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Oculus Info Inc. 2 Berkeley Street, Suite 600 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 4J5 Phone: +1-416-203-3003 Fax: +1-416-203-0646
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Oculus
http://www.oculusinfo.com/index.html

Oculus is the leading provider of innovative business visualization software solutions for more than one hundred Fortune 500, federal government agencies and third party software companies. Sectors include the capital markets, banking, retail, government, insurance and defence industries. It is a software services consulting group which does analysis, design and development of innovative business visualization solutions for key clients throughout North America and in Europe. The performance, quality and leadership of our group is recognized within the visualization community.

The right visual artifacts have profound effects on people's abilities to explore large amounts of data, assimilate information, to reason with it, to understand it, and to create new knowledge. More data is managed, and more data is used to our advantage, without overwhelming the user.

Oculus for .NET and Oculus for Java™ Technology are commercial software products for business visualization application development and deployment. These are state-of-the-art class libraries and rendering engines that make it possible to deliver what can be imagined.

ADVIZOR Solutions, Inc. 1333 Butterfield Rd. Suite 280 Downers Grove, IL 60515 800.295.3067 or +1.630.971.5250
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Advizor Solutions Inc.
http://www.advizorsolutions.com/

"This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." That quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, sums up the spirit of discovery that drives ADVIZOR in looking forward to the very real opportunity for Solutions, its partners and customers.

ADVIZOR's conception of Business Intelligence is oriented towards products that help people understand and explore their information assets with self-service, point-and-click ease. ADVIZOR offers an approach that enables business people to make better and faster fact-based decisions from their business data, which improves performance, quickens response and lowers cost.

Among their customers are for instance, AstraZeneca, Boeing, Cross Blue Shield, Credit Suisse, Equifax, Pfizer, Visa, Lehman Brothers, Lucent Technologies, Mayo Clinic, Sun National Bank, U.S. Army, University of Illinois and Volkswagen.

Phone: (650) 349-9980 Fax: (650) 349-9981 The Hive Group Address: 1820 Gateway Drive, Suite 110 San Mateo, CA 94404
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The Hive Group
http://www.hivegroup.com/

The Hive Group is a vendor of visual business analytic applications that help users make decisions, cut costs, and increase sales by identifying patterns that cannot be discovered via traditional list or search mechanisms.

This company offers the software Honeycomb, The Application for Turning Enterprise Data into Actionable Information Honeycomb consists of server software that transforms data from a database into an information map that can be be displayed through any Web browser Honeycomb is a web-based solution, can be accessed via any browser, and can display data in real-time. User interactions are instantaneous and do not require additional server access. According to its developers the deployment of Honeycomb only requires 3 - 6 weeks, most of which is conceptual design.

BrĂĽhler Str. 9 53119 Bonn Ph.:+ 49 (0)228 90954-0 Fax: + 49 (0)228 90954-11
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HumanIT Software GmBH
http://www.infozoom.com/enu/company/index.htm

humanIT was founded in 1997 as a spin-off of the GMD, today's Fraunhofer Society. Today, the company with headquarters in Bonn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ERP provider proALPHA Software AG, Weilerbach.

humanIT specialized in the area of business intelligence for which it provides a smart software solution with its product InfoZoom (find quickly – analyze ad hoc – report flexibly). A solution whose application possibilities are nearly unlimited: Whether in business or science, whether in industry, government, or small businesses, in small and medium-sized businesses or in large-scale enterprises, whether for company control, in financial controlling, in marketing, or for sales analysis

InfoZoom is an intelligent tool that allows you to quickly analyze and display large amounts of data in an easy-to-understand format. Whether in business or for home users, InfoZoom is incredibly useful for both if they need to have the big picture on large quantities of data. Find it quickly, analyze it immediately, report it flexibly - InfoZoom gives you the information you need to make the right decisions.

InfoZoom makes the knowledge that exists in the company data accessible to the right people at the right time in its entirety, employees have the opportunity of accessing the required data themselves and flexibly performing more detailed analyses depending upon the inquiry. In a matter of seconds, InfoZoom brings home facts worth knowing – thereby playing a central role in decisions that are critical for the company. InfoZoom saves time and money

The latest example: humanIT is the official partner of the Deutsche Messe AG. For those interested in CeBIT to quickly find the right exhibitor or the right product, the Deutsche Messe AG has been using InfoZoom on their website under www.cebit.de/infozoom since February 2004 for searching in the extensive CeBIT catalog of exhibitors.

Antarctica Systems Inc. 700 West Pender Street, Suite 1601 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6C 1G8 Phone: 604-873-6100 Toll Free: 1-866-638-6277 Fax: 604-873-6188
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Antarctica
http://www.antarctica.net/

Antarctica was founded in 1999 by Open Text (NASDAQ:OTEX) founder and XML co-creator Tim Bray Antarctica’s mission is to help organizations get more out of their investment in Business Intelligence (BI).

Based on Gartner research, only 30% of companies that have deployed BI consider their deployments “very successful” — the vast majority are labeled “somewhat successful.” One reason for this is low levels of user adoption — less than one-third of the potential users of BI tools are using them. Actual usage of BI tools is almost always much less than expected, due largely to the difficulty in learning and using BI tools. According to Gartner, “Business users must get the data, reports and analysis they need for their jobs from multiple sources and in multiple forms. However, the BI initiatives of most enterprises lack the maturity and depth of deployment needed to meet business demands.”

Antarctica can help to unlock the full potential return on a BI investment by providing visual reporting and guided analysis for business users. Antarctica’s Visual Net software is geared toward business users with needs not met within their existing BI tools. Visual Net provides a very intuitive, interactive and highly visual interface that lets users see problems, both summary and details, in a very understandable way. Users can quickly comprehend and navigate vast amounts of data using Visual Net’s unique interface.

1083 Budapest, Baross utca 119/A Hungary, Europe
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anyaspect
http://www.anyaspect.hu/

AnyAspect is a privately held software company that delivers flexible, easy-to-use visual analysis solutions to companies, research institutes and universities all around the world. The technology behind its flagship product - Insight A2 - allows users to visually analyze vast amounts of data in a matter of minutes, and quickly find trends, outliers and other relationships. For more information, please visit www.anyaspect.com.

Insight A2 is a visual analysis software which combines analytic charting and reporting with an intuitive and easy-to-use user interface. Insight A2 allows users to connect to their data sources and analyze the content of these data sources quickly and effectively. The product does not narrow down the scope of analyzable data; it is equally suited for analysis of sales, performance, customer, marketing and financial data.

20010 Fisher Avenue, 2nd Floor, Poolesville, MD 20837 Office: 301-407-2200 Fax: 301-349-2473 Toll Free: 1-877-407-4VAI (4824)
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Visual Analytics
http://www.visualanalytics.com/

Visual Analytics Inc. (VAI) is a veteran-owned, privately-held company based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area providing proactive analytical, decision support, and information sharing solutions in commercial and government marketplaces throughout the world for investigating money laundering, financial crimes, narcotics, terrorism, border security, embezzlement, and fraud.

In 1998, Visual Analytics founders and executive team, Christopher Westphal, David O'Connor and Bennett McPhatter saw a significant need within the intelligence, law enforcement and commercial communities to find better ways to access, share, analyze, and report on their data. Today, VAI's tools are delivering fruitful results to the analytical community and satisfying their need for better, faster, and cheaper alternatives for data analysis and investigative support.

According to its creators, VAI offers some of the most powerful and adaptable systems available in the marketplace for supporting enterprise-level information sharing and analytics.

  • VisuaLinks
  • is the premier analytical tool for "joining the dots" by extracting and visually analyzing data to uncover patterns, associations, networks, trends and anomalies in data.
  • Digital Information Gateway (DIG)
  • is an advanced information retrieval system designed for information sharing using data from virtually any number and type of databases, web sites, e-mails and documents simultaneously.
  • The Data Clarity Suite (VisuaLinks/DIG)
  • couples both technologies providing a more comprehensive approach for accessing and analyzing data.

The technologies created by VAI are scaleable to large numbers of users while operating across multiple volumes of data. VAI's products are present in the global market (Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East). VAI addresses unique customer needs by delivering high quality products for reasonable prices. The requirements for better analytics and information sharing systems are expanding rapidly and VAI will continue to fulfill this demand while adapting the technology to address future requirements.

Spotfire, U.S. 212 Elm Street Somerville, MA 02144 Phone: +1 617 702.1600 Fax: +1 617 702.1700 Toll-Free: +1 800 245.4211
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Spotfire
http://www.spotfire.com/

Spotfire was founded in 1996, and has U.S. headquarters in Somerville, Mass., and European headquarters in Göteborg, Sweden. Spotfire provides a self-configuring visual data analysis environment to instantly interrogate, visualize and explore data. The environment is automatically generated based on the imported data; no programming is required. By capturing and annotating an analysis workflow for use by others, the company’s Guided Analytics™ allows technical users to exchange best practices, while enabling non-experts to conduct their own data-driven guided analysis. Spotfire’s business analytics applications take care of the complicated labor-intensive processing, leaving business and technical professionals free to devote their time to their primary responsibilities - generating business ideas, insights and results for the company.

For thousands of business professionals faced with day-to-day decisions, Spotfire analytics offers its experience for visually interacting with information. By its intuitive ease and analytic power, Spotfire software rapidly reveals unseen threats and shows new opportunities, creating significant economic value. Spotfire’s solutions benefit the individual by enabling faster, better informed decision making, while serving the enterprise in achieving systematic deployment of best practice analytics. Spotfire’s customers include industry leaders that are using Spotfire analytics to gain an information advantage over their competitors.

Front line professionals around the world use Spotfire’s visual data analysis solutions in business processes from portfolio management and research to manufacturing and sales and marketing. This interactive, visual approach to data analysis empowers individuals to quickly and easily see trends, patterns, outliers and unanticipated relationships in data. In environments where people are overwhelmed with data from many sources, Spotfire business analytics puts it all before their eyes with intuitive tools to view, manipulate and interact with that data and quickly see the information inside it.

31 Westgate Galleria, The Island Westgate Street Gloucester GL1 2RU +44 (0)1452 813278 | +44(0)1452-813428 fax
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Purple Insight
http://www.purpleinsight.com/

Founded in 2003, Purple Insight is a software and services company focused on delivering its Visual Data-mining application MineSet together with associated services including consultancy, project management, training and installation to customers, and ensuring they maximize returns from the fastest growing asset in their business. Currently with offices in the USA and UK, Purple Insight is led by a team of former Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) senior managers and colleagues that have over 35 years combined experience in delivering high return on investment (ROI) based solutions to their respective markets.

Purple Insight is a worldwide provider of Visual Data Mining solutions delivering reliable, innovative, insight that enables better business decisions. From local and wide area network infrastructure, to global communication systems, from data warehouses to corporate databases to distributed enterprise-wide applications. According to Purple Insight, wherever the data is stored, the company's aim is to help businesses make better use of this vast amount of information to make better business decisions.

Perceptual Edge 931 Santa Barbara Road Berkeley CA 94707 (510) 558-7400
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Perceptual Edge
http://www.perceptualedge.com/

Perceptual Edge is a consultancy that was founded in 2003 by Stephen Few to help organizations learn to design simple information displays for effective analysis and communication.

With many years of experience as an innovator, consultant, and educator in the fields of business intelligence and information design, Stephen Few currently focuses on data visualization techniques for making sense of and communicating quantitative business information. Stephen Few writes a monthly Business Visualization Newsletter, speaks regularly at conferences (such as The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) and DAMA), and teaches in the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2004, he wrote the first comprehensive and practical guide to business graphics entitled "Show Me the Numbers" The services of Perceptual Edge are designed to give an edge on perception and be able to make good use of the information.

We are overwhelmed by information, not because there is too much of it but because we don't know how to tame it. Information lies stagnant in rapidly expanding pools as our ability to collect and warehouse it increases, but our ability to make sense of and communicate it remains inert, largely without notice. Computers speed up the process of information handling, but they don't tell us what the information means or how to communicate its meaning to decision makers. These skills are not intuitive; they rely largely on analysis and presentation skills that must be learned. Perceptual Edge focuses on the tools and techniques of visual business intelligence helping to make better use of the valuable information assets.

Panopticon Software AB World Trade Center Klarabergsviadukten 70 PO Box 1765 SE-111 87 Stockholm Sweden Phone: +46-8-53 480 480 Fax: +46-8-53 480 489
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Panopticon
http://www.panopticon.com/

Since 1999, Panopticon Software has been at the forefront of visual business intelligence, and the R&D team continues to refine and expand the patent pending technology. This technology has already established Panopticon as one of the world's most important brands in visual business intelligence.

Their focus is on data visualization technology designed for business data analysis and monitoring, including interactive Treemaps, Heatmaps and other visualization tools. They provide software in the form of a fully productized solution for rapid deployment as well as in a complete SDK for Java or .NET environments.

The SDK allows companies to embed Panopticon's information visualization tools into their own enterprise application.

Their business analytics software is used in supply chain management, business process management and activity monitoring and analysis in telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, heavy manufacturing, consumer packaged goods (CPG), engineering, and financial services.

Panopticon has offices in Stockholm, london, Boston and New York.

Viz / General Dynamics C4 Systems SouthSide Works Building 2, Suite 310 2730 Sidney Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203
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MayaViz
http://www.mayaviz.com/

Viz is one of the world's leading makers of software that helps people make decisions more quickly. Its software developers and information designers create products based on advanced research into how people make decisions, work together, and interact with information.

At Viz, visualizations aren't just pretty pictures, they are also interfaces. Users can explore and analyze data by directly manipulating it: selecting, dragging, dropping, combining, filtering, and so on. One of the biggest benefits of such visual, direct-manipulation analysis is that discoveries really are discoveries. Rather than being locked in by software to a predetermined path of exploration, CoMotion Discovery users can fluidly recompose visualizations in ways that cause information to emerge from the data.

Visualizations are also polymorphic, meaning users can view the same data from different points of view. Using visualization tools, people can quickly: grasp large volumes of data, see trends, problems and opportunities, make informed decisions, take action.

6757 Spencer Street Las Vegas, NV 89119 USA Toll free in USA: 877-846-3212 Telephone: 702-892 9881 Fax: 702-896-3808
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Compudigm
http://www.compudigm.com/

Compudigm have been offering business intelligence and data visualization solutions since 1997. Its success is based on the ability to undertake complex analysis in a very user-friendly way. The company has established a global presence with operational headquarters in Las Vegas, and regional offices in London, Sydney and Wellington to service clients in Europe and Asia-Pacific .

Compudigm has a team of over 52 world-leading experts, combining scientists, software developers, designers, and business professionals in a blend that facilitates its unique innovative culture. Compudigm has won may awards including a nomination for the 2001 Computerworld Honours Awards.

Every piece of data tells a story about how business operates and interacts with customers, but thousands of pieces of data become thousands of stories requiring thousands of hours to plough through. These days we just don't have the time. Company have made a huge IT investment to capture this data - are we getting the most from it? is the question Compudigm tries to answer.

Pictures are easy to understand and quick to interpret. A picture reveals the meaning behind a thousand data points. By rapidly unlocking the value of this data, a company can cash in on the data's unrealised potential, in the form of lower costs, identifying hidden opportunities and higher customer sales. Compudigm's seePOWER™ solution allows business people to analyze masses of data and literally draw a picture of how their business operates and interacts with the customer. Compudigm provides innovative visualization solutions for businesses, using ground-breaking data visualization technologies.

Contact i2 Ltd. The Visual Space Capital Park Fulbourn Cambridge CB1 5XH UK Tel +44 (0) 1223 728600
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i2 Investigative Analysis Software
http://www.i2.co.uk/

Cambridge-based i2 Ltd develops analytical software that helps organizations make sense of complex, disparate information. Used by thousands of commercial and law enforcement analysts and investigators around the world, i2's products are now standard tools used in the war against crime. Demand for i2's products is being driven further by the current emphasis on corporate responsibility, which requires companies to reduce their exposure to fraud.

i2 has its global headquarters in Cambridge, UK. It has distribution partners across Europe and Asia, in Africa and Australia. The aim of i2 to provide the best solutions to help make sense of masses of data and complex scenarios.

From the outset, i2 has offered more than just software products. It provides professional services including training and consulting. i2 has built a dedicated training facility within its new headquarters, which is based at Fulbourn, just outside Cambridge, and employs a team of technical consultants with experience of criminal investigation solutions and information management i2's products range from short-term tactical operations to long term strategic planning and are used in Law Enforcement, Government Agencies and the commercial sector.

Its range of product includes:

  • i2_Analyst’s_Notebook - It allows investigators to uncover, interpret, and display complex information about seemingly unrelated persons, places and events in an easily understood graphical form.
  • i2_iBase - a investigative database that enables customers to rationalize and collate data from a diverse range of sources into a single coherent structure for analysis.
  • i2_Analyst's_Workstation - a single integrated analytical environment designed to meet analytical needs. It helps to quickly understand the substance and significance of data, make informed intelligence-led decisions, and form proactive crime-reduction policies.
  • i2_iBridge - a connectivity tool that gives analysts real-time access to the most current information in their databases. i2_iBridge provides a live connection from a database to the i2_Analyst’s Notebook.
  • i2_PatternTracer - a fast and effective solution for finding patterns in investigative data.

i2 works with top systems integrators, consulting firms and software companies to deliver custom applications for our customers.

15325 SE 30th Place, Suite 300 Bellevue, WA 98007 Phone: 425.460.1000 Fax: 425.460.7780
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PivotLink
www.pivotlink.com

PivotLink is the provider of business intelligence (BI) solutions that meet the needs of organizations in a variety of industries. The PivotLink Solutions,™ and the PivotLink Framework™ data platform put the full power of business intelligence in the hands of people who need it, with tailored environments for each user from the CEOs to line employee.

PivotLink's reporting and analytics are based on the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) delivery model and provide users with complete analytical freedom without requiring IT involvement. PivotLink Solutions are typically deployed in under 30 days, seamlessly integrate data sets from multiple sources, are easy to use and have a price that is affordable.

Companies often commit significant time and resources only to find themselves saddled with a cumbersome technology that fails to live up to their goals and expectations. PivotLink was founded on the belief that business intelligence had not yet reached its full potential.

65 Broadway suite 1010 New York, New York 10006 t – 212.405.1010 f – 212.405.1011
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1010Data
http://www.1010data.com

1010data was founded in 2000 by pioneers of large–scale data systems on Wall Street. Drawing on that experience, we have developed a data management platform that makes it easy to acquire, organize, manage, and analyze large volumes of complex, interrelated data.

The data management architecture developed by 1010data differs significantly from other database software; in theory, it is almost infinitely scalable – simple, cheap, expeditious, and reliable. It is architected to handle multi–terabyte databases at a fraction of the cost and with much higher performance than more traditional database management approaches.

Over the years 1010data has provided analytics, Business Intelligence, data publishing and warehousing services to top–tier companies in many sectors. Current business environments are experiencing constantly increasing data volumes; 1010data’s customers understand that our technology’s scalability ensures that end–user performance is not compromised and that databases never outgrow the technology.

1010data is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality solutions, at dramatically lower overall cost and in time frames that are in line with today’s constantly accelerating business needs

LucidEra, Inc. 1510 Fashion Island Blvd, Suite 240 San Mateo, CA 94404
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LucidEra
http://www.lucidera.com

Ken Rudin, CEO LucidEra, enunciates the mission of Lucidera: “LucidEra was formed to shake up the stagnant business intelligence industry and traditional approaches to corporate information access and analysis by delivering focused analytic solutions that are simple to set up, simple to use, and simple to buy." LucidEra delivers focused analytic solutions built on the industry’s complete on-demand business intelligence platform.

LucidEra Applications:

  • LucidEra Enterprise helps in the forecast predictability for sales and finance managers by providing a single source of analysis across CRM and Financial applications.
  • LucidEra for Salesforce.com. A help for sales managers to dynamically analyze historical pipeline snapshots and combine CRM information with data locked in spreadsheets.

LucidEra combines data from company's applications and delivers the information in simple reports, on demand. The business intelligence technology necessary to access, combine, clean and present the data is integrated behind the scenes, so that users don't have to worry about it.

LucidEra was founded in 2005 by veterans of the business intelligence industry, whose recognized early the shift of business intelligence to an on-demand model. Traditional business intelligence solutions were built with the assumption that employees, the data they accessed, and their company's applications were all located within the four walls of the corporation. This "BI fortress" model is now obsolete: First, parts of the workforce moved out. Whole functions or projects were outsourced. Then the data the employees needed to access expanded to include external data on the web. And finally, the entire business application, such as salesforce automation, moved to an on-demand model. Now business intelligence is also moving beyond the four walls — future business intelligence implementations will be on-demand.

Communication

XPLANE® 555 NW Park Avenue, #313 Portland, OR 97209 USA
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Xplane
http://www.xplane.com/

XPLANE was established in 1993 with its base in St. Louis, Missouri, USA Since then it has helped hundreds of companies — from middle market to global giants — reduce complexity and increase the clarity and effectiveness of their communications. XPLANE focuses on rapidly and effectively communicating the value of change to a wide variety of audiences and offers Consulting, training and creative services

XPLANE uses Pictonics™, its proprietary visual language.

As Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE, describes: " Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate."

Computer Graphics

Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation
600 Komas Drive
Salt Lake City
UT 84108 USA
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Evans & Sutherland
http://www.es.com/

A classic of computer graphics. Evans & Sutherland are two of the pioneers of computer graphics, as we cann read from their biographies

This company has a wide range of products most of them placed in the highest market segments. The provide graphical solutions (hardware/software) for military simulators, computer graphics generation, planetariums...

Although it's of low utility for the average user of computers, this company is a demonstration of the latest developments in computer graphics. Moreover the website is well organised and easy to navigate.

Hypertext

134 Main Street, Watertown MA 02472 USA.
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Eastgate Systems Inc.
http://www.eastgate.com/

Eastgate is devoted to the development and commercialisation of products related to hypertext.

They have several product lines, among them

  • Commercialisation of hypertext documents
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  • Storyspace, a software program for hypertext composition.
  • TEKKA, a digital magazine oriented towards hypermedia and the creation of "beautiful software".
  • Tinderbox a personal content management assistant that includes many visualisation and information visualisation aspects when displaying data.

Very interesting is the hypertext related resources web page.

Commendable.

Information Design

Unified Field, Inc. 3 East 28th St, 9th floor (just east of Fifth Ave) New York, NY 10016 T: (212) 532-9595 F: (212) 532-9667
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Unified_Field
http://www.unifiedfield.com/

Founded in 1990, Unified Field has been bringing the potential of the future into real time by creating strategic communication tools for some of the most important organizations in the evolving economy

Unified Field focuses in designing user centric, intuitive, and beautiful solutions to complex communications challenges. Since its beginning, market leaders have relied upon Unified Field to translate intellectual capital and user requirements into profitable businesses

Among their clients are Corporations (Computer Sciences Corporation, IBM, E-steel, ...), Museums and Visitors Centers (American Museum of Natural History, New York Aquarium, Newseum, ...), Financial Institutions (New York Stock Exchange, Bank of New York, Goldman Sachs, ...), and Health Care/ Life Science (Merck, Pfizer, American Diabetes Association, ...)

Information Retrieval

VivĂ­simo, Inc. Headquarters 1710 Murray Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15217 Telephone: +1-412-422-2499 Fax: +1-412-422-2495
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Clusty Labs
http://images.clusty.com/about

Clusty got its start in Pittsburgh, PA in 2004 when the search software company VivĂ­simo decided to take its technology to the web. VivĂ­simo was founded in 2000 by three Carnegie Mellon University scientists who decided to tackle the problem of information overload in web search. Rather than focusing just on search engine result ranking, they realized that grouping results into topics, or "clustering," made for better search and discovery. As search became a necessity for web users, VivĂ­simo developed a service robust enough to handle the variety of information the everyday web user was after. The result was Clusty: an innovative way to get more out of every search.

Clusty is a whole new way to search the web. Clusty queries several top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking. This "metasearch" approach helps raise the best results to the top and push search engine spam to the bottom.

But what really makes Clusty unique is what happens after you search. Instead of delivering millions of search results in one long list, the search engine groups similar results together into clusters. Clusters help to see the search results by topic so you can hone in on exactly what you’re looking for or discover unexpected relationships between items. Rather than scrolling through page after page, the clusters help to find results you may have missed or that were buried deep in the ranked list.

illuminate Solutions, S.L. Mallorca 318, Principal 2a 08037 Barcelona Spain Tel: +34-934 573 401 Fax: +34-934 762 338
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Illuminate
http://www.i-lluminate.com

Organized in 2005 with headquarters in Barcelona, Spain, illuminate Solutions, S.L. is the pioneer of the correlation database management system (CDBMS) for building enterprise data warehouses, data marts and analytics applications. The CDBMS is a radical departure from how analytical information management infrastructures are built and accessed.

It eliminates the need to predefine user requirements and to design upfront a database schema because it automatically creates a data-driven schema and indexes 100% of data values on the fly during the loading process. This makes both time-to-analytics and time-to-answer a fraction of what they take with traditional database technologies.

The first version of the correlation database engine was released in Europe in 2005 and, within two years, illuminate counted upon more than 40 customers in Europe and Latin America. In early 2008, the company began offering its products in North America.

illuminate sells and supports its products in all regions exclusively through partner networks comprised of IT consulting services firms and management consulting companies

San Francisco, CA Panoratio, Inc. 425 Market Street,Suite 2200 San Francisco, CA 94105 T: +1 415.512.5236
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Panoratio
http://www.panoratio.com

Panoratio was established in March, 2003, in Munich, Germany. The technology grew out of work started by Dr. Reimar Hofmann and Dr. Michael Haft at Siemens AG Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning Laboratory, focused on optimizing the installation and performance of gas turbine engines within Siemens Westinghouse power plants.

Sensors placed throughout the power plant generated extremely complex datasets that were impossible to analyze efficiently. Hofmann and Haft solved this problem through development of a pure software solution that reduces the footprint of the dataset without losing any of the detail or complexity. Recognizing the universal value of the solution, Siemens AG, along with Haft and Hofmann, established Panoratio as a separate company.

Subsequently, L-Bank/SEED, the venture capital arm of the Landeskreditbank Baden Wuerttemberg, Deutsche Venture Capital and Polytechnos, Germany's leading technology venture capital firm collectively funded Panoratio Database Images, GmbH located in Stuttgart and Munich.

650-286-8012 (Telephone) 650-286-8010 (Fax) Corporate Headquarters 1900 South Norfolk Drive, Suite 224 San Mateo, CA 94403
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Greenplum
http://www.greenplum.com

Formed in 2003, Greenplum is led by pioneers in database systems, data warehousing, supercomputing, Internet performance acceleration and open source.

People and organizations around the world reap tremendous benefits from the vast communications network. Despite the Web’s phenomenal success and growth to date, though, today we stand on the brink of a new and significantly more intelligent era for the Web.

Hyper-accurate personalization and targeting will transform the services that people consume via the Web, and allow businesses to reach consumers more directly. Fraud detection and prevention are already beginning to make the Web a safer place to transact business, communicate, and socialize. Detailed auditing will help organizations remain compliant in an increasingly complex regulatory landscape. Monitoring and proactive management of the Web’s network infrastructure will take reliability to new levels. The key to achieving these and other improvements, is data.

Greenplum provides technology and products developed to make the Web smarter. The flagship business intelligence database product of the company, Greenplum Database, is purpose-built software for processing vast quantities of data at high speed.

Greenplum technology is used for organizations to target content and advertising, detect and combat fraud, audit system and service usage, optimize pricing and revenue, and increase service performance.

Information Visualisation

201 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4QG +44 (0) 20 7351 4646
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Iokio
http://www.iokio.com/

Iokio was founded in 2002 to develop data visualisation software products that broke new ground in both power and accessibility. Privately funded and supported through its development by a core group of clients working closely with us, we launched Omniscope onto the market in January 2005, and have followed it up with the release of FeatureFinder in June. We have a number of other products under development, which we hope to release later this year.

Key products of this company are:

  • Omniscope: A desktop application for visualizing and analyzing data from spreadsheets and databases
  • FeatureFinder: The desktop application behind the renowned CameraFinder that puts interactive data filtering and visualisation into websites and presentations

Prinses Julianaplein 14 b 3817 CS Amersfoort The Netherlands Phone: +31 33 465 9987
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Aduna
http://aduna.biz/index.html

Aduna is a privately owned company focused on turning dumb searching into smart finding by creating software based on open standards that implements the concept of Guided Exploration. It allows you to stop wasting time on organizing and archiving your information and stop wasting time searching for your information. It cuts both ways. So Guided Exploration saves time and money, and allows you to make smarter decisions, increase e-commerce sales, keep and grow your intellectual capital, and implode project schedules and budgets.

Guided Exploration raises the standard for finding information to the next level through the use of metadata. By helping users to explore information the quality of work, website or visit is improved. Guided Exploration is based on the semantics or metadata of information. By showing what is known about information the user finds with precision or explores with great ease.

All products from Aduna are developed using open standards only. The Java platform is used for all software and delivers stunning performance. W3C standards and upcoming technologies like XML, RDF/S, DAML+OIL, OWL, RQL, RDQL, and SeRQL are used for data and knowledge definitions and protocols. JXTA peer-to-peer protocols form the basis for the emerging SWAP (Semantic Web And Peer-to-peer) initiatives. APIs (Application Programmer Interfaces) are specified and published conform to industry standards (javadoc), enabling others to innovate on top of Aduna's products and technology and deploy it on the platform of choice

Products from Aduna:

  • Aduna AutoFocus: AutoFocus brings Guided Exploration in a sophisticated "humane" interface to every desktop and puts users back in control of their documents.
  • Aduna Spectacle: Spectacle adds Guided Exploration to free text searches on web sites or intranets enabling web site visitors and intranet users to explore with great precision.
  • Aduna Metadata Server: The Metadata Server is used for high performance storage and retreival of metadata. Metadata is automatically extracted from files, mails and html-pages. The Metadata Server supports a wide variety of formats, ranging from doc and ppt to pdf and rtf files. There is seamless integration with Aduna AutoFocus and Aduna Spectacle.
  • Sesame: Sesame is a component for storage and querying of RDF metadata. Supports reasoning over metadata. Storage can be handled by a choice of database backends or directly in core memory, querying is supported in the expressive query language SeRQL, through a variety of access protocols (SOAP, HTTP, RMI). Serves as a central component in AutoFocus to store the scanned metadata. Available as open source software.

Tableau Software Burke Building 400 North 34th Street, Suite 200 Seattle , WA 98103 (206) 633 3400
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Tableau Software
http://www.tableausoftware.com/

Tableau Software began as an extensive R&D project inside Stanford University’s prestigious Department of Computer Science. Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Defense and Energy, a team of Stanford Ph.D. researchers solved one of the most difficult problems in computer science: enabling people to see and understand the information in databases. Under the leadership of Dr. Pat Hanrahan and Dr. Chris Stolte, our company has produced a fundamentally new way of interacting with the same relational and OLAP databases that are the backbone of the global database and business intelligence markets

Tableau Software is the leading provider of visual analysis and reporting solutions. Our products help people see and understand the information in databases by enabling them to build drag & drop analyses of their business data. The results are visual, insightful, and unlike anything you've seen. They help people save time and make better decisions. The success of products in the BI industry depends critically on people's ability to easily extract information from complex databases of varying formats. To that end, Tableau products set the new standard for visual analysis. They enable people of any technical skill to analyze databases of any query language by simply building drag & drop visualizations of what they want to see.

Although visual interfaces and databases are two of the success stories of the computer revolution, their synergy to date has been modest, probably because visual interfaces have focused on human capabilities while databases have focused on efficient query processing. Products from Tableau Software are built on a database visualization language called VizQL (tm) (Visual Query Language). It represents a fundamentally new architecture for database interaction. VizQL is like SQL. The development of SQL led to a revolution in database technology. Suddenly, complex queries were easily described as readable text. Programmers were freed from writing custom procedural programs in order to query corporate databases and instead could compose simple statements. VizQL marks a similar step forward. What SQL did for database interactions in text form, VizQL does for database interactions in visual form. Sophisticated visualizations are described by declarative VizQL statements.

Dynamic Diagrams, Inc. 146 Clifford Street Providence, RI 02903 USA phone 401 223 1233 fax 401 223 1234
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Dynamic Diagrams
http://www.dynamicdiagrams.com/

Dynamic Diagrams (DD) was founded by Paul Kahn and Krzysztof Lenk in 1990 as a design studio devoted to presenting information on the computer screen. With the rise of the Internet, the company expanded its scope, helping to define the emergent discipline of information architecture in the process.

Over the years DD has provided successful solutions for leading companies such as the American Medical Association, Encyclopaedia Britannica, McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing Group, MIT Press, Netscape Communications Corporation, Oxford University Press, Samsung Electronics Corporation, and Slate magazine. A skilled team of information architects, visual designers, and Web designers brings an experienced perspective to the complex and overlapping worlds of information, design, and technology

DD helps people understand information, without fumbling the logic, dismissing the subtleties or getting mired in the details. That is what DD calls "design for understanding". Our information architecture can help your team create strategies, solve problems, avoid waste, and manage the risk of crucial projects. Our visual explanation brings your data and processes to vivid life for any audience. DD applies the latest design innovations and our field-tested process to every project. Our work is fully customized and truly innovative — all the more so because it carefully adheres to the principles of user-centered design, information analysis, and visual logic

Thinkmap, Inc. 155 Spring Street, Suite 3A New York NY 10012 Ph. 212-285-8600 Fx. 212-285-8999
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ThinkMap
http://www.thinkmap.com/

Thinkmap, Inc. develops and markets software that uses visualization to facilitate communication, learning, and discovery. They specialize in user interfaces and visualization mechanisms that allow end-users to more effectively browse and understand complex information.

Thinkmap, Inc. was founded in 1997 as Plumb Design Inc. In 2004, the name changed to Thinkmap to better capitalize on growing demand for visualization solutions based on the Thinkmap platform.

Thinkmap has developed a history of solving complex information problems in a variety of different enterprise and consumer environments. Thinkmap’s customers now include leaders in industry and government like 3M, General Dynamics, Motorola, NASA Ames Research Center, Pfizer, and Sony Music.

Thinkmap's education products, namely the award-winning Visual Thesaurus, are available through educational resellers and direct from the Visual Thesaurus site. Thinkmap is backed by GFT Technologies and Motorola Ventures

252 Edgehill Dr. NW Calgary, T3A2W8, Alberta Canada
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VisuMap Technologies, Inc.
http://www.visumap.net/

VisuMap Technologies specilises in visualisation of large data sets characterized by its high-dimensionality, i.e. due to the fact that the data needs to be described with more than 3 variables.

They have a wide range of methods for dimensionality reduction complemented with user friendly visualisation software for data visualisation.

Among other features they offer:

  • a comprehensive implementation of Relational Perspective Map technology for dimensionality reduction
  • proven traditional methods for dimensionality reduction such as principle component analysis, multidimensional scaling, self-organizing map, k-mean clustering
  • user friendly interactive interface
  • extensive scripting and library interfaces for advanced applications.

3400 Hillview Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Tel:
(650) 852-0290
Fax:
(650) 813-7499
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Inxight
http://www.inxight.com

Founded in 1996 by Xerox Corporation, as part of its  "New Enterprise Business Initiative" with the goal of capitalizing on the technologies developed in their research labs PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) and XRCE (Xerox Research Center Europe) located in  Grenoble, France.

Their aim is the commercialization of open components for the creation of portals capable to manage large volumes of information.

At the web site it is possible to see demos of their products. Among them StarTree™, a simple browser based in the technology of representation of links and data trees in hyperbolic space, TableLens™ y TimeWall™.

IDELIX Software Inc. 555 - 1122 Mainland St. Vancouver British Columbia V6B 5L1 Canada Tel: 604.656.6300 Fax: 604.656.6310
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Idelix
http://www.idelix.com/

IDELIX Software Inc. specializes in the design and integration of advanced information visualization technologies. We have developed a patented body of technology called Pliable Display Technology (PDT) that can be integrated within existing user interfaces and data presentations to create more efficient workflow processes for tasks involving visualization, creation, manipulation, or extraction of data.

IDELIX Software Inc. was founded in 1996 by Physicist Dr. David Baar as a result of his interest in software for the visualization and presentation of numerical modeling and image processing data. In March 2002, the leadership team began to implement an aggressive strategy that would transition the company focus from research and development to product commercialization. IDELIX has had some early wins within the defense and intelligence market

IDELIX is located in Yaletown, the hub of Vancouver's high tech community, and currently has a total of 20 employees.

The core Technology developed by IDELIX is Pliable Display Technology (PDT), a magnification and data interaction technology that enhances the user interface and visualization capabilities of host software applications. PDT "lenses" permit users to interact directly and efficiently with data appearing within the PDT lens, without hiding information and without breaking continuity. PDT lenses can be used to facilitate the presentation of both static and dynamic content, and to highlight areas of interest or commercial value.

Major opportunities for PDT exist in markets where visualization software plays a large role in day-to-day workflows, such as intelligence and defense, search-engines and portals, handheld and wireless devices, digital imaging, geographic information systems and remote sensing, oil and gas, electronic media, computer aided design, medical imaging, and electronic games.

15/233 Cardigan Street
Carlton Victoria 3053
AUSTRALIA
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Austhink
http://www.austhink.com/

Argument mapping is producing graphical "boxes and arrows" maps of complex debates. The result —an argument map— is a paper chart presenting an overview of the reasoning. A very simple argument map would fit on a single A4 sheet. Large argument maps require poster-sized charts, or many such charts. Very complex debates might fill an entire wall. Argument mapping is a specific kind of activity, focusing on the inferential or evidential structure among claims and reasons, and producing surveyable paper charts.

Many organizations face complex issues involving lots of arguments on both sides, objections, rebuttals, etc.. Often they produce analyses of the situation, presented in familiar forms such as written reports or PowerPoint presentations. The basic problem is that the human mind simply cannot encompass at one time all the aspects of a complex debate. The truth is that we can only ever focus on one or at most a handful of things at once. Generally what happens is that we focus on those few aspects of the debate which are particularly salient to us—usually because they support our prior opinion—and neglect the rest.

Argument mapping expands our capacity to grasp complex debates by presenting the argumentation in a two-dimensional spatial layout. It translates abstract conceptual structure into a simple spatial structure. A very large part of our brain is devoted to getting around in physical space—seeing where things are, and keeping track of our position in relation to things. An argument map taps into this vast reserve of processing power, bringing it to bear in understanding the conceptual layout of some complex issue.

Austhink's flagship product is Rationale™, the first high-quality software for argument mapping, the creation of diagrams of reasoning and argument. Rationale™ will help: Students learn the fundamentals of good reasoning, critical thinking, and argumentative essay writing; Professionals (e.g. lawyers, analysts, business strategists, salespeople, board members, policy makers) handle complex reasoning more effectively. Rationale builds on our years of experience developing and using Reason!Able in professional, research and educational contexts.

Austhink provides a range of training services in critical thinking skills, ranging from 2 hour modules to workshops of up to 7 days. Austhink training clients include government organisations, professional firms, large corporates, and schools Austhink Consulting helps organisations understand and improve their thinking practices.

Miscellaneous

101 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02142 USA P: 617-674-6000
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Endeca
http://www.endeca.com

The company name "Endeca" is derived from the German word "entdecken" meaning "to discover." Viewed in the context of information integration and navigation, Endeca technology helps users to find what they are looking for, and discover new possibilities.

The Endeca Information Access Platform is built specifically to address the emerging market that is fundamentally changing the way people access and interact with information. The platform is powered by MDEX Engine™ technology, a new class of database designed for exploring information, not managing transactions. Its architecture, including a flexible data model, summarizing query mechanisms, and proprietary data-management algorithms, unites the ease of search with the analytical power of business intelligence.

Solutions built on this platform provide dynamic summaries of all the data and content in those results. And with every step the user takes, these summaries instantly change based on the user’s selected filters, the possibilities in the data, and any business rules. This Guided Summarization™ experience leads to new insights, and accelerating operations.

The Endeca Information Access Platform aids information-based problem solving across a wide variety of business processes, including eCommerce, marketing-campaign analysis, product design and parts reuse, knowledge management, customer service, and more. To meet highly specific industry and application requirements, Endeca offers a range of market tailored solutions.

Usability

Emergia. Soluciones Interactivas, S.L.
C/ Antonio Suarez, 29 - pta. 10
46021 Valencia - España
Tlf: (+34) 963 81 44 81
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Emergia
http://www.emergia.net/

One of the pioneers in Spain offering usability consulting of websites

In their own words, "Emergia is focused on helping companies and organisations conceive strategies in Interner and developing websites that are easy to use for their current and potential customers"

A clear and easy to use website. They propose a periodical criticism of web sites. For example we can read a critical review of the usability of the Banco Popular website (in Spanish)

This company incides in the concepts of usability, aesthetics and ergonomy of the websites. Its worth taking a look at its interesting section InvestigaciĂłn Emergia (Emergia Research). On the other hand they don't address technological issues like Java programming, etc.

In the end Emergia focuses more in the "what" we do than in the "how" (the underlying technology) we do it. One original view in a moment when technology still predominates in front of good design practices. Maybe this clever approach is a reflection of the composition of the team at Emergia

Very interesting.

Visualisation

1325 Avenue of the Americas 28th Floor New York, NY 10019 United States of America Tel: +1 (646) 825 6066 Fax: +1 (212) 763 8304
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Fractal Edge
www.fractaledge.com

Fractal:Edge develops visualization and analysis software to help you access and understand large, complex or fast-moving information sources quickly and accurately. Founded in 1998, the company is backed by private and institutional investors.

The Fractal:Edge visualization engine employs a unique technique based around fractals. The company has worldwide patent protection, with patents granted in the United States, Europe and other territories and pending in all other major world markets.

The Fractal:Edge team is committed to working with dynamic and innovative partners to deliver targeted Fractal Applications and custom Fractal Map solutions to commercial, educational and charitable organizations worldwide

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