Ellie Mae Inc was originally incorporated in California in August 1997. The Company is a provider of on-demand software solutions and services for the residential mortgage industry in the United States. Its mortgage management solutions help streamline and automate the process of originating and funding new mortgage loans, thereby increasing efficiency, improving loan quality, facilitating regulatory compliance and reducing documentation errors while providing one system of record for loans. The Company's network electronically connects approximately 136,000 mortgage professionals using Encompass to mortgage lenders, investors and third-party service providers integral to the origination and funding of residential mortgages. Encompass is a comprehensive operating system that handles key business and management functions involved in running a mortgage origination business. Mortgage originators use Encompass as a single tool for loan processing, marketing, customer communication and to interact electronically with lenders, investors and service providers over the Company's network. It also offer Encompass users other on-demand software services, including: Encompass Docs Solution, which automatically prepares the disclosure and closing documents necessary to fund a mortgage; Encompass CenterWise, a bundled offering of electronic document management, or EDM, and websites used for customer relationship management; Total Quality Loan, or TQL, which offers a suite of fraud detection, valuation, validation and risk analysis services; Encompass Compliance Service, which automatically checks for compliance with federal, state and local regulations throughout the origination process; tax transcript services which provide income verification capability; services for ordering and managing appraisals; Encompass CRM, a suite of tools for managing contacts, leads and marketing campaigns; Encompass Product and Pricing Service, which allows Encompass users to compare loans offered by different lenders and investors to determine appropriate mortgage programs available to a particular borrower; and Encompass Flood Service, which allows Encompass users to order and transfer flood zone certifications. The Company's competitors include: Byte Software Inc.; Calyx Technology, Inc.; Davis + Henderson Corporation; Harland Financial Solutions; ISGN Solutions Inc.; Mortgage Builder Software, Inc.; OpenClose Mortgage Software; and PCLender.com, Inc. The Company is subject to federal, state and local laws that regulate and restrict the manner in which operate in the residential mortgage industry, including Regulation X of RESPA, Regulation Z of TILA, the Mortgage Disclosure Improvement Act, and SAFE.