Oracle Beehive Platform Offering Social Networking, Collaboration Tools
Oracle has updated its suite of collaboration tools for the enterprise via enhancements to Oracle Beehive, allowing workers to interface through team workspaces, conferencing and instant messaging on a unified platform. Collaboration and social-networking tools are becoming vital parts of the enterprise, a fact recognized by Salesforce, Microsoft and other major IT companies.Oracle introduced new features to its Oracle Beehive enterprise-collaboration platform on May 4, throwing its hat into an increasingly crowded ring of IT companies rolling out new social-networking and collaboration tools for the enterprise.
Oracle Beehive, a standards-based platform that delivers e-mail, calendar and other features, now includes team workspaces and instant messaging, as well as Web and voice conferencing. Web-based Team Workspaces, which works via a Web browser-styled interface, includes wikis, team calendaring, RSS support, contextual search and advanced file sharing for groups working on projects. Enhanced Web and voice conferencing adds a security layer to conferencing, as well as the ability to record and retrieve conferences. In addition, Oracle has expanded the platform's integration with other desktop productivity tools.
"Beehive takes social software and extends it across the entire spectrum," David Gilmour, senior vice president of collaboration technologies for Oracle, said in an interview. "It can produce a unified user experience; it manages the platform tightly, but keeps the tools looser."