Powersource, a division of Fifth Rock Software, Inc., is a nationally recognized company providing quality web development, e-commerce, database design, and software application-programming services. Established in 1994, Powersource was one of the first web development companies in the nation. As a female-minority owned business, the founder, SueEllen Strapp, was an early pioneer in the field of Internet technologies. In 2000, Powersource incorporated as Fifth Rock Software Inc. paving the way for new growth and leadership. As a visionary, Powersource has assisted organizations both private and governmental to adapt their offerings to the web in a way that expanded their business and/or educational offerings to a wider audience via the Internet. At the heart of the company's growth has been a dedication to excellence in service, quality and value for each client; a desire to work on rewarding projects; and a commitment to making a major contribution to the growth of technology assisted education.

The success of Powersource is a by-product of the firm's commitment to client growth and satisfaction. Once established, many of the company's early clients have gone on to develop their own Internet technology groups based largely on the protocols and standards set by Powersource. As a result more than seventy percent of the firm's consultancy work is for repeat clients. Powersource has been recognized repeatedly for achievements in the web development industry. Powersource is a recipient of numerous awards and endorsements. Powersource websites have been recognized by: The History Channel, Discovery Channel, private education re-sellers such as Classroom Connect, and hundreds of educational curriculum projects.

Powersource has been featured in articles in Access, The Houston Chronicle, The Houston Business Journal, and ComputerTrends magazine. As a member of the community, Powersource has been an instrumental technology partner of Fort Bend Independent School District.

Powersource represented the district as a member of the Texas Super Collider Project - planning the disbursement of the scientific equipment distributed by the Department of Energy after the closing of the Super Collider Project in 1996. Powersource assisted in the development of a strategy for integrating the resultant technology into the school system.

Powersource has achieved this national recognition because of the firm's ability to map out technology strategies to meet its customer's needs and complete projects on time and within budget. The firm has an excellent reputation for meeting aggressive schedules while maintaining a very lean staffing structure. Powersource offers some of the most skilled database architects, software developers, and systems specialists, providing the clients with innovative ideas and long-term and short-term, cost-effective solutions. Throughout the years, one thing that has never varied is Powersource's commitment to integrity, excellence and client satisfaction.


To provide quality business analysis, database design and architecture for software applications delivered through web-based information systems. Assisting organizations in the identification and implementation of the most effective and efficient tools for information management, data storage and secure data retrieval.


As founder of the company, SueEllen Strapp has been directly responsible for each of the projects outlined below, serving as business analyst, project manager and senior developer. The ten-year old company maintains a staff consisting of six on-site employees and fifteen off-site employees who provide data administration and programming services to organizations internationally recognized for their leadership in service delivery to the educational and governmental sectors.

As Director of Development, Tom Strapp interfaces with clients to determine the most functional and efficient designs for each web-based information delivery system. Based in Novosibirsk (the New University), the off-site programming staff is comprised of the highest level computer scientists from the former Soviet Union, and is supported by engineers with extensive experience in .Net, ColdFusion, Oracle, and SQL programming.


The success of the Powersource projects has enabled this software development company to be ranked among the top 0.001% of websites by the OpenSource Directory Consortia which includes top professionals from Yahoo, Microsoft, Netscape, and many other popular directory services companies. This ranking is the precursor to the Neilson ratings and indicates high traffic success of the Powersource client base. Powersource projects have achieved recommendations and awards from numerous organizations including Magellan, The Disney Channel and The History Channel. Powersource applications have also been featured in Internet Access, the Houston Chronicle, and Classroom Connect.


As one of the first secure websites, Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS), was the first financial consultancy website to integrate encryption and secure transmission of its client's financial information across the web. The Powersource team also developed the secure transaction processing system, the data mining and sharing schemes that interfaced with the CCCS mainframe application.

As the database architects in the collaborative effort between Fort Bend I.S.D. and Houston Baptist University, Powersource gained the experience of connecting three major organizations via the Internet using an application protocol that bridged the information systems of all three organizations allowing for data sharing and systems integration.

The introduction of content management, artificial scheduling, and web positioning over the past eight years, has supported the growth of Hay House Publishing to just over eighty million dollars in sales in 2002. Initial consulting spanned all aspects of support from individual users Internet connectivity to the web-based applications integration and e-commerce objectives.

Powersource designed the accounting application and the content driven database with integrated security features for Voyager University which won the venture capitalist a multi-million dollar grant from the state of Texas.

The professional staff carries the highest level certifications from Microsoft, Novell, and CISCO.