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."