NEW ERA OF NETWORKS INC

NEW ERA OF NETWORKS INC

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Company Overview
New Era of Networks Inc (NEON) is an American company engaged in the supply of Internet infrastructure software and services. The company has its registered head office of the company is located in Englewood, Colorado.
NEON helps automate e-business by providing a range of products and services, which integrate Internet-facing applications with core operational systems. As of June 2001, the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., an enterprise software and services company exclusively focused on managing and mobilizing information.
Business Summary
New Era of Networks, Inc. (NEON) is a supplier of Internet infrastructure software and services. NEON helps automate e-business by providing a range of products and services that integrate Internet-facing applications with core operational systems for goods and services providers, and that facilitate the creation of Net markets. NEON products enable e-markets by routing messages and transforming information at the needed speed and volume. The Company’s software solutions support integration of Internet and core business-packaged applications, application server platforms, industry-standard protocols and proprietary systems. In addition, NEON’s products help companies establish direct, electronic links with customers, suppliers and partners; build and participate in Net markets, and distribute and access information using wireless technology. Additionally, the Company provides design, development and implementation services through its Professional Services organization.
Description and history
New Era of Networks, Inc. (NEON) is a supplier of Internet infrastructure software and services. Specifically, NEON helps automate e-business by providing a range of products and services that integrate Internet-facing applications with core operational systems for goods and services providers, and that facilitate the creation of Net markets. NEON products enable e-markets by routing messages and transforming information at the needed speed and volume. NEON’s software solutions support integration of Internet and core business-packaged applications, application server platforms, industry-standard protocols and proprietary systems. In addition, NEON’s products help companies establish direct electronic links with customers, suppliers and partners; build and participate in Net markets, and distribute and access information using wireless technology. The Company, incorporated in 1993, also provides design, development and implementation services through its Professional Services organization.

Over 3,000 customers worldwide, spanning industries that include financial services, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing and telecommunications, use NEON products. Various customers of the Company include the Australian Stock Exchange, Bear Stearns, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Bosch Siemens Home Appliances Pte Ltd, Capital One, Cigna, Delta Airlines, Deluxe Corporation, DePuy/Johnson & Johnson, First Union Corporation, H.J. Heinz, Lucent, Nabisco, New York Life, Pacific Stock Exchange, Scottish National Health Services, Shell, Singapore Stock Exchange, ThinkXML, Thomas & Betts, UPS Ventures, Vital Processing Services (Visa) and Wachovia Operational Services. As part of its strategy, NEON has established reseller and joint marketing relationships with complementary e-business entities, such as BEA Systems, BroadVision, Commerce One, IBM and Microsoft.

On February 20, 2001, the Company entered into an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization with Sybase, Inc. for Sybase to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock. After completion of this exchange offer, Sybase will merge Neel Acquisition Corp., Sybase’s wholly owned subsidiary, with and into NEON.

In April 2000, the Company acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Software-Engineering, Computing and Consulting GmbH, a provider of enterprise application integration and e-business professional services in Germany. In March 2000, the Company acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of PaperFree Systems, Inc., a provider of integration solutions, concentrating on the payor side of the healthcare market.

NEON’s e-business integration products are Internet infrastructure software. These products are designed to provide customers with a comprehensive platform for rapidly capitalizing on their e-business capabilities.

e-Business Integration Platforms

e-Biz Integrator is NEON’s flagship e-business integration product. It includes comprehensive integration server capabilities with process automation and Internet communications to meet the needs of both goods and services providers moving into e-business, as well as Net market providers. It is designed for the highest levels of throughput and reliability.

e-Biz 2000 is NEON’s Microsoft-centric e-business integration product. Built on the Microsoft DNA architecture, e-Biz 2000 offers ease of use for customers seeking to deploy large numbers of integration servers in highly distributed configurations. It is also intended for organizations with limited technical capabilities.

NEONPortal Server is a content management solution for personalizing products and services to meet customer requirements and controlling access by customers, partners and suppliers. In addition, it can be used for managing and aggregating data, monitoring and auditing e-business transactions and simplifying security system deployment.

NEONProcess Server is an XML-based business process tool and execution server for designing and implementing business processes quickly and easily, executing business process flows at Internet speeds, monitoring business processes real-time and auditing business processes.

NEON Open Business Interchange (Open Biz) is a hosted service that allows companies and trading exchanges to quickly conduct e-business using their own standards. This simplifies electronic business transactions between organizations, partners and trading exchanges.

MQSeries Integrator is a joint product with IBM that carries an IBM logo and is sold by both IBM and NEON. It includes NEON’s rules and formatter modules, as well as IBM’s MQSeries messaging middleware. NEON also makes components of its products available to software vendors for such vendors to embed the NEON products into their own product offerings on an OEM basis. Both IBM and BEA have licensed NEONRules and NEONFormatter.

e-Business Integration Total Solution Products

NEON adapters extend its integration platforms to work with specific applications or technologies. NEON offers adapters for e-business applications, which include BroadVision and Commerce One; Operational Applications, including J.D. Edwards, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel; B2B and Industry Standards, including EDI, FIX, S.W.I.F.T. and XML, and Technologies, including COBOL, Flat Files, ODBC, Protocols and Screens.

The Company also offers an e-Adapter Development Kit that lets customers and partners build adapters for NEON integration servers. NEON Accelerators are prepackaged solutions to speed time-to-market of integration projects by streamlining the required analysis, design, development and testing facets of end-to-end solutions. Meanwhile, NEON also offers a variety of utilities, including NEONtrack for message tracking and repair, NEON Convoy/DM for data conversion and NEONsecure for single sign-on security.

Services

The Company provides NEON software installations and consulting services, as well as generalized consulting on the design and development of e-business integration and enterprise-wide application integration, utilizing its expertise in client/server, Internet/intranet and database management technologies. In addition to its technology background, NEON provides industry-specific consulting in insurance, healthcare, financial services and manufacturing. The Company also has experience in PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and SAP implementation services. NEON offers these professional services often in conjunction with other professional service organizations and system integrators.

NEON offers its customers, for a fee, comprehensive technical skills training and training in its software products. These courses are conducted at the Company’s principal corporate facilities in Englewood, Colorado; New York City, New York; Pacheco, California; Danvers, Massachusetts; and London, England, and at customer locations on request. In addition, some of its partners provide fee-based training services for which the Company receives a royalty. NEON has partnered with an e-learning company, SmartForce, to provide both internal and external fee-based technical training courses on the Web.

The Company offers an array of support services that focus on reporting and tracking work requests from customers. The Company’s maintenance and support service offers a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week customer hotline.

NEON faces competition for product sales from Internal Information Technology Departments; Software Vendors, including Mercator Software, webMethods, TIBCO, SeeBeyond (Software Technologies Corporation), Vitria Technology, Inc., IBM, Microsoft, BEA Systems, Sungard Systems, GEIS, Candle, Javelin Technologies, Optio Software and Sterling; System Integrators, and Professional Service Organizations.

Business Line
Engaged in the supply of Internet infrastructure software and services
Subsidiary

Advisor
ARTHUR ANDERSEN LLP
IPO date
6/1997
US SIC Code
7371
Company Address
One Greenwood Plaza
6550, Greenwood Plaza Boulevard
City province or state postal code
80111, ENGLEWOOD, CO
Phone: +1 303 694 3933
Fax: +1 303 694 3885
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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