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2 Posts authored by: John.Rizzo

When I joined Jive about 10 months ago, I had several interesting revelations. Having been in Silicon Valley for my entire career, I thought I was plugged in. I was at Intel and lent a hand to the creation of what is now Flash memory. As a member of the original Mac team at Apple, I learned about changing the world. I was CMO of one of the earliest tablet companies and most recently ran transformational technology startups as CEO. So I'd been around the block, as they say. But Jive was the biggest company I'd never heard of in the hottest market on earth. No awareness, but lots of blue-chip customers. It was weird.

 

I learned that Jive's customers were driving massive change in their organizations with the courage of early pioneers. They were bent on a mission to transform the way work gets done - and they were fervent in this objective. Fervent. Jive also had the most powerful technology, but the market was asking for something simpler and easier. Competitors seemed to think that if you gave away bite-sized social experiences, users would like them. But users found that those solutions wasted time instead of saving it.  And we all need more time. Jive, on the other hand, was focused on delivering proven results for the whole company at once and built a franchise for 700 key customers as a result.

 

I quickly became passionate about these areas of opportunity for Jive, and as a result was asked to lead a team of great colleagues from across the company to help me on this charge. We all took on night jobs (and in most cases day AND night jobs), so to speak, to transform much of what we do.

 

Why am I so proud? Jive launched a major innovation initiative, not only centered on accelerating the pace of our technology leadership in the social business market, but also in the way that we expand the value we deliver to customers.

 

Our launch has three major components:

  • Immediate availability of our next-generation social business platform in Jive Cloud which drives more users and more usage, more of the time for proven business results. Ubiquitous.
  • Launch of Try Jive, a "one-click" free trial for new Jive users who want to experience social business and see how it applies to teams of 25 to 250,000. Simple & easy.
  • A change to the Jive brand as well as a major outbound marketing campaign to reach those team leaders who want Jive within the Global 10,000. Broad-based & friendly.


For more information on this news, read more here: Jive On! 


But you don't have to take our word for it. Check out this testimonial from HP's Trisha Liu:


 

 

I AM proud, because with this launch, we now have a fast on-ramp to the power of the Jive platform, making it simple; we've extending the platform to any employee in a company who uses web apps, mobile, Office, or Outlook technology, making it pervasive; we're making it available for free trial, allowing the power of our product speak for itself to teams of 25 and more; and we're communicating all of this through a new brand emphasizing the ubiquity that Jive's Social Business platform provides.

 

These initiatives were the result of tremendous work by our engineering, data center, product management, professional services, sales, and marketing teams.  While I'm the lucky one who's writing the blog post, I do so acknowledging and thanking all of Jive in this tremendous effort.

 

Now, I would like to hear from you. Please share your thoughts, ideas and questions in the comments below. What do you think of our new platform? How about Try Jive? How can Jive serve you better? What more can we do?

 

Thanks again for driving the New Way to Business through Jive, and we look forward to continuing, together, to change the way work gets done.

This week we are happy to announce that Jive was recognized by the two leading industry research firms -- Forrester and Gartner -- as a leader in the social software industry. 

 

We could not have achieved this milestone without YOU - our customers, partners and employees who are helping us drive the new way to business. I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to our success. We look forward to stepping it up to an even bigger level as we continue to improve our products and services to help you grow your business.

 

Here are some of the details behind this achievement:

 

Screen shot 2011-09-02 at 11.59.16 AM.pngWe are a Leader in three Gartner Magic Quadrants, covering the social business software market. The three reports include the "Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace, 2011," the "Magic Quadrant for Externally Facing Social Software, 2011," and the "Magic Quadrant for Social CRM, 2011."  Complimentary copies of these reports can be downloaded here. Gartner positions vendors in the "Leaders" quadrant based on completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision.

 

 

 

Forrester Research recognized us as a Leader in "The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q3 2011" report. The report analyzes the state of the enterprise social platforms market as well as the strengths and weaknesses of top enterprise social platforms vendors. Nine products were evaluated and eighteen user companies were interviewed.

 

According to Forrester, “Jive continues to drive to establish and lead 'social business' as a new software category. With strong momentum and an application marketplace coming on line this year, 2011 could prove a pivotal year in its quest.”  If you are interested in getting a copy, you can download the report here. Screen shot 2011-09-02 at 11.59.27 AM.png

 

This recognition from Forrester and Gartner is a testament of the strength and leadership of our social business platform. And we are just getting started. We are constantly looking at every aspect of our business and will continue to innovate and invest in creating the best products in the market. Just as consumer social technologies are changing the way we live, Jive is building social business software to transform the way we work.

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