Innovation is at the heart of software development, and it's the name of the game in the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad competition. Held in conjunction with both the Santa Clara and Boston editions of the 2010 Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Launch Pad produced four finalists at each site -- the best of the best applications produced and submitted to the competition that year. Best of all? Entering Launch Pad was free, and open to all software developers -- large and small -- who were building, launching
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The name might sound cozy, but the software means business -- with a bit of gaming thrown in to keep users coming back for more. MindQuilt's enterprise knowledge sharing platform leverages social media and video game dynamics to encourage employee engagement and performance across its system. You might even say it has a bit of online dating in the mix, thanks to its "semantic matchmaking" functionality that helps pair questions with answers. MindQuilt features automatic tagging of questions, "Just-in-Time Documentation" to generate documents around specific knowledge areas, and enterprise-grade security to keep proprietary information, well, proprietary. It's a new take on the age-old business problem: John faces Challenge X, Jane sits two doors down and has an efficient way to meet Challenge X; but John and Jane somehow never cross paths, leading to duplication of effort, wasted time, and needless frustration. The software integrates with common email, instant messaging, and other applications.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.