Cordant Acquires IMfuse IP to Extend, Accelerate its Offerings

Cordant, Inc., a leader in enterprise IM infrastructure, today announced that it acquired the IP assets of IMFuse, Inc., an Alexandria, VA based developer of enterprise IM applications, to accelerate the development of key products that will further extend the companyÂ?s competitive advantage.

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(PRWEB) January 18, 2002

Bellevue, WA. January 17, 2002 — Cordant, Inc., a leader in enterprise IM infrastructure, today announced that it acquired the IP assets of IMFuse, Inc., an Alexandria, VA based developer of enterprise IM applications, to accelerate the development of key products that will further extend the company’s competitive advantage.

“This acquisition will enable Cordant to accelerate development of its enterprise platform for Instant Messaging”, said Sonu Aggarwal, Cordant CEO. “IMFuse’s innovative IM application toolkit and IMfusion offering for AOL and Jabber will directly enhance Cordant’s upcoming offerings, including the IMConnect component of its Application Server platform.”

“We saw Cordant as having the vision, direction, and customer relationships to ideally leverage our technology in the enterprise IM space,” said Paul Konigsberg, IMFuse CEO. “IMfuse is proud to join forces with Cordant. Our combined strengths bring a great deal of experience and insight to our shared vision. Together we plan to develop the potential of Instant Messaging to enhance enterprise productivity”, said Jesse Koontz, IMfuse co-founder & CTO, who has since joined Cordant as CTO under the terms of acquisition.

"Cordant's Instant Messaging platform could do for IM what Outlook did for email, moving it from a consumer-focused fad to a critical business tool," said Jeff Vance, Editor of E-Infrastructure Times, an industry newsletter focused on e-infrastructure startups and emerging technologies. "The IMfuse acquisition by Cordant is a very strategic one, strengthening Cordant's product portfolio -- with an IM gateway, as well as presence and notification infrastructure -- and giving Cordant a competitive edge as they target the enterprise market."

IMfuse’s enterprise server offering, IMfusion, provides interoperability to users of diverse public IM networks such as AIM (AOL) and Jabber. Moreover, IMfuse offers a toolkit to help developers build business applications on IMfusion, its IM platform.

About Cordant, Inc.:

Founded in late 2000, Cordant is a privately held company headquartered in Bellevue, WA. Cordant's patent-pending technology, based on extensions of the Instant Messaging experience, enables enterprises to communicate with their customers much more efficiently than existing means, changing the nature and experience of such communication. Cordant’s first product IMScribe 1.0 was released in November 2001.

Cordant CEO Sonu Aggarwal was instrumental in developing the Microsoft vision and architecture for enterprise Instant Messaging, as Lead Program Manager for Exchange Instant Messaging, prior to founding Cordant. Sonu holds the first-ever patent for enterprise Instant Messaging. He has also co-authored numerous Instant Messaging specifications, including the Internet Engineering Task Force’s RFC 2779, “Requirements for an Instant Messaging/Presence Protocol.”

About IMfuse:

IMfuse, of Alexandria, VA, provides technology for developing instant messaging applications for enterprises. IMfuse’s product offerings include a scalable Instant Messaging Server system called IMfusion and a toolkit to help developers build applications to be served via an IMfusion installation. IMfusion applications span the hospitality, logistics, airline, and other verticals.

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CONTACT:

Surya Prakash Loonker                Teen Sheng            

Cordant, Inc.                        IMfuse

425-653-0900     (telephone)                

425-747-1988 (fax)

surya.loonker@cordant.com                teen@imfuse.org

http://www.cordant.com                    http://www.imfuse.net


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