JetForm unveils "Jaguar"
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 20, 2000
Agencies wanting to get a jump on streamlining processes and eliminating
paperwork via Web-based forms soon may look to a "jaguar" for help.
JetForm Corp. (www.jetform.com) demonstrated its Jaguar e-forms Web pack,
at the FOSE trade show this week in Washington, D.C.
The product, in beta tests with several federal agencies and state governments,
automatically detects the browser type being used and presents the form
in the best way possible, said Andrew Bridge, vice president of North American
government operations at JetForm. He said he could not name the agencies
because of non-disclosure agreements.
Many government agencies, including the Social Security Administration,
the U.S. Postal Service and the Defense Department, use JetForm's "e-processes"
"Right now, government is trying to understand e-commerce, and our point
of view is that they need to be able to process information, get it and
send it somewhere," Bridge said.
Jaguar integrates device-independent, Extensible Markup Language-based forms
and electronic acknowledgment into a solution that can be integrated into
existing Web infrastructures, said product manager Peter Hanschke. Jaguar
requires no extra work from the end user. "It's all about reach, and you
can't burden the end user. People don't like that," he said.
Bridge said the ability to design the form only once on the back end and
then deploy it to any browser using any device is what puts Jaguar ahead
of its competition.
"Design once and deploy many," Bridge said. "You've got to look at the whole
picture — not just putting information up on the Web but [determining]
what else can you do with it, and that's what our [tools] provide."
Jaguar will be released in mid-May, and pricing will be available at that
time, said Sydney Sloan, the company's marketing and advertising manager.