SOURCE: Qontext Inc.

Qontext Inc.

March 08, 2011 18:05 ET

Unifying Social Collaboration & Access Control Across Enterprise & Cloud Applications With Qontext and Intel

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Qontext, the leading business social collaboration platform, today announced it has joined the Intel® Expressway partnership program. With mainstream adoption of cloud applications and social collaboration within enterprises, the next challenge to overcome is to enable seamless identity management and social interaction across multiple applications. Qontext provides cross-application social collaboration functionality and Intel® Expressway Cloud Access 360 (Intel ECA 360) provides access control for the cloud through federated single-sign-on (SSO), user provisioning, step up strong authentication and client aware authorization.

Consistent with Gartner's top three strategic technology predictions for 2011, this partnership will help deliver a seamless combination of cloud, social and mobile capabilities for enterprises by ensuring that both the social collaboration and identity management are consistent across the applications within the organization.

Intel ECA 360 software is the first solution suite designed to control the entire lifecycle of access security for enterprises and their partners connecting to cloud applications. Qontext is a unique social business collaboration platform because it integrates seamlessly and deeply with existing applications. The partnership will enable customers to easily add consistent, unified social collaboration and identity management across their applications.

"Qontext and Intel ECA 360 are a natural fit," said Samir Ghosh, Qontext vice president of business development. "Together, the two products provide a consistent social, collaboration and security experience, paired with functionality across the enterprise's applications. For example, with Intel ECA 360 and Qontext, an enterprise user could collaborate with a cloud ERP system that links to an on-premises content management system, all using Active Directory behind the firewall for SSO and appropriate access privileges in both systems."

"We're working with Qontext to show what can be accomplished beyond SSO," said Girish Juneja, director, Intel Application Security & Identity Products. "Users of Qontext and Intel ECA 360 can use social collaboration within various applications while ensuring consistent, enterprise-class security and access control across those applications."

About Qontext:

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Qontext Inc. is a global provider of on-demand social networking software for medium to large companies and for ISVs seeking to quickly add state-of-the-art social features to their web-based applications. Qontext is the only private social collaboration platform that easily integrates with existing business applications such as CRM. Qontext facilitates shared information including discussions, documents, blogs, and more -- empowering employees to work together when and where they prefer -- creating maximum efficiency. Qontext uses on-demand, private cloud hosting for secure scalability with predictable, optimized IT costs and dependable, global Service Level Agreement. www.qontext.com.

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