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BroadVision Advances Social Business with Hybrid Networks for Clearvale

Clearvale Innovative new features enable people with different email domains to participate in a Clearvale network in a secure, controlled manner

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. & LONDON, UK - March 13, 2012 - BroadVision, Inc. (Nasdaq: BVSN), a global leader in social business solutions, today announced at the Digital London Summit that the Clearvale™ enterprise social networking platform now provides the ability to create hybrid networks. With this release, Clearvale allows networks to be private, semi-private, and public, while handling issues germane to business-to-business, business-to-consumer, and business-to-employee, simultaneously. This enables businesses to collaborate effectively and securely across networks in order to mirror real world business relationships.

The new Guest feature for Clearvale provides organizations with the ability to invite participants from different organizations to collaborate seamlessly and securely. Guests can be discretely visible across the network or only in specific workspaces within the network. Network administrators can choose whether or not Guests can be invited to the network or to specific workspaces, providing total control over how such a hybrid network is to be used.

External Communities and Guest Communities are new collaborative workspaces within a Clearvale hybrid network where the company can conduct business with multiple entities, such as suppliers, customers, or partners either publically (using External Communities) or privately (using Guest Communities). In addition to the Network Homepage as the common forum for everyone, the company can leverage External Communities to create specialized workspaces for more targeted messaging and interactions with Guests. Guest Communities, on the other hand, can be utilized for more in-depth communication and collaboration with specific Guests in a totally private setting.

Within both External and Guest Communities, Participants (Members and Guests) can share and collaborate on files, blogs, create wikis, comment on or rate content, and much more. To avoid inadvertent sharing and ensure privacy for sensitive business collaboration, External, Guest, and Internal Communities (the standard Members-only workspaces) are conspicuously labeled as such, with robust mechanisms to safeguard against accidents or negligence.

"Clearvale is truly unique in unifying internal and external communication and collaboration in a way that makes sense for business. The ability to add Guests to a hybrid network in a secure and controlled way helps us achieve our goal of connecting a social community for sponsors, speakers, and delegates around all our events that spans across the entire lifecycle in a very cost-effective manner," said Adam Malik, CEO and Founder of Maven Cast. "By offering a social business network in Clearvale, we have seen our conversion rates dramatically increase with 84 percent of community members registering as event delegates."

"The ability to create hybrid networks of interconnected entities is a tremendous advancement in the evolution of enterprise social networking," said Dr. Pehong Chen, Chairman, President, and CEO of BroadVision. "BroadVision is transforming the way work is done both across and beyond enterprises. A company's workforce can now collaborate easily with customers, suppliers, partners, and other key stakeholders in a safe and controlled way within the same network and in the broader Clearvale social ecosystem."

For example, collaboration using Clearvale's hybrid network might look like this:

  • Company A establishes a Customer/Partner Management social network on Clearvale. Its business development, sales, support, and other related staff joins the network as Members.
  • Members set up Communities for Marketing, Sales, Support, R&D, Legal, Finance, and any other projects or taskforces related to either all or different partners and customers.
  • They invite all Customers and Partners to join this Network as Guests.
  • The Network Homepage is utilized to communicate and collaborate on issues of common interest to all Participants.
  • In addition, Company A sets up External Communities X and Y for its two product lines X and Y, respectively, so that all Participants can interact on issues related to either X or Y in its dedicated workspace.
  • Furthermore, separate Guest Communities are established as private workspaces for specific groups of Participants to engage in more in-depth communication and collaboration.
  • The identity of Guests is protected within Network Homepage and External Communities. However, Guests will operate with full identity within External Communities.

The newly expanded Guest feature combined with multi-level workspaces provides organizations the flexibility to invite customers or partners from different companies to collaborate seamlessly, discretely, and securely. The enhanced Clearvale enterprise social ecosystem addresses the critical needs and complexities of real business collaboration.

In a separate announcement today, BroadVision announced the availability of a new set of features for Clearvale, which are designed to help companies transform the way they work.

About BroadVision
Driving innovation since 1993, BroadVision (NASDAQ: BVSN) is an innovative provider of e-business and social networking solutions for organizations seeking to grow profitably by improving online business processes through invited participation and social interaction. Our solutions -- including Clearvale, the world's first network of networks for the socially driven enterprise -- enable mission-critical e-business for next-generation organizations around the globe. The customers benefiting from BroadVision?solutions include Baker Hughes, Canon, Epson, Fiat, W.W. Grainger, Hilti, Iberia, Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Company, SINA, SOFTBANK TELECOM Corp,, Sony, U.S. Navy, Vodafone, and more. Visit www.BroadVision.com for more details.

BroadVision Contact:
Karen Cohen
Public & Analyst Relations Manager
BroadVision, Inc.
650.295.0716 x7174
karen.cohen@broadvision.com

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