At work we use another vendor, but are looking to replace our software.
Often we get requests for a wiki, blog or forum, and I say have you got a community of people, they say no "I don't have a group of people with a shared interest on a topic, I have one other person and we want to collaborate on a wiki, I have no use for a group space", or sometimes the request is a blog to post about an event or a forum to gather feedback.
They don't want a group space, they just want an object, often as a short-term thing and then they disband.
This is one thing I like about IBM Connections (which is another vendor I'm investigating), in that you can find all blogs in the blog directory, all forums in the forum directory, all wikis in the wiki directory
- the directory will list all objects whether in a community or not
Is Jive looking into this type of one off collaboration where a group space does not pre-exist or a group doesn't really exist at all?
I'm aware you can create online docs, and actually there is a directory for these browse>content>documents
I'm aware that you can create blogs outside of a group, but I don't see a blog directory...I only see browsing for blog posts?
I don't think you can create a forum outside of a group, and there lacks a feature to browse all forums...instead you can browse forum posts
I think this is an important use case, Mike Gotta calls it the "whitespace"
…I would argue that workspaces tried to solve the problem of “directed collaboration”. Directed collaboration occurs when the structure of an activity (e.g., a process workflow, exception handling, or a project deliverable) compels people to participate in a collaborative context. The roles people have assigned to them within a structured activity can also direct them to collaborate. Workspaces can be a powerful solution for directed collaboration.
However, not all collaboration needs are so explicit and “purposeful”. The narrow focus on workspaces left a tremendous amount of whitespace in organizations where people still needed to informally interact, communicate, share information, collaborate - but in ways where an activity-centric “sense of place” was either unnecessary or too structured. Social tools (Enterprise 2.0) helped fill the void for people to develop informal collaborative relationships in-and-around work activities that come and go. One could argue that these informal, emergent types of collaborative relationships are more valuable to an organization in the long run