I've been tracking the social phenomenon since before Andrew McAfee launched his seminal piece in the Sloan Management Review, "Enterprise 2.0: The Dawn of Emergent Collaboration." Over the years I've seen technology platforms come and go. But I recall one of my blogger friends nudged me to go visit this small booth on the first E20 Conference trade floor and see a demo of what was then called, "Clearspace." It was 2007, I believe. I walked up and started chatting with a young Matt Tucker who was demoing a very clean and well-designed collaboration platform. I came away very impressed. From that first introduction, I knew Jive would be a winner for years to come.
We used Jive's software for the ground-breaking Office 2.0 conference as our community platform and I was delighted with the results. And when it came to selecting a fully functioning platform for the now successful Social Business Council, I chose Jive. The Council launched scores of successful careers as large enterprise early adopters shared and collaborated on their successes and challenges. Some of Jive's largest customers today are charter members of the Council. Jive's platform was the bedrock upon which we all learned how to become social businesses. I owe the company a great debt of gratitude for launching so many successful social business advocates around the world.
When it came time to consider career options post my Council tenure, I knew I had to include Jive in some way. I admire the company's vision; its relentless desire to change the world of work in a powerful way. Its understanding of the complexity of the Enterprise sale and delivery. It's for this reason, I chose to accept a new position as V.P. Social Business Advocacy at a leading Jive partner, 7Summits. I look very much forward to joining forces with the smart folks at Jive to level-up this fast-growing sector. There are fabulous success stories out there and a community of passionate early adopters who are hellbent on success. I am on a mission to tell that story and aid and assist the Jive team to even greater heights.
See you at JiveWorld!