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Centra Provides B2E Portal Power

In an alliance that will help power collaboration through the Web for Global 2000 companies, Centra , the Lexington Mass.-based provider of business software for live eLearning and collaboration, yesterday announced that PwC Consulting, a business of PricewaterhouseCoopers, will use Centra's portal technology for a new business-to-extended-enterprise (B2E) initiative.

The B2E solution set, which aims to streamline and optimize global enterprise through the integration of infrastructure, content, and managed services, will initially incorporate products and services from alliance members that have worked closely with PwC Consulting to implement business solutions for public and private sector organizations.

According to Nicole Gardner, a partner and global leader of PwC Consulting's Learning Solutions Group, "PwC Consulting has a proven track record of success with Centra and our clients have quickly realized the powerful impact that eLearning and collaboration can have on both the top and bottom line."

"The B2E alliance furthers our commitment to our joint clients by providing them with not only a roadmap, but a comprehensive set of business tools and technologies to evolve the way they do work and support business processes on the Web," she continues.

"The promise of corporate Web portals has been to provide a single view of important information and resources that help people do their jobs better," says Tony Mark, President and Chief Operating Officer of Centra.

"A robust portal framework, such as this, is an essential component of a well architected IT infrastructure and a critical tool for every organization striving to maximize workforce productivity through existing information assets and resources."

Centra's Web collaboration solutions enable the delivery of information in a variety of live and self-service formats, and are used by more than 675 companies, government agencies, and universities.

Software is based on CentraOne, a thin-client Web collaboration platform. Centra offers a suite of Web collaboration products, content creation tools, and knowledge delivery systems which can be deployed on-site or through Centra's full-service ASP.