SOURCE: FrontBridge Technologies

April 13, 2005 08:00 ET

GunnAllen Financial Switches to FrontBridge to Ease Message Archiving Processes

Cost-Efficient Outsourced Services Offer Firm Greater Control Over Message Archiving

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 13, 2005 -- FrontBridge Technologies, Inc. today announced that GunnAllen Financial (Tampa, Fla.), the nation's fastest growing independent broker/dealer, has implemented FrontBridge's message archiving and message filtering outsourced services, replacing competitive services from three technology vendors. GunnAllen was able to consolidate operations to a single partner, recognizing significant increases in both productivity and cost-savings with the FrontBridge Total Message Management approach.

GunnAllen was formerly using another outsourced message archiving solution and found it to be expensive and cumbersome. Search and retrieval of messages from the archive required lengthy procedures and extra add-on fees. When evaluating alternatives, the firm sought messaging services that allow for increased control while reducing costs and jumpstarting productivity.

GunnAllen selected FrontBridge's Message Archive service for its ability to easily search years of email data, accelerating email retrieval from weeks and hours to mere seconds. Additionally, by choosing an all-inclusive solution, GunnAllen was no longer subject to the additional fees it faced with its previous vendor, and experienced significant cost savings as a result. Now, more than 1300 users at GunnAllen have their email and IM communications secured, managed and archived with FrontBridge's services.

"We spent more than two years being dissatisfied with a competitive product before we decided to convert to FrontBridge's messaging services," said GunnAllen's Director of Communications and Surveillance, Pete Garcia. "With FrontBridge, we have superior performance with no hidden extras. In addition, by having full control with the FrontBridge system, we are able to monitor email and instant message traffic through a single console and report on issues quickly and easily to regulatory bodies. We could not be happier with our decision to switch partners."

In addition to simplifying GunnAllen's message archiving processes, FrontBridge also provides the company with email security (anti-spam, anti-virus, policy enforcement and disaster recovery) and email continuity services, ensuring maximum efficiency with fully managed, outsourced services. Even during the event of an email outage, GunnAllen's productivity is assured with FrontBridge Active Message Continuity (AMC), a back-up email system that enables full email productivity, including sending, receiving, reading and composing email in the event of a system outage.

"Firms such as GunnAllen realize it is difficult to manage all the moving parts involved with message management without sacrificing productivity," said FrontBridge Vice President of Product Management, Dan Nadir. "By leveraging FrontBridge's Total Message Management services, companies can focus on driving innovation while knowing that all of their needs -- from archiving and disaster recovery to filtering -- are being managed by one trusted provider."

To learn more about FrontBridge's Total Message Management services, visit www.frontbridge.com/services/total_message_management.php or contact a FrontBridge Sales representative at sales@frontbridge.com or call 877-301-8232.

About GunnAllen Financial

GunnAllen Financial is a full service retail-orientated brokerage firm specializing in the trading and sale of both equity and fixed income securities, including mutual funds. Richard A. Frueh founded the company in 1995 with Donald J. Gunn, Jr. with one location and 12 brokers in Tampa. Today, GunnAllen has independent brokers in 161 branch locations in 32 states. More than 200 people are employed at its corporate headquarters in Tampa. Financial Planning Magazine ranked GunnAllen Financial as the Fastest Growing Independent Broker/Dealer in the country.

About FrontBridge

FrontBridge delivers comprehensive Total Message Management services for email and instant message compliance, security and continuity, ensuring the safety, manageability and accessibility of all electronic communications. The service offering delivers message archiving, spam filtering, virus scanning, encrypted email, policy enforcement and disaster recovery. Services are powered globally by the only load-balanced, fully redundant data center network. FrontBridge is based in Los Angeles, Calif., and its managed services are trusted and relied upon by more than 3,000 businesses across the globe. FrontBridge maintains the managed service industry's largest distribution partner network, including IBM, NEC, Sprint, VeriSign, Siemens Business Services, Inc., TELUS and Equant. For more information, visit us on the web at www.frontbridge.com.

Contact Information

  • For More Information, Contact:

    Mandy Mladenoff
    Senior Account Manager
    SHIFT Communications for FrontBridge
    415.591.8420
    mmladenoff@shiftcomm.com

    Jeremiah Glodoveza
    Marketing Communications Manager
    FrontBridge Technologies
    310.754.3773
    jeremiah@FrontBridge.com