Socialcast alternatives

Socialcast
Socialcast creates a flexible, simple, data-rich collaborative space where employees can find information from applications, systems, and people across the enterprise.
Socialcast alternatives are:
Yammer
Here are the latest news about Socialcast:

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.


Wrike - is a popular online project management tool. The free version of Wrike will be attractive for small businesses and workgroups. It is designed for 5 users, that can create and assign tasks and unlimited number of collaborators that may participate in the teamwork (for example, it may be clients or freelancers). Note that the free version (unlike the paid) doesn't include Gantt Chart and time-tracker.



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.


Though these badges immediately remind us about Gamification, but in this case the developers didn't invent any game mechanics. They just invented a simple and ingenious feature.



2011 VMWare to buy enterprise microblogging service SocialCast

VMWare 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.

It's interesting that answering the question about whether SlideRocket and SocialCast will be integrated in Zimbra Collaboration Suite, the VMWare representative said that they believe in the "Modular Web" and therefore these three services will remain distinct. However, the integrations will come soon. In this regard, recall that VMWare recently introduced the single sign-on service - Horizon App Manager.



2011 Socialcast: How to engage CEO into the Enterprise social network?

Socialcast
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.

Of course, CEO is given a special admin interface where he can view and evaluate the questions, view the attendance, moderate or appoint someone other as moderator. Town Hall is one of the Socialcast paid features, however the SaaS version of this product with the basic functionality is free (like Chatter.com).



2010 Socialcast invented Facebook-like social plug-ins for the Enterprise

Socialcast
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:

- Recommend - similar to Facebook Like button. Once a user clicks on a “recommend” button on any item in the enterprise app (for example, the news page in enterprise portal or new order in CRM), a message is immediately inserted into his Socialcast stream.
- Discussions - similar to Facebook comments. You can add comments to any item in business app, for example project or task. The discussion will be available in Socialcast as well a on the project/task page
- Streams - this allows for example to insert sales team activity stream from Socialcast to CRM system. For example, here's how it looks in Salesforce:

Socialcast
Socialcast Reach plug-ins allow to unity all business-app users into single collaborative space. And they don't have to leave their basic applications. For example, sales preson received a request from a client for a certain quantity of goods with a desired discount. Without leaving the CRM system, sales-person can share this request for the management and accounting teams. The accountant directly from ERP system responds that the required quantity of goods is available on stock. And manager right from the enterprise portal page can confirm the requested discount.

Socialcast
It is interesting that a few days ago, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, mentioned Socialcast. When asked about the possibility of using the new Facebook Groups feature for business, he replied, "Yeah, well maybe this [Facebook Groups] will replace Socialcast!".