Tech and business news from around the region.
Webify teams with Polaris
Austin-based Webify Solutions and Polaris Software announced a strategic partnership that builds on the promise of service-oriented architectures (SOA) and Web services.
The companies will work together to integrate the features and functionality of Polaris Intellect Suite GeneS (generalized services) with Webify Industry Fabric to deliver transformative business benefits and outcomes. Per the agreement, Polaris will also establish a Webify SOA practice to deliver integrated solutions to banking and insurance customers globally.
OnlineWebCheck debuts service
A new free service from Flower Mound-based OnlineWebCheck.com (http://onlinewebcheck.com) helps Web sites be seen correctly by search engines.
Most sites contain HTML syntax problems. Some of these problems can be severe and even affect a Web site’s ability to be indexed properly by search engines. Damaged or missing search engine listings can greatly affect the number of people coming to a Web site because many websites are discovered through search engines. HTML problems can also cause trouble for visitors. While a Web site might look fine in one particular browser, HTML and CSS problems can make it look heavily corrupted in another Web browser.
After HTML problems are found and removed from a site, it can then be further optimized for search engine placement and visitor experience. As a final step before publishing a Web page, perform a final HTML check to make sure that no problems were introduced during the optimization process.
OnlineWebCheck.com also allows the student, novice and advanced web developer to check HTML snippets and local HTML files without requiring access to a web server.
Broadband growth not offsetting wireline declines
While growth in broadband wireline revenues remains robust in the US, it is not enough to overcome steady losses in consumer wireline voice revenues, reports In-Stat. As a result, wireline service revenues in the United States will decline by 3.3 percent annually, on average, from 2004 to 2009, the high-tech market research firm says.
In-Stat found that traditional data services, including frame relay, private line and ATM are sinking as businesses increasingly seek lower-cost Internet solutions. The study also showed that DSL and cable modem growth is strong, but bundling strategies are pressuring revenue margins, and that business voice services are also experiencing revenue declines, but significantly less than those of consumers.
Digital Recorders gains working capital
Dallas-based Digital Recorders Inc. recently closed a $500,000 convertible preferred stock private placement with a private investor.
The company also said it has closed on a new $6 million, two-year working capital loan with Laurus Master Fund Ltd.
The new loan agreement gave Digital Recorders about $1.2 million net in additional working capital.
Digital Recorders provides software and hardware for security communications systems used in transportation and law enforcement.
Trilogy buys software company
Austin-based Trilogy Inc. subsidiary Versata Inc. agreed to buy Newport Beach, Calif.-based Artemis International Solutions Corp. in a deal valued at $27 million.
Artemis International is a provider of investment planning and control software.
Once the purchase is completed, Artemis will become part of Trilogy’s Versata group, a provider of business rules, configuration and pricing management software.
The deal is subject to shareholder approval, with a meeting expected to be held in May.
Joseph Liemandt, chairman, president and CEO of Trilogy, is a board member of Artemis. Artemis International has a presence in 44 countries, and about 80 percent of its revenue comes from outside the United States.
Versata provides software for automating and simplifying the building, maintenance and ongoing development of large, complex, data-intensive enterprise software.
Trilogy produces software for sales and purchasing management.
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