SOURCE: Cast Iron Systems

November 16, 2009 19:26 ET

Cast Iron's Cloud Integration Solution Wins THINKstrategies Best of SaaS Showplace Award

Integration With Enterprise Expedites SaaS and Cloud Computing Adoption While Boosting Productivity and Lowering Costs

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2009) - Cast Iron Systems, The #1 SaaS and Cloud Integration Company™, today announced that it has won the Best of SaaS Showplace Award, presented by THINKstrategies, the leading strategic consulting company focused on the business implications of the on-demand services market. The Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Award program recognizes the SaaS companies delivering solutions that produce measurable business benefits for their customers.

"The key to success in leveraging today's powerful new SaaS and cloud computing alternatives is integration," stated Jeffrey M. Kaplan, the founder of the SaaS Showplace and Managing Director of THINKstrategies, the strategic consulting firm that conceived and administers the Showplace. "Cast Iron Systems offers organizations a variety of integration methods to meet their specific technical requirements so they can achieve their business objectives."

While SaaS and cloud-based solutions offer tremendous business value with low cost of implementation and ease of use, integrating those solutions with other on-demand and on-premise applications realizes their true potential. Cast Iron provides integration solutions and Integration-as-a-Service which allows providers and consumers of SaaS and cloud computing solutions to more quickly and economically connect their on-demand and on-premise applications and systems. Cast Iron offers its customers unmatched deployment flexibility -- they can choose a completely cloud-based integration service called Cast Iron Cloud or on-premise integration appliances (physical or virtual) as an organization's application ecosystem expands and diversifies.

One Cast Iron customer, AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group (ABSG), a subsidiary of AmerisourceBergen Corporation, handles specialty pharmaceutical distribution and related services. The company deployed Salesforce CRM in three of its distribution business units using the Cast Iron Integration Solution to connect the SaaS application with its corporate data warehouse. This has given ABSG's customer service associates immediate access to accurate, real-time data across three business units so they can rapidly resolve issues and respond to customer requests. The company is pushing tens of thousands of record updates a day through Cast Iron integration into Salesforce CRM to service sales of medicine and other healthcare products through the company's ecommerce-enabled call centers.

"Cast Iron has emerged as the de facto integration standard based on our success in the enterprise market and extensive experience in SaaS and Cloud integration," said Ken Comée, CEO of Cast Iron Systems. "Speed, simplicity, and flexibility are the core tenets of the Cast Iron solution -- our customers connect their SaaS and Cloud applications with the rest of the enterprise in days with cost savings of as much as 80 percent. That is real business value."

About the Best of SaaS Showplace (BoSS) Awards

The BoSS Award program is an ongoing initiative to identify and promote SaaS, and 'cloud computing', companies which are offering on-demand solutions which are generating measurable business benefits for their customers.

BoSS awards nominations are not only accepted on an ongoing basis, but more than one winner can be awarded in each SaaS Showplace Application, Industry and Enabling Technology Supplier category.

BoSS award winners are given special designation on the SaaS Showplace, with a summary of their award-winning solution(s) and customer success story. Award winners are also recognized in the SaaS Showplace newsletter, and are able to promote their award designation on their website and in pre-approved company material.

For more information or to nominate a BoSS award winner, go to http://www.saas-showplace.com/registerforbossaward.html.

About THINKstrategies, Inc.

THINKstrategies, Inc. Is the only strategic consulting services company formed specifically to address the unprecedented business challenges facing IT managers, solutions providers and investors today as the technology industry shifts toward a services orientation.

THINKstrategies' mission is to help our clients re-THINK their corporate strategies, and refocus their limited resources to achieve their business objectives. THINKstrategies helps enterprise decision-makers with their sourcing strategies, IT solutions providers with their marketing strategies, and VCs with their investment strategies.

In addition to the Software-as-a-Service Showplace, THINKstrategies is also the founder of the Managed Services Showplace, a vendor-independent, online directory and information resource center of managed service solutions.

For more information regarding THINKstrategies' unique consulting services, visit www.thinkstrategies.com, or contact us at info@thinkstrategies.com.

About Cast Iron Systems

Founded in 2001, Cast Iron Systems is The #1 SaaS and Cloud Integration Company™. Cast Iron has thousands of deployed customer integrations across all industries and around the world at companies such as Allianz, British American Tobacco (BAT), Amerisource Bergen, Emerson, IBA Molecular, Krueger International, Peet's Coffee & Tea, PGP Corporation, and salesforce.com, among many others. All are benefiting from the simplicity, speed, and flexibility of the Cast Iron Integration Solution, which enables them to integrate Cloud-based and SaaS applications with the rest of the enterprise in just days. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital. Cast Iron is privately held and led by experienced technology executives from Informatica, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Vitria, and webMethods.

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