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June 01, 2011 08:02 ET

Spigit Expands Into Latin America and Welcomes New Influential Partners

The Social Innovation Leader Launches Its Second International Office This Year

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 1, 2011) - Spigit, the leader in social innovation solutions, today announced extended growth and focus in Latin America. The Spigit Latin America office has opened in Santiago, Chile and is the company's second international office; the first office was opened in London in January 2011.The expansion is anticipated to generate a sizeable amount of activity for 2011 via partnership relationships, and has already welcomed five influential partners spanning Central and South America.

"With nearly 600 million citizens and 100+ million on social networks in the Latin America region, there is growing corporate demand to incorporate the power of collaboration and crowdsourcing to leverage the top ideas of employees, partners and customers," stated Clifton Ashley, Director, Latin America, Spigit. "Due to the huge social networking presence in Latam, our decision to expand into this region was natural. Considering Spigit's leadership in structured social innovation for enterprises and brands, the timing is ideal."

As many companies are beginning to invest more heavily into corporate innovation, finding the right platform for effective crowdsourcing, both within a corporation as well as to help drive loyalty and ideation results from their brand on Facebook, has become a corporate priority. According to José Molina, Executive Director, eSource/AlturaConsult in the Caribbean Basin, "The expansion comes at a perfect time as innovation is becoming a key focus for businesses globally."

Additionally, other influential partners are convinced that enabling innovation through a scalable, structured process is key to organizational success for businesses moving forward. According to Andrés Cargill, CEO, Soluciones Orion, which is focused on the Southern Cone, "Spigit incorporates the powerful user engagement features and effective idea-capturing capabilities necessary for our clients in government and enterprise to create thriving innovation communities that provide transparency and deliver actionable results."

Spigit's unique crowdsourcing abilities and dynamic user interface allow companies to tap into the collective intelligence of the masses and extract meaningful data. According to Luis Fernando Trevisan, Head of Business Development at Spread, "Creating structured innovation for Brazilian companies and their employees, customers and partners is key to enhancing productivity and driving the business value necessary to survive in a competitive landscape." These social, open communities are positioned to generate massive opportunities never experienced before by the enterprise.

Since Spigit's innovation platform is horizontal across all verticals, the social innovation software leader is targeting all major industries in Latin America, with a concentration on Government, Finance, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Mining, Retail and Technology. Spigit's goal is to further develop global social innovation for multinational corporations and deliver a single, consistent platform to companies striving to achieve increased revenue, reduced operating costs, and implement more efficient processes. According to Andrés Cifuentes, Director of Business Development, Eforcers, Colombia, "Today, social innovation is a key focus inside organizations. As the leading company in managing innovation platforms, Spigit is the perfect business partner for Eforcers to drive Latin American companies on the right innovation path." Companies either based in, or with a presence in Latin America, will also be pleased to learn that Spigit has localized its software platform to support both the Spanish and Portuguese languages.

"With over 8 years of experience in innovation, we understand the significant impact that new ideas have on organizational progress, and are confident that our partnership with Spigit will prove to be a great opportunity for both companies as we work together to expand innovative success throughout México," stated Luis Fernando Campos Yannelli, Online Services Manager, Kio Networks.

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About Spigit

Spigit is the leading provider of social innovation management software, connecting employees, customers and business partners for innovation and insight discovery. Using enterprise-grade social technology, Spigit's software taps into the collective intelligence of an organization and transforms it into actionable, predictive information. By incorporating incentives, idea graduation, idea trading and real-time analytics, Spigit allows companies to harness the social capital within. Our technologies are used by the largest and most innovative companies in the world including: Overstock.com, AAA, US Bank, City of New York, Reed Elsevier, Southwest Airlines, and Lloyds TSB. Spigit currently powers innovation projects at numerous Fortune 2000 companies and has been named 2011 best "Social Media and Entertainment, Networking or Collaboration Product" by Network Products Guide, one of JMP Securities' 2011 "Hot 100" software companies, CIO Magazine's 20 to Watch in 2011, and is listed on the AlwaysOn Global 250 list, the power list of the top 250 private global technology companies. For more information, visit www.spigit.com or call 1-855-SPIGIT1

About eSource/AlturaConsult

Altura Consult is a premium consulting firm that seeks to bridge the gap between business strategy, processes, and the deployment of new technology. Together with our sister company, eSource Capital, we have extensive experience in helping our clients foster innovation and leverage optimized processes and great technology to become High Performance Organizations. Trying to lead by example, we are also constantly looking for new ideas to bring to our clients in the region, incorporating them into our service portfolio and seeking ways to position them as disruptive strategies to obtain competitive advantage. Our experience includes the public and private sectors, including some national governments, service providers, banks and utilities.

About Soluciones Orion

Orion Solutions specializes in security integration and information technology. With more than a decade of experience developing projects and providing services to leading companies in Latin America, Soluciones Orion maintains offices in Santiago, Buenos Aires, Lima and Bogota. Soluciones Orion focuses on three areas including business-managed Security Services, Professional Services and Engineering and Technology. We are the first company that specializes in information security in Latin America, making cloud-computing adoption more prevalent.

About Spread

With more than 27 years and around 2800 collaborators, Spread provides its Brazilian Market customers solutions in CIT Infrastructure & Systems, while bringing them effective and scalable innovation and cloud platforms.

About Eforcers

Eforcers S.A. has been conducting development of effective Internet solutions since 2000. Since then, Eforcers has acquired technical expertise to thoroughly understand, build, implement, and integrate company internal systems with the Google Apps platform. In 2007, Eforcers became the first official partner/reseller in Colombia for Google Apps.

About Kio Networks

KIO Networks has the most modern, highly available and reliable data centers in Latin America. Founded in the 2001, KIO Networks was created by the necessity that Mexican companies counted on information technologies services of critical mission, equivalent to those available by their competitors at a global level. The analysis of this necessity pushed us to form a human company with 100% Mexican capital with the best infrastructure, resources, methodology and tools in our space.

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