Jive vs Socialcast

Jive’s enterprise social networking platform allows you to engage employees, customers, and the social web. Increase the efficiency of internal communication, build brand loyalty, and monitor customer chatter and ideas, all from one central location. Say good bye to your intranet, multiple logins for scattered enterprise apps, and being out of the loop; the Jive Engage platform integrates the social networking tools you love and need so you can focus on what matters.
Socialcast creates a flexible, simple, data-rich collaborative space where employees can find information from applications, systems, and people across the enterprise.

Latest news about Jive and Socialcast:

01.05.17. Collaboration software company Jive to be acquired by Aurea. Jive, a community collaboration software company, is acquired by ESW Capital’s Wave Systems for $462 million. It will become part of the Aurea family of companies. The plan is to integrate Jive into Aurea’s customer experience management platform. The acquisition gives Aurea a tool for creating internal and customer-facing communities, a key piece in today’s customer service environment. It also gives them access to Jive’s customer base, which includes T Mobile, Schneider Electric, McAfee and EMC.

06.02.15. 3 new Jive workstyle apps aim to simplify workplace collaboration. Social collaboration software Jive unveiled three new workstyle apps: Jive Daily, Jive Chime and Jive People. Jive Daily helps to get the word out, drive conversations and analyze communications impact in real time. Because it’s an app, workers can check in easily to see what the company brass or colleagues have to say and to find out about what’s going on at the company that’s relevant to them. Jive Chime is a vehicle for communicating from your mobile device with text or instant message like experiences without sacrificing access to your personal cell phone number or personal IM identity. And Jive People a company directory 2.0 with workplace graph. When you identify the person you want to talk to, all you have to do is hit a button to reach out to them via e-mail, phone call or Jive Chime.

17.09.14. Jive integrates with Office 365. Enterprise social collaboration provider Jive has built software connectors for Microsoft Office 365, including Outlook Online, Office Online, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. What this means for Jive users is that it will be nearly effortless to create and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets and presentations, as well as email, whether they are working with Office on premise, in the cloud or somewhere in between. And because enterprises are unlikely to move everything to Office 365 at exactly the same time, Jive can tie enterprises and systems together. It works across silos and serves as a communications hub that gives employees the tools they need to work across technologies more effectively, efficiently and across devices. These include Box, Salesforce and Cisco, among others.

08.05.14. Cisco-Jive and 5 other Unified Collaboration leaders. Large enterprise customers have become so impatient. They want one thing in one place — right now, in real time - the solution that provides collaboration and social interactions and communications and doesn't require long integration project. That's why, software vendors invented the new term "Unified Collaboration" and now sell their solutions under this sauce. Of course, not any IT giant can build such system. Sometimes they need to unite. In particular, the unified communications leader Cisco recently partnered with social networking provider Jive and announced that now it has the best solution on the market. However, experts note that Cisco has five strong competitors: Microsoft (Yammer + Lync), IBM (IBM Connections + IBM Sametime), Citrix (GoToMeeting + Podio), Siemens (Unify + Ansible), Salesforce (Chatter + DimDim). However, the last two vendors are currently only potential because their UC solutions are not quite ready yet.

2012. Jive acquires Producteev and Meetings.io. How you should welcome new co-workers. If you would like to become the giant of collaboration market right now, you'll need to provide customers the tools for: social intranet, file sharing (ala Dropbox), task/project management, Email and video/web conferencing. Until now, Jive was arguably the best social intranet provider and somehow solved file sharing tasks via the close partnership with Box. However, it's time to move ahead and play catch up with Microsoft and Salesforce, that don't mind buying startups to close the gaps in their collaboration suites. Today Jive has announced about the acquisition of two very good startups - task management app Producteev and online meetings tool Meetings.io. Producteev has become popular due to its convenience and multiple platforms support. And Meetings.io works as a notepad for online meetings (very simple). To welcome the new staff, the guys from Jive created this very cute movie. It's another example of useful video for business.

2012. Socialcast and Wrike go freemium. Freemium scheme is becoming more and more popular in the Enterprise 2.0 space. Two more popular SaaS services Socialcast and Wrike - have released the free versions with wide feature set. Socialcast - is the service for building corporate social networks, which is owned by VMWare. Unlike its main competitors (Chatter and Yammer), which offer free versions for unlimited number of users, but with limited functionality, Socialcast is offering free subscription for up to 50 users, but without any functional limitations. The main advantage of this offering is the high level of security and administrative tools.

2012. Thanks to Socialcast!. Sometimes the simplest tools can significantly increase business efficiency. One of them was invented by Socialcast. Recall, Socialcast - is an enterprise social network, owned by VMWare. So, there is nothing that affects business efficiency more than employees' motivation. And how IT systems help to improve their motivation? In no way. When employee looks at the IT system interface, he sees information, information, tasks, tasks, tasks. He completes these tasks, changes their status to "Completed" and .... gets the new tasks. And how nice would it be to get a "thank you" for the work done. This is the very simple feature that was recently added to Socialcast. Now, manager (or any user) can send to stream not only messages, files and links but also "Thanks". To Thanks-post you can attach standard or custom badges. And all co-workers will see this Thanks, and will be able to like it or add their kind words in the comments.

VMWare SocialCast
2011. VMWare to buy enterprise microblogging service SocialCast. VMWare quickly fills its stack with Enterprise 2.0 applications. Previously, the company acquired the online file storage tool Mozy, then the Email/collaboration server Zimbra, then the online presentation service SlideRocket, and today the company has announced the acquisition of the enterprise social networking service SocialCast. SocialCast - was a pioneer in the Enterprise 2.0 industry. It's the company that (together with Yammer) invented enterprise microblogging back in 2008. And during these 3 years, this startup not only survived but also attracted an impressive customer base, including General Motors, NASA, and Nokia. In addition, SocialCast always excited us with their social innovations such as Facebook-like plug-ins. As for VMWare, it seems that to own a complete office suite, it lacks only the web-based text processor and spreadsheets. Most likely, soon the company will buy such solutions.

2011. Socialcast: How to engage CEO into the Enterprise social network?. The tough competition that is now emerging between Facebooks for Enterprise, is forcing vendors to quickly invent new value-adding features. For example, Socialcast is trying to solve the problem of engaging executives into internal social network. According to Socialcast, most CEOs don't personally use intranet social solutions, because they don't want to be "equal" with all other employees. Of course, not any manager would be excited if his employees could follow all his actions. That's why Socialcast has invented Town Hall - the new feature, that allows you to organize online conferences between executive and the staff: CEO can schedule the date and time of the online meeting, invite employees to submit their questions, and when the time comes he logs in and answers the most popular questions. Then these questions and answers can be read by any interested employee.

2010. Socialcast invented Facebook-like social plug-ins for the Enterprise. As you know, the main elements in Facebook plan of becoming "an alternative to the Web" - are the social plug-ins. These are Like, Share buttons, comments and fan-boxes that site owners embed in their sites integrating them into one global semantic network with the center in Facebook. Socialcast, the pioneer in enterprise microblogging, invented something similar for business sphere. Socialcast Reach is a set of plug-ins that can be inserted into any business application with web interface. Like with Facebook, you just need to insert small Javascript-code to the app page. For now there are 3 types of these plug-ins:

Social CRM
2010. Gartner: Social CRM - is a huge market. At least since the previous year experts are talking about Social CRM, as of the most promising technology on the large CRM market. Now, these talks have the official confirmation - Gartner has published the Social CRM Magic Quadrant (as a rule, such reports are only created for the largest markets). According to the report, 80% of the CRM market growth in 2010 is due to the Social CRM development and the total investments in the social CRM in the next year will reach $1 billion. So what is social CRM? Gartner refers the following technologies to this concept: social Web monitoring, fetching contact information from social media, customer/partner community management, collecting feedback and ideas from customers. According to the report, Social CRM market leaders are Jive SBS and Lithium. Both solutions do not contain traditional CRM functionality, but rather, are designed for integration with traditional CRM. Salesforce, thanks to the release of Chatter, Ideas and acquiring Jigsaw, managed to get only into Visionaries section. Note the absence of startups in the Challengers section - it promises good opportunities for those who will decide to enter this market now.

2009. Socialcast unveils API for developers. Socialcast, the enterprise collaboration and microblogging platform, has announced the release of its official developer API. With this API developers can extend the product with new functionality. Essentially, Socialcast lets employees in companies communicate via activity streams, create groups, and share links, file, and knowledge across the enterprise. The API allows developers to build native clients or internal applications, accessing the Socialcast activity stream. Besides, now companies can expose their Socialcast activity streams to each other for cross-enterprise collaboration.  To get access to the Socialcast API, you’ll have to already have an account, and from there, you’ll find all the information.

2009. Socialcast allows your boss or HR to bypass your filter. Socialcast, the enterprise microblogging tool, has released a new Broadcast Message feature, that gives higher priority to status messages of HR and executives. By allowing your boss or HR to bypass your filter and broadcast a message to you in Socialcast, the platform kills what there is to love about a Twitter for the enterprise. Though Socialcast's powerful content sharing and aggregation abilities go far beyond what Yammer and other competitors in this space offer, this is a step backwards for how 2.0 your enterprise can get with their software. If CEOs want to grab your attention for company-wide announcements, that's what reply all is for.

2009. Socialcast is adopting freemium model. Socialcast is launching adopting the freemium model for its FriendFeed-like collaboration and social network SaaS for businesses. The software, which used to be $1 per user per month, will now be completely free for an unlimited amount of users but businesses can choose to add paid features to Socialcast. This includes the ability to see analytics and mine data from a group’s network, providing a tag cloud and stats on which employees communicate most and least often. Another premium feature is a consultancy service provided by Socialcast on how to help employees adopt and deploy the technology (which doesn’t seem that difficult so this may not be worth paying for). For a extra fee, users can also choose to put Socialcast behind a firewall for extra protection.

2008. Socialcast Brings Social Messaging to the Enterprise. We’ve discussed numerous times the reasons we flock to services like Twitter. We like the sense of community, the sharing of info and the knowledge that we can tap into with just a few words. Wouldn’t that sort of knowledge sharing and interaction help foster better communication within an organization as well? Socialcast thinks so and their hosted team messaging service is designed to do just that.

2008. Socialcast is FriendFeed for your business. Socialcast on Tuesday is launching a revision of its group communication service. Originally released in 2007, Tuesday's update has a much cleaner and more contemporary interface, and liberally borrows features and ideas from social sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and FriendFeed.