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CyLogix, the fourth largest computer company in Princeton,
has been acquired by Keane (Amex: KEA), a global software applications
company with headquarters in Boston. With offices at 36 Washington
Road, CyLogix has a niche in custom software development and systems
integration for financial institutions and brokerage houses.
The company was founded in 1996 by Andy Phillips, who serves as its
president and CEO, and by Matt Figurski, vice president.
Keane spokesperson Margo Nison says her company intends to maintain
CyLogix in its facilities. In addition to the headquarters, CyLogix
also has facilities in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Boston. In addition,
she says, the principals and "as much of the staff as possible"
will remain. About 200 people work on Washington Road.
CyLogix was attractive to her company, Nison says, because financial
services is a "a big vertical for Keane." Financial details
of the acquisition have not been released.
"We do a lot of acquisitions," says Nison, "this is a
relatively small acquisition." Neither Phillips nor Figurski were
available for comment.
Road, Princeton Junction 08550. 609-275-8998; fax, 609-275-0285. E-mail:
A two-year-old software firm, Fidelia, has set up a
15-person enclave at 300 Alexander Park and released the NT version
of a real-time performance management and monitoring suite called
Though the product is new, some of Fidelia’s customers have been using
the founder’s products for more than a decade. Vikas Aggarwal, president
and chief technology officer, used to work at JvNC.net, the Internet
service hosted by Princeton University in the 1980s. Back then, he
devised such freeware packages as Nocol, an early network management
"The number of people using Nocol grew to 4,000 or 5,000,"
Aggarwal says. "Because I had this product out, and was helping
people and maintaining it in my spare time, people were willing to
listen to us. It definitely helped us in our marketing, but it was
a tough upgrade — there is a big difference between free and paid.
Some people thought we were taking freeware and trying to bundle it."
Among the clients for his freeware who have signed up for his paid
product are Sony Online (the videogame company) and Yale University.
The departmental version of NetVigil starts at $10,000 and the enterprise
version, which scales to support tens of thousands of devices, starts
Fidelia’s other potential clients are mid-market firms, smaller than
Fortune 500 companies, those with 40 or 50 servers, particularly those
that need 24/7 transaction reliability and that span multiple domains,
departments, or geographic locations. Because NetVigil works on Linux
and Solaris and NT platforms, it is appropriate for those who want
to change their operating systems.
NetVigil has scalable, distributed architecture with fully decentralized
data collection, report processing, and archiving. Each department
can monitor its own work without clouding the overall picture for
company officers. Unlike other products on the market, the software
can do two operations simultaneously: look for fault (where the system
went wrong) and manage performance (make predictions about what will
"Most products focus on either finding the fault or performance
monitoring," says Aggarwal. "We designed it from the beginning
to do both. We can take data, store it long term, and do trend analysis
and be proactive about what will go down."
Aggarwal says NetVigil can be compared to how an MRI surveys your
body in an organic way, as opposed to having X-rays taken of different
body parts. "Most other products are composed of five network
management tools, but our product looks at your system end to end,"
he says. "With IT staffing at lean levels in today’s economy,
having multiple products for fault and performance management is no
longer a viable option."
Founded in Denver, Fidelia is funded by JT Ventures, Windspeed Ventures,
and Freedom Hill. Thomas Thekkethala, one of the investors, is the
temporary CEO. The firm has partnerships with HP OpenView and BMC
Software, and its major competitors are HP OpenView and Concord.
Aggarwal grew up near Delhi, India, and earned his mechanical engineering
degree from a regional college, He has a master’s in computer science
from Stevens Institute, and joined JvNCnet along with another Stevens
graduate, Sergio Heker. Heker morphed JvNCnet into a private company,
Global Enterprise Services, and sold it to Verio, a Colorado-based
Internet Service Provider that has its Princeton office at 4390 Route
1. Aggarwal stayed at Verio and had moved to Denver to be former vice
president of overlay engineering when he met a potential investor
in his NetVigil idea at a private party.
The investor persuaded him to quit Verio and start his own company
in Denver. When the Denver economy soured, he moved back to West Windsor
with his wife and two preschool children.
Aggarwal, who started the company in December, 2000, when the market
was going down hill, has few illusions about going public. "We
never expected the recession to last so long," he says. "Public
is a tough word right now. If the company grows, we would expect it
to get sold."
— Barbara Fox
08543. 609-452-2225; fax, 609-452-2662. Home page: www.fidelia.com
Howard Goldberg, vice president. 609-524-4100; fax, 609-520-0633.
Home page: www.clinphone.com
Clinphone has quadrupled its space with a move in July from Lenox
Drive to 25,500 square feet on the first floor of 9 Roszel Road, a
sublease from Merrill Lynch.
Based in the United Kingdom, the company offers electronic trial management
services to support pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. The
firm has 300 employees worldwide and has offices in the United Kingdom
(the headquarters), Belgium, and Germany, Of its 75 U.S. employees,
50 are here and the remainder are in Chicago and San Francisco.
This office, the United States headquarters, is headed by Howard Goldberg,
a 1977 graduate of SUNY Stony Brook who has a PharmD from the University
of the Pacific (U.S, June 23, 1999). "We have enhanced our services
and integrated them with other technologies," says Goldberg. Clients
can choose whether to report information by calling an 800 number
or by using the Internet.
Ray Sohmer and Matthew Saker of Insignia/ESG represented Merrill Lynch,
and Joe Boiseau of GVA Williams represented ClinPhone. SJP Properties
is the landlord at this three-story building.
Junction 08852. Christopher D’Souza, president. 732-329-6154; fax,
Too much bureaucracy," is Christopher D’Souza’s
answer to why he decided to start his own business. He aims to supply
computers and networking for small to medium-sized companies, and
among his first clients are a physician and a private school. He is
taking some courses in entrepreneurship at Middlesex County College
and has joined the chamber of commerce.
A native of Bombay, D’Souza grew up in United Arab Emirates, where
his father was a purchasing manager for a French company. In 1985
he came to the United States to earn his bachelor’s degree at the
New York Institute of Technology, Class of 1990. He worked at Tiffany’s,
CitiCorp, Cole Systems, and Charter Financial, which was bought by
Wells Fargo. Most recently he was vice president of IT for Wells Fargo
Equipment Finance in New York City, in charge of northeast and Canada.
One of the reason he is concentrating on networking is because it
is difficult to find good people in that field, he says. "Many
people that I interviewed got certified because they couldn’t do anything
In spite of the uncertainties in starting a business, D’Souza says
his wife has supported this venture: "She knew I have been wanting
to do this for the longest time. And I avoid the 2 1/2 hour commute."
Marriott to Westin
Boulevard, Princeton Forrestal Village, Princeton 08540. John Crouch,
general manager. 609-452-7900; fax, 609-452-1223. Home page: www.westin.com
Starwood Hotels and Resorts has reflagged its property
at Forrestal Village, changing it from a Marriott to a Westin. The
hotel has 294 rooms, an indoor pool, and three restaurants. Among
the current amenities are two-line speakerphones with a data port,
high-speed Internet access, cordless bedside telephones, and velour
One of the former Marriott’s restaurants, named Mikado, will be renamed
Bimi but will retain its Japanese cuisine. Polly Esther’s will continue
to be the name of the nightclub.
The new general manager, John Crouch, has been general manager of
a Sheraton hotel in Annapolis, Maryland, and of the Wyndham Bristol
Hotel in Washington, D.C. He has nearly 20 years experience with the
Hyatt chain, most recently at the Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C.,
and director of operations at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda.
James DeCinque, the new director of sales and marketing, has been
sales director at the Princeton Residence Inn by Marriott, the Sheraton
Long Island, and most recently at the Sheraton Edison.
Westin Hotels and Resorts has more than 120 hotels and resorts in
26 countries and is owned by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
Ridge Road, Princeton 08540. Louis Jamison, general manager. 609-452-2400;
fax, 609-452-2494. Home page: www.radisson.com
Louis Jamison is the new manager of the recently refurbished Radisson.
Jamison has nearly 20 years experience with Hyatt and Starwood hotels
The 240-room full service hotel has a restaurant (Gallagher’s Steak
House), indoor pool, fitness center, lounge, and 10,000 square feet
of meeting space for from 300 to 500 people. It is owned by the Dallas-based
Remington Hotel Corp.
Princeton 08540. Patricia D. Galloway, CEO. 609-497-7300; fax, 609-497-3412.
Patricia D. Galloway, CEO of the Nielsen-Wurster Group,
is slated to be the first woman engineer to serve as president of
the 150-year-old American Society of Civil Engineers. She will be
installed as president elect next month.
Galloway succeeded Kris Nielsen as CEO of the 26-year-old firm, which
does consulting in engineering, management, and construction. It has
20 employees at its Research Park headquarters, plus offices in Virginia,
Florida, California, Washington, Singapore, and London.
Galloway was a civil engineer at Purdue, has an MBA from New York
Institute of Technology, and is licensed as a professional engineer.
"Women have long been breaking barriers and making astounding
contributions to the engineering profession," she says, "so
it seems implausible that only in the 150th year of ASCE’s founding
a woman has been named president elect. Yet I don’t view my election
as a milestone but instead a validation on how far we have come in
accepting people for their abilities and skills, strengthening our
Robert J. Witonsky, 67, on September 29. He founded Medical
Indicators on Reed Road in Pennington, a manufacturer of disposable
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