I am an aspiring community manager at a company that is a couple weeks into a Jive 5 pilot. My team has responsibility for both employee-only and customer-facing communities; right now we are focused on employee-only. Like many of you, I need to reconcile our use case for Jive vs. several other enterprise collaboration systems that are already running. In our case these systems include:
- Jive 5 (we hope this will provide space for virtually all discussion both inside the company and supporting our customers)
- SharePoint 2010 (a heavily used jungle of files; employee-only; used mostly by non-programmers)
- TWiki (another heavily used jungle of file attachments; employee-only; used mostly by our programmers)
- Confluence (a new employee-only space for files, used by one large product team that already uses a different bug-tracking system than the rest of the company)
- Drupal (a small and unique product team is about to build a customer-facing community with this; every other customer facing community we expect to build with Jive)
Each one of the above 5 systems sits in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for social software in the enterprise. Our challenge is to understand if and how these systems (and their users!) can "play nice" with each other. Along those lines I have learned a lot from Re: Sharepoint 2010 vs Jive SBS and What systems/apps have you replaced with Jive?
I don't think we are dropping any of the above 5 systems except maybe Drupal. So, given that we are using all 5 of them, I hope to understand
- How to tease apart good distinctions between these systems, so that I can make informed decisions about "if user wants to do X, then the best tool to use is [Jive, SP, TWiki, Confluence, Drupal]." In the case of SharePoint and Jive, dannyryan et al provide a spectacular answer with the "Making SharePoint Social Whitepaper".
- How to translate the above understanding (of which tools best serve what purposes) into actual user adoption. Again in the case of SharePoint and Jive, Andreas Olofstam inspires me with these 4 short slides.
A simpler version of the above question is: Does anyone have good stories about co-existence of
- Jive and Drupal
- Jive and Confluence
- Jive and TWiki
And the most burning question for me is the co-existence of Jive and Drupal. Our core Jive team feels clear that Jive and Drupal are different tools for different jobs but we are having a hard time expressing that in layman's terms. I can easily find debates about Jive vs. Drupal but I am struggling to find sensible rationale for using both Jive and Drupal in a single enterprise ecosystem.
I hope this question makes sense. Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights etc