Connected Microblogging for the Enterprise Unveiled in Socialtext Signals
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Socialtext, the leading provider of Enterprise 2.0 Solutions, today announced and delivered Socialtext 3.0, a trio of applications including Socialtext People and Socialtext Dashboard, as well as a major upgrade to its highly regarded Socialtext Workspace enterprise wiki offering. These products are built on a modular and integrated platform that delivers connected collaboration with context to individuals, workgroups, organizations and extranet communities. People are now able to discover, create, and utilize social networks, collaborate in shared workspaces, and work productively, with personalized widget-based dashboards.
The company also announced Socialtext Signals(TM), a Twitter-style microblogging interface that goes beyond simple “tweets” by integrating both automated and manual updates with social networking context, further expanding the company’s business communications offerings for the enterprise.
“We run all of our projects on Socialtext. It enables my company to not only release more CDs per year, but execute without things slipping through the cracks,” said Epitaph Records Founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. “Thanks to Socialtext, we’re collaborating better than ever and 3.0 promises to make the experience even more fluid and fun.”
“Today we have delivered the first phase of a connected collaboration platform to enable our customers to put social networking to work,” explains CEO Eugene Lee. “This is a major step forward that was the result of a tremendous amount of customer and partner feedback. End users, IT administrators, developers and partners will all benefit from these new innovations and enhancements.”
As with its proven Workspace wiki and weblog product, Socialtext will make all of its offerings available on a hosted ASP as well as an on-premise appliance basis. The entire Socialtext 3.0 trio of products is available immediately on the hosted service, and will be made available to appliance customers starting in October 2008.
– Socialtext 3.0 — integrated but modular architecture enables rapid integration and customization — to make other enterprise applications social. Profile integration with LDAP or Microsoft Active Directory(R) systems enable rapid population. REST APIs for workspace and profile content are now complemented with a standards-based Widget architecture and user interface for the creation of enterprise mashups. Productized Connectors are available with Microsoft Sharepoint(R) and IBM Lotus Connections(R). You can immediately experience this new release in a free trial at http://socialtext.com.
– Socialtext People (optional module available to platform customers) — social networking adapted for the enterprise. Profiles and a user directory make it easy for colleagues to describe themselves and discover implicit and explicit expertise. People can subscribe to the activity of colleagues. Tagging enables users to declare interest and expertise on their profile and others’ profiles, making group forming simple and powerful. Throughout the Socialtext wiki, Profiles are made visible so at any time you can pivot to the people behind the content. Integration with LDAP and Active Directory means companies will be able to make their corporate directories social.
– Socialtext Dashboard — personalized and customized dashboards to manage attention across internal and external social network updates, conversations, data, and applications. The alert feed of your colleagues’ activity provides attention management with work context and relevance. Since Socialtext Dashboard supports the OpenSocial gadget standard, users can select widgets from a large library provided by Socialtext as well as from third parties, and arrange them with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
– Socialtext Workspace — This significant upgrade, based on deep engagement with and feedback from Socialtext’s large customer base, delivers dramatic usability enhancements, improved navigation, tight integration with Socialtext Dashboard as well as Socialtext People, and continued advances for IT administrative efficiency and directory integration.
– Socialtext Signals — provides safe and secure social messaging with context. Unlike standalone “Twitter-like” tools, Socialtext Signals delivers unique value based on its integration with the rest of the Socialtext platform. Integration with Socialtext People provides context around who is signaling, while integration with Socialtext Workspace provides context around what and why they are signaling. Integration with Socialtext Dashboard provides context around activity updates and the rest of a user’s conversations. Finally, planned integration with email in and out of Socialtext Signals (as Socialtext has supported in its wiki offering for years) enables on- and off-ramps to the tools people already use. Socialtext Signals is currently available in controlled pre-release to a select number of customers.
“Over the past several months we have used Signals internally as a standalone prototype and we’ve learned just how different enterprise usage is to the more public microblogging sites like Twitter,” said Ross Mayfield. “Our next release will include microblogging built on an integrated platform, combining Signals and Updates for connected collaboration with context. This is a major milestone towards fulfilling the vision laid out less than half a year ago — to be a full Enterprise 2.0 platform.”
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As the Enterprise 2.0 leader, Socialtext applies Web 2.0 technologies to the critical challenges facing businesses. Enterprise 2.0 holds the promise of dramatically increasing business productivity, stimulating greater innovation, and creating tighter connections between employees, partners, and customers. Socialtext provides hosted and appliance-based solutions to more than 4,000 customers world-wide, including BASF, Boston College, CondeNet, Epitaph Records, IKEA, Intel, MicroStrategy, MWW Group, Nokia, SAP, Sunguard, Symantec, and USA Today.
Socialtext’s flagship product, Socialtext Workspace, is the first enterprise wiki and the foundation of the connected collaboration platform. Socialtext People enables enterprise social networking. Socialtext Dashboard provides personalized and customizable widget-based interface for people and teams to manage attention. SocialCalc is the social spreadsheet for distributed teams. These products deliver connected collaboration with context. Learn more about Socialtext at http://www.socialtext.com.