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Plumtree Covers All The Bases

Vendor introduces J2EE-compliant version of its portal framework to complement its .Net version
Plumtree Software Inc. is providing some company for the .Net version of its portal framework. At its user conference last week in Hollywood, Fla., the vendor introduced its promised Java 2 Enterprise Edition-compliant framework.

Plumtree's J2EE release gives the vendor the ability to sell into companies running either of the rival development environments. That flexibility is a big reason the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, a low-income housing agency in Boston, chose to standardize on Plumtree's technology this year. Though it's a .Net shop, Massachusetts Housing wanted to know it could switch to Java if it desired without having to reconstruct its portal environment, says IT director Dave O'Connor.

The agency in the past few months has built a lender extranet backed by XML-based business rules and a workforce-tracking application that lets it assess whether contractors are complying with equal-opportunity mandates. Massachusetts Housing sees Plumtree as its primary business-process architecture. "Most of our business dealings will be done through our portal," O'Connor says.

Plumtree reported last week a loss of $373,000 on revenue of $18.5 million for its third quarter, compared with a loss of $889,000 on revenue of $17.7 million a year earlier. Licensing revenue, which had been falling, rose to $9.1 million from $8.5 million.