Company's new publicsector unit aims to update government systems to help provide better services to citizens
Jacada Ltd. on Monday launched a public-sector business unit aimed at updating
government systems to provide better services to citizens.
Jacada specializes in modernizing legacy mainframe and AS/400 systems
with e-business and wireless applications.
The company already has several federal, state and local government
customers, including the departments of Treasury and Interior, the National
Institutes of Health and the state of Kentucky.
The McLean, Va.-based public-sector office will target agencies that
have done little with their legacy systems since they made them Year 2000-compliant,
said Aileen Bloom, Jacada director of federal business development.
"We're focusing on those agencies within the Department of Defense and
civilian agencies that have chosen best-of-breed legacy systems to be Y2K-enabled
but that now have mission-critical applications that need to be modernized,"
The company's best-selling product is its Jacada for Java, which uses
existing applications and interfaces and nonintrusively produces a new Java
application, said David Holmes, senior vice president of marketing.
"Jacada for Java was first released in February of 1997 and accounts
for 85 percent of our revenues," Holmes said. "But the Jacada Innovator,
which will be ready [for government customers] in the first part of next
year, is the next step. It enables Cobol developers to build Internet or
Jacada's other solutions include HTML integration; end-to-end e-commerce
solutions; Microsoft Corp. Windows integration; wireless applications for
the Palm VII; and full thin-client solutions.
Jacada's solutions are available on the General Services Administration
schedule through Severn Companies.
"There are a tremendous amount of legacy opportunities out there, and
without a deliberate federal market push, we got about six customers," Bloom
said. "The feedback so far has been tremendous."
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