CommerceNet Touts NGI Success

Next Generation Internet Program grantees cited for solutions, customer wins, job creation

Palo Alto, CA  December 11, 2002  CommerceNet this week touted the results of its Next Generation Internet (NGI) Program, a state-funded project that has awarded more than $3 million to 16 California-based organizations working on real-time value chain innovations.

As the program's successes, CommerceNet pointed to one major acquisition; partnerships with such solutions providers as IBM, BEA, Microsoft and Analog Devices; six customer deals with such customers as DHL and Virgin Mobile; and three technology launches.

This year NGI Program grantees Avere, CRIA Technologies, Open Harbor, Saltare (now named Vizional Technologies after recent acquisition), StoragePoint and WebV2 were focused on real-time value chain innovations.

Avere, based in Palo Alto, launched its alwaysOn 1.0 solution, a closed-loop planning and execution solution for managing outsourced manufacturing. Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) tapped Avere to optimize its complex network of global outsourced manufacturing operations.

CRIA Technologies, also based in Palo Alto, launched its Outsourced Services Management Suite of solutions for enterprise customers that outsource business-critical functions. The suite includes the newly released business application CRIA OSM V1.7, as well as specialized service offerings for outsourcing management.

San Carlos-based Open Harbor, which offers a global trade management system, signed a multimillion dollar deal with DHL to manage global customs clearance and documentation for the carrier.

Saltare, a provider of adaptive supply chain management solutions, was acquired by Vizional of Santa Monica. Saltare's solutions enable customers to synchronize multiple events and add business intelligence throughout a supply network.

San Diego's StoragePoint, a provider of enterprise supply chain management solutions, won Microsoft's international ".NET Best" award for best backup tool. The provider said its XML Web Service tool reduces the need for dedicated disaster-recovery personnel and allows for easier collaboration.

Finally, WebV2, a Palo Alto-based provider of dynamic business process orchestration using web services, deployed IBM's BPEL, a standards-based business process specification spearheaded by IBM, Microsoft and BEA, providing interoperability over Web services.

Lon Hatamiya, head of the California Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, which administers the NGI Program, credited the project with helping to create tech sector jobs in the state. "The NGI Program strengthens California's economy, society and technology sector," Hatamiya said. "The creation of 1,000 new jobs over the next five years proves the NGI Program works, and helps ensure that our State remains a global leader in technological innovation by nurturing the development of business applications that leverage the power, speed and reliability of the Next Generation Internet."

The Program has also contributed to the development of technologies that improve California's water quality, help law enforcement fight online crime and allow people with disabilities to participate fully in the digital economy.

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