Gartner: Portals, Content and Collaboration isn’t just about the sessions and keynotes, it’s about building relationships with attendees and exhibitors alike. This week, many key social business vendors announced new releases and launches. Here are a few that caught our attention.
Kaltura Introduces Social Enterprise Video
With the recent boom in social enterprise tools, video is becoming one of the many instruments being used to empower social capabilities and engage customers across the enterprise. Today, Kaltura announced the launch of its Social Enterprise Video Solutions, which aims to provide leading businesses worldwide with advanced video and rich media capabilities for collaboration and knowledge sharing among employees, partners, and customers.
One of the many stats floating around breakout sessions is that, by 2016, large companies will stream more than 16 hours of video per worker per month. Kaltura’s timing is appropriate, then. With the Social Enterprise Suite, employees can create, author, share and search video content while allowing managers and administrators to govern, administer and moderate the content. Additionally, its open platform enables organization to customize the functionalities and user experience, as well as to integrate with various other enterprise systems, and to flexibly choose which elements to deploy on-premise or on the cloud.
IGLOO Follows the Enterprise Conversation
IGLOO’s social business software works to enable modern business collaboration, so it’s only appropriate that they’ve released a microblogging application that brings a communication stream into an integrated set of cutting-edge social technologies and document sharing tools. Lest you think the era of “corporate Twitter” has begun, think again. Unlike standalone "Twitter-like services for the enterprise," IGLOO provides context by integrating those conversations within a user’s collaborative workflow (e.g. in a company's social intranet), instead of forcing them to switch to a separate and disconnected tool.
Why does the enterprise need a microblogging tool? To add a social filter in which business users can tune into conversations based on their role, permissions and the groups they belong to. Users can choose who and what they follow, embed those feeds into specific spaces and participate much more efficiently in business conversations, as they work. But it’s not just microblogging. The release also features personal dashboards for managing information, conversation and connections, more opportunities for ad hoc team formation and for space administrators to better manage members, online status updates that enable both default and customizable selection and an “out of the box” polling tool that can be embedded on a page.
Azaleos Searches SharePoint
On Monday, Azaleos launched Azaleos Managed Enterprise Search, an addition to its Managed SharePoint Services portfolio. The release offers enterprises the ability to extend their Azaleos SharePoint private cloud infrastructure with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, making it easier for users to integrate with SharePoint as well as other enterprise data repositories.
Whether you’re configuring SharePoint or an active user of it, Azaleos Managed Enterprise search can facilitate better search and discovery opportunities, helping to increase productivity both in and out of SharePoint.