We just finished up one of our best quarters ever, and 2009 is kicking off with a bang. A few very noteworthy items to share with you.

 

First and most importantly, we formally announced that John McCracken has joined Jive as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and that Bill Lanfri has joined the Board of Directors. John is a hugely talented sales leader who has worked with most of our other execs during his time at Mercury (as well as Tony Zingale on our board, the former CEO of Mercury). Bill Lanfri is a very seasoned leader who has seen the technology growth curve many times, and has already made a big impact as an advisor. Both have the experience we need to continue building Jive into a great company and I'm thrilled to have them on board.

 

Secondly, this past Friday Forrester Research released its WAVE report on Community Platforms. We are excited to be named a leader in the space and we encourage you to read the full report if you're a Forrester client. Jeremiah Owyang, senior analyst at Forrester, is thorough and insightful. It’s an honor to be included with the other vendors and the report is a feather in the cap for the Social Business Software market.

 

Also worth noting, in the first week of January, Jive’s CMO Sam Lawrence, sat down with Robert Scoble and talked a bit about the company’s plans for the year. He provides a great overview of Social Business Software and really captured the essence of what Jive is working to accomplish. Sam also gives a few hints about what you can expect from Jive in Q1.

 

All in all, a great start to the year. But there's more to come soon.

 

Happy New Year, everyone.