Sitrion

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Sitrion (formerly NewsGator Technologies) is a multinational software company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Sitrion develops and markets mobility and collaboration software. It was founded in 2004 under the name NewsGator. It was initially a consumer company focused on RSS aggregation, before shifting its focus to the enterprise market. The company raised $12 million in funding in 2007 and acquired Tomoye in 2010. In 2013 NewsGator acquired Sitrion, and in 2014 chose to keep the same name.

Corporate history[edit]

Sitrion was founded as NewsGator in 2004 by Greg Reinacker and was initially self-funded. Mobius provided an undisclosed amount of Series A and Series B funding in the early 2000s.[1] A third $6 million round of funding was raised in 2005.[2] In 2005 the company acquired Bradbury Software, which developed a desktop application called FeedDemon and a CSS/xHTML editor called TopStyle.[3] Another $12 million in funding was raised in December 2007, followed by $10 million in 2009.[4] From 2004 to 2010 the company's CEO was JB Holston.[5] In 2010 the company acquired Canada-based Tomoye, an enterprise community and collaboration computing vendor, primarily used by government organizations.[6] Daniel Kraft became CEO & President in 2012.[7]

In 2013, NewsGator acquired Sitrion, who was previously a business partner.[8][9] In January of the following year, the company changed its name to Sitrion.[10] While initially the purchase of Sitrion was intended to expand the product portfolio of NewsGator,[11] it then began focusing on selling social networking software to client companies (a business it had been in since 2007)—specifically Sitrion Social Workplace.[12] Kraft has stated that introducing social collaboration concepts can create a more invested staff, saying, “If you terminate nonproductive conversations, then you’re eliminating the ability to make the network a community people would like to belong to.”[13]

Software[edit]

A user interface image of the Sitrion ONE collaboration software

Sitrion Social[edit]

Sitrion Social is an add-on for SharePoint, which also integrates with SAP.[12][14] Version 3.0 of Social Sites (now Sitrion Social) was released in late 2009. Among other improvements, it introduced a microblogging component to the software.[15] In 2012 the company started developing software for vertical markets[16] and products for regulatory compliance in partnership with HiSoftware.[17] A simplified user interface for NewsGator Tomoye was introduced in 2011.[18] Sitrion Social is comparable to Facebook, but designed for use with Sharepoint and used for employee collaboration.[4] It is typically used to add functionality to Microsoft Sharepoint and SAP processes.[8][19]

Computers and Applied Sciences reviewed version 2.7 of Social Sites, Sitrion's Facebook-like employee collaboration tool. It praised the software's user interface and synchronization across devices.[19]

Past software[edit]

In 2002 Sitrion (then called NewsGator) originally developed consumer RSS software that allowed users to receive notifications when a blog, news site or other page was updated.[1][20] It was one of few readers that integrated directly with Microsoft Outlook.[20] In 2003 a version 1.3 was introduced that added support for subscribing to newsgroups through Outlook, automated some of the organization features and made other improvements.[21] Version 2.0 was released in March 2004, which allowed users to get notifications from mobile devices, to access exclusive content and made other improvements.[22] By 2004 it was one of the better known RSS tools.[23] It also made a partnership that year with PR firm Edelman to develop a reader tool called Hosted Conversations used by Edelman clients and available to others.[24] Integration with Factiva was also introduced that year.[25] NewsGator started pursuing the enterprise market in late 2005 with a new NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES) product.[26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ McGhee, Tom (April 20, 2005). "News-update firm attracts interest". The Denver Post.
  3. ^ Jaques R. NewsGator snaps up FeedDemon. Information World Review [serial online]. June 2005;(214):8. Available from: Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 31, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Perez, Juan (January 12, 2009). "Enterprise 2.0 Vendor NewsGator Gets Funding Boost". CIO Magazine.
  5. ^ "Xconomy: 10 Things to Know About BEN, Blackstone, and Colorado's Gazelles". 8 May 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  6. ^ Zinck, Barb (January 20, 2010). "NewsGator Acquires Tomoye: Expands Solution Offering, Markets". CMS Wire.
  7. ^ Mosher Zinck, Barb (August 12, 2012). "NewsGator Brings in ifridge Founder Daniel Kraft as New President & CEO". CMS Wire. Simpler Media Group, Inc. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  8. ^ a b Stowe, Boyd (2013-10-23). "NewsGator acquires Sitrion, pushes ahead in innovation sector". GigaOm. GigaOm. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  9. ^ Turk, Melanie (2013-10-22). "In Acquiring Sitrion, NewsGator Hopes to Make the Mundane More Fun". nojitter. Enterprise Connect. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
  10. ^ Koplowitz, Rob (February 3, 2014). "Your Next Portal Should Be An Engagement Workplace". Forrester Research. Forrester Research. Retrieved 27 February 2014.
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  12. ^ a b "Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia Embraces Social Collaboration - InformationWeek". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
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  17. ^ "NewsGator and HiSoftware Close the Social Business Compliance Gap". Information Technology Newsweekly. March 13, 2012. p. 228.
  18. ^ "NewsGator Simplifies Management of Online Communities With New Version of NewsGator Tomoye". Computer Weekly News. February 3, 2011. p. 119.
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  22. ^ Miller R. RSS Delivery Gets Around with NewsGator Upgrade. Econtent [serial online]. March 2004;27(3):7-8. Available from: Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 31, 2014.
  23. ^ Shinkle, Kirk (April 12, 2004). "Too Much Data To Track On Web? Then Aggregate With RSS". Investor's Business Daily.
  24. ^ Garcia, Tonya (December 18, 2006). "NewsGator, Edelman ink partnership". PRWeek. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  25. ^ Pickering B. NewsGator link-up gives Factiva edge in RSS feeds. Information World Review [serial online]. June 2005;(214):3. Available from: Computers & Applied Sciences Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 1, 2014.
  26. ^ Elgan, Mike. "NewsGator Goes Corporate With RSS Server". InformationWeek.