Cobbler's Shoes Syndrome Finally Ends for CIOs

Starpoint Solutions Enables IT Organizations to Achieve Self-Sufficiency

With Customizable Software Framework



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Starpoint Solutions

    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Starpoint Solutions, engineers of
 innovative software solutions, today announced the availability of FLITE(R)
 Framework, a customizable software platform that enables companies to manage
 and streamline their application development and support.  FLITE Framework
 combines proven methodologies, workflow and best-of-breed software tools into
 a single, integrated environment.
     The "Cobbler's Shoes" story, where a cobbler makes and repairs shoes for
 everyone but himself, is similar to the way CIOs function.  CIOs are
 intricately involved in implementing software for human resources, finance,
 customer service and sales, but have had neither the opportunity nor the time
 to implement a software framework to ensure the success of their own IT
 department.  FLITE Framework empowers CIOs by providing a business tool that
 vastly reduces the time, cost and risk associated with successfully building
 and implementing digital solutions.
     According to Joseph Feiman, VP and Research Director, Gartner,
 "Development and maintenance make up 70-90% of the total cost of ownership of
 an application development project."  "Without a workable process framework,"
 says Matthew Light, Research Director, Gartner, "these IT organizations will
 often lose the tug of war as they grapple with new delivery approaches
 involving a mix of applications outsourcing, business process outsourcing,
 application service providers and externally sourced application
 development/maintenance."
     Accessed in ASP (application service provider) mode or deployed within a
 corporate firewall, FLITE Framework provides the CIO with a turnkey solution
 that includes the FLITE Framework software, implementation services, and
 customer service.  The CIO's user community receives a fully integrated FLITE
 Desktop that provides all the tools needed to optimize application
 development, including Starpoint's time-tested automated workflow software.
 The workflow enables a project team to have a collaborative and consistent
 view of the entire application development process.  The FLITE Desktop also
 features:
 
     *     Knowledge Repository -- Optimizes use of intellectual capital across
           the organization by capturing and reusing knowledge learned from
           past experience.
     *     Software Component Warehouse -- Establishes and retains intellectual
           capital by indexing and storing software components.
     *     Professional Services Automation -- Provides resource management and
           skill set tracking, time and charge-back tracking, financial project
           tracking, and financial reporting.
     *     Online Mentoring and Training -- Improves productivity and
           efficiency through on-demand, multimedia content, and collaborative,
           Internet-based virtual classrooms.
 
     Starpoint has teamed with Documentum (Nasdaq: DCTM),
 Starbase Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAS) and Niku (Nasdaq: NIKU) to provide
 best-of-breed functionality in the FLITE Desktop.  It has selected
 Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) Online Services as its global Web services provider
 offering managed hosting capabilities for Starpoint customers.
     "The dot-com and technology crash on the NASDAQ has increased the pressure
 for CXOs to manage their IT departments the same way they treat other business
 divisions, with similar risk management and controls," said Bob Gold,
 co-founder and Co-CEO of Starpoint Solutions.  "Every dollar spent counts now
 more than ever.  FLITE Framework enables CXOs to meet and exceed this business
 requirement by consolidating intellectual capital, increasing efficiency and
 improving productivity."
 
     About Starpoint Solutions
     Starpoint Solutions, formerly TIS Worldwide, engineers innovative digital
 products and solutions that consistently help its clients achieve
 revenue/profitability growth and meet time-to-market goals.  Offerings include
 FLITE Services (software design, development and implementation services), IT
 Resourcing (placement of permanent and contract IT professionals) and FLITE
 Framework (an application development framework that enables companies to
 automate their IT enterprise).  Founded in 1992, the company is privately held
 and has 10 offices nationwide.  For more information, please visit
 http://starpoint.com.
     FLITE is a registered trademark of Starpoint Solutions.
 
 

SOURCE Starpoint Solutions
    NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Starpoint Solutions, engineers of
 innovative software solutions, today announced the availability of FLITE(R)
 Framework, a customizable software platform that enables companies to manage
 and streamline their application development and support.  FLITE Framework
 combines proven methodologies, workflow and best-of-breed software tools into
 a single, integrated environment.
     The "Cobbler's Shoes" story, where a cobbler makes and repairs shoes for
 everyone but himself, is similar to the way CIOs function.  CIOs are
 intricately involved in implementing software for human resources, finance,
 customer service and sales, but have had neither the opportunity nor the time
 to implement a software framework to ensure the success of their own IT
 department.  FLITE Framework empowers CIOs by providing a business tool that
 vastly reduces the time, cost and risk associated with successfully building
 and implementing digital solutions.
     According to Joseph Feiman, VP and Research Director, Gartner,
 "Development and maintenance make up 70-90% of the total cost of ownership of
 an application development project."  "Without a workable process framework,"
 says Matthew Light, Research Director, Gartner, "these IT organizations will
 often lose the tug of war as they grapple with new delivery approaches
 involving a mix of applications outsourcing, business process outsourcing,
 application service providers and externally sourced application
 development/maintenance."
     Accessed in ASP (application service provider) mode or deployed within a
 corporate firewall, FLITE Framework provides the CIO with a turnkey solution
 that includes the FLITE Framework software, implementation services, and
 customer service.  The CIO's user community receives a fully integrated FLITE
 Desktop that provides all the tools needed to optimize application
 development, including Starpoint's time-tested automated workflow software.
 The workflow enables a project team to have a collaborative and consistent
 view of the entire application development process.  The FLITE Desktop also
 features:
 
     *     Knowledge Repository -- Optimizes use of intellectual capital across
           the organization by capturing and reusing knowledge learned from
           past experience.
     *     Software Component Warehouse -- Establishes and retains intellectual
           capital by indexing and storing software components.
     *     Professional Services Automation -- Provides resource management and
           skill set tracking, time and charge-back tracking, financial project
           tracking, and financial reporting.
     *     Online Mentoring and Training -- Improves productivity and
           efficiency through on-demand, multimedia content, and collaborative,
           Internet-based virtual classrooms.
 
     Starpoint has teamed with Documentum (Nasdaq: DCTM),
 Starbase Corporation (Nasdaq: SBAS) and Niku (Nasdaq: NIKU) to provide
 best-of-breed functionality in the FLITE Desktop.  It has selected
 Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) Online Services as its global Web services provider
 offering managed hosting capabilities for Starpoint customers.
     "The dot-com and technology crash on the NASDAQ has increased the pressure
 for CXOs to manage their IT departments the same way they treat other business
 divisions, with similar risk management and controls," said Bob Gold,
 co-founder and Co-CEO of Starpoint Solutions.  "Every dollar spent counts now
 more than ever.  FLITE Framework enables CXOs to meet and exceed this business
 requirement by consolidating intellectual capital, increasing efficiency and
 improving productivity."
 
     About Starpoint Solutions
     Starpoint Solutions, formerly TIS Worldwide, engineers innovative digital
 products and solutions that consistently help its clients achieve
 revenue/profitability growth and meet time-to-market goals.  Offerings include
 FLITE Services (software design, development and implementation services), IT
 Resourcing (placement of permanent and contract IT professionals) and FLITE
 Framework (an application development framework that enables companies to
 automate their IT enterprise).  Founded in 1992, the company is privately held
 and has 10 offices nationwide.  For more information, please visit
 http://starpoint.com.
     FLITE is a registered trademark of Starpoint Solutions.
 
 SOURCE  Starpoint Solutions