SOURCE: SiteScape

March 19, 2007 10:41 ET

SiteScape Announces ICEcorps™, the First Open Source Collaboration Suite to Unify Team Workspaces and Real-Time Conferencing

Next-Generation Solution Drives Organizational Effectiveness and User Adoption Through a Unique Combination of Real-Time Collaboration Tools and Enterprise Social Software Features

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 19, 2007 -- GARTNER Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit -- SiteScape, Inc. of Maynard, MA, the premier provider of secure web-based workflow and collaboration solutions, today announced ICEcorps™, the first Open Source collaboration suite that unifies team workspaces and real-time conferencing. ICEcorps combines flexible real-time tools and enterprise social software to deliver an innovative application with the reliability, scalability and support available only from a proven software company that has been providing successful collaboration applications for more than 12 years.

"ICEcorps gives knowledge workers an instant way to locate information critical to their jobs, access expertise, collaborate with team members, share documents, and gain visibility into team-wide activities -- all using familiar social software tools and techniques," said SiteScape CEO and Chairman, Brian Hays. "We're confident that ICEcorps offers a compelling value proposition for customers and partners seeking integrated team workspaces and real-time conferencing built on an Open Source model that provides low acquisition costs and speed of innovation."

ICEcorps brings together a broad range of web workspace and collaboration tools to meet personal, team and organization needs. It enables team members to communicate based on presence through any combination of phones, IM, chat, SMS, or email, and to meet anywhere, at anytime using voice and web conferencing and real-time sharing of documents. Users can create content through web forms, blogs, wikis, edit-in-place of files, recordings of meetings, and dragging of files from their disk drive -- all in a format that can be easily changed to suit personal preferences. In addition, ICEcorps enables effective management of even the most complex business processes -- without programming -- using a flexible workflow engine. Virtual folders can be created through saved searches.

Novell has introduced two products -- Novell Teaming and Novell Teaming + Conferencing -- that are based on ICEcorps, and is previewing the collaboration software today at its 2007 BrainShare conference in Salt Lake City. "Novell conducted a thorough evaluation of collaboration vendors and concluded that SiteScape has the market's most innovative technology," said Kent Erickson, Vice President and General Manager of Novell Workgroup Solutions. "Novell Teaming + Conferencing will be a valuable complement to the Novell Open Workgroup Suite, enabling us to deliver a more complete, open, and cost-effective workgroup productivity solution from desktop to server. We've already identified a number of customers who are excited to beta test Novell Teaming + Conferencing within their organizations."

A recent Gartner report* stated, "Enterprise social software will be the biggest new workplace technology success story of this decade. 30% of enterprises will openly sponsor internal MySpace-like social sharing spaces to help employees find others with similar interests, skills, backgrounds and experiences. These social sites will be businesslike but not restricted to business. Together with improved search tools, these personal home pages on the intranet will facilitate expertise location and communication, and improve bonding between employees."

Scheduled for availability in the summer of, 2007 using an Open Source licensing model, ICEcorps will be offered in a range of packages and options, including:

--  Core Open Source versions -- ICEcorps ST asynchronous team workspace
    suite and ICEcorps ZX team workspace suite with real-time voice and web
    conferencing
    
--  Scalable, enterprise-class versions -- ICEcorps Enterprise ST
    asynchronous team workspace suite and ICEcorps Enterprise ZX team workspace
    suite with real-time voice and web conferencing
    
--  ICEcorps Advanced Workflow and ICEcorps Telephony Interface will be
    available as separately priced add-ons to the Enterprise packages
    
About SiteScape

SiteScape, Inc. integrated solutions meet enterprise needs for knowledge management, program/project management, communities-of-practice, telework, knowledge networks, business and government continuity, and many other workflow-driven functions. SiteScape's easy-to-use web-based products are secure, scalable, customizable, PKI-enabled and 508-compliant. Organizations such as Shell, the US Navy, the Centers for Disease Control, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts use SiteScape products as their preferred collaboration solution. For more information, visit www.sitescape.com.

About Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit

The Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit is the only event designed to explain the technologies and best practices required for innovative work to happen. This 2.5-day forum looks at workplace technologies such as portals, content management, communications tools, office suites, VOIP, collaboration support technologies, and mobile devices, and how these technologies are a key element in raising overall organizational productivity and employee impact. Additional information is available at www.gartner.com/us/pcc.

*Gartner, Inc., "Predicts 2007: Big Changes Ahead in the high-Performance Workplace," Tom Austin, Jeffrey Mann, et al., December 5, 2006.

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