Social Networks for the Enterprise
With almost every major IT supplier and a number of high-profile startups wanting a piece of the enterprise social networks market, there are many key providers companies are using or evaluating. And, since it’s been four years since Microsoft acquired Yammer and they are still working to integrate it with Office 365, the question remains, will it become the go-to social network for enterprise companies?
The following is a list of key social networks catering to enterprise companies that was compiled by Redmond magazine May 2016. They are listed alphabetically.
- Atlassian: Australian-based company which offers a suite of collaboration tools with support for social networking including HipChat and Confluence.
- Facebook at Work: Known for the most popular social network for personal use, Facebook has its eye on enterprise and currently has 300 business customers testing its enterprise service, which is now in pilot and, for now, free.
- IBM Corp: IBM Connections is considered a robust enterprise social networking offering and regarded as a strong offering with complementary components and suited for organizations with IBM’s WebSphere Portal.
- Insidey: An enterprise social networking service designed for collaboration around Google Apps for Work and gives users their own wall and ability to comment, like, and share Google Drive files and videos.
- Jive Software: A popular enterprise social networking provider that extended its offering with the new Jive Identity Service, which ties with the Jive WorkHub to ensure secure interactions with external users. In addition, the company has added a new set of solutions targeted at the health care industry.
- com: Remaining most popular among heavy users of the Salesforce cloud, the company’s chatter product has connectivity options to Google, Microsoft, and SAP environments.
- Sitrion: Sitrion uses Outlook to extend collaboration to create a “social hub” and has ties to other business apps from the likes of SAP and salesforce.com.
- Slack: Popular new enterprise social collaboration provider with an enterprise social service that is centered around the concept of “channels” both private and group, as well as its support for direct messages and its drag-and-drop interface for file sharing and search.
- Tibco Tbbr: Tibco’s enterprise social networking platform, Tbbr, integrates with SharePoint, Outlook and Skype, as well as with Box, Google Hangouts and Cisco WebEx, in addition to Tibco’s own event-processing and application-integration offerings.
- VMware Inc.: The company’s hosted social networking service is Socialcast, which has recently begun integrating with VMware’s AirWatch Content Locker offering.
- Yammer: Microsoft’s enterprise social service used for private communication within organizations.