TIBCO is releasing Version 4 of its tibbr enterprise social platform. In conjunction with the latest tibbr release, TIBCO is also introducing a new apps vision and partner ecosystem for tibbr.
Building on the Enterprise Social Graph, which graphically illustrates an organization’s social activities, tibbr 4 allows users to create their own tibbr social profiles. These profiles include content from HR records and personal social network profiles, as well as their job roles and expertise. TIBCO intends these profiles to enable users to easily find needed expertise within the enterprise.
In addition, the tibbr Insights tool creates a personalized user experience and a new API toolset for the Enterprise Social Graph allows the development of apps built on the Social Graph platform. Other upgrades include enhancements to the platform’s mobile interface and a new subject timeline.
Envisioning New Apps
Other tibbr-related news includes what TIBCO calls a “new app vision” for the platform. This vision includes a new open TIBCO app marketplace, the open Enterprise Social Graph API and an ecosystem of API partners including Box, Badgeville, Wayin, Teamly, BrightIdea, Fileboard and Whodini.
TIBCO Steps Up to the Competition
An article in VentureBeat points out that as a provider for internal corporate social networks, TIBCO “competes with big names like Microsoft’s Yammer, Salesforce’s Chatter, and Jive Software.” However, the company is credited for already having “fairly decent traction” with the previous release of tibbr, counting users such as Macy’s, Nielsen, KPMG, Shell, and OOCL.
VentureBeat says TIBCO is going after new enterprise customers with features such as the new social profiles, which can “make HR’s life easier with better data about employees.”
Forrester Gives TIBCO High Activities Streams Marks
TIBCO, which has more than 4,000 customers, received generally high marks in the most recent Forrester Activities Streams Wave report. Forrester Research refers to social activities streams -- which connect enterprise social tools to adjacent collaboration, content, portal, and productivity applications in the environment -- as a “bridge” to “socially enabled” enterprise applications.
Evaluating leading vendors in the current activities stream marketplace, Forrester has placed Yammer, Salesforce and TIBCO at the head of the list, saying the tibbr activities stream tool is “well-received” and deployed by customers who do not use a TIBCO middleware interface. While TIBCO provides all major deployment options, Forrester singles out its on-premises activities stream delivery model as the best, providing access to underlying data and processes. Forrester also praises the strong mobile platform the vendor has made available for tibbr.
Tibbr 4, including the Enterprise Social Graph API, is scheduled to be generally available by late November 2012.