Abel Solutions, Atlanta’s only consulting firm focusing on the delivery of real business solutions on the SharePoint platform, announced today that they have entered a referral partnership agreement with NewsGator for their flagship social media platform, NewsGator Social Sites. NewsGator Social Sites 2010 integrates seamlessly with SharePoint to allow businesses to leverage the communications clout of social networking in the secure, business-centric environment of their SharePoint deployment.

“Our customers depend on our partners to deliver a complete solution using Social Sites and SharePoint as the platform,” said Dean Hervey, Director of Channels & Partner Management with NewsGator. “Abel Solutions gives us critical subject matter expertise in the Atlanta area by providing customization, extension, and integration services for our Social Sites product to enable customers to achieve a full featured comprehensive social collaboration environment for their employees, partners, and customers.”

When integrated with SharePoint, Social Sites provides a behind-the-firewall, social networking platform that facilitates collaboration, improves employee and client relations, and boosts office productivity.

Social Sites features include:

  • Community templates
  • Advanced microblogging
  • Social profiles
  • Email integration
  • Video
  • Badging and recognition
  • Innovation management and ideation
  • Activity streams, a continuous flow of events, content and activities filtered by the user

“Large enterprises are feeling pressure to capitalize on the value of social media internally without introducing an entirely new platform and disrupting their existing business processes,” explained Kevin Abel, President of Abel Solutions. “By introducing some of our clients to NewsGator Social Sites, we’ll be able to make good on our long-standing commitment to help businesses maximize the value of their SharePoint investment while showing them how to explore the power of social media for enhancing the collaborative value of their SharePoint platform.”

As a Microsoft Gold Certified and Depth Managed Partner, NewsGator is helping over 2.5 million paid users in industries across the globe propel the future of productivity. NewsGator Social Sites delivers robust social technology to the enterprise with proven scale and security to flagship clients like Accenture, Adidas, Charles Schwab, Deloitte, Fujitsu, General Mills, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Kraft Foods, Unisys Corporation, the US Air Force, and the US Army. No other social software vendor can rival our deep integration across the Microsoft stack. And for all that, Microsoft honored us as its 2011 US Partner of the Year. We’re making SharePoint and Office365 Social. Follow us @newsgator! www.newsgator.com