ContactNet 4.0 Extends Leadership in Enterprise Relationship Search

First relationship-search application built for large enterprise use

BOSTON, July 5, 2005 -- Contact Networks announced today the availability of ContactNet 4.0, the industry's premier enterprise relationship search application. Built specifically for large enterprise use, ContactNet allows organizations to transform employee contacts into a trusted enterprise resource. It enables an enterprise to securely access and efficiently utilize the relationships and social networks that employees have with outside contacts and companies.

ContactNet 4.0, developed in close consultation with large enterprise customers, adds innovative new functionality to ContactNet's leading enterprise-scale security, access control, and search capabilities. Users can now search for key introductions by business function, geography and industry as well as the name, title, and company of their targets, to find the contacts that will drive sales and partnerships. These searches are even faster with the addition of real-time response to the patent-pending search technology, and within seconds will accurately answer the question "Do we know anyone at ..." within organizations up to 200,000 users. Real-time response combined with intuitive pinpoint search translates directly into better business performance as large companies can effectively tap an important form of capital: the professional contact networks their employees have built over their careers.

"Since the first customer launched ContactNet over three years ago, we have experienced the ways that organizations use relationship search technology," said Geoffrey Hyatt, CEO of Contact Networks. "The importance of who you know, and using that knowledge, is universal. The ContactNet 4.0 release responds directly to the desire of our large customers to put this powerful application in the hands of all of their employees. With better collaboration on contacts and relationships these companies have improved the quality of their client development pipeline and increased close rates."

"Our growth is based on excellent service, building trusted relationships, and knowing our own network of contacts," said Bruce Alltop, Chief Marketing Officer of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, an Am Law 100 law firm. "With Contact Networks application in place, we are now able to better utilize our relationship network throughout our global organization of 900 employees across 7 offices. It's a much faster and more efficient way to reach new prospects and connect to target clients."

New Features and Benefits of ContactNet 4.0 include:

Advanced Search Control Features

  • Search for target contacts by business function, geography and industry

  • Real-time relationship search for organizations from 20 to 200,000 users

Enhanced Security and Preference Settings

  • Enterprise level settings for privacy and sharing preferences

  • Detailed personal control levels over contact sharing

  • Group-based permissions allows specific setting for groups or departments

  • Assistant access: enable users to create delegate permissions for assistants

Extended Compatibility

  • Full integration with Lotus Domino 6.5/Lotus Workplace

  • Full support for LDAP and Active Directory systems

"Being able to mine your firm's resources and leverage pre-existing relationships is a powerful tool for driving sales and generating revenue," said Guy Creese, Managing Principal of Ballardvale Research. "With ContactNet 4.0, Contact Networks has made it even easier for its enterprise customers to better find their connections through simple search queries that can quickly access and utilize a global organization's collective relationship network."

Pricing and Availability

ContactNet 4.0, the flagship enterprise relationship search application from Contact Networks, is available now. For additional information visit

About Contact Networks

Contact Networks is a premier provider of next-generation enterprise relationship search solutions. The ContactNet application transforms employee contacts into a trusted enterprise resource. It enables an organization to securely access and efficiently utilize the relationships and social networks that employees have with outside contacts and companies. Sales and client development teams discover new introductions to target accounts. For more information, visit or call 617.305.7961.