Ephraim Schwartz has written a great overview of Attensa in InfoWorld based on interview with our co-founder and CTO, Eric Hayes . InfoWorld is featuring an enterprise startup a day in the month of May and we are delighted to be selected.
Here’s the take away.
“Attensa’s software works by pushing RSS or managed Web feeds to specific users and groups behind the firewall, allowing knowledge workers in the enterprise to cherry-pick just the info they want. On the back end, the Linux-based Attensa Feed Server gathers feeds in the background, and gives IT administrators control of where those feeds go. Meanwhile, on the client side, Attensa has software for Windows, Mac, and BlackBerry, plus plug-ins for Outlook, Lotus SameTime IM, and others. Conveniently, the server takes care of syncing, so that if a user reads something on a BlackBerry, that same item is marked as having been read in Outlook as well.
Behind this basic infrastructure is AttentionStream, the real substance of Attensa’s IP. AttentionStream prioritizes content based on a user’s behavior, pushing that information to the top of the reader. “AttentionStream has the ability to intelligently and automatically pull information that is important to the user when they want it and push away information that isn???t important when they don???t want it,” Hayes says.”