Enterprise social software provider Jive Software is introducing Jive Present, a tablet application designed to assist sales presentation and training efforts. The company is also releasing new enhancements to its core platform.
There's reason we constantly see Jive in the leader position of reports like Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Social CRM and for Social Software. It's because the social business software provider is constantly updating their platform to include features necessary for a social enterprise.
Making Tablets More Social
Jive Present extends the Jive social business platform to sales professionals who use iPads and gives corporate managers the ability to monitor how end-users consume data, comply with best practices and regulations and follow educational programs.
The app can:
- Distribute data including rich multimedia, audio and visual content
- Centrally manage the distribution of customized data to individual end users
- Mark up and distribute specific sales content to customers and prospects in the field in real time
- Enable real-time mobile collaboration among end users
Essentially this iPad application gives sales professionals who are on the go, direct access to the most recent content they need for sales presentations. There are automatic notifications of updates and the app is integrated with the Jive network so you can share and get information from other team members or departments quickly.
Jive Present Notifications
Jive Beefs Up Platform
Jive is also making what it says are “hundreds” of enhancements to its core platform (including updates to many apps we talked about back in May). Some of the more noteworthy upgrades include Jive Anywhere, which provides platform access from any website or app, Jive App Experience, a feature that enables app integration into Jive with one keystroke, the Jive Edge social intelligence engine, which offers customizable “attention streams” that allow focus on specific processes and people within activity streams, the Jive for Teams group collaboration solution and a redesigned user experience.
Jive Drives Engagement
Jive’s new tablet app and platform features, such as Jive App Experience, are part of what appears to be a larger strategy of driving higher engagement with the Jive platform. Earlier this week, we learned about partnership between Jive and gamification software maker Badgeville. The new Badgeville for Jive integrates game mechanics into the Jive Software social collaboration platform as a method to increase engagement and encourage adoption for those using the system on a daily basis.
In addition, this week Jive announced a new Box file sharing feature called Box Embed. It gives access in Jive to Box features via an API. Box files can be uploaded and downloaded from Jive, documents can sync across both systems and there is also a cross-system search feature. Social collaboration always becomes much more productive with document sharing abilities, and with Box, a powerful ally is added to an already impressive Jive system.
Cut in Stock Rating Emphasizes Need for Engagement
Jive’s need to drive more engagement was emphasized this morning by the Forbes article, "Jive: BMO Cuts Rating," which reports that BMO Capital analyst Karl Keirstead changed his rating on Jive to Market Perform from Outperform, with a new target of US$ 16, down from US$ 24.
The article quotes a BMO Capital research note, which explained that “the (social business software) market has moved past the initial hype and early adopter phase, that the next round of corporate buyers are taking a more sober look at the ROI from social platforms, and that the likelihood of upside to the Street’s billings growth estimates for Jive in the [2012 second half] is lower.”
Making it easier for users to have access to its platform from multiple access points with greater functionality is one way Jive can try to prove BMO Capital’s predictions wrong.