Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gartner names ProtonMedia “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace”

Another milestone for ProtonMedia
Whoever said geeks aren't cool was dead wrong. Kinda' reminds me of the Bill Gates quote, "Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one."

Well, I have to tell you, one organization that's nice to nerds is Gartner. Its annual "Cool Vendor" reports are proof, because every company included is geeky and nerdy. (What did you expect? Gartner is the world’s top information technology research and advisory company.)

So there you have it folks, geeks are cool. And now ProtonMedia is officially one cool, geeky vendor. That's because Gartner anointed us one of its "Cool Vendors in the High-Performance Workplace" for 2010. It published its report last Thursday.

It's another high-five milestone for the company and ProtoSphere, and I'm honored Gartner included us in the report. It's no small feat to survive its stringent research process, so we must be doing something right!! Thanks again to Gartner for its time, consideration, and recognition.

If you're a Gartner subscriber, you can access the full report on its website, which includes its methodology and analysis of its research. You can also read the press release we issued this morning.

ProtonMedia Named “Cool Vendor in the High-Performance Workplace” by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors selected for the “Cool Vendor” report are Innovative, Impactful, and Intriguing

LANSDALE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ProtonMedia, the developer of the ProtoSphere virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, announced today that it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors in the High-Performance Workplace, 2010”i report by Gartner, Inc., published April 15, 2010.

As stated in the report (ID number G00174986), “Cool vendors in the high-performance workplace are helping to build communities and better connections between people in the know and those who need them.” It continues, “Enhancing collaboration between employees, customers and business partners, delivers value to the enterprise. Looking beyond traditional approaches—perhaps even into virtual environments—may provide better security, better interactions and better outcomes than on-premises.”

ProtoSphere is the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative product lifecycle management (PLM) in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall.

“Gartner is the world’s top information technology research and advisory company, and is often the first source executives turn to for help when making decisions about technology solutions and aligning their IT initiatives with their business objectives,” says Ron Burns, CEO of ProtonMedia. “We believe this is another milestone for ProtoSphere, being acknowledged as an exceptional way for companies to overcome long-established barriers to knowledge transfer, collaboration, and collective decision-making. We thank Gartner for looking at ProtoSphere critically, are honored we held up to its rigorous research process, and feel this is a confirmation of our ability to help companies achieve high-performance collaborative workplaces.”

Global companies are using ProtoSphere to meet their most demanding meeting, collaboration, and decision-making requirements. For example, Merck held the pharmaceutical industry’s first virtual scientific poster session in ProtoSphere, and BP used ProtoSphere to create a virtual collaboration environment for its annual graduate conference, and calculated savings of $3.7 million compared to producing a physical event.

ProtoSphere is also the only virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace that integrates with Microsoft SharePoint services and content. By adding ProtonMedia’s SharePoint Media Carousel to their ProtoSphere environment, companies extend their SharePoint investment and processes while cutting travel costs, raising productivity, and improving engagement.

About Gartner's Cool Vendors Selection Process

Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.

Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn't do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner's interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.

ABOUT PROTONMEDIA

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, the market-leading virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall. ProtonMedia’s customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Cisco. A trial version of ProtoSphere can be downloaded at http://protonmedia.com/trial-download/. For more information, visit www.ProtonMedia.com.

PRESS RESOURCES

Visit the ProtonMedia press kit online.

i Gartner "Cool Vendors in the High-Performance Workplace, 2010" by Carol Rozwell and Steve Prentice, April 15, 2010.

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Paul Johnson
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