Igloo Software, a global provider of intranet and digital workplace solutions, has launched the Igloo Marketplace using OpenChannel, a central place for solutions that extend the powerful Igloo platform.
Who is Igloo
Igloo is the leading next-generation intranet platform, focused on creating powerful employee experiences that improve productivity, innovation and customer service. Through its portfolio of digital workplace solutions, Igloo partners with organizations to address challenges related to communication, collaboration, knowledge management, employee engagement, and culture.
Igloo integrates with the apps and systems businesses rely on and centralizes information for a single source-of-truth and a more productive and engaged workforce.
Dan Latendre, Founder & CEO of Igloo Software, has played significant roles in the development and marketing of leading internet companies and applications for over 20 years.
In 1993, while at MKS, Dan secured a grant with the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) and forged a partnership with Research In Motion (BlackBerry) to launch the first wireless internet access package called Internet Anywhere.
In 1995, he negotiated the sale of the Internet Anywhere to OpenText, where he lead the release of the first commercial search engine for the web (which powered Yahoo! in the early years) and launched the first web-based intranet application called Livelink®.
Dan became the CIO of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where he and his team created an online network for knowledge exchange between individuals and organizations on global issues. This became the inspiration for Igloo Software.
Igloo has gone from start-up to globally recognized company, experiencing explosive growth. In 2015, Igloo was named to the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the seventh year in a row, and has also been named to Deloitte’s Fast 50 (2015) and Fast 500 (2015-2017), recognized as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada and North America, respectively.
In early 2018, they secured a USD $47M funding round. The investment, by Frontier Capital, will aid in building Igloo’s sales and marketing operations, expanding distribution channels, strengthening its global partnership with Microsoft, and further accelerating the company’s growth.
What is the Igloo Marketplace
The Igloo Marketplace is an ever-evolving place for solutions, integrations, services and purchasable modules developed by Igloo and their partners for extending and enhancing an Igloo Digital Workplace.
Intuitively designed and organized, the Igloo Marketplace makes it easy for customers to discover new ways to evolve their digital workplace and extend the value of their technology investments.
Igloo has built a global ecosystem of partners that have deep experience in digital workplace solutions. Igloo Marketplace is an opportunity for those partners to develop valuable enhancements and integrations for the platform and generate a new revenue stream. These partners are also helping Igloo deliver more innovation to customers faster than if we were relying solely on internal teams at Igloo.
At ICE’ 18, (Igloo’s annual conference) Igloo made several major announcements during keynote addresses, including the launch of Igloo Marketplace, to excited customer and partner feedback.
Igloo offers our customers a valuable portfolio of solutions, integrations, services and modules but we needed better visibility. OpenChannel helped us launch a marketplace to meet our complex needs faster than I could have imagined. Our customers, partners and developers love our new Marketplace!
– Laura Brick, Director, Partners at Igloo Software
Why the Igloo Marketplace Matters
Igloo Marketplace is a natural evolution of the Igloo Developer Program, enabling their partners, and even customers, to submit integrations, widgets, solutions, and themes for the broader Igloo Customer Community to leverage.
Customers gain a single destination to discover new solutions, modules, and integrations developed by Igloo and their strong partner ecosystem. With an intuitive and beautiful user experience, solutions can be easily discovered and evaluated by any user from within the Igloo platform.
User can also build a “wishlist” of solutions they want to learn more about and quickly spark up a conversation with an Igloo expert based on that list.
Igloo partners and developers are able to drive exposure and awareness within Igloo’s growing base of global customers. The modern platform makes it simple for developers to submit, manage, sell and get analytics on all of their solutions and listings.
This exposure provides partners the opportunity to grow alongside Igloo and puts their technology at the center of digital workplace innovation
Igloo will be taking a phased approach to the rollout of additional third-party developer submissions. They will be evaluating existing submissions and new developer partner inquiries for quality, security, and compliance to ensure an optimal customer experience.
The Marketplace is a key component of Igloo’s ability to meet customer needs. As the Marketplace evolves, they anticipate enabling payments down the road and enabling personalized marketplaces for leading Enterprise customers.
A Proud Partnership!
Igloo’s CEO Dan has put it simply“….the digital workplace has become mission critical as executives realize that people are our most important business asset.” That realization is long overdue, and OpenChannel is proud to support Igloo as they continue to put people at the very center of business and organizational success!