Those of you who aren't familiar with OffiSync are certainly familiar with another company: Microsoft. With more than 600 million users, everyone would agree that Microsoft is the de facto standard for desktop productivity applications.
OffiSync offers the market-leading Microsoft Office social integration solutions. It also brings the the broadest, deepest integration for social solutions across all Microsoft Office applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company already has a deep integration with Jive -- we've been good partners for more than one year. Hundreds of thousands of end users at Jive customers already use OffiSync to bring a social experience to their desktops. Which made the decision to join forces an obvious choice. Because while social has transformed workplace productivity, these applications haven't changed much in 20 years. Our inboxes are clogged with mile-long email threads. Reply-all really means CYA. Sharing and working together on files is painful. No wonder so much time is wasted trying to get the context for& what we're working on or emailing about -- it's trapped in someone's inbox or folder.
For those who've wondered whether it's really possible for an enterprise to embrace Social Business, you can stop wondering. With this acquisition, Jive is bringing Social Business to you, where you work, to your desktop, to the applications and emails you live in eight hours a day. Our customers no longer have to choose between collaborating on Jive's Social Business platform or the familiar Microsoft Office UI.
This is not a lightweight feed or stream that offers little actual business value; Jive is giving Microsoft users the ability to fully interact with the Jive platform, from their favorite desktop application. Think about it. Now it's possible for more than 600 million users of Microsoft to 'like' their desktops.
With our acquisition of OffiSync, Jive is absolutely going to accelerate the pace of Social Business adoption in the enterprise.
For more details about the announcement, and about the power of Jive and OffiSync, please check out these videos of me and Oudi Antebi, co-founder and CEO of OffiSync.
You can read more in the FAQ about the acquisition as well.
During the New Way Tour Live Broadcast on 5/24, we are going to host a Social "Press" Conference.
Now, it's your chance to ask the biggest Social Business questions to Tony Zingale, Jive Software CEO.
Here's how to participate:
1. Submit your question below, on Jive Software's Facebook Fan Page, or via Twitter by messaging @Jivesoftware. Trisha Liu, the community manager at ArcSight--an HP company, will determine the best, most popular questions and serve as the Community Reporter, representing the voice of the people and submitting the best questions for Jive to address.
2. Tune in on May 24 at 8:30 PST for the live broadcast, where Tony will be addressing the biggest questions from the Social Business community and sharing the New Way to Business.
As Marketing and Service executives continue to evolve their strategies and make 'social' a critical element, there’s a question I hear regularly. How can we get deeper integration between Jive and Facebook? With Facebook becoming an essential element of a successful marketing strategy, and with more and more companies looking at Jive to develop powerful external communities, this connection is becoming increasingly important.
Today, we announced additional fire power for Jive clients in this area that’s already seen incredible response across our customer base.
The two-minute video below provides an overview of how Jive can live inside Facebook and how Facebook questions can be easily exposed within Jive communities. When you watch it, you’ll see we’re going well beyond simple 'liking' and leveraging of Facebook Connects for logging into a community, which we already support with our platform. The focus here is on bi-directional visibility and engagement between the two platforms.
To learn more about ‘how it works’ view the embedded video. In the meantime, I’ll touch on two other important aspects of connecting Jive and Facebook
As a person who boycotted conferences for a couple of years because I was tired of hearing pundits spout theory, cite zero practical examples from their own work, and tell me nothing new I hadn't already read, JiveWorld was a breath of fresh air. Because the conference sessions are almost entirely led by Jive clients, practitioners like me doing this stuff every day, it's extremely relevant. When you attend, you will walk away with several ideas you can immediately take back to your company to implement on Monday. And by ideas, I don't mean, "I should try to prove ROI by measuring business outcomes". Instead, you'll walk out with practical examples like, "We were able to prove ROI by showing that users who were active in Jive logged X% fewer help desk tickets to our support organization, which led to $ saved, and we measured activity by..., we measured reduced help desk tickets by..., and we reduced the number of variables influencing those numbers in order to better prove causality by...". Just like you, I want to talk to people who have figured it out, not experts or sales people telling me what I "should" do.
Hands down, JW10 was the most valuable conference I've ever attended across the various jobs I've held.
I'd also underscore Tracy's comments on the value of the Jive client network. They are a truly passionate bunch, and collaboration is in all of our job descriptions, so the willingness of the group to share openly and freely is invaluable. So if you're looking for the real deal from people like you, I'll see you in Vegas in October. Head over and register today, because the early bird and alumni pricing ends at midnight!
During my first month on the job, I've been a road warrior on the New Way Tour. It has been an awesome experience bringing real-world case studies of social business success to cities across North America and Europe. I just found out that we're going to stream live video of the San Francisco event, so the folks at home can get inspired, learn best practices, and network without leaving their desks!
Date: May 24, 2011
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM PST
Mark Yolton, SVP, SAP Community Network
SAP has embraced the new way, and achieved amazing results. Hear @MarkYolton share how mission-critical Social Business is at the fourth-largest software company in the world.
Chris Fletcher, Research Director, Gartner
@ChrisFletcher will share his views on the rapidly growing social business industry. Hear him share his perspective on what's in store for companies already embracing social, and the implications for the ones that haven' done so yet.
Tony Zingale, CEO, Jive Software
@tonyzingale will share his perspective on the state of Social Business, and what the future of work holds for all of us. You'll also get an exclusive, up-close look the company's latest software release, Jive 5.
Register for the New Way Tour Live Broadcast.
Last week, I hit the road and headed to Dallas for the Jive Software New Way Tour.
It was great to share with fellow business and technology leaders how social is both redefining their roles, and improving the results they are achieving.
Specifically, Jivers helped attendees:
It's not too late to participate in this great event, but you don't have to take my word for it. Check this On The Road footage from attendees.