The established software provider joins a growing number of companies competing in the private-social-network enterprise platform market with Clearvale Express.
Enterprise-only unified messaging social networks have gained momentum in
recent months, especially since the introduction of Salesforce.com's Chatter,
which has brought some new gravitas to the space.
Yammer also has had a growing stake in the sector for the last few years and
has done a respectable job. And Facebook, with its Messages
app launched last November
, has brought attention to unified messaging.
Now, an established (18-year-old) IT provider that's relatively new on this
block, BroadVision-with its cloud-based
-has branched out with a free version to make more
news in the market.
BroadVision's Clearvale Express, launched Feb. 8, is a streamlined version
of the high-function Clearvale Enterprise, the company's frontline enterprise
social networking environment. Clearvale Express enables any business to create
social networks for use inside and outside of the enterprise on a cloud
The Clearvale cloud service enables enterprises to connect not only their
own in-house staff in a closed social network but also their own service
providers, partners, customers-the entire supply chain-and collaborate in a
One of the key features of Clearvale Express-freely available by itself or
as part of Clearvale Enterprise-is its integration with Google Apps.
"With a large number of SMBs worldwide now using Google Apps, Clearvale
Express brings a new level of performance to their productivity suites,"
BroadVision Chief Marketing Officer Giovanni Rodriguez told eWEEK.
Another key differentiator for Express is that it has a seamless upgrade
path to additional enterprisewide collaboration features, Rodriguez said.
Clearvale-the UI of which looks a lot like Facebook-also can serve as a
cloud platform as a service for telecommunications providers to resell. That
cloud service is called PaasPort (for platform as a service).
Large enterprises have also been looking for a streamlined version of
Clearvale, Rodriguez said. SoftBank Telecom, one of BroadVision Clearvale's
biggest customers in Japan,
is using Clearvale to bring its own services to that large SMB market.