White Room Associates and Catena Technologies Form Alliance to help Customers Improve Operational Effectiveness

14th July 2006 - White Room Associates has formed a strategic alliance with Catena Technologies Pte Ltd, combining the organizations' collective strengths and delivery capabilities. This partnership enhances the companies' overall position in the areas of strategy consulting, operational effectiveness and improvement, and off-shoring advisory services. Moreover, they will complement each other's geographic presence providing complete Austral-Asia wide coverage.

"White Room Associates' operational effectiveness framework, which uses methodologies like Six Sigma, Lean, and Workout, has generated significant benefits for top tier banking customers," said Randall Duran, CEO of Catena Technologies. "Their toolset is very complementary with the implementation-focused technologies, such as business process management (BPM), that Catena Technologies uses to deliver process improvement solutions."

The companies' experience working with customers in Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States enable them to address the dynamics of various markets and business cultures as part of the overall solutions delivered to end customers. Catena and White Room Associates also provide customers with insights based on involvement in projects and with service providers based in China and India.

Bodo Mann, Managing Director of White Room Associates said, "For business process and technology off-shoring (BPO & BTO), White Room Associates have developed a methodology that supports clients in analyzing, developing, and implementing the optimal sourcing strategy. Catena has extensive experience with selecting offshore vendors, setting up offshore centers, and supporting ongoing offshore operations. Together, these capabilities provide compelling value for customers."

Both Catena Technologies and White Room Associates have extensive subject matter experience in banking and finance. The organizations have worked with retail and wholesale banking customers around the world to improve and enhance business processes and improve operational effectiveness. Going forward, the companies' focus on applying web-based technologies to provide real-time monitoring of operational and business performance for use by senior management.

About Catena Technologies

Catena Technologies specializes in technology architecture and design for business process management (BPM), enterprise integration, and enterprise content management. With over two decades experience working in the global financial markets, Catena Technologies, combines subject matter expertise with in-depth technology design and delivery capabilities.

About White Room Associates

White Room Associates is a boutique strategy and general management consulting firm headquartered in Sydney with representations in Melbourne and Perth. White Room Associates' areas of expertise and core capabilities include Six Sigma, strategic Transformations, off-shoring / outsourcing, post merger integration, emotional intelligence and leadership development, and strategic software solutions.

For More Information Contact:

Catena Technologies Pte Ltd
3 Phillip Street
#10-01 Royal Group Building
Singapore 048693
Republic of Singapore
Phone: +65 6100 0881
Fax: +65 6399 0881
Web: www.catena-technologies.com