SOURCE: Ultramatics

August 14, 2007 12:31 ET

'Service Oriented Architecture' Leader Bridges the Legacy Systems Gap

B2B and B2C Companies With 100-Year Histories Leverage Ultramatics' SOA Innovations to Optimize IT Capabilities and Services

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - August 14, 2007) - Ultramatics, a leading technology integrator specializing in services oriented architecture (SOA) solutions, today announced significant advances in its UltraStart Business Solutions product line for B2B and B2C customers. Ultramatics' proven SOA methodologies and structure recently gave two companies -- each established more than 100 years ago -- greater business flexibility by harnessing the power of SOA and means of preserving core legacy system investments while leveraging cutting-edge tools and development languages to streamline programming, processing, enhancements, and integration of new applications. The upgraded UltraStart suite continually optimizes ongoing maintenance and support as well as new technology migration without the disruptions that typically occur when implementing other business and IT infrastructure transformation projects.

"The tangible ROI justification and price points represented key factors in our selection of UltraStart, but it wasn't a standard 'product-based' decision," explained Paul Williams, senior vice president and director of information technology at Jackson, Miss.-based Trustmark National Bank, founded in 1889. "Our decision was based on the architecture, the SOA foundation that Ultramatics established based on our specific business criteria. They helped us realize how previous assumptions could cause setbacks, and they presented definitive ways to better support, integrate and streamline all development efforts, including incorporation of new products and services. UltraStart was the obvious answer because it provides the framework for quickly and methodically achieving our objectives."

Trustmark, which operates over 150 branch offices across Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, now relies on UltraStart to optimize processing, information sharing and overall functionality at a time when IT capabilities are more important than ever to improving customer service and internal operations. As in many other industries, Internet and e-commerce demands are dramatically changing how financial institutions do business.

While the circumstances are very different from those at Trustmark, Oakland, Calif.-based Crowley Maritime, a global marine transportation and logistics services company founded in 1892, experienced many of the same types of advantages with UltraStart. The corporation previously managed "a spider web" of point-to-point connections, with custom-built application interfaces. The implementation of UltraStart directly translated to $225,000 in savings over previous practices. Results include better resource utilization, lower soft costs and increased overall efficiency as resources deployed on legacy system support and maintenance are now applied in other mission-critical areas.

Now Crowley Maritime and Trustmark each have an ideal, methodical way to incorporate new applications and services while optimizing their current and future IT investments. Such flexibility represents a key reason that a growing number of companies are choosing UltraStart Business Solutions and the Ultramatics SOA framework. With focus on Application Integration, Business Process Modeling, Web 2.0, E-Commerce, Governance, and Security, UltraStart combines proven industry Best Practices, well-defined packaged services, and best of breed IBM software tailored to meet the unique requirements of customers.

"We're bringing a new level of strategic value to our customers and partners," commented Saru Seshadri, Ultramatics president and chief executive officer, noting that the expanded UltraStart offering includes additional needs analysis and cost-benefit components as well as SOA innovations that further distinguish it from competitive solutions. "Our SOA approach provides a pragmatic approach to delivering on the promise of SOA to meet true service requirements in a fundamentally different and more cost-effective way. Regardless of the vertical market or IT applications in place -- whether relatively new or largely based on legacy systems -- UltraStart makes sound business sense."

IBM BladeCenter® Kickstarts UltraStart at Trustmark

"At Ultramatics, we've centered our business on the IBM platform because of the extensive installation base, interoperability and dependability we've experienced with them as a partner and in regard to meeting our clients' overall expectations," Seshadri explained. "Our vertical market application skills and SOA design expertise combine with IBM's scalable technology to give clients a complete solution for today and the future."

Ultramatics found that recent IBM blade server installations at Trustmark exceeded benchmarks from both speed and reliability standpoints, according to Seshadri. The broad range of storage and networking options integrated into the server chassis simplifies infrastructure configurations and manageability while lowering total cost of ownership. "To successfully provide any type of software solution, you obviously need dependable hardware," Seshadri emphasized. "IBM represents a solid platform for UltraStart, and our customers clearly see the unique value we each provide in meeting their overall needs."

Winner of IBM's 2007 Beacon Award

Ultramatics was selected this year as a winner of the prestigious IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Award for the Best WebSphere SOA Solution. More than 650 IT solution providers worldwide competed for top spots in 38 technology categories. Winners, selected by a panel of leading industry journalists, analysts and IBM executives, were recognized for their ingenuity, innovation, customer satisfaction and outstanding achievements in delivering on-demand business solutions. Visit http://www-1.ibm.com/partnerworld/pwhome.nsf/weblook/pw2007_awards.html for more information on the 2007 IBM PartnerWorld Beacon Awards.

About Ultramatics

Ultramatics is an award-winning IT solution provider specializing in service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for businesses in the health care, financial services, travel and transportation, and telecommunications industries. The company's suite of UltraStart Business Solutions™ services leverage proven SOA methodologies that approach technology challenges holistically, enabling quick return on investments and an IT environment positioned for growth and enhance business flexibility. Founded in 2001, Ultramatics is headquartered in Tampa Bay, Fla., with additional operations in Jacksonville, Fla.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla; Atlanta, and Chennai, India. Visit www.ultramatics.com or call 1-877-UMATICS to learn more.

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