Yenra : Networking : Instant Messaging Network Connectivity : Scalable Integration Point for Global IM Networks

IMlogic today announced it has been selected to provide connectivity services between Reuters Messaging, which is based on Microsoft Office Live Communication Server technologies, and other IM services such as MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises. IMlogic was the first ISV to be authorized as a MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises partner in April 2003.

IMlogic will serve as the underlying technology to allow Reuters Messaging users to directly access and communicate in real-time with other IM networks, including the more than 100 million users of MSN. As a result, Reuters Messaging users can add buddies from other service providers, including MSN, directly to their desktop clients, and MSN instant messaging users will be able to add Reuters Messaging users to their contact lists.

"Our connectivity agreements are strengthened with the choice of IMlogic as the underlying technology for our global IM service," said David Gurle, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Collaboration Services, Reuters. "Extending the reach of Reuters Messaging to the world's most popular IM networks will empower financial services firms to integrate fast, secure, and compliant instant messaging into their workflow. IMlogic's enterprise-class security, scalability, compliance, and proven performance make it a solid partner."

IMlogic's core technology powers its industry-leading IM Manager, deployed today to more than 250,000 seats across the financial services, energy, utilities, healthcare, travel, transportation, and technology sectors. This same platform will be the enabling technology for the bridge that Reuters will host, in order to provide connectivity between Reuters Messaging and MSN Messenger in a secure and reliable manner. IMlogic's technology will connect the Reuters Directory and Authentication Services to Microsoft's MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises, the companion service to the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2003, which extends enterprise IM to the over 100 Million MSN Users. Once delivered, users on both networks can communicate securely with the convenience of a single sign-in for both clients.

"As the first authorized provider for MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises, we are pleased with IMlogic's technology and ability to meet the requirements of our enterprise customers," said Peter Ollodart, Director of MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprises, Microsoft. "The selection of IMlogic by Reuters shows that IMlogic provides value added capabilities to MSN and Reuters Messaging customers."

"Connectivity for IM networks has traditionally been a technical challenge," said Francis deSouza, CEO and president of IMlogic. "Trying to navigate the security vulnerabilities, performance degradation, and network integration is a difficult task. IMlogic will support Reuters and MSN by delivering a secure and scalable integration point between the networks."

IMlogic and Reuters previously announced a strategic alliance whereby IMlogic IM Manager would provide enterprise-class instant messaging management for Reuters Messaging customers. Additionally, IMlogic's IM Manager was the first authorized third-party product to bring management, control, and security to Microsoft MSN Messenger Connect for Enterprise customers.