ILOG enters e-gov arena
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Jun 19, 2001
A leading international supplier of Java and C++ software components recently
opened a sales and technical office in Washington, D.C., in an effort to
expand its e-government business in the United States.
ILOG Inc., with headquarters in Paris, France, and Mountain View, Calif.,
develops intelligence-based software components mainly for the defense,
aerospace and transportation industries. Robert Cooper, a company vice president,
said ILOG has a strong presence abroad and in the U.S. commercial sector
but is just beginning to introduce itself to the federal, state and local
In the federal government, integrators have used the company's components
in missile systems, Cooper said, but he added that ILOG plans to market
components for more typical e-government applications. With the new office,
the company plans to have closer working relationships with the technology
integrators in the Washington, D.C., area.
Software components are basically building blocks and are beginning
to be used within the public sector for e-government applications. Rather
than building such applications from scratch, advocates say using software
components can save time and money.
Several state officials are planning to promote greater use of software
components through an online repository within the next several months.
One such product, ILOG JRules, is a rules management component that
could be used, for example, to validate government loan applications, Cooper
said, adding that it's being used in e-business but would be new to government.
The component would define the criteria to approve or deny a loan — in essence, it would act as an engine for automating what's normally done
manually. It would dramatically shorten the time needed for the approval
process as well as encourage consistency so that rules are applied properly
and adequately, Cooper said.
Another e-government product, the ILOG Optimization Suite, is used for
scheduling, logistics, planning and configuration applications. It has been
integrated into the Internal Revenue Service's scheduling system.