Ab Initio Software

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Ab Initio Software
Industry Enterprise software
Founded 1995 (1995)
Headquarters Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Area served
Website www.abinitio.com

Ab Initio Software is an American multinational enterprise software corporation based in Lexington, Massachusetts.[1] The company specializes in high-volume data processing applications and enterprise application integration.[2] It was founded in 1995 by the former CEO of Thinking Machines Corporation, Sheryl Handler, and several other former employees after the bankruptcy of that company.[3]

The Ab Initio products are provided on a user friendly platform for data processing applications. These applications perform functions relating to fourth generation data analysis, batch processing, data manipulation graphical user interface (GUI)-based parallel processing software which is commonly used to extract, transform, and load (ETL) data.

Ab Initio products include the following: Graphical Development Environment (GDE), Co>Operating System, Enterprise Meta>Environment (EME), Conduct>It, the Component Library, Data Profiler, and Business Rules Environment (BRE). Ab Initio introduced a free feature-limited version known as Elementum in 2010. However, it is only available to customers who have already purchased commercial license for Ab Initio. This version is only intended for desktop use.

Ab Initio maintains a high level of privacy regarding their products. Some people working with their product, even those who work for organizations who use Ab Initio, operate under a non-disclosure agreement which prevents them from revealing Ab Initio technical information to the public.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://www.crunchbase.com/company/ab-initio
  2. ^ "Company Overview of Ab Initio Software Corporation". Business Week. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Taubes, Gary A. (September 15, 1995). "The Rise and Fall of Thinking Machines". Inc. Magazine. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 

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