Judging by the investments that developers -- both well-established and start-ups -- are making in the collaboration market, software vendors are paying more than lip service to the adage that no man is an island. Certainly, businesses are investigating -- and investing in -- tools that help employees brainstorm, locate each other, schedule meetings, and communicate via social networks. Collaboration technology itself covers a broad spectrum of devices, from instant messaging and email, to cell
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The Jive Engage Platform melds together collaboration, community, and social media monitoring software, providing customers with blogs, tags, videos, social bookmarks, collaborative documents, polls, profiles, and status updates. In addition, the software provides social media monitoring, mobile applications, community analytics, and integration with legacy systems, the developer said. Jive Engage works on desktops and mobile devices including the iPhone and BlackBerry. It is sold on-site or as a cloud version. "We quickly realized that Jive had almost everything we needed out-of-the-box for social networking and a vision for future development in line with ours," said Brice Jewell, the senior manager at Cerner responsible for the health company's social network experience. "Our clients don't want to hear about the 'potential' impact of Web 2.0 on their business. They want real, proven examples from people like them."
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity ≠products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent ≠mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers ≠distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.