XOR Inc. Technology Invention Achieves Patent-Pending Status

Applied Artificial Intelligence Technology Predicts Future Outcomes By

Automatically Analyzing Historical Information on Multiple Variables

To Identify Patterns and Anticipate Events



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from XOR Inc.

    BOULDER, Colo., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- XOR Inc., a provider of eBusiness
 application and systems management services, announced today that it has
 invented an applied artificial intelligence technology that can analyze
 complex combinations of information, identify unexpected patterns, and
 extrapolate from them likely outcomes for the future.  XOR has initially
 applied this technology to its VisionPort(TM) business performance insight
 service, which monitors and analyzes a client's strategic business metrics in
 real time.  Bringing new meaning to the term "business intelligence," this
 technology enables VisionPort to automatically anticipate a business problem
 based on historical patterns and then proactively alert an executive that the
 issue requires attention.
     XOR's invention has been accepted by the U.S. Patent Office for "patent
 pending" status, which means that it is in the final stages of review before
 receiving full patent protection.  The co-inventors are Chief Technology
 Officer of XOR Inc., Trent R. Hein, and XOR's Director of Infrastructure
 Engineering, Ned McClain.  The two technologists are also co-authors, along
 with XOR's Evi Nemeth, of the Unix System Administration Handbook, Third
 Edition, already in its third printing after only eight months.
     "This development is an example of how applied artificial intelligence can
 sometimes outperform the human mind.  This technology can do in seconds what
 it often takes a full team of people to do over the course of months, if at
 all," said Hein.  "As used in VisionPort, it is helping our clients become
 aware of interdependencies among business variables that they sometimes don't
 realize exist.  For example, it may notice that a retail product's margin
 declines every time it rains in Chicago, except for when the company has
 recently run a promotion on a specific radio station during a specific time
 period.  Therefore, it can monitor weather predictions and alert the marketing
 executive in time to arrange for a special promotion.  Most importantly, it
 will automatically know when that correlation ceases to exist and then
 identify new, significant patterns."
     Though the technology has wide-ranging applications, XOR intends to
 initially focus on using it to help financial services, retail and consumer
 packaged goods companies improve the return on their marketing investments,
 shape marketing plans, and capture market share.
     Unlike any other business intelligence solution in the marketplace,
 VisionPort integrates various eBusiness and corporate performance data from
 multiple tools and legacy systems to present strategic business performance
 intelligence to a company's executives, customized to their individual
 functional areas.  VisionPort gives an executive an integrated business view,
 instead of a raw statistical view, which enables a company to take rapid
 actions that will impact the bottom line.  Executives can access a summary
 digital dashboard in a variety of ways, including hand-held wireless devices
 such as PDAs and cellphones.
 
     About XOR
     Founded in 1991, XOR Inc. (pronounced X-OR) is a provider of customized
 eBusiness application and systems management services that help established
 companies leverage the Internet to measurably reduce costs and increase
 revenues.  XOR's full-lifecycle set of offerings combine strategy, business
 process expertise, design and operations services with a proprietary platform,
 XPort(TM), and unique business performance service and technology,
 VisionPort(TM), which enables real-time management against integrated business
 and eBusiness metrics.
     President and CEO Greg Jacobsen (formerly with MCI Systemhouse, EDS and
 TeleTech) leads a world-class executive management team with technology and
 process experience from Accenture, Sapient, Ernst & Young,
 PricewaterhouseCoopers and Diamond Technology Partners.  (www.xor.com).
 
 

SOURCE XOR Inc.
    BOULDER, Colo., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- XOR Inc., a provider of eBusiness
 application and systems management services, announced today that it has
 invented an applied artificial intelligence technology that can analyze
 complex combinations of information, identify unexpected patterns, and
 extrapolate from them likely outcomes for the future.  XOR has initially
 applied this technology to its VisionPort(TM) business performance insight
 service, which monitors and analyzes a client's strategic business metrics in
 real time.  Bringing new meaning to the term "business intelligence," this
 technology enables VisionPort to automatically anticipate a business problem
 based on historical patterns and then proactively alert an executive that the
 issue requires attention.
     XOR's invention has been accepted by the U.S. Patent Office for "patent
 pending" status, which means that it is in the final stages of review before
 receiving full patent protection.  The co-inventors are Chief Technology
 Officer of XOR Inc., Trent R. Hein, and XOR's Director of Infrastructure
 Engineering, Ned McClain.  The two technologists are also co-authors, along
 with XOR's Evi Nemeth, of the Unix System Administration Handbook, Third
 Edition, already in its third printing after only eight months.
     "This development is an example of how applied artificial intelligence can
 sometimes outperform the human mind.  This technology can do in seconds what
 it often takes a full team of people to do over the course of months, if at
 all," said Hein.  "As used in VisionPort, it is helping our clients become
 aware of interdependencies among business variables that they sometimes don't
 realize exist.  For example, it may notice that a retail product's margin
 declines every time it rains in Chicago, except for when the company has
 recently run a promotion on a specific radio station during a specific time
 period.  Therefore, it can monitor weather predictions and alert the marketing
 executive in time to arrange for a special promotion.  Most importantly, it
 will automatically know when that correlation ceases to exist and then
 identify new, significant patterns."
     Though the technology has wide-ranging applications, XOR intends to
 initially focus on using it to help financial services, retail and consumer
 packaged goods companies improve the return on their marketing investments,
 shape marketing plans, and capture market share.
     Unlike any other business intelligence solution in the marketplace,
 VisionPort integrates various eBusiness and corporate performance data from
 multiple tools and legacy systems to present strategic business performance
 intelligence to a company's executives, customized to their individual
 functional areas.  VisionPort gives an executive an integrated business view,
 instead of a raw statistical view, which enables a company to take rapid
 actions that will impact the bottom line.  Executives can access a summary
 digital dashboard in a variety of ways, including hand-held wireless devices
 such as PDAs and cellphones.
 
     About XOR
     Founded in 1991, XOR Inc. (pronounced X-OR) is a provider of customized
 eBusiness application and systems management services that help established
 companies leverage the Internet to measurably reduce costs and increase
 revenues.  XOR's full-lifecycle set of offerings combine strategy, business
 process expertise, design and operations services with a proprietary platform,
 XPort(TM), and unique business performance service and technology,
 VisionPort(TM), which enables real-time management against integrated business
 and eBusiness metrics.
     President and CEO Greg Jacobsen (formerly with MCI Systemhouse, EDS and
 TeleTech) leads a world-class executive management team with technology and
 process experience from Accenture, Sapient, Ernst & Young,
 PricewaterhouseCoopers and Diamond Technology Partners.  (www.xor.com).
 
 SOURCE  XOR Inc.