Etensity, Viant Suffer Setbacks

The former files for bankruptcy, the latter cuts staff again.

Like many e-services firms, Etensity and Viant are struggling to survive.

Etensity, a Vienna, Va.-based provider of application development and other e-services, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The company, which currently employs about 75 people, said it does not expect any further layoffs during the reorganization period. The firm over the past year has attempted to expand from Web development activities into such new e-services areas as privacy consulting and managed services.

Meanwhile, Viant is cutting 116 jobs--or one-third of its work force--bringing the companys headcount to 200 employees.

This is Viants third round of layoffs. The Boston-based consulting firm had more than 600 employees before the dot-com market imploded in mid-2000.