Jive adds a host of new features in its second major platform
release, the better to compete with Microsoft, Google, Socialtext and
others in collaboration.
Jive Software launched a new version of its social collaboration
platform, fortifying its social networking tools, adding project
management utilities and blending on-premise with software as a service
Released April 7, Clearspace 2.0 features expanded user profiles to
make it easier to connect with colleagues and understand organizational
relationships. The Portland, Ore., company said it created the tools
because customers mentioned that they love the connectivity presence in
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Clearspace 1.0 had profiles, but version 2.0 adds the ability to
learn about members of the service just by mousing over anyone's
profile, anywhere at any time with the application, said Sam Lawrence,
chief marketing and strategy officer for Jive. Users can see the
member's name, affiliation, location and their status without clicking
IDC analyst Rachel Happe said such features show Jive's evolution
from being a social application to a social networking application.
This adds immense value in that only through social networking that can
people use trusted relationships to filter and prioritize the
information they consume, a crucial detail in a world of information
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"I am much more likely to read something that one of my colleagues
(who I'm connected to because of similar work interests but they may be
in a different department or in a different country) is reading and
responding to," Happe told eWEEK. "The trusted filtering adds enormous
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Jive has also created project management tools to improve
collaboration among several workgroups by centralizing conversations,
goals, milestones and tasks. These tools, something that analysts are
calling for in most collaboration platforms, apply to any field.
"If I'm setting up a project and I'm a design-oriented person, all
I'd need to do is create a project, and I can upload pictures or add
widgets and drawing materials for the people that will be working on
it," Lawrence said. "If I'm an engineer and I'm very task-oriented and
I need timelines and milestones and a calendar, I can set that up to."