Support Systems") produces a standard set of Java technology-based APIs that support the business and technology goals of the lean operator:

* End-to-end management of core business processes
* Flexible, component-based solutions
* Standardized technologies to ensure vendor independence

Building on the success of Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE), XML and Web Services technologies in enterprise applications, our APIs help Service Providers jump start the deployment of end-to-end services on next-generation networks and leverage the convergence of telecommunications and Internet-based solutions. The APIs are standardized under the latest Java Community ProcessSM (JCP) program. JCP deliverables for each application area consist of a specification, a reference implementation, and a technology compatibility kit-all of which, including source code, are available to the industry free of charge.

Industry Adoption

Since its inception in September 2000, OSS/J has had the backing of some of the world's leading Network Equipment Providers (NEPs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and System Integrators (SIs). More than 60,000 of our APIs have been downloaded and many leading companies have successfully integrated business OSS/BSS applications using OSS/J API's. Early in 2004, leading telecommunications service providers requested that OSS/J create a Service Provider Advisory Council charged with setting Initiative priorities, encouraging industry adoption, building an economic model, and expanding liaisons. At TeleManagement World 2004 in Nice, the TeleManagement Forum announced a joint working relationship with OSS/J based on the two groups' complementary assets. The partnership effectively offers a rapid implementation option to solution developers who are aligning to the TM Forum's Next Generation Operations Systems and Software (NGOSS) framework and who choose to implement in Java and Web services technology.

The demand to keep costs low while addressing the needs of the lean operator have put added pressure on system integrators. OSS/J's careful mapping of its APIs to the TeleManagement Forum's widely adopted enhanced Telecom Operations Map (eTOM) means that all players now have common process integration rules to follow when implementing new solutions. Integration efforts consume far fewer resources, so SIs can concentrate on provide high margin products and services.

OSS/J helps SIs by:

* Common APIs to ensure across the board integration with NEPs and ISVs
* Allows you to please customers by reducing integration costs by up to 70 percent
* Fosters an expanded market place for comprehensive OSS/BSS solutions
* Enables you to respond more effectively to service provider mandates

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Ubiquity Software

www.ubiquitysoftware.com Ubiquity Software Corporation, founded in 1993, develops and markets SIP-based communications software to service providers, ISVs and OEM partners worldwide. Its award-winning SIP Application Server (SIP A/S) is both a carrier-class deployment platform and a programmable, standards-based application creation environment (ACE) that allows customers to develop and deploy next-generation converged communications services. Ubiquity assists customers to accelerate the creation of customized SIP applications through its expert Professional Services Group. The company has over 150 employees, is headquartered in Cardiff, UK, and has corporate offices in the US, Canada, Japan and China.

Ubiquity SIP Application Server

Use of the Ubiquity SIP Application Server is extended through the open, standards-based SIP Servlet application programming interface (API). By offering a range of pre-built Application Building Blocks (ABBs) and their non-SIP based connectors (ABB-C's), programmers can employ familiar tools to quickly develop real-time communications applications without detailed knowledge of SIP or underlying telecom network infrastructure.

Seven - Work happens, Out of the Office

www.seven.com Our goal at SEVEN is to make mobile email available on every mobile phone at an affordable price.

With 1.9 billion wireless subscribers worldwide and 1.4 billion email accounts in existence, the potential for mobile email access is significant. SEVEN addresses this market opportunity by making it simple for consumers and companies of all sizes to access email on the mobile device of their choice.

SEVEN's mobile email software is sold as a service by mobile operators and service providers worldwide and provides real-time access to work and personal information, including email, calendar, corporate directories, personal contacts and documents.

SEVEN's software is specialized to meet the unique needs and requirements of the Fortune 500 enterprise, the small-to-medium organization, workgroups, individual professionals and consumers. It is affordable, easy-to-use and highly secure for everyone.

Today, SEVEN-powered services are shipping on over 120 mobile device models supporting every major device operating system including: BREW, J2ME, Microsoft Pocket PC, Microsoft Smartphone 2003, Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0, Palm OS and Symbian-based phones, PDAs as well as Internet browsers.

SEVEN's patented software is available across 2.5 and 3G networks around the world. SEVEN is currently offered worldwide in 45 countries by 80 leading mobile operators and Internet email service providers including Cingular Wireless, Globe Telecom, Hutchison, KDDI Corp., NTT DoCoMo, O2, Optus, Orange, SingTel, Sprint Nextel, Telefonica Moviles, Telenor Group, Telkom Indonesia, Vimpelcom and Yahoo!.

SEVEN also partners with the top device manufacturers including: Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and Siemens; infrastructure vendors; and system integrators to provide robust, easy-to-use and easy-to-deploy mobile email services to the marketplace.

SEVEN was founded in June 2000 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California, with local offices around the globe.

DigiPede - Grid Computing for Windows

www.digipede.net Digipede Technologies is a software company delivering powerful distributed computing solutions to improve the performance of real-world business applications at any scale.

For customers with a voracious need for application performance, but little appetite for lengthy and expensive "grid enablement" consulting projects, we offer a radically simpler software alternative that saves money, time, and implementation effort. We want to help you achieve the benefits of distributed computing without the steep learning curve, expensive consultants, and wrenching organizational changes associated with current grid technologies and projects.

Our software, called the Digipede Network, helps your business to achieve dramatic improvements in application performance by dynamically applying the computing power available on your network. Benefits our customers realize include:

* Increasing revenue and profitability
* Achieving reduced time to market with new products
* Raising utilization of hardware and software assets
* Enabling new products and services
* Improving performance of existing three-tier applications
* Scaling high-value-content Web sites to meet increased volumes

We believe that software should be as simple as possible to buy, install, learn, and use. Our solution is based entirely on Microsoft .NET, allowing your users and developers to access the capabilities of our system through tools already familiar to them. Digipede is a Microsoft Gold Certified partner, led by a management team with more than 17 years experience partnering with Microsoft.

We work with clients across the spectrum - from global 100 businesses implementing major distributed computing projects, to individual researchers in small labs, departments, or businesses tying a few computers together for a particular research problem.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Mechanical Turk - A Grid of People

www.mturk.com Grid computing meets Wetware ...

In 1769, Hungarian nobleman Wolfgang von Kempelen astonished Europe by building a mechanical chess-playing automaton that defeated nearly every opponent it faced. A life-sized wooden mannequin, adorned with a fur-trimmed robe and a turban, Kempelen’s "Turk" was seated behind a cabinet and toured Europe confounding such brilliant challengers as Benjamin Franklin and Napoleon Bonaparte. To persuade skeptical audiences, Kempelen would slide open the cabinet’s doors to reveal the intricate set of gears, cogs and springs that powered his invention. He convinced them that he had built a machine that made decisions using artificial intelligence. What they did not know was the secret behind the Mechanical Turk: a human chess master cleverly concealed inside.

Today, we build complex software applications based on the things computers do well, such as storing and retrieving large amounts of information or rapidly performing calculations. However, humans still significantly outperform the most powerful computers at completing such simple tasks as identifying objects in photographs—something children can do even before they learn to speak.

When we think of interfaces between human beings and computers, we usually assume that the human being is the one requesting that a task be completed, and the computer is completing the task and providing the results. What if this process were reversed and a computer program could ask a human being to perform a task and return the results? What if it could coordinate many human beings to perform a task?

Amazon Mechanical Turk provides a web services API for computers to integrate "artificial, artificial intelligence" directly into their processing by making requests of humans. Developers use the Amazon Mechanical Turk web service to submit tasks to the Amazon Mechanical Turk web site, approve completed tasks, and incorporate the answers into their software applications. To the application, the transaction looks very much like any remote procedure call: the application sends the request, and the service returns the results. Behind the scenes, a network of humans fuels this artificial, artificial intelligence by coming to the web site, searching for and completing tasks, and receiving payment for their work.

All software developers need to do is write normal code. The pseudo-code below illustrates how simple this can be.

read (photo);
photoContainsHuman = callMechanicalTurk(photo);
if (photoContainsHuman == TRUE) {
acceptPhoto;
}
else {
rejectPhoto;
}

3Par - Serving Information - Utility Intelligent Storage

www.3par.com 3PAR is the leading provider of Utility Storage, a simple, efficient and scalable tiered-storage array for utility computing that lets customers serve more with less. 3PAR Utility Storage can cut an organization's Total Cost of Data by 50%. Capacity purchases and related costs can be cut up to 75% while storage administration and associated expenses can be reduced up to 90%.

3PAR Utility Storage is ideal for open systems storage consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management and performance-intensive applications. Well positioned with key strategic investors including Oracle, Sun, and VERITAS, 3PAR has been operating successfully for the past six years and has been serving enterprise customers since 2002.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

RatchetSoft - Service Oriented Mass Customization

www.rachetsoft.com Can web services usher-in a collaborative development process? RachetSoft thinks so.

TeamSOA - Leading the SOA Initiative

www.teamsoa.com In September 2004, the San Diego-based Research and Development wing of Blue Titan, Inc. broke off to form their own Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) consulting boutique, named appropriately, TeamSOA. Since its inception, the team has been providing both SOA and Web services knowledge and implementation expertise for several key clients, including Accredited Home Lenders, Rotech Medical, and UC Irvine.

Forum Systems - The Leader in Web Services Security

www.forumsys.com Forum Systems is the leader in Web services and SOA security with a comprehensive suite of Trust Management, Threat Protection and Information Assurance solutions for the Automated Web. Forum Systems flexible hardware, software and embedded products make vibrant business communications possible by actively protecting XML data and Web services across networks and business boundaries.

As businesses move more of their critical transactions across the Internet, they face a significant security challenge: how to guarantee the protection of business-critical information over increasingly complex trading relationships.

* Forum Systems enables our customers to efficiently share and secure sensitive information across the extended enterprise.
* Forum Systems offers enterprises and government agencies a comprehensive suite of XML-Sentient content security infrastructure that actively guards information as it moves between and within enterprises - at the origin, during transmission, and after it reaches its destination.

Today, more than ever, companies must address both the trust and threat sides of Web services security.

Trust vs. Threat

Forum Systems believes that just because you may trust a system, machine or user, it does not mean they have good intentions - Web services security is a two part equation that takes into account issues around Trust and Threat. Using this simple yet powerful philosophy Forum Systems has developed a comprehensive suite of content security products that offer Threat Protection as well as Trust Management solutions.

Kenai Systems - Pre-Empting Web Services Vulnerabilities

www.kenaisystems.com At Kenai Systems, our mission is to provide highly efficient Vulnerability Assessment and Management solutions that enable businesses to securely develop, deploy, and benefit from Web services and SOA. By addressing vulnerabilities in every stage of the Web services life-cycle (development, testing, deployment, and maintenance), our solutions will enable businesses to realize the important strategic and financial benefits of Web services, without compromising their network security or increasing their security management costs.

The Kenai eXamine product family is the first policy-driven automated security and policy compliance testing solution for enterprises developing and deploying SOA solutions based on SOAP-compliant Web services.

eXamineX, eXamineSO, and eXamineSOA Enterpris are Point, Click, and Protect solutions that enable enterprises to gain visibility into the risks and security exposures of their SOA services, and to build security and policy compliance into new services before they reach production.

Kenai Systems was founded in April, 2004, by a management team with extensive experience in network security and Web services. The privately held company is based in Rocklin, California, just east of Sacramento. The Rocklin / Roseville area is one of the fastest growing technology and business corridors in the country, with significant operations of HP, NEC, Agilent, Verifone, TASQ and numerous other technology and VC-backed companies.

Partnering also with StrikeIron.

mFoundry - The smartest way to mobilize a business

www.mfoundry.com Founded in 2003 by Drew Sievers and Rodney Aiglstorfer, mFoundry started with a vision of finding a better alternative to the conventional approach to mobile application development. Before starting mFoundry, Drew was President of Semaphore Partners—the Publicis network's interactive offering—and Rodney was its National Director of Technology. As the enormous potential of mobile technology became apparent, Semaphore Partners began fielding client requests for mobile application development. Drew and Rodney quickly became dissatisfied with the limitations hindering the easy creation and deployment of mobile applications and were convinced that a better solution was needed. They left their positions at Semaphore and established mFoundry to solve the problem.

The solution is the mWorks™ platform. The mWorks platform finally gives companies a turnkey way to leverage mobile applications across a wide array of mobile devices. mWorks provides the easiest, fastest, most cost-effective way to create, deploy, and manage mobile applications and eliminates the limitations inherent in other approaches.

Today, mFoundry uses mWorks to help marketers, agencies, content providers, developers and other partners leverage the power of mobile applications. mFoundry is headquartered in Sausalito, California.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Intalio - BPMS

www.intalio.com I first met Ismael Ghalimi in 1999 after he had created exolab.org and founded Intalio.com. We sat down and decided the name for the standards effort BPMI.org. That led to BPML, and to BPEL. Today, Intalio is the best BPMS, and now supports BPMN also developed by BPMI.org. BPMI.org itself has been sold off to the OMG who have plans for BPM themselves. The next era of innovation, variously called BPM 2.0 or BPMS Phase 2 has began. The innovators in that new space will include Intalio, but others have now seen the potential of zero-code, one click, design driven process architecture at massive scale. Watch this space. Computer Sciences Corporation's book, Business Process Management: The Third Wave, tells the story.

AcceptSoftware - Roadmap to market success

www.acceptsoftware.com Accept Software provides the leading turnkey solution for product planning and delivery for any company that has to manage complexity in its portfolio and product planning, product development and launch activities. Our product – Accept 360° – is a comprehensive solution that unites all stakeholders, processes, and data that are critical to delivering winning products.

Accept 360° - Platform for Product Delivery

Accept 360° is an information management and decision support platform that can be used by every participant throughout the product lifecycle to define product strategies, translate these strategies into tactical plans, and then execute to plan while continuing to respond to ever-changing market and customer conditions.

Accept 360° achieves all this by providing an easy-to-use, rich collaborative environment that:

* Encourages knowledge sharing
* Creates a single unified repository that models all of the critical factors and dependencies affecting successful product delivery
* Provides decision support tools that present information in context to help ensure effective decision-making

Accept Software was founded in 2002 and maintains its headquarters in Fremont, CA. Our flagship product, Accept 360°, is used by leading product and service companies throughout the world to deliver market-leading products. Accept has production customers from start-ups to the Global 2000, in a variety of industries from software and electronics to transportation and business services.

Borland Caliber - Enterprise Requirements Management

www.borland.com/us/products/caliber/ Designed to capture and manage business, process, technical, functional, and operational requirements, CaliberRM enables stakeholders across the organization to collaborate effectively so that projects are delivered on time, within budget, and to specification.

Using CaliberRM to define, prioritize, and track requirements throughout the project lifecycle, software development teams are able to respond rapidly to ever-changing requirements without jeopardizing project success.

Powerful estimation capabilities take project planning and impact analysis to a new level, helping organizations optimize the software delivery process by delivering projects with greater predictability and control.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Alignent - Roadmap the future

www.alignent.com Technology Roadmapping aligns technologies to product performance requirements, identifies required long-term technology and capability investments, captures potential disruptive technologies and aligns supply chain and partnerships to create more efficient environments.

Roadmaps link business unit with technology enabling companies to achieve technical competency in advance of actual product needs improving product rollouts which is a key element in planning strategic business initiatives.

Today, organizations across the globe are using Alignent's Vision Strategist software to trace technology maturity and standards and to identify technology and process development activities that will deliver the right product and service capabilities.

Sophos - Email Security Appliance

www.sophos.com Compact and easy-to-manage, the ES4000 Email Security Appliance delivers high-capacity, high-availability security for enterprise email networks. It features advanced threat detection, built-in redundancy, remote heartbeat monitoring, and the most intuitive web-based management console available.

Stellent - Universal Content Management

www.stellent.com Stellent is a global provider of content management software solutions that drive rapid success for customers by enabling fast implementations and generating quick, broad user adoption. Stellent Universal Content Management enables customers to rapidly deploy line-of-business applications as well as content management solutions for enterprise initiatives such as enterprise portals and business commerce applications.

More than 4,500 customers worldwide — including Procter & Gamble, Merrill Lynch, Los Angeles County, The Home Depot, British Red Cross, ING, Georgia Pacific, Bayer Corp., Coca-Cola FEMSA, Emerson Process Management and Genzyme Corp. — have selected Stellent solutions to power their content-centric business applications. Stellent is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn. and maintains offices throughout the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

The company has announced a new strategy enabling customers to better manage wikis and blogs within their corporate environments. A wiki is a Web site encouraging collaborative writing of content through collective authoring and massive linking to new or existing pages within a wiki or other site. A blog is a Web site facilitating informal discussions on specific topics through author postings/commentary and reader feedback.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Magic Software - Composite Apps, EAI and BPM

www.magicsoftware.com Magic Software Enterprises (MSE) is a globally recognized provider of business-driven tools for rapid, simplified Application Development and Deployment and Enterprise Application Integration - used with complete confidence by mid-size and large corporations, software developers, and system integrators around the world.

As a global player in the software industry, Magic Software has representation in more than 40 countries. Among the company's 600 employees around the world are over 170 skilled experts involved in the ongoing research and development of current and future technologies.

Customers and partners include thousands of ISVs, System Integrators, and Corporations worldwide, who are supported by Magic's extensive - and uniquely responsive - global service organization.

Magic Software is a subsidiary of Formula Systems Ltd., a global information technology company primarily engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services, developing proprietary software products, and supplying computer-based business solutions.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Identify - Accelerating Application Problem Resolution

www.identify.com Founded in 1996, Identify Software is the leader in Application Problem Resolution (APR) software. The company's AppSight Application Problem Resolution System is used by enterprises and independent software and system vendors (ISVs) to automate and dramatically accelerate their problem resolution processes across the application lifecycle in order to increase application availability and quality, reduce support costs, and accelerate product releases. AppSight is the first and only, comprehensive solution for application problem resolution across the application lifecycle, with an architecture uniquely designed from the ground up to optimize the process of resolving problems.

Identify is one of the fastest growing software companies in the general Application Management space.

The company maintains its operational headquarters in New York, with R&D based in Identify's AppSight Problem Resolution System provides a comprehensive lifecycle problem resolution solution—as such, it generally belongs in the Application Lifecycle Management and Application Management market spaces.

AppSight is a system built on a unique problem resolution architecture that was designed from the ground up with proprietary Black Box technology to optimize the problem resolution process.

* Optimizes the problem resolution process by automating the capture of all problem information, eliminating the need to reproduce the problem and its environment, accelerates root cause analysis by removing the iterative trial and error steps inherent in manual approaches
* Enables collaboration across the application lifecycle among all organizations involved in the problem resolution process (Development, Test/QA, and Support)
* Supports all application architectures (client/server, Web, etc.) across heterogeneous environments (.NET, J2EE, Windows) to provide complete coverage of your application portfolio
* Provides a purpose-built interface that automates the tasks performed by teams that participate in the problem resolution process (Level 1 Support, Level 2 Support, Development, and Testing)
* Can be used to diagnose the root cause of any application behavior (problem)

AppSight has a No-Barrier licensing model that ensures complete coverage of large-scale production environments on clients and servers, as well as remote customer locations, through no cost Black Box distribution

Identify Software’s AppSight is used by some of the world’s top IT service providers, outsourcing firms, systems integrators, and IT consultants to resolve software application problems up to 80% faster. They report benefits across the application lifecycle—accelerated application delivery, shorter test cycles, improved product quality, reduced support costs, and improved application availability and performance.

With comprehensive problem analysis capabilities and cross-platform support for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft .NET, and J2EE environments, Identify's AppSight has set the industry standard for a complete solution for application problem resolution.

Benefits for providers throughout the service lifecycle

Bidding and capture phase:

* Deep application insight provides fast knowledge acquisition for more competitive bids and achievable Service Definition Policies and SLAs

Application development phase:

* Accelerate project cycles with higher quality results during design, coding, testing
* Embedding AppSight Black Box into released code creates a mechanism for rich communication of problem data from the enterprise’s environment back to the service provider, without having to rely on end-user recollections

Relationship management & customer care phase:

* Service Provisioning: Deep application insight provides fast knowledge acquisition for more competitive bids and achievable Service Definition Policies and SLAs
* Service Activation: Problem capture and rapid root cause analysis enables quick start application support with lower project start-up costs
* Service Assurance: Problem capture and rapid root cause analysis enable SLA compliance on availability, functionality, and performance, throughout the project life, despite team turnover
* Change Management: Rapid recovery from deployment glitches
* Service Retirement: Application insight leaves client with knowledge asset

Monday, February 06, 2006

Orbeon - Form-based Web applications

www.orbeon.com Orbeon is an XML Services Company providing XML training and XML consulting, as well as professional production support for Orbeon PresentationServer (OPS), our open-source product. Since our inception in 1999, Orbeon has focused on providing custom application development and advanced system integration services to Global 1000 companies. Orbeon delivers solutions that require sophisticated software capable of integrating advanced business functionality with our clients' existing assets. We consistently succeed by following repeatable agile methodologies as well as proven open source projects. We use standard Xforms to Ajax-enable your form-bsaed web applications and make them user-friendly and simpler to create.

SkyWay Software - Accelerate Solution Delivery

www.skywaysoftware.com Will development environments for accelerating the development of Web services and SOA catch on? This is what Skyway say:

Skyway’s team has a successful history of developing proven industry winners. Skyway’s principal investor, Daniel Aegerter, and CEO, Jared Rodriguez, were the founding partners of TRADEX Technologies, which was acquired by Ariba in 2000 for $5.4 billion. As they did with TRADEX Technologies and since the Skyway Software formation in 2001, the Skyway team focuses its research on developing solutions that enable companies to realize the business-value-promise from their investments in technology. For Skyway Software, the technology investment is Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The business value promises are lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) to develop and operate business applications and increasing application agility to enable businesses to quickly adapt and respond to changing market conditions and technology advances.

AmberPoint - SOA Runtime Governance Solutions

www.amberpoint.com Founded in 2001 with significant venture backing from Crosslink Capital, Norwest and Sutter Hill, we're a fast-growing startup with a vision for market requirements and significant customer traction. Our prominent executives and experienced developers bring impressive records of success from such leading software companies as Sun, Forte, IBM, webMethods, Oracle, Ingres and Sybase.

Our team has a great deal of experience at pioneering new technologies for distributed systems, databases, development tools and management frameworks. We're now applying that experience to the open standards of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA and Web Services) to deliver solutions for making services-based systems production-ready, business-ready and easily manageable.

We’ve grown quickly to become the industry-leading provider of SOA visibility, management and security software. AmberPoint leads the market in the number of software licenses, paid customers and customers in production. AmberPoint software is used in 63 countries spanning six continents around the globe. And we’re closely aligned with the leading platform providers and systems integrators to help organizations worldwide realize the benefits of the new, standards-based application architecture.

CXO Systems - Real time visibility via dashboards

www.cxosystems.com CXO Systems delivers software solutions that give business executives right-time views of their key risk and performance indicators to run their business more efficiently and profitably. In the past, this was a challenging and expensive proposition, particularly for dynamic companies with time sensitive and event based information needs, where change in events, operations and organizational structure is constant. The difficulty attaining these views stems from the fact that the underlying business information and the associated intelligence is distributed across the enterprise, scattered over disparate systems and processes, constantly changing in time and to a large extent hidden from the view of executives. We call this problem the Visibility Problem.

CXO Systems helps to solve the Visibility problem by providing consolidated business information in the form of real-time business visibility dashboards. CXO Systems fills the gap between the information available in backend systems, data flowing on top of the Network, and the real-time information needed from external and desktop files.

Tideway Systems - Total IT Transparency

www.tideway.com (BTM - business technology management) Tideway was founded to provide the tools today’s enterprises need to allow IT to run like a business by providing the complete and authoritative source of operational IT intelligence. To run IT like a business, IT managers need to implement repeatable, automated processes across their organisations. They also need up-to-date and reliable management data to allow them to plan, execute and measure progress. Some of the key data required includes

* A clear understanding of the operational capabilities of their IT organisation (both from personnel and technology perspectives)
* The requirements of the business
* The key outputs of IT (generally the business applications, services and SLAs)

However, most organisations have a poor understanding of how IT infrastructure supports the business, with the knock-on effect that there is limited or no understanding of the cost to deliver specific business applications.

This is vital to managing IT like a business, as what gets measured gets done. Measurement data has to be stable, reliable and meaningful, yet despite the massive investment that organisations have made into IT management products, the data is still:

* Expensively, manually gathered
* Shallow – only containing basic asset information
* Of poor data quality – typically less that 50% correctly registered
* Out-of-date, and therefore obsolete almost instantly, especially in environments with a high rate of change
* Poorly organized - not normalized across technologies, with no understanding of depedencies, and therefore not actionable
* Of low relevance - the data is typically presented as an accounting view for financial asset management, rather than a management view.

As a result, IT processes are suboptimal, and consume precious time and resource that should be spent innovating for the business. Tideway’s product - Foundation - focuses on providing an up-to-date trusted view of exactly how components of the IT infrastructure support the business across all technology layers. Tideway Foundation’s data:

* Is automatically gathered (zero-touch inventory)
* Is deep (collects hundreds of data points per server)
* Has excellent data quality (100% accuracy)
* Is always up-to-date (manages environments of over 45,000 servers)
* Understands dependencies between components of IT

As, at the top level, Tideway Foundation models IT from the perspective of business applications and services, down through all technology layers, it is now possible to manage SLAs, Charge Back and Compliance from the perspective of the customer – the business user community, and make the value that IT delivers totally transparent.

IT processes can finally be optimised and automated, and IT can focus not on firefighting, tactical projects and ‘keeping the lights on’, but instead on delivering innovation to the business to help build true sustainable competitive advantage. Tideway has developed methodologies to allow our customers to achieve this vision in a managed and sustainable way, delivering tangible and measurable value at each step of the process. See Tideway’s Configuration Management Maturity Levels Model for more details.

Friday, February 03, 2006

United Devices - Grid Computing Solutions

www.ud.com United Devices is the market leader in enterprise grid solutions, delivering dynamic application infrastructures for businesses of all sizes in a variety of industries.

UD offers comprehensive grid and infrastructure management software and services to enable the virtualization of applications across all areas of the business. We help organizations build enterprise grid infrastructures and develop centralized grid service offerings to optimize application workflow at dramatically reduced costs.

Innovative Solutions
UD solutions optimize an organization's existing resources (including clusters, servers and desktops) to create an enterprise-wide capacity on-demand environment to maximize application performance and license utilization for both business side and HPC applications.

Our products include the flagship Grid MP platform, which creates a dynamic virtual infrastructure to transform existing systems, storage, and networks into a powerful on-demand resource. Grid MP enables any organization to coordinate and share existing applications across complex, geographically dispersed enterprises.

We also offer the leading enterprise meta-scheduling solution MP Synergy for virtualized control over the entire HPC infrastructure. With MP Synergy, organizations can manage job scheduling using Grid MP and also across heterogeneous, widely distributed resources - including clusters operated by 3rd party tools like LSF and PBS, dedicated servers, and non-dedicated desktop resources.

And with MP Insight, our capacity management and reporting solution, companies can measure, report on and analyze their entire infrastructure's capacity and utilization in order to make more cost-effective planning and spending decisions.

Real Business Value
Our customers use UD solutions to solve high-priority challenges - and deliver real value to the business. Key differentiators include:

* Robust application framework
* Enterprise scalability
* Infrastructure virtualization
* World-class security and manageability
* Affordable pricing

Benefits include:

* Improved Application performance / robustness
* Reduced time to market / quicker ROI
* Enhanced work capabilities / scope
* Reduced infrastructure spending
* Better utilization of existing investments (ROIC)
* Enhanced resource-sharing across organizations
* Maximized commercial application license utilization

ITM-Software - Managing the business of IT

www.itm-software.com (BTM business technology management) ITM Software has a single goal and focus – support the success of CIOs. ITM Software provides software products and management expertise that helps CIOs establish themselves as business leaders and excel in the role of the General Manager of the IT function.

The company's unique combination of software products and management expertise enables CIOs to drive down IT costs, deliver more business value, and support the increasingly rapid pace of business demands.

ITM Software provides CIOs and IT leaders with software products and management expertise that advance the business management of Information Technology. The company has a single focus on serving the business management needs of IT organizations. Lead by ex-CIOs and IT leaders, ITM Software possesses a unique perspective on the management challenges facing today's CIOs. This experience base, combined with a world-class software development team, translates into products and best-practice expertise that bring a business-centric approach to managing IT.

The ITM Business Suite, an integrated suite of business applications developed specifically for IT, provides CIOs with the visibility and control required to manage the projects, vendors, people, budgets, and governance challenges of IT. In conjunction with the ITM Business Suite, the company also provides best practice expertise on IT business management.




Company Overview

ITM Software has a single goal and focus – support the success of CIOs. ITM Software provides software products and management expertise that helps CIOs establish themselves as business leaders and excel in the role of the General Manager of the IT function.

The company's unique combination of software products and management expertise enables CIOs to drive down IT costs, deliver more business value, and support the increasingly rapid pace of business demands.

ITM Software provides CIOs and IT leaders with software products and management expertise that advance the business management of Information Technology. The company has a single focus on serving the business management needs of IT organizations. Lead by ex-CIOs and IT leaders, ITM Software possesses a unique perspective on the management challenges facing today's CIOs. This experience base, combined with a world-class software development team, translates into products and best-practice expertise that bring a business-centric approach to managing IT.

The ITM Business Suite, an integrated suite of business applications developed specifically for IT, provides CIOs with the visibility and control required to manage the projects, vendors, people, budgets, and governance challenges of IT. In conjunction with the ITM Business Suite, the company also provides best practice expertise on IT business management.

ITM Software serves IT organizations within Fortune 2000 corporations, government agencies and universities. ITM Software is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

The ITM Software Story

During the Fall of 2002 the founders of ITM Software, all experience IT leaders, explored a question that had caused them ongoing frustration during their combined 20+ years managing the IT organization in various large successful enterprise companies. Although IT was undoubtedly mission critical to the enterprise, why was it such a challenge for the CIO to successfully build an organization that was truly valued by the business leaders within the corporation? It struck them that IT management challenges were related to running a massively complex business – a business that was comprised of hundreds of employees, close to a thousand vendors, and a large budget.

As it turns out, IT is primarily managed using a collection of complex spreadsheets and in-house developed tools. This "management environment" results in islands of information throughout the IT organization that literally take months to manually compile every time a critical business decision needs to be made. Ironically, while IT has spent years deploying integrated enterprise business application suites for every other function in the enterprise (ERP, CRM, SFA, etc.), they are still using rudimentary management tools. This is what ultimately caused the founders of ITM Software to consider the potential of bringing the promise of enterprise business applications to the IT organization.

This is the premise of ITM Software-that IT is as complex a business as any other within the enterprise and demands the same class of integrated business management applications as do its peer functions. Today, ITM Software is a privately held enterprise software company with a single focus-the success of the CIO and the IT organization. Our integrated suite of business applications and domain expertise in IT business management combine to allow us to uniquely address the challenges faced by today's CIOs-better managing costs, adding more business value, and establishing more strategic partnerships throughout the enterprise.

ITM Software serves IT organizations within Fortune 2000 corporations, government agencies and universities. ITM Software is privately held and is headquartered in Mountain View, California.

Voltaire - The Grid Backbone

www.voltaire.com Voltaire develops and markets industry-leading interconnect solutions for high performance grid computing. Voltaire began with the mission to provide the high performance computing (HPC) and enterprise markets with extraordinary standards-based interconnect technology for clustering and I/O. Today, as compute clusters evolve into grid computing architectures, our solutions have reached a level of maturity and advanced functionality to make high performance grid computing a reality.

Grid computing unites pools of servers, storage systems and networks into one large system that better addresses compute jobs by sharing the workload across many low cost machines. It can be part of an on demand or virtualization architecture in the next generation data center. The value that a grid computing system brings to an organization is increased utilization of computing resources, lower computing costs and the added assurance of a modular, scalable solution based on industry standard components.

Voltaire’s interconnect solutions are the enabling networking technology for clusters and grids and interoperate with all of the necessary elements to make high performance grid computing possible. Based on InfiniBand infrastructure, Voltaire’s solutions enable high performance applications to run on industry standard servers and storage – the essence of grids.

Voltaire offers a complete family of interconnect solutions including InfiniBand switches, adapters, InfiniBand-to-IP routers, InfiniBand-to-Fibre Channel routers and software. For HPC customers, Voltaire has the largest capacity switching solutions and most robust and scalable software to enable clusters and grids of the highest size. For enterprise grid computing and database clustering, Voltaire offers the most comprehensive interconnect solutions that easily integrate with leading database and storage applications. Unlike Ethernet or proprietary networking technologies, Voltaire’s interconnect solutions offer unbeatable price performance, proven scalability and high performance connectivity to storage.

Univa - Supported Globus Grid

www.univa.com Univa is transforming enterprise IT by harnessing the power of Globus open source software to deliver enterprise-class products, technical support, and professional services to corporations and government.

Grid challenge, Univa solution

Grid technology, such as Globus software, increases a company's flexibility and speed by optimizing the use of existing IT resources. This is why the market for Grid technology is expanding quickly around the globe—it's estimated to reach at least $5 billion in 2008.

The problem is that open source Globus software is still largely unpackaged and unsupported for enterprise use. That's where Univa comes in.

Founded in early 2004 by Globus pioneers Steve Tuecke, Dr. Ian Foster, and Dr. Carl Kesselman, Univa bases its solutions on Globus software. Our products, solutions, and services focus on providing commercially supported, open source middleware that can be used by our partners and enterprise customers in conjunction with a broad set of branded products and technologies.

Paremus - Redefining enterprise grid

www.paremus.com Paremus, an acknowledged innovator of next generation distributed software systems, focuses exclusively on agile, self-healing, self-managing and dynamically scalable grid computing platforms, for enabling next generation service oriented, on demand, virtualized business applications.

Our flagship product, the Infiniflow enterprise service fabric, realizes Paremus' vision for delivering enterprise grid technology by leveraging complex adaptive system design principles to achieve true autonomic behavior

Paremus was founded in 2001 by Dr. Richard Nicholson and Richard Barclay with funding from a group of private investors with a successful track-record in building IT companies. As senior IT architects from the investment banking industry, the company founders recognized that emerging technology trends would fundamentally change the way that large enterprise IT systems could be deployed, managed and maintained.

Enigmatec - IT Management for next generation data centers

www.enigmatec.com Enigmatec Corporation is a provider of strategic management software optimized for the next generation of modular data center.

The huge trend towards the Modular Data Centre and the Enterprise Grid (virtualization, on demand) driven by the adoption of Intel blade servers and Linux, has resulted in infrastructures becoming more complex and in both business and IT complexity mean more risk. In addition, IT departments are increasingly being targeted with aligning IT with business objectives and increasing operational efficiency. Becoming more adaptive to the ever changing IT landscape means having a manageable, scalable and flexible architecture.

Based on research pioneered at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, Enigmatec has developed software for the next generation of data centres. Our Execution Management System (EMS) is the only product that allows users to codify and automate their operational procedures in a flexible and scalable way while aligning business objectives (such as Service Level Agreements), with policy-management. EMS provides the tools to integrate technical performance measures with business performance information to effectively:

* Ensure Quality of Service for SLA's
* Reduce Business Downtime Prevention
* Better Utilize Resources
* Reduce Operational Risk

With Enigmatec's automated policy-based execution management system (EMS) acting as the control plane between the business objectives that drive an Enterprise and the IT resources required to execute these, businesses can lower operating cost and reduce business downtime with solutions for scale-out scale-back, orchestrated disaster recovery and business continuity.