Huddle (software)

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Huddle
Type Private
Industry Collaboration platform, Content Management Systems
Founded 2006
Headquarters London, United Kingdom, San Francisco, California
Key people Co-founder and CEO: Alastair Mitchell
Co-founder & EVP Strategy: Andy McLoughlin
Products Huddle
Website www.huddle.com

Huddle is a privately held cloud-based collaboration and content management software company founded in London in 2006 by Alastair Mitchell and Andy McLoughlin. As of 2012, the company has raised approximately $40 million in three funding rounds from Jafco Ventures, Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners and angel investors[1][2] and is co-headquartered in London and San Francisco with additional offices in Washington D.C. and New York City.

Huddle has established the Huddle Foundation to provide completely free Huddle software packages to registered charities worldwide, including Unicef and the Swiss Red Cross.[3]

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The Huddle software platform provides cloud-based file sharing, file storage, content management, collaboration, task management, discussion boards, custom branding, security and authorization control, as well as an API.[4] Since its first release in 2007, Huddle's software platform has been used by more than 100,000 organizations worldwide, including Disney, AKQA, Kia Motors, Diageo and the central government of the United Kingdom[5] to manage projects, share files and collaborate with people inside and outside of their organizations.[4] The latest version of Huddle uniquely combines content and conversations in one central view and offers users a workable preview of files without the need to download them.[6] Huddle can be accessed online and through its native mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry. It is currently available in 15 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.[7]

On June 26, 2012, Huddle announced that it had created the first enterprise content recommendation application for iPad. The Huddle for iPad app includes automatic file syncing, the capability to have online and offline access to certain documents, email integration, and integration with other apps such as Google QuickOffice and Fileboard. It also brings for the first time Huddle’s predictive intelligence and content discovery features to the iPad.[8]

Huddle usage in government[edit]

In June 2012 it was confirmed that the United Kingdom government spent more on Huddle software than any other software available in its G-Cloud program. Of the 257 suppliers on the CloudStore, Huddle has secured six out of the 11 recorded sales, which equates to £402,125 of the £453,778.38 spent since its launch in February. Purchasers of the SharePoint alternative include the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The single largest government deployment of Huddle, estimated at £251,000, was made by the Ministry of Justice, though they no longer buy from Huddle. The Cabinet Office has previously estimated the cost of the CloudStore at £4.93m and the savings it should generate the public sector at £340m by 2015.[9][10]

On September 12, 2012, Huddle announced that a FISMA-certified instance of its cloud-based content collaboration platform is being developed for U.S. government agencies and organizations as a result of a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the non-profit, strategic investment firm that identifies innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. This new secure version of its platform enables the U.S. government community to securely discover, access and work on content with people. The technology is currently being developed for two IQT customer agencies, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.[11][12]

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