Enterprise Social Media Tools

We’ve blogged in the past about the growing importance of Enterprise Social Media tools. Well, the market continues to grow and change, so we’ve put together a round up of some of the important enterprise social media players to help CIOs understand the dynamics of the market and how each of the vendors are attempting to distinguish themselves in a crowded space. The first segment of our overview of Enterprise Social Media players covers some of the fresh, new faces that have helped define the social media space. Future segments will cover a few more of the trailblazers in social media, followed by some of the enterprise software vendors’ entries in this exciting market.


Consolidation in the Enterprise Social Media Space

Specialized enterprise social network technologies are also starting to be widely used on an enterprise scale, for enterprise needs. The challenge for companies is to find the tools that are best suited for particular functions and help propagate them in a manageable, sustainable way throughout a department or across an enterprise.

Beneath the surface of the hype surrounding social networking tools is the more interesting shift in how companies do business, and how the IT environment is shifting from on-premises deployments to cloud. At the same time, we’re seeing an increased interest in enterprise social media capabilities. For example, VMWare is adding a social networking darling to its web productivity lineup. Socialcast, the brainchild of Timothy Young, founder and CEO, is one of the leading social networking tools for enterprise businesses, with customers that range from Avaya, Nokia, and Philips Electronics.

For complete analysis of the impact of this acquisition, consult Upside Research’s IT Briefcase column on consolidation in the enterprise social media space.


HTML5 and Document Sharing

Recently, Crocodocs announced its new embeddable HTML5 document viewer and annotator, a self-proclaimed first of its kind. The news came with an announcement of a partnership with Yammer, one of the enterprise pure play social media platforms. The Crocodocs tools give Yammer a full-fledged document sharing and collaboration platform, enabling users to embed any type of document into the micro-blogging platform for viewing and collaboration. With HTML5, this also makes the embedded documents viewable on mobile platforms. The question is, what impact will it have on the grip that Microsoft and Adobe have on the document viewing and collaboration market?

Read our complete analysis of HTML5 and the collaboration market at IT Briefcase.