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05/26/2009

Xterprise Recognized By ABI Research As Market Leader In Growing RFID Software Segment

Dallas, TX -- ABI Research has named Xterprise the top ranked software company in the growing RFID software application marketplace.

While there is an increasing number of RFID software and solution providers promoting and providing LOB (Line of Business) applications; the focus on this Vendor Matrix was on a select group of leading, highly-specialized vendors that offer innovative LOB application software solutions targeting a broad range of applications within asset and item management. Profiled vendors were selected based on ABI Research interviews with and feedback received from industry participants, including hardware vendors, integrators, and end users.

"Xterprise has emerged as the top LOB application software company in the growing and increasingly competitive RFID segment," says Michael Liard, research director for ABI Research. "The Xterprise Clarity Suite of RFID solutions now leads the category, based on its feature set, global installed customer base and overall breadth of vertical and applications served."

The Clarity application suite delivers rich functionality, flexibility, ease of integration, and an RFID integration framework at a low total cost of ownership. Built on the Clarity Application Platform featuring Microsoft platform technologies such as BizTalk Server and SQL Server, these applications provide focused solutions to lower costs, increase performance and drive innovation in a number of vertical markets. The suite includes:

  • Clarity ARS -- Advanced Retail System, providing item-level management and security of retail store inventory
  • Clarity AGR Automated Goods Receipt, increasing receiving velocity and eliminate errors in high volume inbound environments
  • Clarity EAM Enterprise Asset Management, providing visibility and process control of high value corporate assets and inventory
  • Clarity ITAM - IT Asset Management, providing security and lifecycle control over critical mobile and datacenter IT and network assets
  • Clarity RTI - Reusable Transport Items, managing and increasing the utilization of reusable/returnable transportation containers


"ABI Research is one of the first market research firms to recognize the key role enterprise applications play in accelerating broad market adoption of RFID technology," says Dean Frew, founder and CEO of Xterprise. "We have been committed to the RFID application software space for the last 6 years; it's gratifying to receive recognition of our team's efforts and a confirmation of our strategy from an objective source like ABI."

Criteria used to develop the Vendor Matrix are related to product/company characteristics that serve as proxies for vendor performance in the two areas of Innovation and Implementation.

Innovation axis

  • Scope of RFID LOB Solution Offering
  • LOB Application Software Innovation I - Offering
  • LOB Application Software Innovation II Ã.Ã.•¬Ã.‚¬å" Solution and Partner Enablement
  • Enterprise Deployment Friendliness/Flexibility
  • Application and Vertical Market Leadership, Alignment, and Innovation
  • Overall RFID Strategy, Vision, and Approach
  • Industry Leadership, Influence Factor, and Knowledge Transfer
  • New Application Enablement


Implementation axis

  • Breadth and Strength of Vertical Markets Served/Targeted
  • Breadth and Strength of Application Markets Served/Targeted
  • Software Integration and Support Capabilities
  • Installed Base/Customer Deployments
  • International Market Presence and Penetration
  • Total Solutions Quotient
  • Partner Collaboration Quotient
  • Partner Ecosystem Hardware Vendors, VARs, and Integrators
  • Partner Ecosystem SOA/BPM Enterprise Platform Solution Providers
  • Overall Perceived Market Leadership, Strength, and Experience

Numerical scores are aggregated, weighted, and analyzed to provide overall rankings, which are assigned to each vendor on the Innovation and Implementation axes.

According to market data released by ABI Research in March, in 2009 the total revenue earned from RFID transponders, readers, software and related services will total more than $5.6 billion. In its RFID Annual Market Overview, the research firm forecast that while the recession might lead to some project deferrals or terminations, the RFID industry in general could expect measurable, albeit fragmented, near-term growth for traditional and modernizing applications. Clarity applications from Xterprise deliver rapid time?to?value, providing immediate help to weather the current business cycle, while positioning them to gain efficiencies, growth and market share in the coming recovery.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of emerging trends in global connectivity. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research's worldwide team of experts advise thousands of decision makers through research and advisory services in seven key practice areas. Est. 1990.

About Xterprise

For over six years, Xterprise Incorporated has been a leader in the development of enterprise-class RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) software applications. These highly scalable applications combine our Clarity application framework technology, Microsoft platform technology, continuous improvement and lean supply chain expertise, enterprise systems integration along with RFID and other sensory technology to deliver previously unachievable levels of visibility, accuracy, process compliance and value to our clients. Recognized by Microsoft as the 2008 RFID Partner of the Year, Xterprise delivers fast ROI, high value and low TCO solutions across a wide variety of industries.