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What: Nintex USA, Bellevue

Who: Brett Campbell, 37, senior VP and co-founder

Mission: Provide a bridge between corporate users and Microsoft’s SharePoint platform.

Translation: SharePoint, a browser-based collaboration platform, promotes secure data interaction between users. Nintex provides the bridge between the server and application software, allowing sharing of data in workflow, reporting and podcasting applications.

Agnostic: Campbell said his company is in the enviable position of having no direct competitors. Since it is browser-based, the only path needed is Internet access. If part of a work force has Macintosh or Linux machines, they can use the technology with Microsoft’s server platform.

Employees: 112

Financials: The self-financed, privately owned company had $15 million in revenue in 2007.

Gaining ground: Nintex has been a Microsoft partner since it was founded in 1998 and has supported SharePoint since its 2001 rollout. Campbell said it wasn’t effective until about three years later. “Enterprise systems have become a lot more stable in the last four years,” he said.

Straw that stirs the drink: Even with improved server software, all would be for naught without robust applications. Nintex makes it easy on a small company, allowing it to develop custom applications without an IT department to create complex workflow procedures. “People who own the process can tailor it to their needs, and can manage their own technological portfolio,” Campbell said.

Harboring innovation: During Nintex’s collaboration with Microsoft, Campbell said he has seen the software giant go from turning like a speedboat into something closer to an aircraft carrier. “But they still need agile partners,” he said, “and that’s where we come in.”

— Charles Bermant