Ptech clients: FAA, FBI,
Air Force, Congress

By WND Staff

The Quincy, Mass., computer company raided by Customs agents last night because of suspected ties to Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist network boasts among its clients the Federal Aviation Administration, the FBI, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ptech CEO Oussama Ziade

The company, PTech Inc., has access to some of the government’s closest held secrets.

The raid was the culmination of a top-secret, White House-coordinated investigation amid concerns the company is secretly being controlled and owned by al-Qaida activists or sympathizers, according to the Associated Press.

In 2000 and 2001, Ptech was named one of the “100 Companies that Matter by KM World” and to the “New England Fast 50” by Deloitte & Touche and Hale and Dorr, LLP in 2001.

Other Ptech customers include IBM Global Services, the IRS, Motorola, NATO, Naval Aviation Systems, Southern California Edison, Sprint, SYSCO, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Postal Service.

The founder and chief executive officer, Oussama Ziade, left a doctoral program in high-energy physics to create the company. While it took four years for Ptech to land its first client, the company has been one of the fastest-growing high-tech companies in America ever since.

Ptech since gained worldwide attention as a software company that has helped major government agencies, including some branches of the military and Fortune 100 companies, become more efficient. Ptech’s software provides organizations with a visual model, or blueprint, of how processes work. That information is used to better understand how to turn strategy into practice.

The company was on track to reach earnings of $16 billion a year by 2005.

Ptech describes itself as the leading provider of enterprise architecture, business modeling, analysis and integration solutions.

Ziade established Ptech in 1994. He is the chief architect and the driving force behind the company. He has raised over $20 million in private investment for Ptech.

Hussein Ibrahim, the vice president and chief scientist, has also been with Ptech since its inception in 1994. Ibrahim taught computer science at Columbia University, where he also led a research team in a computer vision research project funded by the United States Department of Defense.