Centra announced CentraOne 6.0
Centra recently announced CentraOne 6.0, a complete open architecture Web platform for knowledge delivery
featuring real-time collaboration, content management, and authoring built on
a common framework. This platform is the culmination of over seven years of engineering,
in-market experience, and continual innovation based on customer requirements.
Unlike competitive products that offer niche technologies, CentraOne is the only
solution that addresses every step in the enterprise knowledge sharing process,
including end user and professional content composition, knowledge delivery and
collaboration, learning content management, and tracking and administration.
"CentraOne 6.0 provides a platform for the exchange of information on
products and strategies with employees, customers, and suppliers, and fits neatly
within our concept of empowering a ‘real-time enterprise,’" said Bruce
Richardson, Senior Vice President of Research at AMR Research. "Access
can be immediate or content can be played back for participation at a more convenient
time. CentraOne is ideal for companies wanting to manage proactive change or
respond rapidly to changing business environments."
Offering a single access point to all live online events, self-service knowledge
resources, and ‘one click’ knowledge capture capabilities, CentraOne enables
business users to share knowledge and acquire the skills they need to reach
their business goals faster, and at a lower risk and expense to the organization.
By integrating a rich set of capabilities on one platform, customers realize
the business benefits of eLearning and collaboration more quickly, while retaining
the flexibility to integrate third-party tools of choice.
"As companies move to align their corporate eLearning and collaboration
strategies with definitive business objectives, there is pressure to deploy
solutions quickly and widely," said Leon Navickas, Centra Chairman and
CEO. "Armed with the most advanced technology, a rich partner ecosystem,
and a compelling return on investment, Centra transcends niche products with
substantive solutions that can impact the success of any business process."
Suite of Applications and Tools
The new CentraOne 6.0 platform supports an array of compatible applications
that accelerate the creation, management, and sharing of knowledge across the
organization, including easy-to-use software tools for content authoring and
composition, a centralized repository for managing corporate and personal knowledge
assets, engines for search and personalization, features for measurement of
individual and organizational competency, and user interfaces for the delivery
of content in live, interactive or self-service formats.
By making these tools and applications widely accessible to any user, CentraOne
allows business professionals across the organization to collaborate in the
knowledge delivery process as subject matter experts, teachers, and contributors.
Using CentraOne’s content creation tools, for example, anyone can quickly author
and publish interactive content and knowledge objects through an easy-to-use
extension to Microsoft(r) PowerPoint(. Users can then access CentraOne’s searchable
online catalog to quickly browse content and recordings by category, title,
and type, making knowledge and information centrally available to everyone 24×7.
Powerful Business Solutions
While the past year witnessed the heightened use of Web collaboration services
in business – as a way to achieve immediate travel cost savings and facilitate
communication – the ability to attain long-term competitive advantage lies in
an organization’s ability to share its ubiquitous knowledge assets over the
Web more broadly. By combining the essential elements of real-time collaboration
and knowledge delivery with all of the world’s content available for sharing
and re-use, CentraOne 6.0 addresses a more critical set of business challenges,
accelerating core business processes to ensure increased revenue and improved
"We rely on Centra to help empower more than 7,500 employees in 200 locations
across North America with the information and skills they need to create a consistent
customer experience. It’s the key to maintaining our brand and keeps guests
coming back to our hotels," said Mark Eggers, Manager of Online Training
for Wyndham International, a participant in the CentraOne 6.0 beta program.
"In this economy, Centra is an especially great fit for us, enabling us
to reduce expenses and deliver information faster. It lets our employees sharpen
their skills without the extra burden of travel."
Architected for the Global Enterprise
CentraOne 6.0 is the only eLearning and business collaboration platform able
to meet the scalability, integration, security, and globalization requirements
of major corporations today. Architected for the global enterprise, CentraOne
provides a seamless extension to existing infrastructure with significant new
- Dynamic support for up to 12 languages on a single system, allowing users
to log in and participate in live sessions in their preferred language;
- Satellite Server facility creating a distributed global network of Centra
servers to minimize bandwidth impact on an enterprise’s network infrastructure;
- Full encryption of content, communication, and system management data to
protect corporate information assets delivered over the Internet;
- Dynamic integration of enterprise directory services, such as Microsoft(r)
Windows(r) 2000 Active Directory(tm), providing organizations with single-point
- Integration with Microsoft(r) Outlook(, enabling users to schedule Centra
meetings, invite participants, and send-receive meeting and training session
notices from within their calendar system.
Open Environment for Third-Party Integration
CentraOne 6.0 provides an open environment for third-party development and integration
that leverages existing investments in corporate computing infrastructure and
extends the capabilities of the core platform. Through Centra’s standards-certified
API toolkit, diverse systems can be integrated seamlessly with CentraOne, including
third-party Learning Management Systems
(LMS) and global content distribution systems, such as those from SmartForce.
In addition, CentraOne 6.0 builds on Centra’s rich legacy of working with partners
by delivering a set of open and extensible knowledge delivery technologies that
enable providers of business consulting, content development and systems integration
services to implement high-return solutions rapidly for their clients.
"CentraOne is a manifestation of our firm belief that fostering industry
collaboration, openness, and interoperability between eLearning solutions gives
the customer the options they need to configure the best, most comprehensive
solution possible," said Alan May, Vice President of Strategic Alliances
for Centra. "Through this powerful, comprehensive platform, service and
technology companies will find working with Centra the fastest path to their
success and that of their clients."
Packaging and Availability
CentraOne 6.0 is scheduled for general availability worldwide in June 2002.
Elements of the platform, add-on modules, and applications can be licensed separately,
or together as a complete eLearning and collaboration environment that can be
installed on-site or accessed through Centra’s secure ASP. Pricing varies based
on configuration. Call 1-800-414-3591 or 781-994-1168 for details.
Leading with an undisputed track record of helping millions of users to increase
revenue and improve overall business performance, Centra provides Web collaboration
solutions that enable the delivery of information in a variety of live and self-service
formats, and add value through unmatched capabilities to capture interactions
and content, personalize and manage this information, and instantly re-use it
across the enterprise. Today hundreds of global organizations across every industry
and market sector choose Centra, including ExxonMobil, Cadbury Schweppes, Citigroup,
AT&T, Procter & Gamble, McKesson, Merck, Nationwide Insurance, Sysco,
and Stanford University. Centra’s products are bolstered by a vital ecosystem
of strategic partners, including PwC Consulting, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, KPMG
iLS, Microsoft, Siebel, Cisco, Oracle, and SmartForce. Headquartered in Boston’s
technology corridor, Centra has sales offices throughout North America, Europe
and Asia. For more information, visit www.centra.com.