Huddle is used to securely manage projects, share files and collaborate with people inside and outside of an organisation. It has an API, so it can be used to build colaboration solutions. The company seems to target Microsft as a prime competitor: "if SharePoint was built today, they would've built Huddle". Or tried to build Hudle, perhaps.
Huddle is a cloud-based service. It can be accessed online, on desktops via Microsoft Office applications, on the move with BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad apps and is currently available in 15 languages including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.
Huddle aims to help teams of people, across and within organisational firewalls, work on shared content that they deem to be important. It targets the largest enterprises, with a "start small and grow by success" approach - so it should work for small organisations too. About a third of its customers are replacing sharepoint, a third also have Sharepoint and a third are starting collaboration from scratch.
Huddle has a strong governance story: Kia Motors used it to manage its PR content and (via its audit trails) control a problem with leaks of confidential product information
Government organisations are a Huddle target; the UK government cloud is a notable success for Huddle; and the US government is taking a corresponding interest.
Huddle deals eith the "content explosion" side of Big Data. A key technology is its content recommendation engine - which delivers "just what you need right now".
It supports a check-in check-out model and spoorts document versioning and conflict resolution but doesnt support a whole large team sharing a single document (in fact, it thinks this would make no sense, in most applications) but it is entirely oposed to serial "tag team" email "collaboration"
It has a strong audit trail and access control capability and it stresses its abailty to support collaboration both inside and outside organisational firewalls, with full security.l
It has a strong mobile (Android, iPhone, iPad) story.
Huddle helps organisations implement a "collaboration culture"; it doesn't simply sell collaboration software/cloud services