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What ILOG does

ILOG is the world's leading supplier of C++ and Java software components, according to International Data Corp. (1999). ILOG's embeddable optimization and visualization software components dramatically shorten the development time of enterprise software applications in the supply chain, telecommunications, transportation, utility and financial services industries. In addition to optimization components, in which the company enjoys an 85 percent market share, ILOG is playing an active role in the emergence of the e-Business software components market by providing high-performance rules engines for web personalization and high-end configuration software for online selling. Another key business segment is visualization, where ILOG's products have become the de facto standard for network management user interfaces. ILOG was founded in 1987 and now employs approximately 470 people in seven countries. Visit www.ilog.com for additional information.

ILOG TGF reduces development time by up to 80 percent compared with other UI development methods, meaning development resources can be spent on other projects, speeding time to market. The presentation layer, which includes the user interface, is where application developers spend the majority of their time. Hewlett Packard Company has selected ILOG TGF for its HP OpenView Communications/Service Assurance solutions.

ILOG TGF allows service providers, equipment and platform vendors to manage multi-technology, multi-vendor, multi-service networks from a single user interface. Network complexity is hidden from network operators, who interact with the same UI, regardless of what network technology or platform is underneath.

Financials

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 1, 2000--ILOG S.A. (NASDAQ:ILOG and EURO.NM:ILOG), the world's leading provider of software components, today reported revenues of $18.1 million for its second quarter of fiscal year 2000, ended December 31, 1999, and income from operations of $0.6 million. This compares to revenues of $18.3 million and a loss from operations of $1.0 million in the previous year's second quarter. The prior-year loss is after $2.3 million of one-time charges related to a technology acquisition and expenses incurred in listing the company's shares on the Paris Nouveau Marche exchange. Earnings per share during the second quarter of the fiscal year were $.03, compared to a loss of $.08 per share in the previous year's second quarter.

Growth in ISV Sales and E-Business

This quarter, ILOG signed contracts with 20 new ISVs, which increases the company's ISV and OEM partnerships to more than 150. More than one half of the $100,000-plus contracts signed during the second quarter were from partners embedding ILOG products.

Who uses ILOG embedded optimization products

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- ILOG (Nasdaq: ILOG; EURO.NM) announced it intends to support the Intel® IA-64 architecture. ILOG will initially port its widely used optimization engine, ILOG CPLEX, to the software platforms supporting the architecture, including Windows* 2000 64-bit and Trillian/IA-64 Linux. ILOG optimization software is so frequently embedded by major ISVs that ILOG's support of IA-64 is likely to help speed the move to this important architecture by companies moving their applications to it. Among current ILOG optimization ISV customers are Oracle, SAP, i2 Technologies, Manugistics and Siebel Systems, among others.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ILOG (Nasdaq: ILOG - news) today unveiled ILOG OPL Studio 3.0 with support for the Microsoft Windows DNA 2000 platform. The new release will bring high-level optimization -- with the highest ROI of any commercial software at up to 300 percent -- to the new Windows 2000 platform. ILOG OPL Studio 3.0 is an interactive design environment that lets users create sophisticated optimization models without a detailed knowledge of computer programming. With support for Windows DNA, ILOG OPL Studio 3.0 will bring optimization to a wider audience, helping Microsoft Component Object Model (COM) developers, Visual Basic programmers, as well as strategic planning professionals at Fortune 500 companies who use intelligent optimization software to solve complex business problems.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ --ILOG (Nasdaq: ILOG - news) today announced that its ILOG JRules Java business rules engine has been selected for inclusion by Business Logic within an upcoming application that will give users unprecedented levels of customer service and web personalization. E-finance infrastructure solution provider Business Logic will use ILOG JRules in its new employee benefits software, AccountLink, that will allow 401K investment management online.


Here are some of the business problems optimization is solving today:

 Crew scheduling for all major airlines that help manage complex union rules and FAA regulations, as well as how many personnel in each hub location are available to staff thousands of flights a day. Savings not calculated, but estimated to be in the tens of millions of dollars annually.
 More efficient route planning for UPS is estimated to save up to $720 million annually by reducing the amount of aircraft that must be purchased.
 Global supply chain planning for General Mills that helped the company make important decisions about adjusting its distribution networks.
 Optimization has already identified $90 million in savings for General Mills in less one year.
 Communications network planning for AT&T that uses optimization to determine how to expand its networks to meet future needs.

Other alliances

Within the company's worldwide telecommunications business, the European telecom team was particularly active, signing the greatest number of large contracts during the quarter with companies such as TTI - Team Telecom (NASDAQ:TTIL - news), Alcatel (NYSE:ALA - news), Bosch and Siemens. ILOG customers in the U.S. market such as Lucent (NYSE:LU - news) and MCI WorldComm (NASDAQ:WCOM - news) also signed contracts for ILOG products to be used in network management, network configuration or fault management applications.

New products

Two new ILOG visualization products were unveiled during the second quarter, including ILOG Telecom Graphics Framework (TGF), a new turnkey solution for the user interface of network management applications that was selected by Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP - news) for its HP OpenView Communications/Service Assurance solutions. The ILOG JViews Component Suite also made its debut, adding new features and new Java Bean packaging that now help it address the need for more intuitive interfaces for collaborative, web-based applications within the supply chain.


Well whadda ya think? Disclosure, I own shares of ILOG which I purchased Feb 2nd, and they have gone up 82%
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