Vendor Name: Antepo
Date of Publication: March 3, 2005
Author: David Ferris
Source of Information: Maxime Seguineau, CEO & Chairman
Quick Summary of Firm’s Offerings. Open standards presence and instant messaging software.
Â· # Full-Time Staff: 25
Â· # Full-Time Product Development Staff: 15
Â· Stock Market Status: Private.
Â· Revenues: $1.5M in FYE June 30, 2004. Project $3M for FYE June 30, 2005, $7M for FEY June 30, 2006.
Â· Profitability: Yes. Self-funded. No external venture funding.
Â· # Live Paying Customer Seats: About 25,000.
Â· Other: About 50 customers. Enterprise customers include Merrill Lynch, Ameriquest, BT, CVS Pharmacy, Rabobank, Man Financial. Service providers include Comcast and Sony.
Product Name: OPN System
Â· Features: Instant messaging; chat rooms /persistent forums and file transfer
Â· XMPP and SIMPLE presence
Â· Focus on and tight integration with Microsoft environments (Windows, Active Directory, Exchange 5.5, Outlook, Sharepoint)
Â· Use customer’s internal security system of choice: AD, MTLS, SASL, Kerberos, PKI
Â· End-to-end encryption
Â· Access Control Engine: can be used to implement Chinese walls between user groups, based on LDAP directory definitions
Â· Built-in compliance manager to archive and retrieve all conversations
Platforms: Server runs on Windows 2000/2003, Linux, Solaris. Code written in Java. Clients run Windows 98, 2000, XP, plus there’s a RIM Blackberry version.
Competition: Main competition is Microsoft Live Communications Server. Jabber is also a competitor.
Pricing: Starts at $30/seat for small deployments; volume discounts available. If buying 10,000 seats drops to low 20′s or high teens. No charge for server licenses. 20% annual maintenance applies including the first year.
Main Plans–Next 12 Months:
Â· New publish/subscribe engine event broker architecture
Â· Desktop client to be rewritten, with Microsoft Desktop integration and data sharing
Â· Support for PocketPC and Treo Palm OS mobile clients
Â· Federation with AOL Instant Messenger, with â€œbehind-the-firewallâ€ identity management and archiving
Special Characteristics Claimed by Vendor:
OPN System is more open, more reliable and more secure than other products. It integrates with the widest range of third-party IT infrastructure products such as operating systems, directories, databases and other IM systems:
Â· Operating systems supported: Windows 2000/2003, Linux and Solaris (single code base)
Â· Directories supported: Exchange 5.5, Active Directory iPlanet, OpenLDAP, eTrust, Lotus Domino
Â· Databases supported: Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and MySQL
Â· Third-party federation supported: AOL (SIMPLE), Microsoft Live Communications Server 2003 and 2005 (SIMPLE), IBM Lotus Sametime (SIMPLE) and Jabber (XMPP)
For Further Information. http://www.antepo.com/.
Ferris Research Comments
Â· The main other standards-based IM vendor is Jabber
Â· Standard protocols have not gone far in the instant messaging world. Public IM systems, notably AIM, MSN, and Yahoo!, have limited interest in connectivity with other systems
Â· Lotus SameTime is the dominant corporate IM system. Microsoft’s been slow to get a persuasive offering to the market.