Deltek Launches Kona Business

Social Collaboration Platform Empowers Organizations and Individuals to Embrace and Benefit from Social Business

Deltek, a leading global provider of enterprise software and information solutions, today announced the launch of Kona Business, the premium version of its popular cloud-based social collaboration and productivity platform. While it’s become increasingly easier to share information in today’s world, consuming, organizing and acting upon it can still be incredibly daunting. Kona Business allows both groups and individuals to work better together – beyond the limitations of the most widely-used yet often productivity-draining application: email.


  • Interaction workers typically spend 28% of each day (13 hours a week) reading, writing and filing e-mails. (McKinsey)

  • Social networking services will replace email as the primary vehicle for interpersonal communications for 20% of businesses by 2014. (Gartner)

Kona Business transcends others in the social business landscape currently populated by providers that are focused on either project/task management or “anything-goes” internal social communication, as highlighted in the recent social collaboration shoot-out (PDF). Kona Business seamlessly integrates these two sets of capabilities into one robust and easy-to-implement solution, offering both internal and external collaborators an environment to securely work together to get things done better, faster and easier.

“The Social Enterprise unlocks the potential of people and businesses by being the virtual equivalent of an open office environment. Kona Business embraces the ways that people work today—from mobile trends like ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) to the consumerization of IT like the many file-sharing applications that integrate with Kona,” said Scott DeFusco, Deltek’s Vice President of Product Strategy and Management for Kona. “Individuals have become accustomed to things that span across your life – personally and professionally. Kona Business addresses both organizational adoption and ongoing engagement – a huge challenge in the social collaboration space.”

“Kona has become one of my company’s most valuable applications for managing multi-million dollar processes and solutions with countless partners on a daily basis—whether we’re at our desks or on-the-go,” said Joshua Larson, Marketing & Proposal Manager at Mele Associates — a leading IT consulting firm.

Kona Business empowers people to gain control around communication with files, tasks, calendars and meetings by organizing everything in the context of the projects and groups they are connected to –spurring more effective collaboration. This helps employees become more productive and teams more successful, individually and together. Key Kona Business features include:

  • Organization-based administration to securely manage members, projects and data

  • An easy place to capture group discussions around specific topics of interest

  • Shared task lists and calendars

  • Templates for guiding teams on delivering repeatable projects within the company

  • APIs and Deltek product integrations

  • Polling

  • File-sharing integrations (Box, Google Drive and Dropbox, as well as Google Docs)

  • Kona Mobile for both iOS (Apple App Store) and Android devices (Google Play)

“Kona can be the glue that connects key individuals and processes, extending the power of interaction and technology for the entire ecosystem,” noted DeFusco. “Effectively connecting people, processes and technology is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. This is why Deltek created – and uses – Kona Business.”

To learn more about Kona Business for your organization or team, peruse the Kona website. Kona Business is offered as a bundled package with Deltek’s leading marketplace applications, as well as a standalone application for those exploring social collaboration solutions. A comparison of options (free and paid) and self-service purchasing by credit card are available here.

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