Ascentis Corporation Named One of Washington State’s Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Program

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Ascentis Corporation has been named to Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for Washington State, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nationÂ?s leading professional services firms.

Ascentis Corporation has been named to Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for Washington State, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the area by Deloitte & Touche LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms. Rankings are based on the percentage of growth in fiscal year revenues over five years, from 1999–2003.

Ascentis’ CEO, Charles D’Ambrosia, credits the changing marketplace with the company's 309 percent revenue growth from 1999–2003. He says, “Automated HR is a business need that is quickly becoming a ‘must have’ in today's marketplace and a need that Ascentis has been fulfilling for years. Ascentis brings to the market something its competitors cannot – enterprise-like HR software created by HR experts for HR professionals. There is no other HR software available to the small and mid-sized market that is complex and robust yet as user-friendly as HROffice.”

Ascentis' increase in revenues of 309 percent from 1999 to 2003 resulted in a high ranking (number 20 on the list) in the Fast 50 for Washington State.

“The Deloitte Washington State Technology Fast 50 (or Rising Star) companies have shown the strength, vision and temerity to succeed despite a very challenging technology environment,” said Larry Hile of Deloitte’s Seattle office. “We applaud the successes of Ascentis Corporation and acknowledge their place as one of the very few to accomplish such a fast growth rate over the past five years.”

To qualify for the Technology Fast 50, companies must have had operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 1999 and $1,000,000 in 2003, must be public or private companies headquartered in North America, and be a "technology company" defined as owning proprietary technology that contributes to a significant portion of the company's operating revenues (using other companies' technology in a unique way does not qualify); and/or devoting a significant proportion of revenues to research and development of technology.

Winners of the 19 regional Technology Fast 50 programs in the United States and Canada are automatically entered in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 program, which ranks North America’s top 500 fastest growing technology companies. For more information on the Fast 50 or Fast 500 programs, visit

About Ascentis Corporation

Founded in 1994 and based in Bellevue, Wash., Ascentis Corporation is a pioneer in state-of-the-art human resources management systems (HRMS). The company’s flagship product, HROffice, eliminates the paper process and builds on the latest technologies from Microsoft for easy integration with those tools HR departments use on a day-to-day basis. Connect, communicate, and control all aspects of HR with HROffice. HROffice provides comprehensive benefits management, online benefits enrollment, and seamless connectivity to payroll providers and insurance carriers for small to mid-sized organizations.

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Ascentis Corporation was named to the Deloitte & Touche prestigious 2003 Technology Fast 500 list and is ranked one of the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America. In 2004 - for the second year in a row - Ascentis was named by Deloitte & Touche as one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Washington State. Additionally, Washington CEO Magazine included Ascentis in its “Hightech 100” list, Workforce Management Magazine named HROffice to its hot list of the “Top 15 HRMS Systems” in its March 2004 issue, Software Magazine included Ascentis in its “2004 Software 500 list,” and named Ascentis to its “Best of the Web Pick” in the human resources category. For more information on Ascentis Corporation and the HROffice product line, visit or call 800.229.2713.

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PR Contact:

Courtney McKenzie, Ascentis Corporation, 800.229.2713 x 182,

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