Tilion Files Two Patent Applications for Supply Chain Visibility Platform

Patent-pending XML Technologies Solidify Market Leadership

in On-demand Supply Chain Performance Analysis



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Tilion

    MAYNARD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tilion, provider of the first
 infrastructure service to deliver on-demand supply chain analytics, today
 announced the filing of two patents, one for eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
 encapsulation and one for XML language routing and administration.  Tilion's
 service is based on an XML platform that provides a breakthrough in supply
 chain performance management by giving companies a unified view of their
 suppliers' activities and operations, on-demand.
     "We knew the use of XML would be the only way to ensure the delivery of
 real-time supply chain performance data, regardless of any existing legacy
 systems," said Chris Stone, founder, president, and chief executive officer of
 Tilion.  "As we built the Tilion service, our talented programmers and
 engineers have done some extremely innovative work in the areas of XML
 encapsulation and data processing.  These patents will create a true barrier
 to entry for any other company seeking to duplicate our supply chain service."
     Tilion's patent-pending XML encapsulation technology provides a means to
 package specific markup content in a compacted format to expedite content
 retrieval in a distributed network. The technology provides three major
 benefits:  compression that achieves a 10 times reduction of original XML
 files; referential integrity with the local availability of externally
 referenced documents; and, indexed access to specific elements allowing for
 faster retrieval. The patent-pending XML language routing and administration
 technology leverages a directory service that manages XML business objects
 within a communication network.  This gives the Tilion platform powerful
 capabilities in the areas of accommodating customer specific variations in
 analytic calculations, semantic definitions, DTD versions, and data access
 permissions.
     These technologies are central to Tilion's ability to deliver on-demand,
 unified views of supply chain transactions, giving business executives
 unprecedented insight into the state of their operations and allowing them to
 make more informed business decisions and improvements to business processes
 without installing expensive enterprise or supply chain management software.
 
     About Tilion
     Established in January 2000, Tilion provides the first Internet-based
 service that gives companies on demand visibility into supply chain
 performance. By providing a unified view of partners' and suppliers'
 activities and other supply chain events, the Tilion service lets companies
 make timelier, informed business decisions to improve supply chain efficiency.
 Tilion accomplishes this by dynamically capturing and aggregating data from
 any point in the supply chain. Tilion's service analyzes this data and
 presents on-demand analytics and key performance indicators in a familiar Web-
 based format.
     Founded by industry veteran Christopher Stone and based in Maynard, Mass.,
 Tilion is privately owned and funded.  Further information about Tilion can be
 found at www.tilion.com.
 
      Contact:
      Connie de Lange                     Kelle Wallace
      Tilion                              SparkSource
      978-461-4800                        781-274-6061
      cdelange@tilion.com                 kwallace@sparksource.com
 
 

SOURCE Tilion
    MAYNARD, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Tilion, provider of the first
 infrastructure service to deliver on-demand supply chain analytics, today
 announced the filing of two patents, one for eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
 encapsulation and one for XML language routing and administration.  Tilion's
 service is based on an XML platform that provides a breakthrough in supply
 chain performance management by giving companies a unified view of their
 suppliers' activities and operations, on-demand.
     "We knew the use of XML would be the only way to ensure the delivery of
 real-time supply chain performance data, regardless of any existing legacy
 systems," said Chris Stone, founder, president, and chief executive officer of
 Tilion.  "As we built the Tilion service, our talented programmers and
 engineers have done some extremely innovative work in the areas of XML
 encapsulation and data processing.  These patents will create a true barrier
 to entry for any other company seeking to duplicate our supply chain service."
     Tilion's patent-pending XML encapsulation technology provides a means to
 package specific markup content in a compacted format to expedite content
 retrieval in a distributed network. The technology provides three major
 benefits:  compression that achieves a 10 times reduction of original XML
 files; referential integrity with the local availability of externally
 referenced documents; and, indexed access to specific elements allowing for
 faster retrieval. The patent-pending XML language routing and administration
 technology leverages a directory service that manages XML business objects
 within a communication network.  This gives the Tilion platform powerful
 capabilities in the areas of accommodating customer specific variations in
 analytic calculations, semantic definitions, DTD versions, and data access
 permissions.
     These technologies are central to Tilion's ability to deliver on-demand,
 unified views of supply chain transactions, giving business executives
 unprecedented insight into the state of their operations and allowing them to
 make more informed business decisions and improvements to business processes
 without installing expensive enterprise or supply chain management software.
 
     About Tilion
     Established in January 2000, Tilion provides the first Internet-based
 service that gives companies on demand visibility into supply chain
 performance. By providing a unified view of partners' and suppliers'
 activities and other supply chain events, the Tilion service lets companies
 make timelier, informed business decisions to improve supply chain efficiency.
 Tilion accomplishes this by dynamically capturing and aggregating data from
 any point in the supply chain. Tilion's service analyzes this data and
 presents on-demand analytics and key performance indicators in a familiar Web-
 based format.
     Founded by industry veteran Christopher Stone and based in Maynard, Mass.,
 Tilion is privately owned and funded.  Further information about Tilion can be
 found at www.tilion.com.
 
      Contact:
      Connie de Lange                     Kelle Wallace
      Tilion                              SparkSource
      978-461-4800                        781-274-6061
      cdelange@tilion.com                 kwallace@sparksource.com
 
 SOURCE  Tilion