The Missing Piece?
Telligent's founder and CTO Rob Howard has sky-high hopes for the new layer, aiming it right in the gap between consumer and enterprise-appropriate applications for collaboration, personalization and content sharing.
“What’s been missing until now is enterprise-grade technology that integrates social
tools into the workplace. It’s not about bypassing existing investments, such as Microsoft
SharePoint. It’s about ensuring that businesses can extract the maximum amount of value from
the tools they already have,” he explained.
Accordingly, Telligent Enterprise 3.0 suite offers businesses:
- Social applications integrated under one umbrella
- User experience designed for empowering the developer and the designer through a new Widget Studio and Theme Studio
- E-mail integration enhanced with support for summarized digests
- Continued enhancements of native mobile capabilities
- A set of APIs that, once published, do not change.
"This is an innovative solution to the segmented ways organizations have historically interacted with their employees, customers and partners," continued Howard. "We have solved the problem by providing a single platform that can act as the social glue necessary to bind the various islands of information around which enterprises have invested."
Howard's words are certainly boastful, but as a recognized pioneer in the enterprise social community it's not surprising. He was recently honored in the seventh annual Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” reception, for instance.
This group of honorees included executives and entrepreneurs under the age of 40 who are at the top of their professional game and have demonstrated a commitment to philanthropic service.
“The entire Telligent family congratulates Rob on this achievement,” said Patrick Brandt, Chairman and CEO of Telligent. “Rob continues to fuel innovation and advancements in technology at Telligent. We couldn’t be more proud of him.”
Top Community Platform vs. Top Community Platform
Unsurprisingly, Telligent's social business layer push reflects some recent words from Chris Morace, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Jive Software -- a major Telligent competitor. He spoke at this year's Enterprise 2.0 conference, noting how many developers realized there would be one major social network when Facebook revealed the Open Graph: "I'm not saying that's going to be the same thing in the Enterprise, I think that we're far from that place happening, but I think those same forces are at work. I think there's going to be a handful of winners."
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