ST. LOUIS, MO., Aug. 12, 2009 - GroupCast, the instant messaging and notification company, today announced a referral partnership with Paradigm Solutions International (PSI), a trusted source of emergency planning products and consulting services for commercial enterprises and government agencies.
Under the agreement, each company will refer the other's offerings to corporate and government customers that have a need for Crisis Planning and Management Solutions. The agreement will expand both companies' existing client base as well as give current customers a greater choice of tools to effectively manage disruptions.
"Business Continuity is part of any effective Crisis Plan, and Paradigm's OpsPlanner™ Business Continuity Planning and Recovery software is a best practice solution for any organization's preparedness" said Paul Langhorst, GroupCast vice president. "What GroupCast brings to the table is a flexible, high capacity, web-based solution that allows organizations to contact employees and customers immediately during an emergency. Our self-service broadcast messaging tools can support a wide range of scenarios and are ideally suited for continuity messaging."
Paradigm's OpsPlanner software is a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan Development, Business Impact Analysis (BIA), Crisis/Recovery Management, and Emergency Notification solution, known for its ease of use and cost effectiveness. The software includes industry-specific survey capabilities, planning templates, checklists, and recovery scripts that facilitate the planning required to prepare for, manage and recover from any type of business disruption.
Paradigm will refer GroupCast to customers as an optional component of OpsPlanner or on a standalone basis. "With GroupCast's sophisticated technology, we will be able to offer customers a wide choice of notification capabilities that are not standard in the Business Continuity Industry," said Ray Huger, president and CEO of PSI. "Customers will be able take advantage of greater personalization and flexibility in sending messages such as the ability to leave responses to a notification via the interactive voice response system and extracting needed information from a database."
The GroupCast system enables organizations to send personally recorded messages to branch offices, key executives, staff members and other key constituencies with just a single call. Because users can access the Web-based messaging system via cell phone, regular phone lines or computer, mass alerts can be created anytime, anywhere, and delivered almost instantaneously.
"The marketplace is becoming mature in its understanding the need for continuity planning, and there is a lot of opportunity for growth," said Huger. "Like us, GroupCast is an emerging leader in its market, and its unique capabilities will be of tremendous benefit to us and our customers."
About Paradigm Solutions International (PSI)
PSI is a trusted source of BCP/COOP software products and services for commercial enterprises and government agencies. The OpsPlanner™ tool delivers fully integrated BCP/COOP/DR Planning, BIA, Crisis Management, and Notification Services in one easy-to-use, web-based environment that results in quick and effective response to any crisis situation. Our customers rely on OpsPlanner and our Certified BCP consultants to help minimize the cost of unexpected disruptions and preserve key business functions.
About GroupCast, LLC
GroupCast, LLC is based in St. Louis and was founded in 2002. GroupCast owns and operates a propriety mass notification platform with system nodes in Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas. GroupCast processes more than 150 million broadcast calls annually. GroupCast also operates SchoolReach, the leading parent notification system among private religious schools and the leading provider to public schools in several Midwestern states. For more information about GroupCast, visit www.groupcast.com.