Igloo Software, a Kitchener-based provider of social business software in the cloud, today announced the opening of its second European office alongside growing traction in the Asia-Pacific region. One in four of the company’s over 200 customers have international operations and Igloo now has three regional offices around the world providing sales, service and support to its global customer base.
“Igloo has expanded rapidly since launching in 2008 and now has customers in 80 countries worldwide,” said Andrew Dixon, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Operations for Igloo Software. “The establishment of our second European office is a reflection of the rapidly growing demand for Igloo and its multilingual capabilities in geographies around the globe.”
The second European office, which has been named the European headquarters, is located in St. Gallen, Switzerland and is expected to grow rapidly. Heading up operations is industry veteran Marco Palatini who was named Vice President for the region. Palatini was previously the Managing Director of European Operations for OpenText Corporation and was largely credited for opening up the European market for the company. Prior to that, Palatini served as Chief Executive Officer of Arcplan Information Services AG.
Igloo recently completed a tour of China meeting with government officials and competing in the Demo China 2012 event in Harbin. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies and have served as a launch pad for companies such as E*Trade, Salesforce, WebEx, TiVo and VMware. Twelve overseas teams from eight countries competed for the chance to proceed to the signature event in Hangzhou later this month and Igloo was selected as the top cloud computing vendor.
“China’s investment in innovation is unparalleled and it is fostering an environment that is ideally suited for nurturing new technologies,” remarked Dr. Richard Reiner, one of the official judges of the Demo China panel. “I was impressed by Igloo’s unique position in leveraging cloud, mobile and social to truly transform how we do business in China, and this was one of the primary reasons we selected Igloo as the winner in the cloud computing category.”
In lock step with the expansion into new geographies, Igloo’s web-based collaboration suite now supports multilingual translation. Upon login, users can set their default language preference. As they collaborate with peers in different countries, a tabbed view enables instant and verified translations of all social content. Igloo is currently available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, with plans to add additional languages in the coming months.