Largest Privately Held Software Firm in South America, Datasul, Selects Centra Web Collaboration Software to Connect Worldwide Network of More Than 2,000 Consultants and Sales Professionals

October 9, 2002

For over two decades, more than 1,800 corporations around the globe have implemented the Datasul methodology — integrating state-of-the-art technology with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) — to maximize efficiency, improve productivity and reduce operating costs. Datasul University was tasked to identify and evaluate collaborative learning solutions. Working with MicroPower, a Centra partner and leading developer of Brazilian Portuguese computer-based training programs and Web applications, Datasul selected the robust CentraOne platform for virtual classrooms, Web conferences and eMeetings, giving them the ability to reduce the costs associated with traditional training methods. In addition, Centra’s capabilities for session recording with offline playback gives Datasul the ability to test the proficiency of its reps and consultants who are located around the globe even if they were unable to attend the live session.

According to Julio Cunha, Instructional Product Development and Training Manager for Datasul University, “Our business is fast-paced and competitive like most and, in turn, we know we need to be quick to provide detailed information about our products and services. By identifying and working with the industry’s leading real-time Web collaboration provider, Datasul can meet its goal of reliably delivering the most up-to-date product information to our employees, regardless of location. We look forward to expanding the use of our Centra system to include collaboration with external audiences, such as remote product demonstrations, customer training and general corporate communications.”

Scaleable Platform for Real-time Web Collaboration and Communication Leveraging the core capabilities of the CentraOne platform, Centra offers a suite of integrated, real-time Web collaboration applications, content composition tools, and knowledge delivery systems that can be quickly installed on-site using Centra’s rapid deployment methodology, or conveniently accessed through Centra’s secure, full-service ASP. These applications – including interactive Web meetings, virtual classrooms, and large-scale conferences – ensure universal access through firewalls and proxy servers, and deliver full-performance IP audio conferencing, streaming video, application sharing, and dynamic multimedia over low-bandwidth network connections through a standard browser interface.

“We have seen heightened demand for applications that support critical business initiatives for increased sales productivity, faster application deployments, and improved employee productivity. The scalability and integration of CentraOne into critical businesses processes allows companies like Datasul to build a highly skilled workforce and maintain solid customer relationships,” said Leon Navickas, Chairman and CEO of Centra.

About MicroPower

MicroPower is a leading developer of Brazilian Portuguese computer-based training programs and Web applications. The company’s eLearning business unit was established in October 1999, and is the exclusive distributor of Centra products in Brazil. MicroPower is partnered with Bradesco Foundation, Brasil Telecom, Ibmec, and Scopus, and has other strategic alliances with Docent, Question Mark, Itautec, BaBel, Intel and Oracle. For more information, visit

About Centra

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 Cadbury Schweppes, Citigroup, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, McKesson, Merck, Nationwide Insurance, and Sysco. Centra’s products are bolstered by a vital ecosystem of strategic partners, including PwC Consulting, Deloitte Consulting, EDS, Microsoft, Siebel, Cisco, and Oracle. Headquartered in Boston’s technology corridor, Centra has sales offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit

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