Helmi Technologies and Onesta Solutions Bring the Next Generation Web to Finland

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Helmi Technologies Inc., the provider of an Open Source platform for building AJAX-based Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), and Onesta Solutions, a Finland-based IT services company, today announced a partnership to bring the next generation of web applications to Finland.

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Helmi Technologies Inc., the provider of an Open Source platform for building AJAX-based Rich Internet Applications (RIAs), and Onesta Solutions, a Finland-based IT services company, today announced a partnership to bring the next generation of web applications to Finland. For Onesta's customers, this means an opportunity to combine a true desktop application user experience with the universal accessibility of current web-based solutions.

Helmi's AJAX-based Open Source RIA Platform is a powerful, easy-to-use framework for building browser-independent, highly interactive and intuitive Internet applications. Helmi tools allow developers to create Internet applications with fast menu and window interfaces similar to desktop software, thus enabling a more enjoyable user experience that also increases productivity and work flexibility.

Through the partnership with Helmi, Onesta will offer its customers an opportunity to enhance their existing solutions and to create entirely new types of applications based on the RIA concept. Helmi will provide the required technology platform as well as associated support services to Onesta customers.

"We have been evaluating AJAX technology for some time, with the aim of bringing the enhanced user experience and usability of Rich Internet Applications to our private and public sector customers in Finland," said Samuel Salmenlinna, CEO, Onesta Solutions. "Many of our customers have expressed interest in RIA technologies, and have already analyzed the potential to improve their business with RIA. Clearly, the technology has now reached the level of maturity required for mass adoption, which we expect to begin during this year."

"As one of Finland's leading providers of web content management, document management and archiving solutions, Onesta is committed to offering a superior user experience to its customers," said Juho Risku, CTO and Founder, Helmi Technologies. "Helmi will take Onesta's web content management to a new level by enabling desktop-like functionality such as context-sensitive menus, drag 'n' drop, flexible web layout customization and instant user interface response. We foresee that in the future, an increasing percentage of enterprise applications will use RIA functionality. Onesta is committed to helping its customers stay ahead of the competition by leveraging these advances in Internet technology."

"We decided to partner with Helmi due to their strong commitment to their partners in terms of flexibility, support, and ease of cooperation," said Lasse Ilvessalo, CTO, Onesta Solutions. "The expandability of Helmi's framework allows us to adjust it flexibly to our needs. Compared to building an RIA application from scratch, the efficiency of development can be ten times higher, or even more for complex applications supporting a wide variety of browsers. For our customers, using the best platform means faster development times, saved costs and an opportunity for iterative development models in which user feedback is utilized from the start of the design process."

Onesta Solutions is an IT solutions provider headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The company focuses on web content management solutions that offer outstanding usability, accessibility and user interface design. Established in 2001, Onesta has a strong position particularly among public sector organizations in Finland. The company's customers range from Finland's Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Ministry of Labor and Finnish Customs, to leading insurance and housing services companies.

Further information:

Ilkka Castrén

VP, Sales

Helmi Technologies

Tel. +358 40 775 6660

Samuel Salmenlinna

CEO

Onesta Solutions

Tel. +358 400 805 069

Juha Rantanen

Netprofile Tech PR for Helmi

Tel. +358 9 6812 080

About Helmi Technologies

Helmi Technologies is a leading enabler of Web 2.0 user experience. Helmi development tools elevate the user to the center of the design process and allow technology decisions based on the desired user experience. Helmi solutions take the usability of Internet-based enterprise applications to the level of leading desktop software, rendering the traditional click-and-wait web interface obsolete. Helmi's AJAX-based Open Source RIA Platform is a powerful and easy-to-use framework for building browser-independent, highly interactive and intuitive Internet applications. The U.S. office of Helmi Technologies is located in Cupertino, California, and the company's global headquarters are in Oulu, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.helmi.com.

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