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Akumina Appoints Microsoft Enterprise Sales GM, Sanket Akerkar, to Board

Akumina today announced it has appointed Sanket Akerkar to its board of directors. Akumina manufactures InterChange, a software platform built using SharePoint-as-a-Service which allows businesses to realize the full promise of SharePoint for intranet, portals and web sites. Akerkar currently is the General Manager - Sales Excellence, Worldwide Enterprise and Partner Group at Microsoft. In his role on the board, Akerkar will provide strategic sales and go to market guidance as well as aide in the development of a worldwide partner channel for InterChange.

For the past 12 years, Akerkar has held several senior sales and marketing positions at Microsoft. In these positions his responsibilities include, growing the direct sales and marketing operations, driving strategic partnerships and alliances with global platform partners, channel partners, OEMs, and the system builder community. Akumina will benefit from the best practices advice Akerkar will be able to offer based on this extensive experience.

“We are lucky to have someone with Sanket’s experience and network within the Microsoft ecosystem working with us to help change how the world works with SharePoint,” stated Ali Riaz, chairman of Akumina’s board. “InterChange will help ensure SharePoint projects succeed not just technically, but from a user experience and adoption perspective, and we are excited to have Sanket’s assistance in developing this story for the broader Microsoft community.”

“I am looking forward to advising on Akumina's go to market strategy and providing guidance in development of a global channel program,” said Akerkar. “The user experience InterChange delivers will help many of Microsoft’s customers and partners increase end-user satisfaction and drive adoption of Microsoft technologies.”

“We are excited to start working with Sanket to fine tune our InterChange go-to-market strategy,” said Steven Sherkanowski, Akumina’s COO. “Microsoft SharePoint is in more enterprise businesses than all other content management and enterprise collaboration platforms combined. Akumina has a solution that addresses the number one challenge with SharePoint... usability, head on. InterChange will allow any Microsoft client or partner to deliver a much more intuitive and consumable SharePoint application then they would have ever thought possible. ”

To learn more about InterChange watch this 90 second video.

About Akumina

InterChange, Akumina’s platform built using SharePoint-as-a-Service, allows businesses to realize the full promise of SharePoint. InterChange users can accomplish content and site management tasks without ever being exposed to SharePoint’s UI. Additionally, InterChange simplifies the creation, extension and management of SharePoint web parts and improves upon SharePoint’s default presentation ensuring mobility and adoption. The platform allows CIOs to empower subject matter experts to manage their own content and build their own pages without being exposed directly to SharePoint, on any device. With Interchange, organizations see dramatically increased ROI on their SharePoint investment while driving end-user adoption and eliminating the need for redundant content platforms and heavy investment in ongoing training.

Akumina boasts an experienced executive team with better than 50 years of combined experience successfully delivering web software solutions to companies that range from small & medium businesses to fortune100 heavy-weights. Akumina’s customer base includes Walmart (NYSE: WMT), Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB), National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) and Manulife (NYSE: MFC).