August ASPnews Top 50

Last week’s Chapter 11 filing by Interliant opened up a vacancy in our Top
30 Enablers list that was quickly filled by one of a number of worthy contenders.

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This is the second time Interliant has dropped out of these listings.
The first time was over a year ago, when the company’s decision to sell off
its enterprise ASP division left it too dependent on Web hosting revenues to
remain in the Providers Top 20. The expansion of the Enablers list from 20
to 30 members earlier this year brought Interliant back into that Enablers
Top 30, based on its private-label hosting activities.

This time, unfortunately, we think it’s unlikely we’ll be seeing the Interliant name in
these lists again. That’s a disappointment, since Interliant is truly a
pioneer of the ASP model, having started out hosting a Notes community as
early as 1993, and with more than five years’ experience of providing
pay-as-you-go Notes services.

Welcome Macromedia
Macromedia is the new entrant to the Enablers list. The company is best
known for its client-side Flash technology, which has long been a favorite
among Web site designers for adding “rich media” features to Web sites, but
its inclusion on our Enablers list is in recognition of its MX family of
products, launched in April this year, which puts powerful Web services
capabilities in the hands of developers.

The MX architecture includes a new
version of the popular Cold Fusion server platform, which Macromedia
acquired last year when it bought the developer Allaire, while Flash MX acts
as a versatile client-side component that provides a convenient user
interface to network-based applications and data.

Coupled with MX versions of its Dreamweaver Web site development tool and
associated products, Macromedia’s new family of products empowers developers
to migrate their skills to take advantage of the new generation of XML Web
services architectures. Cold Fusion has already served as the basis for a
significant number of online applications, particularly for smaller
developers, and its popularity looks set to increase with the addition of
the MX features. Macromedia’s inclusion in the Top 30 Enablers is richly
deserved for the innovative support it has given online developers with the
launch of the MX range.



Top 20 Providers

This is the list of companies that, in the view of ASPnews, are the world’s 20 leading service providers. For inclusion, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Have the provision of network-based applications and/or services as their core business
  • Have a substantial and active end-user customer base for those services
  • Be able to demonstrate proven revenue streams
  • Be innovators in the online delivery of software-based services
  • Be recognizd as a leader by others within the industry
































































Company Description Location
AppshopEnterprise ASPFremont, Calif.
AtomzWeb service vendorSan Bruno, Calif.
AvastaApplication infrastructure provider,
managed hosting provider, MSP
San Francisco, Calif.
ConcurWeb service vendor, enterprise ISVRedmond, Wash.
CorioEnterprise ASPSan Carlos, Calif.
EmployeaseWeb service vendor,
business service provider
Atlanta, Ga.
Exigen GroupWeb services providerSan Francisco, Calif.
Intranets.comWeb service vendorWoburn, Mass.
ManagedOpsASP wholesalerBedford, N.H.
McAfee.comWeb service vendor,
Web service aggregator
Sunnyvale, Calif.
NetLedgerWeb service vendorSan Mateo, Calif.
OuttaskEnterprise ASPAlexandria, Va.
Salesforce.comWeb service vendorSan Francisco, Calif.
   SalesnetWeb service vendorBoston, Mass.
SurebridgeEnterprise ASPLexington, Mass.
TriZetto GroupVertical service provider,
Web services ISV
Newport Beach, Calif.
Upshot.comWeb service vendorMountain View, Calif.
USinternetworkingEnterprise ASP,
application infrastructure provider
Annapolis, Md.
WebExWeb service providerSan Jose, Calif.
WebSideStoryWeb service providerSan Diego, Calif.



Top 30 Enablers

These are the 30 companies that, in the view of ASPnews, are the most influential software or infrastructure providersfor the ASP and Web services industry. For inclusion, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a substantial and active customer base of providers
  • Be active in their support and promotion of network-based applications and services
  • Invest in innovation in the online delivery of software-based services
  • Be recognized as a leader by others within the industry































































































Company Description Location
AbrideanInfrastructure ISVHalifax, Nova Scotia
AgilitiInfrastructure ISVBloomington, Minn.
Apptixprivate-label service providerSterling, Va.
BEA SystemsInfrastructure ISVSan Jose, Calif.
BMC SoftwareInfrastructure ISV,
infrastructure ASP
Houston, Texas
Cisco SystemsSystems manufacturerSan Jose, Calif.
Citrix SystemsInfrastructure ISVFort Lauderdate, Fla.
   Cable & WirelessTelco, business ASP,
hosting provider
London, U.K.
Computer AssociatesInfrastructure ISVIslandia, N.Y.
DigexApplication infrastructure provider,
managed hosting provider
Beltsville, Md.
   EDSIT service provider,
managed hosting provider
Plano, Texas
Grand CentralWeb services provider,
application infrastructure provider
San Francisco, Calif.
Hewlett-PackardSystems manufacturer,
infrastructure ISV
Palo Alto, Calif.
IBMInfrastructure ISV,
systems manufacturer,
application infrastructure provider
Armonk, N.Y.
JamcrackerASP aggregatorCupertino, Calif.
JD EdwardsEnterprise ISVDenver, Colo.
New!   MacromediaWeb services provider,
Infrastructure ISV
San Francisco, Calif.
MetraTechInfrastructure ISVWaltham, Mass.
MicrosoftEnterprise ISV,
Web service vendor/aggregator
Seattle, Wash.
MivaWeb service ISVSan Diego, Calif.
OracleEnterprise ISV,
enterprise ASP
Redwood Shores, Calif.
PeopleSoftEnterprise ISV,
enterprise ASP
Pleasanton, Calif.
Progress SoftwareInfrastructure ISVBedford, Mass.
Saba SoftwareWeb-centric e-learning platformRedwood Shores, Calif.
SiteLiteManaged service providerRancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
SprintWeb hosting providerWestwood, Kan.
Sun MicrosystemsSystems manufacturer,
infrastructure ISV
Palo Alto, Calif.
TrellixWeb service ISVConcord, Mass.
VeriSignWeb service provider,
infrastructure ISV
application infrastructure provider
Concord, Mass.
XevoInfrastructure ISVMarlboro, Mass.



What do you think of our choices? What ASPs and infrastructure providers are missing that deserve to be here? And what companies do you think made that list that shouldn’t have? Critique our selections — or make your own list — in the ASP Discussion Forum.

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