Monday, March 27, 2006

Software Rock Star

From Co-founder Brenda Nashawaty...

Pitching national business media requires a compelling idea and the facts to back it up. Recently we had the great pleasure of working with Dean Inouye and Dan Tuohy of The Boston Globe on a long profile of our client Chris Stone, president and CEO of StreamServe.

Most people in the software business know Chris. He founded the Object Management Group which created the CORBA standard. More than 60 percent of all software is written using OMG-based APIs and concepts. Today it’s called Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web services, but it’s the same ideas with different interfaces (the Linux GNOME user interface is based on CORBA).

Before founding the OMG Chris and his team at Data General created the first laptop, in 1986. He also was Vice Chairman in the Office of the CEO at Novell, where he and Eric Schmidt drove NetWare’s move to TCP/IP and the ideas for "directory" technology as the basis for security and identity.

At StreamServe Chris is introducing Enterprise Document Presentment (EDP) software to the U.S. StreamServe EDP software already is used by thousands of companies internationally to communicate effectively with customers, partners and suppliers. EDP software automates the creation and presentment of documents from any source, in any format, to any channel.

What does that mean? Chris often uses the example of monthly telephone bills. Wouldn’t it be great if we got a single, easy to read bill from Verizon or Cingular instead of a separate, unreadable bill for each phone line that required separate payment? With EDP software, carriers could send us a single bill – on a Web site, to our handhelds, or by snail mail, email or fax – that would be so clear and easily understandable we’d almost look forward to paying the bill. Consider all your dealings with goods and service providers and you’ll see how EDP software could make you feel like your vendors only had eyes for you.

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