Vendor Name: IMlogic
Date of Publication: March 1, 2005
Author: David Ferris
Source of Information: Jon Sakoda, CTO and VP of Products
Quick Summary of Firm’s Offerings. Software that helps instant messaging ("IM") systems meet requirements for management, security, and compliance
Â· # Full-Time Staff: 85
Â· # Full-Time Product Development Staff. 30
Â· Stock Market Status: Private
Â· Revenues: Calendar 2003, approximately $5M, calendar 2004, approximately $10M, calendar 2005 projecting $15M to $20M
Â· Profitability: Breakeven projected in 3Q05
Â· # Live Paying Customer Seats: Over 500,000 seats and more than 400 customers.
Â· Other: Raised $16M in May 2004; $15M currently in bank; $34 million in total private financing.
IMlogic IM Manager
Product Name: IMlogic IM Manager
Â· Generally, ensures instant messaging use complies with corporate policies
Â· Checks inbound instant messages for viruses, worms, spam, inappropriate content
Â· Checks outbound instant messages for breaches of profanity, intellectual property, other HR policies
Â· Logs instant messages and integrates with compliance archiving systems
Platforms: Windows and Linux. 13 different instant messaging systems and services are supported, including Lotus SameTime, Microsoft LCS, Jabber, AIM, MSN, Yahoo, Reuters.
Competition: FaceTime is the main competitor for financial services compliance, Akonix is the main competitor among medium and small businesses
Features of New Version: Main new features of V7:
Â· Spam, virus, and other threat filters are now automatically updated.
Â· Standard sets of policies to ensure compliance with specific industry regulations are now available. These cover, respectively, financial services, energy, health care, and SOX. The policies are generalized from customer experience, and represent industry best practices.
Â· A single administrator interface now works across a wide variety of real-time communications, such as Microsoft LCS, Lotus Sametime, Exchange IM, Jabber, Reuters, AOL, MSN, Yahoo, ICQ.
Â· Supports Microsoft Live Communicaions Server 2005 with public IM connectivity and federation.
Release Date: v7 is available in March 2005.
Pricing: Bought by server and client access license. Server starts at $7,500, client access licenses at $25. Subscription pricing reduces the costs for smaller companies. Most enterprises go for server and client licenses. Volume discount are available. Eg, 10,000 seats are a "low six figures spend".
Main Plans–Next 12 Months:
Â· Enhance secure federation. Microsoft LCS 2005 allows enterprises to connect their communications network to other IM users on a mix of different public services such as AOL, MSN, and Yahoo. IM Manager will improve threat protection in such mixed environments.
Â· IMlogic will work with third parties to deliver solutions for small and medium sized businesses, such as combined IM/email appliances and unified threat management appliances.
Special Characteristics Claimed by Vendor:
Â· "We have the best solution for managing enterprise IM systems used in large organizations, notably Lotus Sametime, Microsoft LCS, and Jabber"
Â· "We have the most scalable and robust gateways to public IM systems, such as AIM, MSN, and Yahoo"
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Other Ferris Research Comments
Â· The sets of policies for financial services, energy, health care, and SOX sound very useful. Many organizations are unclear about what policies they need to implement to ensure compliance. Generalizing from customers’ collective experience makes enormous sense.