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On-Demand's Next Step

Call it Salesforce.com for offshore software development. A new service called Lighthouse from startup Artifact Network Inc. employs the on-demand model popularized by the customer-resource-management service provider.
Call it Salesforce.com for offshore software development. A new service called Lighthouse from startup Artifact Network Inc. employs the on-demand model popularized by the customer-resource-management service provider. Lighthouse furnishes soup-to-nuts online tools to create, manage, monitor, and measure software-development projects globally, all through a Web interface.

The service lets customers know immediately when problems arise in their global app-development projects, Artifact CEO Mark Wesker says. Lighthouse features a CRM module to track and manage milestones and tasks; software-delivery-management tools to manage requirements, defects, security, and testing; and dashboards and report tools to monitor costs, schedules, changes, quality, performance, and customer satisfaction.

Induslogic Inc., a Virginia software-product engineering firm with programmers employed in India, works on more than 70 projects at once. CEO Peter Harrison says Lighthouse let Induslogic instantly measure performance on each product under development, ensuring that it delivers software on schedule.

Lighthouse is priced at $60 a month per user or $500 a month for a single project, with a maximum fee of $3,000 a month for five or more projects.