SusQtech Announces Acquisition of Live Elements

Acquisition Allows SusQtech to Expand SharePoint's Social Media Capabilities and Provides Full Array of Social Media Strategy Services for Associations

Jan 07, 2010, 14:46 ET from SusQtech

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- SusQtech, the association and non-profit industry's leading provider of SharePoint solutions and training, announced today the acquisition of Live Elements, a national leader in Social Media strategy consulting and online community development and management.

The acquisition enables SusQtech to immediately roll out a full slate of social media strategy services to its existing client base of over 140 customers and follows directly on the heels of SusQtech's 2009 MemberToMember and WaveBoard product launches, both of which significantly extended existing SharePoint functionality in the area of social media.

"SharePoint is recognized in Gartner's Magic Quadrant as the leader for Social Software in the Workplace, but organizations require more than just the best technology platform," said Mike Steadman, President of SusQtech. "Live Elements has established itself as the go-to strategy company for associations and non-profits because they don't just build communities, they build successful communities. They're a thought leader in helping both large and small organizations understand and truly leverage social media to achieve concrete business results. SusQtech believes this acquisition dramatically enhances our position as the market leader in delivering online community solutions for associations and non-profits."

2009 was a year of dramatic platform consolidation in the social media industry and Gartner is not alone in recognizing that SharePoint is the premiere social media and collaboration platform of the future. According to Live Elements CEO Rob Hustick, who will serve as SusQtech's new VP of Social Media and Digital Strategy, "That market dominance is only going to become more pronounced with the launch of SharePoint 2010, which contains scores of additional social media advancements. Our team is dedicated to ensuring all these new SharePoint member communities will be developed, designed and managed to provide maximum ROI for their organizations and maximum professional benefits for their members. We're thrilled to be part of the SusQtech team."

About SusQtech

An eleven-time Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and a leading SharePoint Implementation Expert Serving the Association and Non Profit Industry since its inception in 1995, SusQtech currently serves more than 140 Association/Non Profit Customers including American Gas Association, AARP, National Defense Industrial Association, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership and many others. The company's line of products and services include SharePoint consulting and education, as well as SharePoint extension packages, MemberToMember and WaveBoard. For a complete look at SusQtech's products and services visit www.SusQtech.com.

About Live Elements

Live Elements delivers professional social networking solutions to associations, non-profits and corporations, enabling them to effectively leverage today's most powerful social media technologies and ensuring their brand and message are positively reinforced across multiple social mediums and channels. Live Elements strategy consultants have led numerous seminars on social media and the company offers a wide array of strategic support services including social media optimization, community management, award-winning user interface design, development of online focus networks, development of operational communities, and management of online events and virtual conferences. Live Elements has developed online communities and collaborative Web sites for the National Retail Federation, DC Public Schools, UJA, NCTA, GOP.gov, PhRMA, the American Society of Interior Designers, and many others. More details at www.liveelements.net.

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