As enterprises begin integrating their traditional enterprise systems with social software, we have spent a lot of time at Socialtext thinking about how this should be done from an architectural perspective. With Socialtext Connect launching in June, we have made a firm bet that open web standards will make it easier for companies to integrate applications of all shapes and sizes into their “social layer.” So we worked with our friends at ReadWriteWeb to highlight that strategy in a whitepaper, which was released today (click here to download your free copy or scroll down the page here).
The report is titled “The Social Layer: How the Rise of Web-Oriented Architecture is Changing Enterprise IT.” As the paper explains, a social layer enables employees to access information from a variety of enterprise applications and colleagues across organizational silos. In an open — yet secure — environment built on microblogging and activity streams, employees discuss, collaborate and take action on the real-time information being pumped into the social layer to serve customers better and drive new business opportunities.
We hope you enjoy it, and look forward to hearing your feedback.