Enterprise social is getting serious. First Chatter. Now Jive goes public. All this is great news, validating the idea that the enterprise benefits from social networks as much as we do in our private lives. People have become accustomed to interacting on Facebook; they want enterprise-class tools that enable them to share content and interact with co-workers just as easily.
- Posted by: Mark Downey
- Posted on: December 14 2011 11:48 EST
But this is all new for the enterprise. IT has questions: What about security for the “real” world? What about integration with existing infrastructure assets? What about cost of ownership? Ultimately, organizations need an approach to evolving a social intranet that takes into consideration user needs, security, and flexibility. IT teams need to be able to evaluate on a small scale and broaden the adoption on demand. They need an easy on-ramp and an easy path to enterprise-wide adoption.
All of these needs, in turn, point towards the value of an Open Source solution. Security? Vendor independence? Rapid innovation? Open Source solutions are already proven in these regards. But more than that: the Open Source movement understands social better than anyone. That’s the way Open Source development works.
What’s New: An Open Source Alternative
The need for enterprise-class Open Source social business software prompted eXo to develop eXo Platform 3.5 Community Edition. Released to customers last Sunday, eXo Platform 3.5 Community Edition already delivers features that rival Jive -- but with greater flexibility and control, and an easier on-ramp to adoption.
So, we’re pleased that the IPO for Jive has gone so well. The response from the market clearly validates the work that Jive, eXo, and others have been doing to develop social business software. It also highlights the need for alternatives that support a variety of enterprise needs -- and we’re very happy to be part of that community.
To learn more about eXo Platform 3.5 Community Edition, or to download the software, please visit: http://budurl.com/uyn3
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People have become accustomed to interacting on Facebook; they want enterprise-class tools that enable them to share content and interact with co-workers just as easily.