Collaboration application maker Jive Software March 2 is adding idea management to its arsenal with Jive Ideation. Jive Ideation helps employees, customers and partners form communities around specific ideas, such as product or service creation. The application is essentially Jive's stab at idea or innovation management software popularized by applications from Salesforce.com, Spigit, SuccessFactors and BrightIdea. Meanwhile, Socialcast has launched its new Ease enterprise activity stream engine software.
Jive Software, one of the stronger stand-alone players in the
ultra-competitive market for modern collaboration software, is adding idea
management to its arsenal with Jive Ideation March 2.
A module that snaps on to the company's Social Business Software suite of
collaboration applications, Jive Ideation helps employees, customers and
partners form communities around specific ideas, such as product or service
For example, product and R&D employees can organize and prioritize ideas
by stage, most popular ideas and most active discussions. These ideas may be
voted on, shared and discussed using the wiki, social networking and other
collaboration tools in the Social Business Software suite, Jive CMO
Ben Kiker told eWEEK.
Jive Ideation may also be used in conjunction with the social media
monitoring capabilities of Jive Market Engagement
, which lets marketers
get a handle on what users are saying about their brands on Twitter, Facebook
and other social networks.
It's this sort of combination of collaboration, social networking and idea
management that marks a departure for companies whose ideas "die on the
vine" because they used Microsoft Excel or other productivity tools that
don't have a collaboration component to help multiple colleagues, customers and
partners work together, Kiker said.
The application is essentially Jive's stab at idea or innovation management
software popularized by applications from Salesforce.com
, SuccessFactors and BrightIdea
Kiker said Jive Ideation is being used by the SAP
Labs unit of the enterprise software maker, Alcatel-Lucent, digital map maker
Navteq and interactive agency Molecular.
Available now, pricing for the Jive Ideation module starts at $20,000 for
existing customers of Jive Social Business Software.
In the future, Kiker said Jive plans to add enterprise microblogging
functionality to SBS akin to products from
Socialtext, Socialcast, MindTouch and Yammer
, among others.
While Jive is ramping up its organic software development under new CEO Tony Zingale
, Kiker didn't rule out the possibility
that Jive might buy a startup in this area. Yammer, Socialtext and Socialcast
all augmented their microblogging products this week.
To wit, Socialcast launched its new Ease enterprise activity stream engine
software March 2.
Socialcast's microblogging suite features a new real-time interface that
combines corporate employee status updates with information from existing
business applications, such as Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client, which is used
by more than 500 million users.
Specifically, a new Outlook connector integrates Socialcast Ease into the Outlook
application, allowing users to spice up the e-mail app they're familiar with,
with microblogging. Interestingly, this integration comes several months after
Jive created a similar bridge
Socialcast offers Ease two ways: via an SAAS deployment hosted by Socialcast
or as an on-premises solution. Customers may use VMware, Hyper-V or other
server virtualization platforms to run Ease as a virtual appliance behind the
Ease also features Socialcast's Social Business Intelligence analytics
suite, which provides customers with window views into employee trends, topics
and conversations across microblogging and other social activities.
Ease integrates with Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2003. The company plans to
hook into several popular business applications in 2010. eWEEK guesses
integrations with Salesforce.com, SugarCRM or other enterprise apps are on tap.