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Jive Software’s secret new release

This week saw the unlrelease of iPhone 5, the sad demise of Steve Jobs and JiveWorld 11 in Vegas. Many of course were hoping to see the iPhone 5 debut and were disappointed. No one really expected a Jive 6 to be released so soon after 5 and many companies I know of are still on 4.5, waiting for the right time to upgrade. I think there’s all the more reason now to make that upgrade – Jive 5 now pushes the limits of enterprise social business software.

A lot of the people I know who are running Jive projects were at JiveWorld – (one year I will get there!) I have been following it from afar and especially via Twitter #JW11. What I’ve seen so far at the event points to more than an upgrade – what was released was the extension and evolution of the ecosystem. This was mainly apparent in a series of press releases either just before or during the event.

It’s worth listing these out:
Spigit and Jive Partner on Next Generation Social Enterprise App

“By integrating Spigit’s engaging game mechanics, goal orientation, idea graduation and idea trading with Jive’s social collaboration platform, customers are able to capitalize on the collective intelligence within their internal and external communities.”

Jive and Bunchball Team Up to Bring Gamification to Jive

“Bunchball’s Nitro gamification engine encourages Jive users to explore and master the wealth of functionality available in the platform. Nitro for Jive uses reward, status, achievement, competition, and real-time feedback as motivation for users of the platform.”

Goshido + Jive: Making Project Management Social

“A great idea in a Jive discussion could become a complex project for an entire team, executed in Goshido.  With Goshido, anyone can connect actions together into projects that can evolve and grow.”

Wrike: Simple Social Project Management

Polycom and Jive Announce Strategic Relationship to Bring HD Video Collaboration to Social Business

“…strategic relationship to integrate Polycom HD video into Jive’s social business platform. The new solution will transform how businesses engage and collaborate with customers, employees, and partners. The solution will allow Jive customers to conduct live video chats, including group video calls, as well as record video meetings or messages for archiving, training, and ongoing collaboration.”

No doubt there are other releases and updates that I’ve missed – I did note Alfresco’s presence at JiveWorld and a Tweet from fellow Social Business Council member Brice Jewell on an update to the Jive / SharePoint Connector caught my eye.

Taken together these releases point to quite a leap forward. Jive is synching up with HD Video collaboration, enhancing ways to collaborate and plan by using social project management tools and doing the deep dive on gamification and innovation/ideation with the news from Spigit and Bunchball. Collectively, these are effectively a new release of Jive…

It’s for these sorts of reasons that after an engagement supporting the successful launch of global IBM Connections project in Banking, I’m really looking forward to working with the Jive application again. That should be applications – Darwin willing (I’ve a long drive south from Edinburgh ahead), I’ll be working on no less than four, fully loaded (Video, Ideation, Analytics, etc)  Jive 5 installations in one of the world’s largest media/advertising houses.

As a footnote – I’ve now worked hands on with all 3 of Gartner’s leading enterprise social applications – Jive, Microsoft SharePoint and IBM Connections. Might have to write up a practitioner’s comparison one day soon.

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