Established in 2002, Socialtext, a Bedford Funding portfolio company (which also owns Peoplefluent), was one of the first companies to deliver social networking software to businesses. Socialtext’s enterprise social networking products—including microblogging, blogs, wikis, profiles, and social spreadsheets—provide more efficient and simpler ways for employees to share vital information and work together in real-time. Delivered in the cloud or securely behind the firewall as an appliance, Socialtext customers can be provided with flexible deployment options that meet their security requirements.
After the recent partnership with Badgeville for gamification capabilities, this week Socialtext announced its distribution partnership with Winvale, one of the premier government-focused solutions providers in the United States. After multi-year success implementing the Socialtext software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform with government agencies, the offering will now be available through Winvale’s General Services Administration (GSA) Schedules.
By partnering with Winvale, Socialtext will be available to customers in the public sector as an approved product through the GSA schedule procurement process. Winvale channel partners can leverage the contract to sell products to government customers even if they do not hold a GSA contract of their own. Socialtext is available through the Vendor Store on the Winvale website.
The GSA schedule accreditation means that Socialtext has a cost-effective way for public sector customers to securely protect data availability and ensure that they are meeting compliance regulations. The Winvale partnership should expand Socialtext’s distribution channel and provide its resellers with the opportunity to implement a secure business social networking solution that integrates people, conversations, and content through the GSA. Jive Software and CCI Newsgate are some other GSA schedule contractor approved social networking products, but Socialtext can brag about being used by a cabinet secretary level agency, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).