Va. Offers Free E-Surveys

Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology has launched a service that allows anyone to perform an electronic survey over the World Wide Web.

The center's Internet Technology Innovation Center said the SurveySuite allows users to create, edit, publish and tally an electronic survey. Once created, a survey can be delivered via e-mail, including an electronic cover letter. The results are tallied automatically, and can be downloaded into a spreadsheet to be analyzed.

Alf Weaver, Internet TIC's director, said the program is one of the center's free offerings to area businesses.

"The program was developed to aid individuals and groups searching for a resource that would enable them to survey a large population without the associated costs," he said.

To reach the service, go to http://intercom.virginia.edu/SurveySuite.

Genicom: Losses Loom

Genicom Corp. of Chantilly said Friday that it will post a big loss in the third quarter, prompting a restructuring that could involve job losses, divestitures and a refinancing of its capital structure before the year is out.

The company, which makes printers and sells computer networking services, said it expects losses "materially" larger in the third quarter than in the second quarter, when it lost $2 million. Genicom lost $22 million in 1998. The losses are because of declining revenue and an increase in the reserve for deferred tax assets.

The company said in a statement that it was not in compliance with the terms of its main credit agreement with a syndicate led by Bank of America, and is "negotiating with the syndicate concerning these matters."

Chief executive Paul T. Winn did not comment on the news.

The company said the decline in revenue was due in large part to the acquisition of Digital Equipment Corp. by Compaq, indicating Genicom had lost a large piece of business after the merger, but did not provide details.

The company has 1,500 employees and had $425 million in revenue in 1998.

Third-quarter results are expected Nov. 17.

Cysive Raids Government

Cysive Inc. of Reston has hired a 32-year federal government systems veteran as its chief information officer. John Buckman worked in various government agencies during his career. He'll be responsible for establishing scalable information and network communication systems for all of Cysive's U.S. operations.

Buckman boasts an impressive feat: the transfer of three terabytes of data in just one year without downtime or loss of data. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes.

Buckman will have plenty to do. Cysive makes e-commerce Web sites for major corporations and has been growing fast, with more than 100 employees in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Silicon Valley. Its stock has been rocketing, as well, closing at $47 Friday after going public a week ago at $17.