Conenza Named "Cool Vendor" in Social Software Report by Gartner

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Vendors selected for the "Cool Vendors in Social Software" report are "innovative, impactful and intriguing"

Conenza, a leading provider of corporate social networking solutions for enterprise alumni and employee communities, today announced that it was one of four vendors listed in the "Cool Vendors in Social Software, 2009"(1) report by top analyst firm, Gartner, Inc.

According to the Gartner report, "social software is one of the hottest areas in the software industry." Strategic CIOs and HR leaders are leveraging social software to retain access to the valuable knowledge of departing employees, reduce recruiting costs, facilitate effective employee on-boarding and off-boarding, and build extended talent networks of company-savvy collaborators and contributors.

"In today's challenging economic environment, companies are looking for ways to quickly increase efficiency and cut costs," said Tony Audino, Conenza CEO. "A private and secure corporate social network can enable a company to enhance collaboration and the sharing of best practices and information across the enterprise, identify and leverage the unique skill sets of employees and corporate alumni, and create valuable connections between and among current and former employees around the globe. With world-class technology and more than a decade of 'online community-building' experience, Conenza guides Global 2000 companies in building and growing vibrant online alumni and employee social networks, providing a competitive advantage in talent management, knowledge retention, business development, and high-value marketing."

A full copy of the Gartner report is available at Gartner.com.

(1) Gartner, Inc. "Cool Vendors in Social Software, 2009" by Jeffrey Mann, Carol Rozwell, Nikos Drakos, Thomas Otter, March 13, 2009

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 Conenza
With more than a decade of corporate social networking experience, Conenza is a trusted partner for building and managing highly-engaging online corporate alumni and employee communities for Global 2000 enterprises. Conenza's fully-managed enterprise community solution, featuring the quick-start Conenza Community Core, delivers retained access to valuable intellectual capital, enhanced collaboration, increased recruiting efficiency, decreased on-boarding costs, reduced outplacement costs, and increased revenue- and brand-building opportunities. Conenza's on-demand enterprise solution includes expert support services that help clients quickly harness the full potential of their branded, online corporate community. For more information, visit http://www.conenza.com.

For further information, please contact:
Meighan Berberich
Director of Marketing Communications, Conenza
Telephone: (206) 792-4247

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