Innovative Technology Awards 2003: List of Winners

Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

CATEGORY: Networking equipment


TECHNOLOGY: Brocade Fabric Manager

HOW IT WORKS: Simplifies management of storage-area networks by helping storage managers configure and monitor Brocade switches and Brocade SANs from a single console. These tasks include security management in SANs and management and aggregation of host bus adapters and downloads of firmware.

PARTNERS: Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, EMC Corp., Hitachi Data Systems Corp.

Centerpost Corp.



TECHNOLOGY: Multichannel notification

HOW IT WORKS: It integrates with client systems to mine data, manage user preferences and deliver multichannel notifications.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: United Air Lines Inc., The Weather Channel Interactive Inc.

ClearForest Corp.

CATEGORY: Data management



HOW IT WORKS: ClearForest's technology assimilates text data of any size and structure, extracts key terms, assigns the terms to meaningful categories (a taxonomy) and establishes their interrelationships. By combining semantic, statistical and structural analysis, ClearTags automatically classifies documents and discovers pertinent entities, facts, events and relationships buried deep within the text.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Credit Suisse Group, General Motors Co., Dow Chemical Co., Eastman Kodak Co.


CATEGORY: Web site management

LOCATION: Scotts Valley, Calif.

TECHNOLOGY: ClickTracks Analyzer

HOW IT WORKS: It displays visitor behavior on a user's Web page, letting marketers see which keywords drive the most purchases.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Green Mountain Energy Co., Brother Industries Ltd.


CATEGORY: Application development


TECHNOLOGY: CreekPath Storage Operations Management Suite

HOW IT WORKS: A workflow engine, it integrates with a policy engine to help obtain maximum value from a storage network.


Endeca Technologies Inc.

CATEGORY: Internet applications

LOCATION: Cambridge, Mass.

TECHNOLOGY: Endeca ProFind

HOW IT WORKS: The tool combines traditional query search with a guided navigation technology to eliminate dead ends.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Inc., Tower Records, Crate and Barrel

EnvoyWorldWide Inc.


LOCATION: Bedford, Mass.

TECHNOLOGY: EnvoyExpress

HOW IT WORKS: EnvoyWorldWide's flagship service lets users communicate time-sensitive personalized information to many individuals instantly and simultaneously. It consists of a scalable interaction management platform, real-time tracking capabilities and a two-way, actionable response mechanism.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Symantec Corp., Southern California Edison Co.

Extended Systems Inc.

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless

LOCATION: Boise, Idaho

TECHNOLOGY: OneBridge Mobile Platform (formerly XtndConnect Server)

HOW IT WORKS: OneBridge enables a variety of devices to access up-to-the-minute corporate data and applications, whether through a dial-up synchronization cradle, a wireless connection or a browser. "Push" technology enables wireless users to receive e-mail in real time. OneBridge also provides IT with tools to secure and manage the mobile environment, as well as a development platform for mobile applications.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: CBS Broadcasting Inc., DaimlerChrysler AG, Major League Baseball, Chase Manhattan Bank

FrontBridge Technologies Inc.

CATEGORY: Security

LOCATION: Marina Del Rey, Calif

TECHNOLOGY: FrontBridge TrueProtect Message Management Suite

HOW IT WORKS: An outsourced e-mail service, it protects against spam and viruses.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Bausch & Lomb Inc., Sunkist Growers Inc.

Global Exchange Services Inc. (GXS)

CATEGORY: E-commerce software/services

LOCATION: Gaithersburg, Md.

TECHNOLOGY: Enterprise System

HOW IT WORKS: Enterprise System electronically connects businesses to their trading partners using electronic data interchange (EDI) technologies, allowing customers to convert incoming documents to different formats, such as an EDI document into an XML format or vice versa.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Liz Claiborne Inc., J.C. Penney Co., Eastman Kodak Co.

Hewlett-Packard Co.


LOCATION: Palo Alto, Calif.

TECHNOLOGY: HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array

HOW IT WORKS: Offers high availability, data protection and fault tolerance and uses virtualization to improve capacity utilization.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: H.D. Vest Inc., The Dow Chemical Co., Screen Actors Guild


CATEGORY: Enterprise systems

LOCATION: Armonk, N.Y.

TECHNOLOGY: IBM eServer p690

HOW IT WORKS: Offers performance, scalability and upgrade on demand with dynamic logical partitioning and flexible capacity.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Colgate-Palmolive Co., Gap Inc.

InterSystems Corp.

CATEGORY: Application development

LOCATION: Cambridge, Mass.


HOW IT WORKS: Post-relational database that enables rapid

Web application development and high-performance, massively scalable

transaction processing applications. It also offers a multidimensional

data and application server.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Ameritrade Holding Corp., G. Pierce Wood Hospital

Mindjet LLC

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless

LOCATION: Larkspur, Calif.

TECHNOLOGY: MindManager for Tablet PC

HOW IT WORKS: This business-mapping software for the Tablet PC facilitates meeting preparation and project planning.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Charles Schwab & Co., National Public Radio

Netezza Corp.

CATEGORY: Data management

LOCATION: Framingham, Mass.

TECHNOLOGY: Netezza Performance Server 8000 Series

HOW IT WORKS: Combines servers, storage and databases into a scalable appliance that enables complex data analysis.


Network Appliance Inc.


LOCATION: Sunnyvale, Calif.


HOW IT WORKS: This storage system manages data in multiple environments and enables administrators to allocate space from one environment to another.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: ESC Entertainment, Bank of America Corp.

Peribit Networks Inc.

CATEGORY: Networking

LOCATION: Santa Clara, Calif.

TECHNOLOGY: Molecular Sequence Reducer

HOW IT WORKS: The software increases network capacity by eliminating 70% to 90% of the data flowing over WANs, cutting carrier bandwidth spending.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Truman Arnold Cos., British American Tobacco PLC

Pronto Networks Inc.

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless

LOCATION: Pleasanton, Calif.

TECHNOLOGY: Hotspot Networking System

HOW IT WORKS: A support system for large-scale public WLANs, it enables cost-effective deployment and provisioning of Wi-Fi hot spots.


Prescient Systems Inc.

CATEGORY: Supply chain/ERP

LOCATION: West Chester, Pa.

TECHNOLOGY: Prescient 5

HOW IT WORKS: The software suite enables demand, supply, collaboration and performance measurement, with a Web-based module for dynamic reporting.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Binney & Smith Inc., Domino's Inc., Tropicana

Qualys Inc.

CATEGORY: Security

LOCATION: Redwood Shores, Calif.


HOW IT WORKS: This automated Web service for network security lets users audit network security from any browser and then remediate vulnerabilities.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: L'Oreal Group, Mercedes-Benz USA LLC, TIAA-CREF, RR Donnelly & Sons Co.

ReefEdge Inc.

CATEGORY: Security

LOCATION: Fort Lee, N.J.

TECHNOLOGY: ReefEdge Connect System

HOW IT WORKS: ReefEdge's Edge Controllers are packet-filtering hardware appliances that enforce wireless access control rules, implement bandwidth management and perform data encryption. They are centrally configured and managed by Connect Servers. Connect Servers and Edge Controllers can be tied together in pairs to ensure high availability. The products are part of ReefEdge's Wireless Services Fabric, designed to address issues such as security, management, radio frequency monitoring, mobility, alerting and reporting in a wireless environment.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Memorial Health System, California Lutheran University, Caterpillar Inc., Williams International Co.

Sarvega Inc.

CATEGORY: Hardware

LOCATION: Burr Ridge, Ill.


HOW IT WORKS: XML appliances that decouple XML processing from the infrastructure and move them into the network.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: 3Com Corp., Fujitsu America Inc., Sinai Hospital Network

Sonic Software Corp.

PARENT COMPANY: Progress Software Corp.

CATEGORY: Enterprise software

LOCATION: Bedford, Mass.

TECHNOLOGY: Sonic Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

HOW IT WORKS: ESB is an open-standards-based system for allowing historically proprietary systems to share data through the use of Web services, XML and intelligent routing. Its scalability is derived from a robust messaging infrastructure and Sonic's architecture, which is based on the notion of "service containers."

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Bank of America Corp., Goldman Sachs & Co., KeySpan Corp., Siemens AG, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Stratus Technologies Inc.

CATEGORY: Hardware

LOCATION: Maynard, Mass.

TECHNOLOGY: Stratus ftServer

HOW IT WORKS: It enables fault-tolerant continuous processing through the failure of a component or CPU, with no downtime or loss of in-flight transactions, for example.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: United Parcel Service Inc.


CATEGORY: Security

LOCATION: Santa Clara, Calif.


HOW IT WORKS: A Web application protection system, it blocks unacceptable behaviors, including known and undocumented attack methods.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: ChevronTexaco Corp., WebEx Communications Inc.

Traq-wireless Inc.

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless


TECHNOLOGY: Mobile Communications Management software

HOW IT WORKS: Traq-wireless' software reduces the cost and complexity for companies conducting business with mobile devices and wireless services, including cellular phones, handhelds, laptops, pagers, remote-access services and other untethered devices.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Cadbury Schweppes PLC, FedEx Freight, Nova Chemicals Corp.

Wavelink Corp.

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless

LOCATION: Kirkland, Wash.

TECHNOLOGY: Mobile Manager

HOW IT WORKS: This wireless network management software enables administrators to deploy, secure and manage wireless networks and connected mobile devices.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Brooks Brothers, Ford Motor Co., Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

Watchfire Corp.

CATEGORY: Web site management

LOCATION: Waltham, Mass.


HOW IT WORKS: WebXM scans every page of a company's Web site, seeking violations of preset policies or regulations. The suite includes three components: QualityXM addresses problems such as standards noncompliance, broken links or forms, slow-loading pages and faulty purchase checkouts. PrivacyXM identifies data collection, privacy policy linking, user-tracking practices and other privacy-related matters. AccessibilityXM checks for compliance with government standards and the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which regulate Web accessibility for the handicapped.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Corning Inc., The McGraw-Hill Cos., The Reader's Digest Association Inc., AXA Financial Inc.

XcelleNet Inc.

CATEGORY: Mobile/wireless

LOCATION: Alpharetta, Ga.


HOW IT WORKS: The technology manages devices ranging from laptops to smart phones all on one platform, using Microsoft's .Net.


Zone Labs Inc.

CATEGORY: Security

LOCATION: San Francisco

TECHNOLOGY: Zone Labs Integrity

HOW IT WORKS: This network security software uses security agents that run on PCs and laptops to enforce and manage security policies and control network access to the machines. The idea is to block hackers and stop Trojan horses, viruses and malware from spreading from one PC to another. The server software manages all endpoints and has the capability to run various data logs and application-inventory reports. It provides a number of predefined policies that range from a report-only mode to restrictive policies, like the "paranoid" mode.

CUSTOMER SAMPLING: Herman Miller Inc., Archdiocese of Seattle, 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide Inc.

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