SOURCE: Contatta

Contatta

October 20, 2014 08:00 ET

Industry Veteran Pat Sullivan Launches the Contatta Collaboration Platform to Improve Business Communication and Collaboration

Contatta is the First Application to Integrate Collaboration, Task, File and Contact Management With Email

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - Oct 20, 2014) - Software veteran and Contatta CEO Pat Sullivan and his team announce the Contatta Collaboration Platform, a comprehensive business application that takes business communication and collaboration to a new level. Sullivan is known as the visionary who invented CRM by creating ACT! and SalesLogix, and now he is planning a "three-peat" of software success as he solves significant problems with email.

A recent Contatta-sponsored survey of nearly 1,200 US-based workers found that 44 percent of respondents think email overload is the most annoying thing about their job; yet 74 percent of workers are not using collaboration software. Sullivan is solving these problems by creating the only platform that combines business-critical apps to build more effective teams, create communities, and take conversations to places email or chat alone never could. Contatta is available today with a free 30-day trial.

"Businesses use many apps that are dissimilar and only work well when used for their specific function. Individually, each tool is good; collectively, we end up with silos of information that cause churn and confusion," said Pat Sullivan, Co-founder and CEO of Contatta. "We believe Contatta is the answer to team communication problems and Contatta will make your company more effective and efficient in ways you never imagined."

Future of Collaboration
The Contatta Collaboration Platform is the first comprehensive business application to integrate collaboration, task, file and contact management with email. The platform lets teams collaborate with everyone -- even clients, vendors and partners. The end result: teams spend less time managing splintered online conversations; instead, teams spend more time working together to move business conversations, ideas and projects forward.

Contatta Solves Problems with Email
Email is a mission-critical business tool, but it comes with challenges. Contatta solves four of those challenges:

Collaboration

  • Problem: Email is used to collaborate with teams and to share information with large and small groups; result is what Sullivan calls "reply-all hell."
  • Solution: Contatta Workrooms replaces email distribution groups with real-time threaded discussions outside the inbox.

Task Management

  • Problem: Email is used to track tasks as people "flag" emails or send emails to themselves as reminders; result is even more email in the in-box.
  • Solution: Contatta turns emails into "tasks" that can be easily tracked, so conversations and action items are organized in one place.

File Management

  • Problem: Email is used to manage and share attachments; result is endless searching and mining for important files.
  • Solution: Contatta file management sorts email attachments and organizes them by contact for easy access.

Contacts

  • Problem: Email is used to track contacts in address book silos; result is no central place for contact information and no sharing of contacts across teams and departments.
  • Solution: Contatta easily shares contacts across an entire team so everyone has the most up-to-date contact information; at the same time, personal contacts can still be kept private.

Business-ready Platform
Contatta is a comprehensive business platform that meets the highest of IT standards:

  • Everywhere: Access from desktops, tablets and smartphone browsers.
  • Flexible: Integrates with email servers, such as Gmail, Exchange and iCloud, so users can choose to use Contatta email or legacy email.
  • Secure: Contatta is based on IMAP protocol, and users are assured data is protected with industry-leading security technology to protect information. Contatta is certified by TRUSTe and Dell Secureworks.
  • Scalable: Collaborate with teams from two to ten thousand.
  • Affordable: One low price of $10 per month per user after a free 30-day trial.

To learn about Contatta, or to sign up for the free 30-day trial, go to www.contatta.com.

About Pat Sullivan
Pat Sullivan is a two-time Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named one of the "80 Most Influential People in Sales and Marketing History" among Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Jack Welch and Bill Gates by Sales and Marketing Management.

He is the Co-Creator of ACT! and Founder of SalesLogix. ACT! remains the top selling contact manager. Following the purchase of ACT! by Symantec, Sullivan founded SalesLogix in 1995 and led its revenue growth to $108 million in only five years. After a successful IPO and the repurchase of ACT! in 1999, SalesLogix was sold to The Sage Group in 2001.

About Contatta
Contatta is a team collaboration platform that creates richer, more meaningful team communication. The vision is to take the function of dissimilar communication tools -- namely, tools that manage communication, tasks, files and contacts -- and create a hub for team collaboration. Contatta offers a platform for meaningful discussions, and ultimately, a system to manage projects, assign tasks, share files, and communicate with your team in a central location. In short, Contatta can take your collaboration to places chat or email never could.

Contatta recently raised a $1.5 million convertible round, bringing total funding to $7.9 million. Leading investors Kickstart Seed Fund II and Grayhawk Capital, as well as all of Contatta's current board members, including Pat Sullivan, participated in this latest round of investment.

Contatta is located in Phoenix's Silicon Desert. You can join the conversation at www.contatta.com or on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter @Contatta. You can contact Contatta at pr@contatta.com.