Phurnace Software Expands Sales Team

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Deployment Automation Company Hires Software Industry Veterans

Phurnace Software, Inc., the Java application deployment company, today announced the addition of two software industry veterans to its sales team. David Plunkett and Paul Shomper both come from the IT and development tools industry, and join Phurnace as senior sales engineer and senior account executive, respectively.

"David and Paul are proven experts in their field, and bring a deep understanding of the challenges customers face in deploying complex, custom-developed applications," said John Balena, vice president sales and services at Phurnace. "Their expertise is a key advantage in showing organizations how to streamline software development lifecycles using Phurnace solutions."

Plunkett joins Phurnace from IBM where he was a senior technical specialist primarily responsible for guiding customers through technical evaluations of IBM® Rational® Build Forge®. Prior to IBM, Plunkett held technical sales positions at Intersect Software, Motive Inc., and Parametric Technology Corporation. Plunkett started his career as a systems engineer at IBM.

Shomper was a sales representative at IBM with a specialty in software development and data center tools. He joined IBM to help grow sales after the acquisition of Build Forge, where he went on to be a top performing sales representative. Prior to IBM, Shomper was a sales representative at Hyperion Solutions, Motive Inc., Akamai Technologies and Sun Microsystems. Shomper is also a former officer in the United States Air Force.

"I am very excited to be joining Phurnace," said David Plunkett, senior sales engineer. "We have something truly unique in the market - an automation tool that eliminates the need for scripting or scripting frameworks to deploy Java enterprise applications. I have seen so many customers struggle with application configuration and deployment issues - and now Phurnace has developed a next-generation automation tool that replaces manual, time-consuming, error-prone processes with a more predictable, reliable, cost-effective solution."

"I joined Phurnace because the solution is game-changing," said Paul Shomper, senior account executive. "The product is unique; it works and it solves a real problem for a customer that generates ROI in a matter of weeks. Customers should look at Phurnace to accelerate their deployment process; I know from direct experience that many companies still experience great pain in this area."

Phurnace Deliverâ„¢, the company's flagship product, provides comprehensive support for IT operations staff and developers during complex enterprise Java deployments to decrease errors, streamline deployments and avoid the downtime and outages that come with manual or script-based processes. The current user approach of paging through the console or building cumbersome scripts can be reduced or eliminated with Phurnace, therefore freeing up limited IT resources for more value-added tasks.

About Phurnace Software, Inc.
Phurnace software helps companies drive revenue and dramatically reduce cost by accelerating the deployment of mission critical applications. Leveraging patent-pending technology, Phurnace automates web application deployments - from installation to deployment to upgrades - eliminating manual, error-prone processes and delivering tangible ROI within weeks. Based in Austin, Texas, Phurnace is funded by S3Ventures, DFJ Mercury and other private investors.

Phurnace and the Phurnace flame logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Phurnace Software, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


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