Intel Announces Collaboration to Launch Web 2.0 Business Internet Suite
Intel Capital Investments Lead to Unique Web 2.0 Solution
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intel Corporation today announced at the Web 2.0 Conference today that it is collaborating with several software companies on the launch of SuiteTwo, a business Internet suite.
“Intel Capital is the only global venture capital organization of its kind that can spearhead a project like this by offering an engagement with Intel business units and international promotion through appropriate channels.”
The integrated suite, a family of interconnected services combined to improve productivity and enable high-engagement marketing, is comprised of business Web 2.0 capabilities from leading software companies, including Six Apart, Socialtext, NewsGator, SimpleFeed and SpikeSource.
Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, pioneered the assembly of this suite. Intel’s Software and Solutions Group plans to make the suite available through its extensive OEM and reseller sales channels as well as participating software partners.
Representing a fundamental shift toward open, flexible and participatory computing models, SuiteTwo is a foundation for communication that drives internal collaboration and external, high-engagement marketing. It includes advanced Web applications that incorporate blogging, RSS, search and Wiki capabilities into a single, fully integrated suite that operates on PC-based hardware. All services are integrated with a single sign-on and rich user interface. Future releases of SuiteTwo will include podcasting, business networking, mobility and other features. Initially, the software suite will be offered in English and Japanese.
"This was a unique opportunity to actively create an effective software suite that delivers heightened capabilities to the enterprise ecosystem," said Arvind Sodhani, president of Intel Capital. "Intel Capital is the only global venture capital organization of its kind that can spearhead a project like this by offering an engagement with Intel business units and international promotion through appropriate channels."
"SuiteTwo demonstrates the benefits of bringing together individual Web 2.0 products into a solution for businesses," said Renee James, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel’s Software and Solutions Group. "The Intel® Channel Marketplace will help bring this solution to the broader enterprise community."
Worldwide sales and distribution will be available through Intel's global channel of OEMs, distributors and resellers as well as participating software partners. The suite will run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Microsoft Windows(1). More information about the product can be found at www.suitetwo.com.
About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel's venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$6 billion in nearly 1,000 companies in more than 40 countries. In that time, about 180 portfolio companies have been acquired by other companies and another 155 have gone public on various exchanges around the world. In 2005, Intel Capital invested about US$265 million in about 140 deals with approximately 60 percent of funds invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com.
NewsGator Technologies is the world's leading RSS platform company. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, NewsGator develops and markets RSS aggregation solutions for individual end users, enterprises, and online content providers. Using NewsGator products and solutions, businesses and consumers can subscribe to news, information, podcasts, and other relevant content more efficiently and effectively than with traditional channels. With NewsGator, users have access to RSS information via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, mobile devices, and both Windows- and Mac-based desktop clients. All NewsGator products synchronize seamlessly, enabling users to read their RSS feeds anywhere, anytime, with any device. For more information, visit www.newsgator.com.
SimpleFeed, headquartered in Los Altos, Calif. is the newest and simplest way for companies to implement, manage and modify customer communications programs -- all without needing any IT support. As a result, SimpleFeed has become the market leader for providing on-demand RSS marketing services to corporations. With SimpleFeed, customers subscribe using RSS to product updates, customer support, recent news -- whatever interests them. The result is a simple, persistent communication channel that respects the time and privacy of customers. In return, companies get more attention, more credibility and the ability to measure the results of their communication programs. SimpleFeed is being used by corporations to increase sales to existing customers, acquire new customers and increase customer retention. Customers now include Ad-Tech, IDG World Expo, Intuit, and more.
About Six Apart
Six Apart Ltd. provides award-winning blogging software and services that change the way millions of individuals, organizations, and corporations connect and communicate across the world every day. Founded in 2002 by husband-and-wife team Ben Trott and Mena G. Trott, Six Apart has grown into a global company with its headquarters in San Francisco, CA, and offices in Europe and Japan. The company continues to lead in the blogging and social media industry with the Movable Type (http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/) publishing platform, the TypePad (http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/) hosted blogging service, LiveJournal (http://www.sixapart.com/livejournal/), an online community organized around personal journals, and Vox (http://www.vox.com/), a free blogging service for friends and families. For more information visit the Six Apart corporate web site at http://www.sixapart.com/.
Socialtext (http://www.socialtext.com/) is the first Wiki (http://www.socialtext.com/products/overview) company, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., enabling enterprises to be more productive with a Wiki, a commons-based knowledge tool. Socialtext makes secure Wikis used daily by global companies for daily project communication and intranet-like needs. A Wiki is a group-editable Web site that is private, linkable and searchable. Socialtext offers several deployment options, including hosted service, open source, on-premise and appliance-based solutions to suit customers' security, integration and configuration needs. 2,000 enterprises use Socialtext, including Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, IKEA, Kodak, Nokia, and Symantec. http://www.socialtext.com.
SpikeSource integrates, manages and distributes open source applications through global network of trusted solution providers. The company certifies complete solutions with an automated test framework that performs over 300,000 daily tests. The SpikeSource portfolio of SpikeCertified and SpikeIgnited solutions includes a comprehensive software update and support service called Spike™ Net. For a list of SpikeSource solution providers, visit www.spikesource.com.
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