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Citrix and eRoom Form Portal Alliance

Infrastructure giant Citrix Systems Inc. Tuesday announced an alliance with eRoom Technology, a provider of digital workplaces for extended enterprise collaboration.

Citrix is integrating the eRoom digital workplace with its Citrix XPS portal software, giving customers the option of employing eRoom's advanced collaborative capabilities directly through their XPS homepage. In addition to the product integration, eRoom has joined the Citrix Business Alliance (CBA), Internet Solutions Program to foster joint sales and marketing opportunities.

"Citrix XPS enhances organizational efficiency and coordination by giving users immediate access to the specific information, applications and business tools they depend on to do their jobs," said Barry Ruditsky, VP business development, eRoom. "The eRoom digital workplace builds upon these attributes, providing a collaborative environment where users can interact without geographic or organizational bounds, responding more quickly to new business opportunities and challenges."

Citrix XPS portal software gives users a single, personalized and secure point of command and control over the applications, information and business processes relevant to their position and business relationships. eRoom's enterprise-class collaborative platform supports asynchronous ad synchronous, structured and unstructured collaboration in a tightly integrated unified environment. eRoom functionality will be accessed through an XPS Content Delivery Agent (CDA), an individual, easy-to-use Web-based application that snaps directly into the portal users' homepage.

In recent months, Citrix has been beefing up its portal offering with the acquisition of Sequoia Software, as well as alliances with Entrust and SiteScape. Despite a harsh economic climate, Citrix remains a darling of Wall Street, posting solid earnings for four consecutive quarters.