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Globes reported today that SAP’s recent announcement that it was cutting 6% of its global workforce (3,000 jobs) would likely include some layoffs to its Israel division.  

Despite its reaching €3.5 billion revenue for the fourth quarter in 2008, SAP’s software sales were down 7%. According to Globes,

SAP co-CEO Leo Apotheker said, “The cost containment measures will allow us to adapt to the tough market conditions and ensure the long term competitiveness of the company. We expect 2009 to be a year of limited visibility, making it increasingly difficult to project sales in this environment.”

Currently based in Ra’anana, SAP has had a presence in Israel since 1998 and has over 900 employees. According to the Israel R&D site, Matimop, the Israel division of SAP focuses on the following four areas: SAP Netweaver (BPM), SAP Business One (Small business solutions), supply chain execution, SAP Master Data Management (MDM).

The article also reports that despite looming layoffs, the company is hiring sales people. Here is a video example of Business One in action. 


SAP Business One

optier_logoLast week, OpTier, an Israeli business transaction management software company, announced that it had successfully raised $63 million in its latest round of funding to focus on its product line and market expansion. While $63 million in funds raised is impressive at any time, it is especially impressive now given the unstable global economy and the impact it is likely to have on Israel’s economy in the next year.

This was fourth-round funding though, so presumably OpTier is established enough and has a viable enough plan to improve its product and expand its market share that investing such an amount is much less of a gamble for investors compared to an investment of $4-7 million in a seed or early stage startup seeking funding.

OpTier’s product, CoreFirst, does seem to be a winner. Written off in its first few years as unlikely to stand a chance against competition from companies such as BMC Software, Computer Associates, HP, IBM and Mercury Interactive, OpTier has become one of the leaders with CoreFirst being identified by Forrester Research as bringing Business Transaction Management (BTM) to Business Service Management (BSM).

According to the company website, 

“Based on unique Active Context Tracking™ (ACT) technology, our CoreFirst® product assures that business transactions flow smoothly within IT applications and infrastructure, without bottlenecks or outages, for improved end-user experience and reduced cost.”

The latest version of CoreFirst, CoreFirst 3.0, was unveiled earlier this month and promises enterprises the ability to deploy it in even the most complex of IT environments to link business and IT so that transactions flow smoothly through the IT infrastructure, ensuring that services remain uninterrupted and business goals are met. CoreFirst 3.0 now also supports the Microsoft Application Framework (.Net).

Some of its features include:

  • “Built-in real time ability to continually benchmark business transactions performance across tiers and provide alerts when SLAs are breached. 
  • Full recording of every business transaction executed in any system it monitors, so you can easily track every transaction’s execution throughout customer facing systems, backend supporting systems, and shared services environments, pointing out how much time was spent at each stop and how many resources were consumed.”

Plans for this round of funding were first announced in May shortly after B-hives was acquired by VMWare and OpTier noted that the market is consolidating. Whether or not the economy will impact OpTier’s vision or abilities for acquisitions should be seen probably in the next few months.  

Company Facts
Founded in 2002.

Headquartered in New York. R&D in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Dov Gal, Co-founder, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Amir Alon, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Four co-founders in total.

Product: CoreFirst

Website: www.optier.com

installfree_logoIf you were at VMWorld 2008, the industry’s largest virtualization conference, last week and are wondering what presence Israeli companies had at it, you need look no farther than the winner of “The Desktop Virtualization Best of VMWorld 2008 Award,” InstallFree.

InstallFree, a provider of Dynamic Desktop Computing,

“enables organizations to centrally deploy and manage software applications to end-users in a stateless, flexible and cost-efficient manner across a variety of usage scenarios.”

InstallFree Bridge, the product that won, allows the lock down of a corporate PC without diminishing the end users’ experience. InstallFree Bridge end-users can access their desktop applications virtually from any computer anywhere and have local application processing and offline availability, all while still under the IT department’s control.

According to the website, additional InstallFree benefits include: single package for all platforms, separately package desktop elements, click and deploy, simplify application lifecycle tasks, business continuity on-click and foster end-user mobility.

Here is a demo video of InstallFree that Virtual Strategy Magazine posted on YouTube.

Company Facts
Founded in 2006.

R&D in Raanana, Israel.

Yori Gabay, Co-Founder and CEO.

Netzer Shlomai, Co-Founder and CTO.

Products: InstallFree MiniBridge, InstallFree Bridge and InstallFree Desktop.

Website: www.installfree.com

About the author: Lisa Damast currently resides in Israel. Any questions or inquiries regarding this blog  can be directed to her via email at lisa (at) israelinnovation20 (dot) com. She can also be followed on Twitter, where she covers additional Israeli technology companies and headlines among other topics.

imperva_logo1Last week Imperva, an application data security provider, announced that it was selected by Japan’s Fuji Television Network to monitor its databases monitoring and help it comply with Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law – the Japanese version of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act. Imperva’s SecureSphere(R) Database Monitoring Gateways (DMG) software will be implemented.

According to the news release,

SecureSphere enables Fuji TV to meet internal governance and database security requirements with zero impact on performance… [by providing] an automated reporting system that simplifies and reduces the cost of documenting and demonstrating J-SOX compliance.

It goes on to mention that Fuji TV selected SecureSphere for its ability to:

(1) Impose zero impact on the existing production environment
(2) Support transaction intensive networks and applications without affecting performance
(3) Provide comprehensive database auditing and security capabilities

Back in July, the Domain Name and Web Hosting service GoDaddy.com also announced that it initiated Imperva’s SecureSphere Web Application Firewall (WAF) for SOX compliance purposes and to insure that the company’s Quick Shopping Cart application continues to enable businesses to quickly and easily create and manage ecommerce sites in a secure manner.

In 2007, Imperva was named to Red Herring’s Top 100. Here’s a link to a 2007 Red Herring video interview with Imperva’s Co-Founder and CEO, Shlomo Kramer.

IT professionals should consider Imperva’s SecureSphere product line for robust and scalable security solutions.

Company Facts
Founded in 2002.

Headquarters in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Shlomo Kramer, Co-Founder and CEO. Also co-founded Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. in 1993.

Amichai Shulman, Co-Founder and CTO.

Products: Web Application Firewall, Database Monitoring Gateways, Database Security Gateway and more.

Website: www.imperva.com.

About the author: Lisa Damast currently resides in Israel. Any questions or inquiries regarding this blog can be directed to her via email at lisa (at) israelinnovation20 (dot) com. She can also be followed on Twitter, where she covers additional Israeli technology companies and headlines among other topics.

aternitynesslogosIsrael Innovation 2.0 has received word that Aternity Inc. and Ness Technologies have formed a partnership in which Ness Technologies, a global provider of end-to-end IT services and
solutions
, will sell, implement, train and support the Aternity Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) Platform in Israel.

In the news release announcing this, Shahar Efal, President of Ness Israel, explains,

“Enterprise-class organizations realize that they need to monitor and measure application performance, usage, and usability not just from the data center perspective, but from the end user perspective. Aternity delivers a unique and extremely effective approach with its Frontline Performance Intelligence platform which represents the next-generation of application performance management technology. We are committed to the successful deployment and implementation of Aternity as the ubiquitous platform for delivering end-to-end visibility into real end user experience for our clients.”

This news follows Aternity’s two-fold announcement back in June of its first set of packaged Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI) solutions tailored for specific enterprise applications and the launch of its worldwide Partner Program.

In an Israel Innovation 2.0 interview with Aternity at the time, CEO Trevor Matz stated that

“Aternity’s platform uniquely monitors the end-user experience in real time by analyzing, aggregating and correlating desktop performance, application performance and user productivity to help determine and resolve in less time the root cause of any problems. Using the FPI Platform, companies can become proactive in capacity planning, application licensing optimization, and desktop virtualization and orchestration.”

While this partnership will allow Aternity to enter into a new market and help improve the performance of Israeli companies in the process, it can also give Ness – which is “facing intense competition form large players in the IT industry” – the edge it needs.

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About the author: Lisa Damast currently resides in Israel. Any questions or inquiries regarding this blog can be directed to her via email at lisa (at) israelinnovation20 (dot) com. She can also be followed on Twitter, where she covers additional Israeli technology companies and headlines among other topics.

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Earlier today Aternity Inc., announced its first set of packaged Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI)
solutions
tailored for specific enterprise applications
and the launch of its worldwide Partner Program. Last week, I had the opportunity to interview Aternity CEO, Trevor Matz, by phone to discuss the two-fold announcement a little more in depth. The following is the interview.

LD: Can you give a brief background of the company?
TM: Aternity is an end user experience management solutions provider based in the U.S. with an R&D center in Israel. Our Frontline Performance Intelligence Platform is transforming the typical reactive enterprise into one that is proactive. The platform uniquely monitors the end-user experience in real time by analyzing, aggregating and correlating desktop performance, application performance and user productivity to help determine and resolve in less time the root cause of any problems. Using the FPI Platform, companies can become proactive in capacity planning, application licensing optimization, and desktop virtualization and orchestration.

What is the new Partner Program?
The Partner Program addresses two problems through two types of partners. The first type, application partners, are companies that make and sell their own applications who can integrate Aternity’s FPI Platform into their products to increase end user productivity. The ROI from such integration is usually 4 times the cost of loss in the first year. The second type is consulting partners, such as IBM, EDS and boutique System Integrators. They will be certified to make sure that they know the methodology and technology of our product. Both types of partners will be able to bring this to a broader market.

What are some of the features and benefits included in the packaged Frontline Performance Intelligence (FPI)
solutions
?

FPI packaged solutions will be offered around leading enterprise applications, such as SAP, Siebel and Microsoft Office/Exchange. It can build support in the field and through our past work, it has a library of packaged solutions for specific applications. These are directed in rapid time to benefit more rapid ROI.

Is there anything else being offered with the first set of packaged FPI solutions?
We are also offering a unique twist connected to this and our Partner Program. Any organization can suggest that we build a mission critical application for its product. If the organization qualifies, we will then work with it to build the application based on its products for free in 2-3 days on site.

Which markets are most of your customers in?
Our customers are primarily in the healthcare and financial markets. After that there is a split between the high-tech and manufacturing markets, but our customer base isn’t really limited by industry as our products solve the same set of problems that everyone has – lack of visibility and understanding.

What gives Aternity its edge over its competition?
Our integrated analytics correlation engine and virtualization support makes our solutions unique. These programs truly deliver immediate time to value and show our proof of concept in one day by showing the value-decrease effort and movement.

How much does the FPI Platform cost?
Pricing depends on the number of end points in an organization, but it generally starts at $100,000 and up.

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