ISSUE 468: The high-tech office- Oct
Software companies and high tech service providers
are thriving and multiplying in the local market
Last week, we started looking at a year in the
life of local technology companies -- at least the ones that have taken
the trouble to contact me. In true Sesame Street fashion, we
got halfway down the alphabet, to the letter M. Here's everybody else:
NetNation Communication has grown to become the
third largest Web-hosting company in the world and has signed an
agreement to work with Network Solutions, the world's largest
Domain Registration Service Provider (www.netnation.com).
PeakSoft deserted the Lower Mainland for
Bellingham, but we like them anyway. They produce Peakjet, which
accelerates Web browsing, and have recently come out with a new version
of the product, PeakJet 2000, adding speed and enhancing
Pears is an innovative online electronic
parts-ordering site, bringing to-
gether potential customers and suppliers. The company's presentation
was a hit at the Electronic Distributor Show in Las Vegas (www.pearsnet.com).
Pivotal Software won Microsoft's award
for Best Mobile Sales Solution. The company is the leading supplier of
mobile-enabled customer-relationship-management applications, building
on Microsoft's BackOffice system. They released version 2 of Pivotal
Relationship late last year and have been rewarded with strong sales
Seagate Software has been very busy, expanding
uses for its Crystal Reports product. Crystal Info 6 has shipped,
combining OLAP and channel push technology with database reporting from
Crystal Reports 6. Seagate's Holos has emerged as a comprehensive
application development environment for data warehousing, rounding out
the company's product line, offering "a single end-to-end Business
Intelligence Solution." Seagate's Baja product extends Crystal Reports'
capabilities to Visual Basic programming. Micro-soft is including a
customized, limited version of Crystal Reports in BackOffice 4.0 (www.seagatesoftware.com).
Sideware Systems has produced Net Notion, an
innovative program allowing networked users to add notes to Web pages,
whether on the corporate intranet or on the broader Internet. The
company is also hosting Interest Groups, letting users chat
interactively while viewing the same Web page (www.sideware.com).
SmartyPants Studios has begun publishing an
online magazine, January, which despite the name appears more
than once a year. It focuses on publishing news, with book reviews,
interviews and author profiles (www.smartypants.net).
Softline Systems is perhaps the world's leading
developer of add-ons for the widely used AccPac accounting software and
has recently added ODBC Link to its product line (www.soft-linesystems.com).
Software Productivity Centre has evolved from a
non-profit resource centre for software developers to a for-profit
company developing products to aid developers. It has partnered with
giant development tool company Rational Software Corp. (www.
Strategic Resources Inc. has added a
multifunctional kiosk to its Virtual City Hall software. Features
include BookIt, allowing kiosk users to register for classes and
facilities. The City of Richmond is among the clients now using
the kiosks (www.sri.bc.ca).
Sun Microsystems (no, not a Vancouver company)
has launched Living Mathematics, a Sun Software Information and
Technology Exchange (Sun SITE) location at the University of B.C.
to help mathematicians develop and publish Java-based software (sunsite.ubc.ca).
Synergy Computer Consulting offers custom
software development, including Windows database development (www.
synergycc.com). The company also owns Softsearch, the
world's largest database of commercial software, offering a free Basic
Developer Listing of company descriptions (www.softsearch.com),
and Open Road Communications, a highly regarded Web development
The Alexandra Projects has produced SmartDesk,
which the company describes as a third-generation screensaver. It uses
the screensaver to broadcast information to employees, allow for user
training or to display marketing or promotional information on screen.
Clients include Xerox, Orca Bay and the B.C. Ministry
of Tourism (smartdesk.tap.bc.ca/).
Towncore Internet, a local Internet Service
Provider, has launched WiredBiz to provide a membership-based forum for
B.C. businesses with an interest in technology (www.wiredbiz.com).
Vertigo Technology has just released Vertigo
HotText version 1.5, an upgrade to its award-winning product for
creating 3D text effects in Adobe PhotoShop. Free trial
versions can be downloaded (www.vertigo3d.com).
Xceedx Technologies' Xpress Internet Toolkit is
a rapid-development tool to allow developers to quickly develop
database-based electronic commerce Web sites. The company has been
recognized by the Financial Post as one of Canada's up and
coming technology companies (www.xceedx.com).
As you can see, the local software industry doesn't
quite take us from A to Z, but it's close! If your business didn't make
the list this week or last, feel free to get in touch (e-mail is best),
to be included the next time I clean up my desk. *