FirstSense Software Inc has added support for Microsoft Corp’s SQL Server to the latest release of its FirstSense Enterprise applications performance management tool. The addition brings the Burlington, Massachusetts-based company’s products to the mid- range ERP applications market. FirstSense, an 11-month-old start- up, is one of two companies currently fighting it out in a new market providing service level management for applications. The other is Santa Clara, California-based VitalSigns Inc. Both use client-based agents to monitor the performance and availability of distributed applications using TCP/IP from an end-user perspective. FirstSense version 1.1, shipping now for $22,200 per server, runs on Windows NT and Unix servers, supporting third party applications such as Oracle Financials, Peoplesoft and Clarity. FirstSense has now closed a $7m, second round of funding, taking its total funding up to $11.5m, and employs 45 people. Meanwhile, VitalSigns Inc, a similarly sized company that began life as a developer of tools for monitoring web performance, has now broadened its VitalAnalysis and VitalHelp products to support email, groupware, database and ERP applications, and also enables customers to monitor in-house applications through its Appworks integration tool. The full suite of products supporting 100 users cost around $25,000. VitalSigns has so far raised $6.5m funding, and signed some major OEM deals, including Cisco Systems Inc and Nortel’s Bay Networks. Both companies are aiming to go public over the next year or so.