Enterra's leader recognized

Published 20 December 2006

The leader of a company developing business reilience and continuity soutions makes Esquire magazine’s 2006 “best and brightest”

Here is to someone who combines the important with the popular. Esquire magazine, in its December “genius” issue, named Stephen DeAngelis among the U.S.“best and brightest” for 2006. Among other recipients of this distinction were controversial NBA team owner Mark Cuban and scientists who are trying to prove the theories of the universe. What is more, DeAngelis shared the magazine’s cover with actor George Clooney.

Now, DeAngelis is president and CEO of Yardley, Pennsylvania-based Enterra Solutions, a technology company which develops software that takes complicated sets of rules and translates them into computer code. Enterra’s Enterprise Resilience Management Solution automates everything from memos, policy papers, and other everyday business tools by instructing computers how to break apart the English language, determine what it is we really mean, and then turn it into a computer program. The rules are stored in automated libraries which can be updated immediately. Using sophiticated algorithms, the program breaks rules into nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech, determines which words are important, and then automates the processes.

DeAngelis says that Enterra connects the dots among security, regulatory compliance, and marketplace competition. “After Sept. 11 and after Enron, the marketplace was trying to solve the connect-the-dots problem, but [people] were coming at it in a fragmented manner,” DeAngelis said. “The best companies see the complexity gap as a way to compete against the lesser companies.”

Enterra’s software also is helping connect the dots in national security, a process which failed on 9/11. Part of Enterra’s work is complementing the SensorNet program developed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. DeAngelis is the founder and executive director of the lab’s Institute for Advanced Technologies in Global Resilience. Enterra’s ResilienceNet allows the lab’s sensors to think and act on perceived threats, DeAngelis said.

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Michael: The folliowing is in a blue box:

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to be vibrant — to survive, thrive, compete, and win — in a changing world. Resilience is the ability to anticipate change, rather than just reacting to it, and to respond swiftly and effectively — drawing on all your resources — to threat, risk, and opportunity.

[Resilient enterprises] sense their environment, detect changes, and respond as a whole to compliance challenges, security threats, natural disasters, and fast-moving competition.

In a globalized, hypercompetitive, complex environment, resilience is the answer. [The right solution] should provide the basis for resilience through a holistic approach to people, processes, and technology that unifies compliance, security, and performance management into a single function, and enables organizations to identify and protect their critical assets.

From Enterra’s Web site