LONDON--(Marketwire - Jul 19, 2012) - Huddle today unveiled a new version of its content collaboration platform for the enterprise, bringing together content and conversation in one streamlined view. In today's knowledge economy, immediate access to information provides enterprises with a significant competitive advantage and new Huddle's simplified and more intuitive interface enables users to instantly view and interact with their files, related discussions and metadata in one central place. The new version of Huddle is the latest in a series of product innovations this year, including Huddle's intelligent recommendation technology and Huddle Sync as well as redesigned native apps for iPhone and iPad, fuelling a projected eightfold increase in enterprise sales this year.
New Huddle places content at the centre of all user activity. It tracks all views, file changes, colleagues' comments, discussions and approvals -- regardless of whether they were made online, on the desktop, via mobile apps or email. This provides IT with granular audit trails of all activity for enterprise compliance purposes and enables users to control exactly who can view their files and edit their content. With files rendered accurately online in high definition, users can quickly and simply contribute to, share and discuss content in Huddle's secure cloud environment. Without having to download their files, users can search documents, copy text to the clipboard, zoom and print with a single click.
Thanks to new social features, including the activity stream, people have full visibility of all actions within their team and around specific content. With @mentions and the new 'Share' button, users can easily interact around core content and individuals and teams -- inside and outside of the firewall -- can be quickly notified of files that may be of interest. All relevant parties can securely work together on content and built-in workflows enable colleagues to easily review and approve documents and complete tasks.
"Enterprises understand the value of 'social software' as well as cloud-based content management systems: both can drive productivity, break down departmental silos and increase knowledge sharing," said Martin Schneider, research manager with 451 Research. "Today we are seeing content and sharing more closely aligned in tools like Huddle. The amalgamation of content and social collaboration in the cloud better supports the modern workplace -- where knowledge workers are demanding anytime, anywhere access to content, information and their colleagues."
"Organisations need knowledge, not just silos of content that take up storage space on servers," said Alastair Mitchell, CEO, Huddle. "New Huddle is the first enterprise tool that brings together content, conversation and enterprise-level security, giving workers a full 360-degree view of information that is important to them. Discussions are focused on specific content, knowledge is transmitted to the people that need it and the enterprise data store is enriched and available for everyone in the enterprise ecosystem. Legacy ICT systems no longer support the new ways of working and Huddle is leading a transformation in the ECM space, ensuring people have access to higher quality content, productivity is increased and costs are reduced."
"Huddle has transformed the way in which we store, share and collaborate on working documents and bid plans," said Jonathan Barwick, Bid Manager at Keolis UK, one of Europe's leading public transport operators. "The new central view enables the team to access and interact with their documents a lot faster and not having to download our files saves a huge amount of time. With all our content in Huddle workspaces, signing off files is much simpler and the platform has taken the hassle out of IT and location for us. When moving offices during a bid process, we didn't have to worry about moving servers or installing complex infrastructure. The team was up and running almost immediately and Huddle was an effective alternative to our servers."
"Prior to Huddle, we relied on email and servers to share documentation across the firewall," said Chris Minto, Operations Director at infrastructure-security and monitoring firm OptaSense. "With paperwork for numerous global projects being sent back and forth, it was difficult to keep track of revisions, feedback and approvals. If not stopped, we knew this could cause confusion for workers on site. Huddle provides us with a secure, central hub where everyone -- including field engineers, home workers, clients and partners -- can view the most up-to-date schematics for an installation, for example. With the new streamlined interface, it's immediately obvious what file version people are working from and all the discussions that have occurred around a file. Intuitive and easy to use, Huddle has significantly improved productivity, increased transparency on projects and we no longer have to provide VPN access to workers on the move."
The new version of Huddle has been rolled out to customers, including 80 per cent of the Fortune 500 and 80 per cent of central UK government departments. Huddle recently closed a $24 million Series C round of funding and announced that enterprise sales had increased fivefold over the last year.
Huddle is the enterprise content collaboration company that helps organisations across the globe to collaborate intelligently. Huddle's intelligent collaboration platform is revolutionizing enterprise content management by enabling organizations to store, discover, share and work on content with others securely in the cloud. Its patent-pending intelligent technology locates and recommends valuable information to users, with no need for search. Co-headquartered in London and San Francisco and with offices in New York City, Huddle's customers include 80 percent of Fortune 500 and 80 percent of UK central government, and companies such as Diageo, Kia Motors and PwC. The company is privately held and backed by venture capital firms DAG Ventures, Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners and Jafco Ventures.
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