It's all fun and games until someone breaks out the tags. LiveHive, a collaborative online workspace (formerly known as CapturetoCloud) has debuted a smart tagging system to try and elevate its system to the level of truly productive.
Tag, You're IT
Just one year old and already having undergone a name change, LiveHive is ramping up its social business platform with the release of its LiveTags task management tool. Tagging content may be time consuming, but over the long run, it makes content eminently more useful and findable.
Enterprise level tagging systems are usually expensive add ons to already existing systems, so adding smart tags in LiveHive shows us the company is serious about productivity. Of course, this is relative to the use case, as some smaller groups may not need that kind of structure to their collaboration space.
However, for enterprise users, having the ability to group documents, media, websites and even unstructured data into searchable chunks is pretty much indispensable. LiveTags can be appended to chosen bits of content, but underneath those tags are what LiveHive calls taglets.
This meta level of organization will tickle your inner OCD leanings, and taglets for a task, for example, can be added for things like assigned to, due date, status and comments. This makes content searchable via tags, but also subdivides the appropriate content into specific use cases or to do lists.
LiveHive Stand Alone or in Google Apps
LiveHive supports most of the traditional social business and activity stream features we've come to know and love in tools like Yammer, tibbr or SocialCast. That is, the dashboard has a stream of updates from colleagues, there's drag and drop content like documents and media, and social media integration from Google+ and LinkedIn.
There's also a mobile component to the platform both through the browser and from dedicated iOS and Android apps. Where the system comes up short is in its ability to integrate with other systems, a true deal breaker in the enterprise. Yes, LiveHive connects to Google Docs and Dropbox, but that's not enough to make it a really viable option for the largest companies who need it to connect to HR, sales and CRM, for example.
On the other hand, LiveHive says it counts 400 non profits, schools and universities among its customers, so for that type of audience, that is less of an issue. It's a decent mid tier option, and the LiveTags puts it on the upper edge of that tier. LiveHive runs as a stand alone Web based option or as part of Google Apps. Pricing is about the same in either configuration, around US$ 9 per user per month.
There is a free version, but it's only for very small teams. It includes three work spaces and up to 300 items, though it does allow open sharing with non LiveHive users. Obviously, it's a good option to give the system a test run, so there's no harm in giving it a trial run and leaving us a comment on how useful it seems (or not).