Jive Software is hosting a WebRTC meetup tonight at the Jive SF offices.

 

WebRTC (Real Time Communication) will enable rich peer to peer connections for voice, video, and data. It will be enabled in the browser by default and obviate the need for Adobe Flash. Jive is working on WebRTC, building on the work of recent acquisition: Meetings.io.

 

Tonight's meetup will be an opportunity to talk with other teams working in the WebRTC space and to hear from TokBox, which has implemented WebRTC video chat in Chrome.

 

Attendance is free and we will be providing pizza and beer. Hope to see you there!

 

Sign-up and more information: November WebRTC Meetup

At the SharePoint conference last week, Microsoft announced a change in Yammer’s pricing model from four tiers to two – one free version and one fee-based for their more advanced version.

 

As many members of the media pointed out, (http://allthingsd.com/20121112/microsoft-talks-about-its-plans-for-yammer-socialize-everything/), Yammer’s previous business model - giving it away and then hoping to eventually get a check from the CIO – was largely unsustainable for a stand alone business.

 

I'd actually take it a step further and say that it is representative of a misinformed trend coming out of Silicon Valley startups today based on a misunderstanding of the "consumerization of the enterprise" concept. It seems that many start-ups think that literally taking consumer solutions and applying them whole cloth to the enterprise is a great idea. Yammer, for example, has historically been quite fond of calling themselves "Facebook for the enterprise".  I think this trend represents a lack of understanding of the enterprise working reality. 

 

In an enterprise sale of a collaboration platform, the buyer and user are not the same.   And the employees that use it need to get value in the context of their business, which is quite different than in the context of their personal lives even if the technology platform is similar - imagine having the equivalent of 50,000 ‘friends’ in a large company. And those people who pay for it in a business, the CIOs of the world, want to know that teams of people are doing more than adopting a technology, but actually achieving business results by using it.  

 

Although Microsoft will still offer a free version of Yammer, this pricing change represents an important inflection point in the market and, I believe, a good first step back towards conversations about the real value of social platforms. Since inception, we at Jive have had a consistent point of view on “free” in the enterprise. We believe that in business, people pay for what they value – and while you can remove the risk for a business executive by allowing him/her to evaluate a solution before purchase - freemium is not a model that makes sense for any business platform that will enable an entire organization in the long term. If your offering clearly solves a problem for a team, a department, or a company then you will have no trouble convincing an executive to pay for it. And adoption and usage are not the same as delivering real productivity that contributes to the top line. You simply can’t force a consumer model based on personal usage patterns, eyeballs and advertising into the enterprise context.  We consistently hear from our customers - the Fortune 500 CIOs- that they have and will continue to only invest in collaboration platforms that deliver real productivity gains that directly improve the top line and lower the bottom.

 

I welcome your thoughts and comments on this topic…


Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Techonomy conference in Tucson. I had some interesting conversations with lots of smart people and also spoke at a roundtable with Allen Blue of LinkedIn, Jon Froda of Citrix Podio and hosted by Adam Ludwig of Techonomy.


It was a great discussion and as we talked, it became even clearer to me that we are at a very significant inflection point in the enterprise market – a time when the enterprise is retooling itself.  Over the last 20 years, businesses have spent billions on networks, computer hardware and software applications. We have become extremely adept at automating thousands and thousands of business processes and tasks with layers of management, protocols within functional silos. And in doing so, we have pulled hundreds of millions of dollars of cost out of the business. But what have we done for the people – the employees that make our businesses run? In the last 20 years, we have given them email, which is 30 years old – gee, thanks guys!

 

A significant portion of the new workforce is social: they grew up on Facebook, Twitter and with instant responses from their personal networks like IM and text. They are mobile: the adoption of smartphones in the U.S. is faster than any other major technology, including television, the Internet, email and even radio. They live in the cloud: they need information whenever and wherever they are and cannot be chained to a workstation.

 

And at work, instead of delivering what they need, we’ve provided them thinner and lighter laptops, tablets and smarter phones. The new workforce has been living their life of innovative and disruptive consumer applications that they have an emotional connection with. Yet at work, the only emotional connection I can think of is with a 25-year old ERP system – and that isn’t pretty. How can we expect people to achieve their full potential of productivity and collaboration when they’re using old tools? Those older technologies are definitely important and it’s critical we provide links to them, but they’re not the whole solution that’s going to let people get work done in a better way now and in the future.

 

The most enlightened businesses are starting to recognize this and are retooling around social, mobile and cloud. The most evolved companies are unlocking the silos and breaking down the barriers with big data and better productivity tools. They are implementing collaboration platforms to solve problems in a better way, get products to market faster and drive more innovation.

 

A recent study by McKinsey found that knowledge workers spend 28 hours each week writing emails, searching for information and attending meetings internally – that’s 70 percent of a standard work week! Imagine what the best people in your organization could do with even five or 10 of those hours back? Sell more? Code more? Develop better products? Spend more time with customers?  McKinsey found that $900 billion to $1.3 trillion of annual value could be unlocked by social technologies and productivity could be increased by up to 25 percent.

 

This is still early days for social technologies in the workplace, but the rising tide of the new workforce cannot be ignored.  It is time for the enterprise to embrace their people’s ability to create value in ways no other workforce could by giving them the tools they really need to be more productive – business-ready versions of the technologies they already use – and unlock their potential.

San Francisco has a new tenant and it’s us!  Today, marks the official opening of our new Jive office in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMA) district and we’re so excited. Not only do we now have a home at the center of so much energy and innovation, we’re also able to offer some of our team members less time on 101 and a balanced lifestyle.

 

Being in San Francisco has already allowed us to tap into the wealth of tech and sales talent in the city and expand our footprint beyond Palo Alto, Portland and Boulder in the US.  We’ll be tweeting from our San Francisco office grand opening event this evening, at the #JiveSF hashtag and you can follow us @JiveSoftware.

Today, the Jive team was notified that our company has been ranked #127 in Deloitte’s prestigious Technology Fast 500™, an annual ranking of the fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.

 

This is the first time we’ve made the list and our ranking was based on 878% revenue growth since 2007 – though I think it’s also due to the fact that businesses are really benefiting from social business platforms that offer true productivity improvements and drive business value. The result is that people in some of the largest organizations around the world are changing the way they work every day.

 

For the seventeenth consecutive year, the software category dominated the list, accounting for 40% or 200 companies of the full list. We’re thrilled with the company we keep and I’d like to thank Deloitte for its recognition.

Screen Shot 2012-11-05 at 3.39.46 PM.pngAs the leader of this awesome business, every day I have the privilege of meeting entrepreneurs with great innovations.  And with that comes the ability to see opportunities and top talent that will be a rocket booster for our business.

 

I’m excited to let you know that we’re adding exactly that kind of great talent and technology to the Jive platform.

 

Today, we announced that we are bringing Meetings.io and Producteev into the Jive family – innovative companies in their respective areas of real-time communication technology (RTC) and cloud-based social task management. And what’s so exciting is that both companies already have several thousand customers around the world who have experienced what we already know - that social task management and RTC make work more productive, accountable and personal, just like Jive.

 

For those that are just getting to know these companies, Meeting.io’s RTC platform allows people to use video and chat connections by simply clicking a link.  What I love about it is that work gets that much more personal and moves that much faster. When I can simply call up a session without hassle and talk to someone to solve a problem in real time, I know I’m much more efficient, personal and frankly, better.

 

Producteev similarly makes work that much more productive by letting people collaborate together on tasks and projects on any device. If you’re like me, being able to turn real work into actual work streams as easily on my iPad and iPhone as I can on my desk is really valuable.

 

By integrating Meetings.io and Producteev into Jive, we will take a giant leap forward in making work collaboration much better. Who wouldn’t want these services that allow all of us to focus on what matters at work.

 

And the other great news is that both companies will continue to offer their services to their customers in their current form as standalone products, while we bring them into the Jive platform.

 

I’m so excited to welcome the extremely talented Meetings.io and Producteev teams to Jive because I am certain they will help us pursue our next generation platform and help our customers continue to change the way work gets done.

 

Learn more about these announcements and hear directly from Denis, Meetings.io founder and Ilan, Producteev founder. I look forward to your feedback and comments to this news and anything else on your mind.

 

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