Telligent CEO Patrick Brandt said Leverage Software's strength is in enterprise social networking delivered as software as a service (SaaS)--something closer to the service offered by Yammer. Leverage also brings a strong customer base, including companies like Wells Fargo, Stanford University, and Home Depot, he said.
"This is full SaaS, true SaaS--multitenant, not the fake stuff," Brandt said. Telligent currently offers applications on a cloud computing business model, with subscription payments rather than traditional software licensing, as an alternative for some of its customers. However, this is on a "single tenant, multi-instance" basis--meaning that Telligent configures and hosts servers for those customers. Cloud services that provision customer accounts from a common pool of servers can activate new services more quickly and operate more efficiently.
"This is a way to improve your velocity, to get your community or your social network online quickly," Brandt said.
The majority of Telligent customers continue to prefer on-premises applications, giving the company an edge with those who are not ready to consider cloud-only solutions, Brandt said. At the same time, the demand for cloud services is increasing, and Leverage will supply the expertise Telligent needs to support that option more effectively, he said. "We are, no doubt, seeing the wave of cloud in our business keeping up with the hype and the news. We are seeing that demand for real."
Known for its "people-centered design" and for its mobile apps, Leverage will help Telligent improve usability across its product line, Brandt said. In the long run, he expects to see a merger of the products, both of which are built on the Microsoft platform.
Leverage founder Joe Kleinschmidt will become VP of cloud products, reporting to Telligent founder and CTO Rob Howard.
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