Start-up Verge Software wants to break the information
The San Francisco, California-based company has rolled out the premier
version of Verge Insight, a
knowledge management application that
automates the capture and organization of information relevant to a
particular user's task, the company said.
"Our product enables service professionals to leverage corporate-wide
knowledge and expertise to win more deals and run better projects," said
Scott Rozic, president and CEO of Verge.
Knowledge management has become a buzz-phrase in the collaborative
software industry, which over the past two years has been heavily touted
as a new strategy by groupware giant and IBM subsidiary Lotus.
Knowledge management software vendors build products to provide a system for
to transform information from various sources--the Web, back-office
applications, databases--into client applications for making business
Rozic said Verge Insight 1.0, which is priced from $50,000, was created to
enable companies to manage information related to their specific projects,
business processes, and relationships. The company said that for knowledge
workers--analysts, consultants, and others--the software allows them to "get
smart fast" in preparation for meetings, service calls, or generating
In essence, the software combines unstructured information, such as Word
documents, Web pages, and other text-based content with structured
information, such as that contained in corporate databases, and delivers it
to users through one integrated application, according to the company.
Robert Moran, an analyst with the Aberdeen Group, said he found that
the new product's chief value is that it took a tactical approach to
Verge "has found the practical application for their knowledge
management product rather than having a solution in search of problem,
which has been an issue for many other knowledge management vendors," said
Verge Insight software monitors each user's interactions and activities to
help find and automatically categorize relevant information the user creates
or discovers, Rozic explained.
As a result, the software organizes and presents information based on how
users work. Data is presented in the context of the user's information
history, work profile, and business processes, so that they have relevant
information specific to their needs.
The Verge Insight client sits on top of a distributed application server
which supports a variety of data connectivity standards.