May 12, 2003
Business Layers Selected by Tornado Insider as One of Europe's Top 100 Start-ups for Second Consecutive Year
Tops Tornado100 List as One of Most Innovative and Promising Emerging Companies

ROCHELLE PARK, N.J. - May 12, 2003 - Business Layers, the eProvisioning Company(tm), has been named one of the top 25 emerging private technology companies in the Tornado Insider's third annual Tornado100. For the second consecutive year, Business Layers has earned a place in the Tornado100, an award that honors the one hundred most innovative and promising emerging technology companies in Europe. Since its founding in 1999, Business Layers defined a market category and quickly emerged as the industry's foremost provider of provisioning software, a cornerstone of enterprise security and identity management. The company's award-winning eProvision(tm) Software is used by global enterprises including Schering-Plough, ChevronTexaco, and other high profile organizations across diverse industries.

"We are extremely proud that Business Layers has been selected from thousands of entrants as one of Europe's top one hundred emerging companies for the second year in a row," said Izhar Shay, president and CEO of Business Layers. "This award is further validation that we are providing innovative enterprise security solutions for our customers and fueling the rapid development of the provisioning market."

The list, which will be detailed in the May issue of Tornado Insider magazine, will profile Business Layers and the other 99 most promising and innovative emerging companies in the European IT and biotech sectors.
"These companies are Europe's Elite," said Timothy Weeks, Tornado Insider's Senior Research Analyst. "While much of the tech world continues to struggle, these entrepreneurial vanguards are busy catalyzing the future."
The selection of Business Layers and the rest of the Tornado100 was narrowed from thousands of candidates and judged by the following criteria:

•Delivering an innovation that shows the promise of setting new standards.
•Introducing a major new audience.
•Supplying a key piece of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure.
•Commanding a significant customer base.
•Having the potential to become a global brand or standard.
•Influencing a major market.
•Receiving a significant amount of funding.
•Having a strong valuation for a lucrative exit.

Although the list reflects startups and sectors in different stages of maturity, the Tornado 100 selection criteria favored companies that have clearly demonstrated that the technology they are commercializing today will change the way things are done tomorrow.

About Business Layers
Business Layers is the global leader in provisioning software, the cornerstone of identity management solutions. The company's award-winning eProvision(tm) Software products, help organizations enhance security and increase efficiency by automatically allocating IT resources to employees, customers, contractors and business partners, according to corporate policy. Business Layers is headquartered in Rochelle Park, NJ. For more information, please contact Business Layers at 877-552-9377, or visit

About Tornado Insider
Tornado Insider was founded in late 1998 as the first media company serving the new pan-European technology industry, providing entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and other participants with the information they need to succeed in Europe's high-tech economy. By connecting all the relevant players across industry and geographic boundaries through a rich mixture of news, analysis, research, videography and conferences, Tornado Insider plays a vital role in helping Europe's entrepreneurs and investors build great companies. Tornado Insider provides industry watchers around the world with a single-source, pan-European view of high-tech Europe featuring primary research, editorial coverage and events.

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