Wolfram Research Expanding to Offer Organization-Wide Technical
April 30, 2001--Wolfram Research, Inc., makers of the
world-leading technical software Mathematica, has embarked on a new
business direction. More than a decade ago, Wolfram Research's stalwart
Mathematica all but created the market for comprehensive computing
systems. Now, with the introduction of a number of new products, Wolfram
Research has begun its metamorphosis into a multiproduct company offering
organization-wide technical computing solutions.
Spearheading this transformation is Conrad Wolfram, Director of Strategic
and International Development at Wolfram Research, Inc. "In the course of
developing Mathematica, we've developed a great deal of unique
technology that is also valuable in other contexts: an innovative and effective
development environment, unparalleled integration of numeric and symbolic
capabilities, and truly interactive document technology--to name a few,"
says Wolfram. "It was clear that some of this same basic technology would
be of even wider appeal if delivered in ways that directly addressed the
needs of other markets."
The first new product from Wolfram Research to emerge from this effort is
CalculationCenter, which has been optimized to penetrate the
for general and engineering computation occupied primarily by spreadsheet
programs, hand-held calculators, and even pencil and paper. Although
CalculationCenter is a product for doing calculations and is compatible
with Mathematica, that's where the similarities end. "Our target
audience with CalculationCenter needs a very different interface
than a Mathematica user to be efficient," comments Wolfram.
"Power users need optimum
flexibility even if it takes longer to learn; however, there is a large
midmarket base of professionals who want to be able to pick the product up
and do any of their calculations within 10 minutes."
The next development from Wolfram Research is the soon-to-be-launched
webMathematica, a product for providing Mathematica's
over the web. Crucial for organizations wanting to deliver customized
technical computing power either in-house or to customers through an
already existing web interface, webMathematica makes
Mathematica accessible through any web-enabled device. A number of
applications have already been created or are in development, having
resulted in several new partnerships for Wolfram Research.
Strong compatibility between forthcoming products and Mathematica
makes Wolfram Research's enterprise solutions so powerful for
organizations. "By offering a range of compatible products sharing the
same language, document format, and help systems, we give users the best of
both worlds: the ability to share information with others in their
organization or profession while using a product ideal for their needs.
That's never been possible before with any technical software," says
Another key advantage of developing a full suite of products based on the
same proven core technology is the extent to which Wolfram Research can
continue to offer enterprise solutions to organizations in the future. All
Wolfram Research products are developed to be fully backward compatible
and forward looking, using long-term design principles. "Customers who
choose our products are ensured that their applications will be accurate,
reliable, and professional and that we will continue to develop to meet
their future needs," Wolfram adds.