Jacada Launches Government Push

WASHINGTON (06/27/2000) - Jacada Ltd. on Monday launched a public-sector business unit aimed at updating government systems to provide better services to citizens.

Jacada specializes in modernizing legacy mainframe and AS/400 systems with e-business and wireless applications.

The company already has several federal, state and local government customers, including the departments of Treasury and Interior, the National Institutes of Health and the state of Kentucky.

The McLean, Virginia-based public-sector office will target agencies that have done little with their legacy systems since they made them Year 2000-compliant, said Aileen Bloom, Jacada director of federal business development.

"We're focusing on those agencies within the Department of Defense and civilian agencies that have chosen best-of-breed legacy systems to be Y2K-enabled but that now have mission-critical applications that need to be modernized," Bloom said.

The company's best-selling product is its Jacada for Java, which uses existing applications and interfaces and nonintrusively produces a new Java application, said David Holmes, senior vice president of marketing.

"Jacada for Java was first released in February of 1997 and accounts for 85 percent of our revenues," Holmes said. "But the Jacada Innovator, which will be ready [for government customers] in the first part of next year, is the next step. It enables Cobol developers to build Internet or wireless applications."

Jacada's other solutions include HTML integration; end-to-end e-commerce solutions; Microsoft Corp. Windows integration; wireless applications for the Palm VII; and full thin-client solutions.

Jacada's solutions are available on the General Services Administration schedule through Severn Companies.

"There are a tremendous amount of legacy opportunities out there, and without a deliberate federal market push, we got about six customers," Bloom said. "The feedback so far has been tremendous."

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