SOURCE: Aztec Software

March 09, 2005 08:30 ET

Aztec Software Announces AztecSource -- Breakthrough in Deploying Open Source Technology

New Services Help Overcome Obstacles to Open Source Adoption By Leveraging Technology Expertise and Offshore Operations

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 9, 2005 -- Aztec Software today announced the release of AztecSource, a set of services designed to simplify the deployment of an open source middleware stack for software applications. The new release represents a significant breakthrough in helping companies build business-critical solutions based on open source software.

"Open source technology clearly has tremendous potential, but many issues still get in the way of greater adoption," said Shirish Netke, head of U.S. operations at Aztec Software. "These include application interoperability, a shortage of best practices, applications mired in legacy environments, the difficulty of testing in a production environment, and the need for technical skills to implement a solution that fits a viable business model. We believe our new offering helps eliminate every one of these obstacles."

AztecSource is a suite of services specifically geared toward helping software product companies and enterprises develop and deploy solutions based on open source software. These services range from the evaluation of numerous technology options to the development, testing and deployment of software products that are tailored to meet each company's specific requirements. AztecSource also includes the migration and support of existing solutions to an open source stack.

One company that has realized the benefits of the new release is on-demand software pioneer Jamcracker Inc., which migrated from a commercial stack using AztecSource.

"The world of on-demand computing requires great flexibility, and that's what motivated us to move our solution to support an open source stack," said Todd Johnson, President of Jamcracker. "By helping us avoid problems during the transition rather than solve them later, AztecSource enabled us to focus on our core mission: building the right products and services for our clients, and providing great support."

The methodology behind AztecSource is based on a set of best practices, experience in integrating open source software and a library of proven solution architectures. Aztec has deep expertise and experience in developing open source solutions from the ground up, as well as helping companies migrate specific components of their solution architecture. That's why the new offering covers all the layers of a typical enterprise-scale application, including the operating system, database, web server, application server and development environment.

With AztecSource, software companies can not only develop new product lines but devise an entirely new business model, one that makes use of a high level of technical sophistication, cuts costs and -- most critically -- speeds time to market.

"Speed of deployment, cost and flexibility are among the reasons many companies are adopting open source technologies," said Madhukar Govindaraju, VP of Engineering of Hyperion Solutions Corp. (NASDAQ: HYSL) and a member of the CIO Collective, an association of CTOs and other senior IT executives. "Yet for many large IT organizations, solution-centric service offerings are the weakest link in the delivery chain. We're in favor of solutions that will help more companies realize the significant benefits of open source technologies."

Aztec Software, which focuses on high-skill software product engineering, builds its offerings around three of the most important trends in IT today: open source, offshore outsourcing and web services. Over the past decade, the company has worked extensively with leading edge and innovative software companies such as AOL, Hyperion, PSS Systems, Clareos and Encover Inc.

AztecSource is available now -- go to www.Aztecsoft.com for more information.

About Aztec Software, Inc.

Aztec Software (www.aztecsoft.com) provides a comprehensive suite of software product lifecycle services that accelerate development of software products, reduce time to market and help manage resources, cost and technology risk in a predictive model. Aztec Software Inc. has offices in Santa Clara CA and Bellevue, WA, in the US and Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad in India.

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