• Jan 10, 2005
  • Quinn Murphy

iapps Merges into Bridgeline Software

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 10, 2005 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bridgeline Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLIN), a provider in cloud-based Web Content Management, eCommerce and Marketing Automation software, announced that it has merged with Interactive Applications Group (www.iapps.com). Founded in 1994 and based in Washington, DC, iapps is an award-winning web development firm specializing in online solutions within the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

iapps has developed an extensive library of database-driven web applications to support the online publishing, collaboration and community-building needs of its clients. Software modules include: logic-based survey tools, discussion boards, resource libraries, calendaring, email newsletter tools, user management, online registration, and more. All of these modules are seamlessly integrated with each other or accessed externally through XML and web service standards. Using a repository of pre-built software modules, iapps developers can quickly assemble and customize multiple software components to develop internet, intranet, and extranet sites.

iapps customers include some of the world's largest and most renowned grantmaking foundations and social enterprises, such as: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, the Aspen Institute and Community Health Charities.

To maximize iapps' growth opportunities in the philanthropic and nonprofit marketplace, Bridgeline Software will operate iapps as an independent division, marketed under the iapps brand name.

“iapps' ten years of leadership and innovation in developing solutions for the nonprofit and philanthropy sector positions Bridgeline Software as market leader in this area,” expresses Thomas Massie, Bridgeline Software's President and Chief Executive Officer.

All of iapps' employees including its three principals have joined Bridgeline Software's team. As such, Miles Fawcett, Founder and President of iapps, will continue in this role for the iapps division, Alf Gracombe and David Goldsmith will remain as Vice President of Delivery and Vice President of Business Development respectively.

Miles Fawcett, President of iapps division: Mr. Fawcett is the founder of iapps and has served as its president since 1994. Mr. Fawcett was the creator and lead developer of iapps' web development platform, Orgitecture®, which enabled nonprofit enterprises to manage complex, database-driven web properties without the need for dedicated webmasters or skilled IT professionals. His diverse background includes: online publishing, documentary filmmaking and the visual arts. Mr. Fawcett served two years on the faculty of American University Graduate School of Communications.

Alf Gracombe, Vice President of Delivery for the iapps division: Since 1997 Mr. Gracombe has overseen iapps' product development and delivery methodology, and along with Mr. Fawcett, created iapps' web development platform. With expertise in web application and database development, Mr. Gracombe also lead the development of community [apps]™, an ASP-based web service that enables social enterprises to cost-effectively deploy and maintain secure intranets and extranets.

David Goldsmith, Vice President of Business Development for the iapps division: Mr. Goldsmith joined iapps in 1997 to oversee the company's expansion into the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. Prior to joining iapps, Mr. Goldsmith was director of development for HandsNet, one of the first online services in the US dedicated to serving social enterprises. As a member of HandsNet's management team, Mr. Goldsmith was responsible for marketing the organization and expanding its subscriber base, which grew from 250 nonprofits in 1990 to more than 5,000 in 1997. Mr. Goldsmith has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including fundraising, technology consulting, and online community building.

About Bridgeline Digital

Bridgeline Digital, The Digital Engagement Company™, helps customers maximize the performance of their full digital experience - from websites and intranets to online stores and campaigns. Bridgeline's Unbound (formerly iAPPS®) platform deeply integrates Web Content Management, eCommerce, eMarketing, Social Media management, and Web Analytics to help marketers deliver digital experiences that attract, engage, nurture and convert their customers across all channels. Headquartered in Burlington, Mass., Bridgeline has thousands of quality customers that range from small- and medium-sized organizations to Fortune 1000 companies. To learn more, please visit www.bridgeline.com or call (800) 603-9936.

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