Banyan 'restarts' as ePresence
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 10, 2000
Banyan Worldwide, which produced the dominant network operating system in
the federal space until Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. came along, announced
today that it has changed its name to ePresence Inc. and has become an e-services
"We're not a startup, but more of a restart," said Mari Ryan, director
of services marketing for ePresence. "We want to help federal agencies identify
what their critical business issues are and help them to solve them."
Westboro, Mass.-based Banyan discontinued its product business Oct.
27, 1999, but will continue to support federal customers using its VINES
and StreetTalk products for at least 18 months from that day. The company
is already helping those customers with migration plans, Ryan said.
The business model for ePresence is customer-centric — "citizen-centric"
in the government market — and will include helping customers throughout
the integration process — from developing a strategy, a presentation and
applications to ensuring that they have the proper infrastructure and enterprise
IT environment to support their needs.
"You can have the best presentation in the world, but if you don't have
the infrastructure behind it, it's not going to matter," Ryan said.
She said the company has identified several issues that agencies face
as they continue to move services online, including focusing on citizens,
reducing costs, developing a World Wide Web strategy, securing data, coordinating
legacy systems and adding transactional functionality.