Jive Software has launched a comprehensive Social Business Software application suite, Jive SBS 3.0, which includes the company’s previous social computing applications, Clearspace and Clearspace Community. The Clearspace applications, whose names will cease to exist but functionalities will remain the same, will be integrated into one social enterprise platform.
Modeled to offer Facebook-like features to enterprises, the software combines computing with social collaboration. The Clearspace app helps businesses hold collaborate on a variety of tasks, including holding discussions, sharing documents, blogging, running polls, and social networking features and more. The Clearspace Community app provides a platform that allows businesses to communicate effectively with customers and the broader community
Jive SBS 3.0’s goal to bridge together departments, partners and customers in a single community is enabled by new features like having a powerful data warehouse and activity tracking mechanism, adding video functionality for to train and engage employees, integrating social bookmarking apps to allow employees to track what’s important and having the ability to post content from a variety of sources to members of the greater community.
Jive had a bittersweet year in 2008, with the release the new version of its Clearspace software in April and an acquisition, mixed with substantial layoffs at the software company in the Fall. With the roll out of this comprehensive new application suite, Jive Software is changing things up a bit by providing a suite of software instead of individualized pieces. It’s definitely a risk to take, but sometimes the best results come from risks.