Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase Awards Startups Helping Businesses Communicate

HRLive, Perch, Tango Networks & TextGen Receive Prestigious Recognition

Mar 5, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprise Connect, produced by UBM Tech, today announced the winners of its fourth annual Innovation Showcase competition. The four winners will present their solutions to communications and IT decision makers during opening general sessions at Enterprise Connect Orlando, happening March 17-20 at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL. For more information visit: enterpriseconnect.com/orlando/.

Enterprise Connect Orlando - March 17-20, 2014

The Innovation Showcase program honors emerging companies for significantly improving enterprise communication and collaboration. The following winners exemplify the next generation of communication tools:

  • HRLive: A social platform for video interviews built for HR pros to screen, engage and recruit talent
  • Perch: Provides intelligent always-on video portals to naturally connect distributed teams to maintain a unified company culture
  • Tango Networks: A solution that provides federation between the mobile network and enterprise UC applications to enable rich enterprise UC on any device
  • TextGen: A turnkey application that enables consumer brands to introduce self-service over SMS with existing land or toll free numbers

From more than 20 submissions, competition judges selected the four winners based on the creativity behind their solutions and their applicability to real challenges in the workplace. To be eligible, applicants cited at least one customer currently using the nominated product or service and have revenues of less than $10 million.

The four companies will exhibit in the dedicated Innovation Showcase booth and will participate in a discussion about the state of innovation in enterprise communication. Each company will describe their winning products and services and how they are contributing to the rapid development of the industry.

"Given growing demand for communication capabilities beyond voice, each year we see more and more innovative startups challenge previous solutions and introduce new ways to help businesses collaborate—both internally and with clients and partners," said TalkingPointz Distinguished Analyst, Dave Michels, who managed the Innovation Showcase selection process. "With so many qualified applicants, including many WebRTC and video solutions, the selection process was extremely difficult. Each of the four Innovation Showcase winners bring something new to enterprise communications and are well deserving of this honor."

"The Enterprise Connect Innovation Showcase provides a platform for promising startups to be recognized for their important accomplishments," said Enterprise Connect General Manager Fred Knight. "The combination of the contestants in this competition and the fact that more than 30 percent of the companies exhibiting at our event are doing so for the first time illustrates how this industry is changing. We congratulate the winners and look forward to their presentations."

All Innovation Showcase winners will present Monday at 3:15 pm in Sun B and will exhibit in Booth 437.

About Enterprise Connect
Enterprise Connect is the leading conference and exhibition for enterprise IP Telephony, Converged Networks and Unified Communications in North America. Enterprise Connect® brings corporate IT decision makers together with the industry's vendors, analysts and consultants to focus on the issues central to enterprise networks and communications. Enterprise Connect® owns and produces No Jitter, providing daily blogging and analysis of enterprise communications, and it also serves the community with a weekly email newsletter, a Webinar Series and Virtual Events. For more information, visit www.enterpriseconnect.com.  

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