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Verity Opens Up To Japan

Seeing a great opportunity in overseas markets, enterprise portal maker Verity Tuesday said it is opening its Verity Japan K.K. offices in Tokyo.

Officials with the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company say the new bureau (located at 15th Floor, Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 150-8512), will play a major role in the company's designs on global expansion. Verity already has major contracts with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force.

"We believe Japan is one of the world's great economies with a tremendous demand for our technology," Verity president and CEO Anthony Bettencourt said in a statement. "Verity looks forward to becoming an active contributor to the Japanese business community and serving the different needs and requirements of our customers in the country."

Verity makes software that can access data stored in multiple formats (ASCII, HTML, PDF) and locations (CD-ROM, newswires, intranets) and pulls them together in one place. Verity's products, which include K2 Enterprise, K2 Spider, and Verity Publisher, index, classify, search, and retrieve data for corporate intranets, extranets, and portals, online publishers, manufacturers, and software developers. Intel and SAP use Verity's products and service offerings such as consulting and training. The company's customer list includes software developers, such as SAP, Sybase, and TIBCO Software, which mix in Verity's search technology into their products.

The company's platforms support 26 languages, as well as comprehensive gateway support to leading information repositories, including Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange, ODBC and Documentum.

"Verity Japan K.K. intends to build on the company's strong, existing strategic partnerships with such companies as NEC Corporation and Digital Garage Inc. to drive business growth," Bettencourt added.

The expansion has been in the works for some time. Verity named Digital Garage a premier distributor of Verity Ultraseek software, formerly known as Inktomi Enterprise Search (IES), in Japan earlier this year, shortly after Verity acquired the technology from Inktomi. That move, say Verity big wigs, was make sure there is a smooth transition for current Ultraseek users. Digital Garage first introduced the Ultraseek product to the Japanese market in 1997. Since then, the company has been instrumental in the product's success with Japanese customers, including partnering with NTT Data, Mitsubishi, Sony and Unisys.

"This is an exciting and important development for Verity Ultraseek customers in Japan," said Digital Garage CEO Kaoru Hayashi. "They will be able to take full advantage of the very best in enterprise search solutions. Digital Garage is pleased to be able to work with Verity, the clear leader in this software category, in bringing Verity Ultraseek to Japanese-based customers."