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LinuxPR: Appgen invigorates technology with corporate shuffle

Aug 11, 2000, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Appgen Business Software, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of modifiable Linux-, SCO Unix-, AIX-, and Windows-based general business and accounting software, formally announced the appointment of Jim Kelly as president and CEO. President Kelly and former president Errol Allahverdi also announced that Mr Allahverdi will assume the responsibilities of chief technical officer. According to Mr Kelly, "Appgen has always been an R&D company. That¥s why the Appgen product line was ready for Y2K way back in 1979, why we embraced the Linux movement early on in 1997, why we are winning awards for our business products, why our business has been growing, and why Errol was appointed president when the company was incorporated in 1995. If we want to keep up this pace of technical development and business expansion, and we do, then we each have to separate and focus on our technical and management functions."

"Mr Kelly, who joined Appgen in 1985, has been vice president of sales and marketing for the past four years. He has been the company¥s primary business strategist, forging alliances with IBM Business Partners SupportNet, Keylink Dickens, and Savoir Technologies for the Netfinity and RS/6000 platforms; Linux distributors Caldera Systems, SuSE, and Red Hat; and generally promoting Linux-based business solutions through the VAR channel. During the last year, Appgen PowerWindows general business applications were the first accounting applications to be IBM Netfinity ServerProven on Linux, were recognized by the editors of Linux Journal as "Best Office Solution" at the Fall 1999 Comdex/LBE Penguin Playoffs, and awarded a four star rating for high-end accounting software by CPA Software News. Other developments included Linux Java Client as well as Appgen's first pure Windows product, "PC+"

"Mr Allahverdi explained the company's simultaneous expansion into Windows and Linux markets by saying that "Linux is king right now, but we want our VARs and end-users to know that whatever happens, Appgen will always be their to support them. That's why we're also embracing ASPs."

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