White Plains, NY and London â 27th May 2003 â With adoption of secure, real-time messaging tools and services increasing in European financial markets, Communicator Inc is extending its global presence in this sector by partnering with Inceptio Communications Limited. The two companies are delivering the Communicator Hub IM messaging tool to a growing number of corporations. They will help European companies address key business communications issues: instantaneous communication and collaboration, security and identity management, compliance with regulations for archiving messages, and the evolution of messaging services into broader collaboration, presence-sensing and content delivery tools.
The two companies will also promote the value for European-based securities industry firms in joining SecuritiesHub, a global, fixed-income community research and information portal. SecuritiesHub enables buy-side companies to view co-mingled research, personalize the information they view and communicate in real-time with their sell-side colleagues at major global investment firms. With over 24,000 institutional investors from more than 60 countries now using SecuritiesHub, it has become the fastest growing online community in the securities industry.
Leo Schlinkert, President and CEO of Communicator Inc, commented "We are seeing strong demand for our communications, community and content solutions both from European-headquartered firms and global companies with a European presence. Thatâs because the key business issues are the same everywhere. First, success is about growing profitability through richer customer interactions and flexible partnerships, faster and more intelligent decision-making, and cost management. Second, firms have to achieve success while securing their shared information and communications, and complying with industry regulations and corporate governance policies. Communicator delivers on all these fundamentals."
Partnering with Inceptio for European Financial Market Expansion
Communicator Inc already serves financial corporations with a European presence and users, including Citigroup, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs and FXall. To increase its marketing and client support activities in Europe, Communicator Inc has partnered with Inceptio Communications Limited (Inceptio), a specialist sales and sales support agency focused on the UK and European financial markets. Communicator Inc will initially work with Inceptio to increase penetration in the buy-side and sell-side securities markets in Europe for the HubIM messaging and collaboration tool and the SecuritiesHub community and portal.
Mr. Schlinkert noted: "We are looking forward to working with Inceptio to extend our European user-base for Hub IM and SecuritiesHub. Since Communicator believes in delivering secure communications solutions that truly meet specific industriesâ needs, we value Inceptioâs experience and focus on introducing business information services to the European financial services sector."
Hub IM: Secure, Real-Time Communication and Collaboration
Communicator Hub IM combines real-time messaging and discussion group forums with instantaneous delivery of news, research and other important information. It is integrated with a contact directory that uses a companyâs business rules to manage who has access to whom and how they can be accessed, combined with a wide range of message tracking, archiving and security protections. It already has been used at thousands of firms and by tens of thousands of business professionals for years and across industries, particularly in the global securities sector.
SecuritiesHub: Award-Winning Securities Portal
SecuritiesHub won the award for best multi-bank research platform from Euromoney in 2002 and 2001. SecuritiesHub is owned by Citigroup, Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Warburg, and Communicator Inc.
Communicator Inc has operated the SecuritiesHub portal since 1999. The portal uses Communicatorâs technology to co-mingle more than 800 analystsâ and tradersâ daily news and research, bond market prices and data from Wall Street's eight leading dealers. Communicator technology also manages the online identities of sell-side professionals and their buy-side clients, enabling secure access and interactions for tens of thousands of financial professionals.
Collaboration for all community participants is integrated into SecuritiesHub via Communicator Hub IM. For this community, Hub IM allows buy-side portfolio managers and analysts as well as sell-side traders, analysts and sales people to communicate in real-time with just those colleagues they choose â one-to-one or in groups.